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Old 11-21-2013, 11:55 AM   #1
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Default Shipping container redneck RV/ lease cabin (pic heavy)

So after leaving a RV at the lease for the past few years and watching it deteriorate rather quicky, I sold it and used the money to build this thing. I have wanted to do it for a few years and even before I bought the RV I had out there. These containers are wind, rain, mice and bug proof.
I mounted a 20ft shipping conatiner it on a old 27’ RV frame (dual 3500lb axles) that I bought off craigslist, chained the front and back, put straps on it to secure for transport. BTW it isnt pink, it is gray, there were a bunch of red ones behind me when I took the pic.

I started off by building a deck on the 7 or so feet in front on the 20foot container.
I framed the inside and a “false” wall with 2x3’s. I made it so the inside dimension was 16ft. That left me a couple of feet outside for storage that would still be secure when I shut the container doors. I have chains for the doors to keep them from slamming shut and trapping me.
I wired up some outlets and 2 lights on switches. I also added later a porch light and plug up high on the outside wall for stringing lights. On the outside of the false wall is a breaker box with one breaker running the trailer and one running a dedicated outlet for a window unit or a heater as well as the GFCI.
Then I sprayed closed cell foam on the walls. This stuff is expensive, but adds pretty good R value as well as a vapor barrier to stop condensation in the inside of the walls on the metal skin. It only took about 45 minutes to do.
After that we put luan panels on the ceiling and walls and put down some cheap engineered hardwood floors over 7 /16” OSB. Installed the door, window and trim. Lastly I added a smoke/carbon monoxide detector.

Once I get it to the lease I will add the stairs and eventually a tin roofed porch cover. I will add a sink with hot water in the future...possibly a outside shower. We have a flushable outhouse at the lease so no need for a toilet as of now.

All said and done, I will have about $4500 in this. Just a bit more than I sold the trailer for. I mounted it to the trailer in case I ever need to move it. For the cost to have them deliver it and ever move it again, I was able to but the RV trailer frame.

The plan is to put a bunk bed with a double on the bottom, a chest of drawers and maybe a fold out sofa or a card table to make room for a air matteress if I need to sleep more than just me and the boy out there. I wil add some shelves or something to store gear.
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:02 PM   #2
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Great Job.
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:07 PM   #3
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Nice work! Keep posting pics
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:10 PM   #4
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THat is VERY cool!!!
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:12 PM   #5
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Nice !!
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:16 PM   #6
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I really like the fact that you made it mobile. Very cool build amigo
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:16 PM   #7
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I think that I am going to go this route next year.
Done a good job.

If you don't mind pm me where you got your container and a ballpark price

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Old 11-21-2013, 12:17 PM   #8
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Looking great!
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:23 PM   #9
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Looks awesome! Will it have any type of ventilation?
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:25 PM   #10
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Good job Sir.
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:28 PM   #11
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You should sell these.
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:31 PM   #12
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Looks awesome.
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Old 11-21-2013, 01:13 PM   #13
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Heck of an idea, nice work. That will be a great place to sleep and hang out.
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Old 11-21-2013, 01:40 PM   #14
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This is what I have been wanting to do. Nice job!
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Old 11-21-2013, 01:42 PM   #15
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That is awesome.
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Old 11-21-2013, 02:28 PM   #16
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Looks awesome! Will it have any type of ventilation?
None but the window and storm door. I didnt want to start cutting holes in it so I could keep it water tight. I may add something down the road of it becomes an issue.
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Old 11-21-2013, 02:49 PM   #17
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Awesome project, looking good
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Old 11-21-2013, 04:15 PM   #18
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Old 11-21-2013, 04:25 PM   #19
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Looks awesome! We've done the same thing with these containers out here in the oil patch to make a mobile office for company men on workover rigs. They love them! Much better than sitting in a truck all day shuffling paper work. Awesome idea for the lease.
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Old 11-22-2013, 08:09 AM   #20
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great idea nice work!
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:44 AM   #21
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Looks great!
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:51 AM   #22
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Great job, and great idea. Will be very secure like you have it.
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:54 AM   #23
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Very good idea.
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:33 PM   #24
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:38 PM   #25
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Great idea, but please consider a door or window on the other end in case of fire.
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:50 PM   #26
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Very nice set up .
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Old 11-23-2013, 11:04 PM   #27
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I've had this exact idea about a year ago when I had problems with mice on my lease, I just never got off my arse. Great Job and the RV chasie is a great idea.
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Was it hard to find the Mobile Home frame, I'd also be interested in where you go the 20' box.

What do you think it will weigh?
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Old 09-18-2018, 01:43 PM   #29
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Was it hard to find the Mobile Home frame, I'd also be interested in where you go the 20' box.

What do you think it will weigh?
THere was a tandem axle 18' travel trailer frame listed on FB market place the other day. I want to say it was in the college station area. 500 bucks or less and had 4 new tires
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I keep toying with making one of these out of a 40' what if anything did you do to prevent moister build up in the walls, did you add vents?

Looks awesome!
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Old 09-19-2018, 11:13 AM   #31
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thats awesome
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Old 09-19-2018, 05:47 PM   #32
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great build!

Just make sure that the weight is proportioned evenly.

I always get nervous when there is a lot of weight on the back of a trailer.

I speak from a couple personal experiences that i'll never forget.
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Old 09-19-2018, 06:34 PM   #33
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The thread was started in 2013 wonder how the finished build looks like?
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Old 09-20-2018, 05:43 AM   #34
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looks great
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Old 09-20-2018, 06:03 AM   #35
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Great job!
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Old 09-20-2018, 11:46 AM   #36
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I too am curious how it held up and what it looks like today
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Old 09-20-2018, 01:52 PM   #37
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Was it hard to find the Mobile Home frame, I'd also be interested in where you go the 20' box.
What do you think it will weigh?
It wasn't a mobile home frame, it was a 27ft travel trailer frame that I found on CL. $750...The guy had ripped the whole camper off the frame and was selling it. I think it had a ton of water damage is why he ripped it off.

the 27ft frame gave me a nice porch on the front. You can see it in some of the build pics.

I bought the 20 footer form Allstar container in Houston and picked it up on the trailer frame.

The tare weight of the container is 4500lbs I think. So with the trailer and everything inside I estimate 6000-6500lbs, but never weighed it.

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I keep toying with making one of these out of a 40' what if anything did you do to prevent moister build up in the walls, did you add vents?

Looks awesome!
No vents, I used closed cell spray foam to insulate, that keeps the moisture off the metal walls inside due to condensation. I only put a storm door on it and can open the window if it starts to get a damp feeling. No issues so far.
I run a small window unit off a generator.

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great build!

Just make sure that the weight is proportioned evenly.

I always get nervous when there is a lot of weight on the back of a trailer.

I speak from a couple personal experiences that i'll never forget.
I have towed it 4 different times, last time was a 3 hr trip. No problems

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The thread was started in 2013 wonder how the finished build looks like?

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I too am curious how it held up and what it looks like today
Pretty much looks the same, just with a twin over double bed, some sheves and a card table and chairs for eating. I also added a sink with water heater outside.

It has held up great, still no bugs or mice or water in it!
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Old 09-20-2018, 02:01 PM   #38
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Old 09-20-2018, 02:05 PM   #39
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Great job.

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Old 09-20-2018, 07:41 PM   #40
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Looks great..
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:07 PM   #41
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Very Nice
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Old 09-21-2018, 07:36 AM   #42
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Old 09-21-2018, 07:57 AM   #43
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nice work..what spray foam is that ? I got a 40HC plan starting soon.
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Old 09-21-2018, 09:27 AM   #44
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nice work..what spray foam is that ? I got a 40HC plan starting soon.
I think it was the Tiger Foam 600 board feet kit. It was messy and expensive. $700 with shipping. I am not sure I would do it again. The theory behind it being used is that it would form a vapor barrier in addition to insulating with a higher R value per inch.
When you cool one of these containers with a AC,in most of Texas, the condensation could build up on the steel walls inside your interior wall if you don't have a good vapor barrier. Eventually this would causing rust and mold. I think I would just go with a good vapor barrier and fiberglass insulation if I did it again.
The condensation does build up on my windows. This could possibly be solved by adding a vent of some kind, but I was trying to keep this thing water/bug tight and not cut any holes in it that would allow water in.


I called around to a couple spray foam installers and told them I would even bring it to them. No one really wanted to mess with it for less than $1800...that may be different today though.
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Old 09-23-2018, 10:06 AM   #45
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Old 09-25-2018, 03:14 PM   #46
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That is some ingenuity there. I might have to see about getting a container.
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