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Old 05-20-2020, 05:31 PM   #1
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Default Cargo trailer to camper conversion.

I bought a 24í cargo trailer off of the classifieds last year. Iím finally getting around to working on it.

Plan is a full bathroom with 36Ēx36Ē shower, sink, and toilet. Small kitchen counter top, sink, and a few cabinets. Microwave and refrigerator. Iíll probably build a set of queen bunks and possibly a set of twin bunks. There will be a futon as well. I plan on hanging a tv on a wall mount.

Itís wired just like a house therefore Iíll need a generator capable of 240.

I will be installing a mini split ac and an electric instant hot water heater.

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Old 05-20-2020, 05:38 PM   #2
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In for this. Should be a cool build.


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Old 05-20-2020, 06:07 PM   #3
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You will need a big generator for an electric instant water heater. I put one in a small house and it required a separate 60 amp circuit for it
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Old 05-20-2020, 06:08 PM   #4
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You will need a big generator for an electric instant water heater. I put one in a small house and it required a separate 60 amp circuit for it

Iím still weighing my options on that. Iím not opposed to an instant lpg heater.
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Old 05-20-2020, 06:22 PM   #5
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I'll be watching. I plan to do a scaled down version to a 16-18 footer as soon as I find the right one.
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Old 05-20-2020, 07:11 PM   #6
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A lot of work, but I've seen some fantastic builds. The rv Instant hot water heaters won't need that kind of amperage, but the LP are better in my opinion. One thought, if you build the bunks to fold up like a murphy bed, you'd be able to hall a 4 wheeler etc in the back.
Have fun with the build, waiting to see the finished little house.
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Old 05-20-2020, 07:40 PM   #7
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Love these builds. Best thing I ever did. I went less is more with my power supply. I will build a smaller one one day to drag around in the mountains and such. Have fun with it.

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Old 05-20-2020, 07:44 PM   #8
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I did a smaller build on one, I'd recommend putting some windows in it. if its really nice you can open them for some fresh air, but if the weather is nasty and your stuck inside it for most of the day you'll at least be able to see outside. I didn't have windows in mine for the first two years and finally put some in!
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Old 05-20-2020, 08:06 PM   #9
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I did a smaller build on one, I'd recommend putting some windows in it. if its really nice you can open them for some fresh air, but if the weather is nasty and your stuck inside it for most of the day you'll at least be able to see outside. I didn't have windows in mine for the first two years and finally put some in!
I added the one in the door. I also have another to add that opens.
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Old 05-21-2020, 09:10 AM   #10
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Don't forget some jacks at each corner, don't want a tippy trailer.
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Old 05-21-2020, 11:13 PM   #11
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Iím still weighing my options on that. Iím not opposed to an instant lpg heater.

Or you could find dual one like whatís in most campers.


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Old 05-22-2020, 01:38 PM   #12
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Iím still weighing my options on that. Iím not opposed to an instant lpg heater.
Look at an RV water heater. Maybe a used one? Or just get a metal water tank and use one of these kits:
https://www.amazon.com/Camco-Hot-Wat.../dp/B0024ECCJW

We installed one of these in our motor home a couple months back as our RV water heater is propane only. This little 120V electric kit will heat up the water to almost 120* in about 1.5 hours - by itself! Works really well.
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Old 05-22-2020, 02:13 PM   #13
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Old 05-23-2020, 02:12 AM   #14
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Old 05-23-2020, 03:56 AM   #15
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Old 05-23-2020, 11:23 AM   #16
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Old 05-24-2020, 06:14 PM   #18
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Great work so far ! My hunt camp I use a 10,000 watt peak generator and it heats up a conventional hot water heater. I considered the tankless heater but decided it wasnít worth it. Small water heater doesnít take up much space. Iím out on propane anything but BBQ grills.


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Old 05-25-2020, 05:34 PM   #19
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Gonna be a nice camp .. i have a 6 by 12 I insulated added a 12 volt light system for inside and out also put an ac unit in it.. we use cots to sleep on. It just big enough for my son and me..
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Old 05-26-2020, 03:01 PM   #20
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Looking good. I'm in he process of doing one myself right now. I've installed leveling jacks and tie downs in it so far. Now I'm building folding bunk beds, it's a slow go, but I think it'll be worth it once it's all done.
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Old 05-26-2020, 03:03 PM   #21
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Old 05-26-2020, 03:11 PM   #22
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Awesome idea!! Following.


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Old 05-26-2020, 03:38 PM   #25
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Old 06-03-2020, 01:56 PM   #26
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Some progress.

Installed some whitewash pine plank paneling. Cabinets in place.

I need to install the trim and possibly paint the cabinets.







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Old 06-03-2020, 02:08 PM   #27
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Excellent progress on this project, you are doing great work. Lots of space in those cabinets. And lots of work completed already behind that nice pine plank paneling. Also thanks for the good detail showing your work on plumbing and electrical wiring pics.
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Old 06-03-2020, 02:29 PM   #28
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^ What he said.

Great work. Looking forward to the rest.
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Old 06-03-2020, 03:40 PM   #29
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Or you could find dual one like whatís in most campers.


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The problem I have with a dual one or sources and I experienced it, is two ways of it working equal two ways of it breaking.
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Old 06-05-2020, 01:04 PM   #30
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Window and flood light added.



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Old 06-05-2020, 01:13 PM   #31
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Definitely in for this one!
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Old 06-05-2020, 02:01 PM   #32
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I love everything but the flat tire and the yella door handle!
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Old 06-05-2020, 04:11 PM   #33
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I love everything but the flat tire and the yella door handle!

Donít worry it will get new shoes eventually. Iím rolling with the yella handle though.
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Old 06-05-2020, 04:32 PM   #34
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This is freaking cool. Nice work


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Old 06-05-2020, 11:43 PM   #35
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Donít worry it will get new shoes eventually. Iím rolling with the yella handle though.

Oh I could tell by the quality of the rest of the deal, that the shoes would be squared away before go time.

All very solid, I love this!


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Old 06-06-2020, 07:51 AM   #36
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Smart move on the cabinets. Being head space never gets used much, using it for cabinets and other high space areas takes away from cluttering below.

Youíre doing a great job as far as I can see, especially the pvc piping.


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Old 06-08-2020, 12:28 PM   #38
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Question for the electricians in the house.

I wired the electrical panel like a standard house. I originally planned on installing an electric instant hot water heater that required 220/240. Now I have nothing that requires 220/240. My question is, if running on a small generator only capable of 110/120 can I feed the electrical panel safely with one of the 50 amp to 30 amp rv plug adapters? How can I feed the panel properly if the generator doesn't have a 220/240 plug?

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looking good so far....
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Question for the electricians in the house.

I wired the electrical panel like a standard house. I originally planned on installing an electric instant hot water heater that required 220/240. Now I have nothing that requires 220/240. My question is, if running on a small generator only capable of 110/120 can I feed the electrical panel safely with one of the 50 amp to 30 amp rv plug adapters? How can I feed the panel properly if the generator doesn't have a 220/240 plug?
there are generator kits you will need to install one on your panel. it will overiride the main supply.
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Old 06-10-2020, 01:27 PM   #42
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Shower in progress.

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Old 06-18-2020, 02:35 PM   #43
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Mini split and water heater have been ordered.

Installed to stabilizing jacks.

Built a small cabinet for the bathroom sink (Iím no finish carpenter).



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Old 06-18-2020, 02:35 PM   #44
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Also ordered a new set of steps.
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Old 06-28-2020, 12:59 PM   #45
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Water heater mounted. Not plumbed in yet.
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Question for the electricians in the house.

I wired the electrical panel like a standard house. I originally planned on installing an electric instant hot water heater that required 220/240. Now I have nothing that requires 220/240. My question is, if running on a small generator only capable of 110/120 can I feed the electrical panel safely with one of the 50 amp to 30 amp rv plug adapters? How can I feed the panel properly if the generator doesn't have a 220/240 plug?
50 amp rv plugs are 240v.
If you feed it with a 30 amp, just put a jumper from a phase to b phase in the panel.
Keep in mind you canít use a 240v power source if you do this.
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Old 06-28-2020, 09:21 PM   #48
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Old 06-30-2020, 06:42 PM   #49
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Looks good thanks for the idea sure beats a hotel room
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Wow!! Maybe someday i will try to do this.
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