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Old 10-10-2016, 08:24 PM   #1
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So I've been planning this for several years and finally pulled the trigger a few months ago. We hunt 1200 acres about 20 miles SW of Pearsall and have always stayed in town and traveled back and forth to the lease daily. Not only do we spend a fortune on motel rooms, gas, and restaurants on each trip, but to me, camping out at the lease is one of the most enjoyable parts of having a place to hunt. Nothing better than a steak on the grill while I sit by the fire with a tall drink. We have water but no electricity at our "camp", but no one has actually stayed there in years. So instead of dragging a camper down there to leak, and get overrun with mice, I'm building a trailer where I know where all the holes are, and to my specs. Nothing fancy, but comfortable and solid. Still may get a leak or a mouse, but I will know all the hiding places. So knowing I just don't have all the time I need, I ordered the trailer insulated, with an rv style latch on the door,two windows and the roof vent braced for roof ac. I wanted to be able to haul my Polaris, so I ordered the trailer 8.5 x 18, with an extra 6" of heighth. I bought a camp shower for outside, and for the wife, I ordered a portable toilet. I did my home work and think I can run a Coleman Mach 3 power saver AC off my 2200 watt generator. I don't have it installed yet so only time will tell, but I have installed a 30 amp converter charger and should be able to run my necessities off 12 volt for a couple of days between charges. Future plans include at least a couple of hundred watt solar panels to keep the batteries charged. Just getting started good but trying to at least get it livable before my November vacation.
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Old 10-10-2016, 08:33 PM   #2
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Got the basic bed design figured out and put one in this weekend. I still have one to build. Electric is pretty much done with the exception of a couple more 12v lights.
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Old 10-10-2016, 08:37 PM   #3
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Looking good. Better than my first apt
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Old 10-10-2016, 08:43 PM   #4
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You are going to want leveling jacks of some sort or a level parking spot. Trying to sleep on a slope sucks...
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Old 10-10-2016, 08:44 PM   #5
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Looks good! I've been thinking of doing something similar.
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Old 10-10-2016, 08:52 PM   #6
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Looking good!
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Old 10-10-2016, 09:04 PM   #7
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Looks good. For your sink i have seen big water tank under the sink in the back with a water pump. Like this,

Seaflo 12V DC 1.2 GPM 35 PSI 21-Series Diaphragm Water Pressure Pump for Caravan/RV/Boat/Marine https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DLKT4OO..._IKe.xbVAM1ATJ

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Old 10-10-2016, 09:04 PM   #8
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Cool idea
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Old 10-10-2016, 09:05 PM   #9
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You are going to want leveling jacks of some sort or a level parking spot. Trying to sleep on a slope sucks...
Got stabilizers on the back. I'm thinking a couple of Jack stands and some blocks in the front. I've already got a level spot fixed up under dome mesquite trees.
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Old 10-10-2016, 09:13 PM   #10
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That's awesome
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Old 10-10-2016, 09:23 PM   #11
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I like it. Nice
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Old 10-10-2016, 09:26 PM   #12
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Looks good. In for the progress.
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Old 10-10-2016, 09:39 PM   #13
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Awesome love this build
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Old 10-10-2016, 09:45 PM   #14
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Bed in the "haul" position.
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Old 10-10-2016, 10:00 PM   #15
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Not too shabby. Have you thought of just using the solar/rechargeable lights for lighting? They charge during the day and provide several hours of light at night. Longer than you would usually use. That would save on the draw from your 12v source. Also propane powered lighting is available as well as water heating if you decided to use a large tote and pressure pump to have running water.
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Old 10-14-2016, 10:13 AM   #16
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Awesome!
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Old 10-14-2016, 10:16 AM   #17
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Very cool!
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Old 10-14-2016, 01:14 PM   #18
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Ok, that is freakin awesome!
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Old 10-14-2016, 01:47 PM   #19
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Very nice, been thinking of doing one like that to take to the duck lease.
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Old 10-14-2016, 02:16 PM   #20
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You are going to want leveling jacks of some sort or a level parking spot. Trying to sleep on a slope sucks...


4 cinder blocks and several pieces of 1/2 plywood cut 10x10.
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Old 10-14-2016, 02:26 PM   #21
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Nice!
Looks like a mouse would have a hard time making it's home in there!
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Old 10-14-2016, 03:52 PM   #22
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Nice!
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Old 10-14-2016, 04:18 PM   #23
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Sweet set up. trx250r has a great idea on the water tank and pump. We have that set up in our snow cone trailer and it really helps having the running water. Our tank is a 15 or 20 gallon tank under the sink with the pump hooked up and actual faucets. Works great. We even have a small gas water heater hooked up. Just some amenity upgrade possibilities. Especially if the wife is going to enjoy it as well.
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Old 10-14-2016, 09:02 PM   #24
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Looks awesome. Much better than a regular camper
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Old 10-20-2016, 10:26 AM   #25
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That's really cool. Can't wait to see it complete.
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Old 10-20-2016, 10:38 AM   #26
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I like it. Now camouflage it, throw a few shooting slots on that bad boy and use that as your blind. "Winning"

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Old 10-20-2016, 10:40 AM   #27
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Very cool!
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Old 10-20-2016, 12:15 PM   #28
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Old 10-22-2016, 08:31 PM   #29
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Well, I had to travel out of town for work last weekend, and my 4 month old granddaughter is here this weekend so I'm not making a lot of progress. I finished the beds today and a few little odds and ends. Going to try to install the ac tomorrow and get back to work on my cabinets. It's livable now, but I would like to finish it out a little more before I take it to the lease in a couple of weeks.
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Old 10-23-2016, 12:32 AM   #30
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that's bad a
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Old 10-25-2016, 09:48 PM   #31
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This weekends progress... got the roof AC on and fired up. Blows cold, but it's going to struggle to cool this box in the south Texas sun. I will put a couple coats of reflective coating on the roof next weekend and some of the heat reflecting insulation over the windows on the warm days. Good news is that the 2200 watt Ryobi will run the 13500 BTU AC just fine. Also put some AAA battery operated puck lights in it for a little more 'luminatin.
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Old 10-25-2016, 10:10 PM   #32
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Great job I really like that set up. We hunt just outside of divot. How close to that are you?
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Old 10-25-2016, 10:23 PM   #33
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Cool build.
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Old 10-25-2016, 10:27 PM   #34
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Great job I really like that set up. We hunt just outside of divot. How close to that are you?
Probably 6 or 7 miles west of downtown Divot.
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Old 10-25-2016, 10:29 PM   #35
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Probably 6 or 7 miles west of downtown Divot.
Sweet good luck this year
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Old 10-25-2016, 11:12 PM   #36
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Nice!
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Old 10-26-2016, 03:43 PM   #37
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You did a great job on that rig. I like everything about it.

Sure beats driving back and forth to a motel room...you'll really enjoy that.
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Old 10-26-2016, 09:25 PM   #38
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I like it. Simple, effective.
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Old 10-27-2016, 06:00 AM   #39
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Have you actually used it ? wondering what you need to add or do different ?

Looks awesome, great job
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Old 10-27-2016, 09:01 AM   #40
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Have you actually used it ? wondering what you need to add or do different ?

Looks awesome, great job
Plan is to pull it down to the lease the first weekend in November. I havent actually stayed in it, but I have tested everything as I go. I'm sure I will change some things once I start using it. I've been thinking things through for a couple of years. The primary goal was to be simple, but comfortable. I still have a list of things I want to add, some this year, some later. Part of the fun is this is an ongoing project. Some future improvements planned are:
Indoor/ outdoor carpet
Extra vent for some air circulation when it's closed up.
Paint trim and cabinets
Larger battery bank and at least 1000 watt inverter. Right now using one 12 volt deep cycle, plans for two 6 volt golf cart batteries soon.
Removable bunk bed for a third person
At least 200 watts of solar panels (or more)
Tv/DVD player (possibly adding satellite at some point)(so much for simple)
Small frig and microwave
Forced air rv gas heater (maybe)

This is a deer lease camper right now, but I hope to pull it across the Rockies at some point. If and when that happens, I will probably add a water tank with 12 volt pump and an awning of some sort.

My father in law says it needs a disco ball and a hot tub, but I think that would cut into my hunting time too much.
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Old 10-27-2016, 10:45 AM   #41
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Plan is to pull it down to the lease the first weekend in November. I havent actually stayed in it, but I have tested everything as I go. I'm sure I will change some things once I start using it. I've been thinking things through for a couple of years. The primary goal was to be simple, but comfortable. I still have a list of things I want to add, some this year, some later. Part of the fun is this is an ongoing project. Some future improvements planned are:
Indoor/ outdoor carpet
Extra vent for some air circulation when it's closed up.
Paint trim and cabinets
Larger battery bank and at least 1000 watt inverter. Right now using one 12 volt deep cycle, plans for two 6 volt golf cart batteries soon.
Removable bunk bed for a third person
At least 200 watts of solar panels (or more)
Tv/DVD player (possibly adding satellite at some point)(so much for simple)
Small frig and microwave
Forced air rv gas heater (maybe)

This is a deer lease camper right now, but I hope to pull it across the Rockies at some point. If and when that happens, I will probably add a water tank with 12 volt pump and an awning of some sort.

My father in law says it needs a disco ball and a hot tub, but I think that would cut into my hunting time too much.
awesome plan. Not sure if its possible to add to the list but maybe pull up along side of a small covered deck ??? Come out the side door and your still under cover and have some shade.
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Old 10-27-2016, 12:20 PM   #42
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awesome plan. Not sure if its possible to add to the list but maybe pull up along side of a small covered deck ??? Come out the side door and your still under cover and have some shade.
Way ahead of you... we have one of the double carports set up at the lease for shade. I'm parking the trailer next to that. I like the way you think.
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Old 10-27-2016, 09:48 PM   #43
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Way ahead of you... we have one of the double carports set up at the lease for shade. I'm parking the trailer next to that. I like the way you think.


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Old 10-30-2016, 07:12 PM   #44
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Pretty much ready to go to the lease next weekend, made some progress.
Two coats of rubber roof stuff, amazing the difference this makes in the temp inside. Roof is cool to the touch in the sun, couldn't lay your hand on it before. Built a shed for the genny and the extended run tank, put another 12 volt plug in, installed two 6 volt golf cart batteries, laid some indoor/outdoor carpet, and mama sowed some curtains and finished staining. Put in various hooks, bungy cords, tv trays, and bought some totes for storage. Thinking I may just move in this thing.
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Old 10-31-2016, 01:41 AM   #45
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looking good!
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Old 10-31-2016, 05:25 AM   #46
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Cant wait to hear about the maiden voyage
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Old 10-31-2016, 06:32 AM   #47
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Looks really good! Mine is only a 12' trailer, it works but its tight!
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Old 11-12-2016, 09:24 AM   #48
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She's all set up. Had a great week with the wife. Saw lots of deer, no shooters. She did manage to put a coyote and a big spotted pig down. Trailer exceeded expectations.
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Old 11-12-2016, 09:55 AM   #49
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Old 11-12-2016, 10:20 AM   #50
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