If you missed it part 1 is here.

With Phase 1 of the Phase 1 build complete it was time to work on the interior structure of the trailer. The plan has to have storage in the front and storage along the top of the inside of the trailer. Somewhere early in the process I decided it would be cool to put doors on the sides of the trailer and split the top into 4 sections. 2 side areas with drop down doors and a larger interior area for miscellaneous items. My friend Patrick works at a fabrication shop and offered to help with the work. Remember things will always take longer than expected. A couple of short weekend days turned into 12 hour marathons. Patrick and Eric were a huge help. Without their help this build would not be complete.

The original design also called for no electrical system, plumbing or kitchen. I was going to only have a nice slide out cabinet to put my portable stove on and sink with a simple drain plug and a Waterbrick above for the water source.

A couple of YouTube videos, instructions from Patrick and a few practice welds and I was off to the races.

When all you have is some rough plans and ideas in your head it takes a long time to bring them to fruition. Everything had to be discussed, measured, remeasured, cut, tack welded, and then welded into place. It was a fun process but took a great amount of time.

Many hours captured in one photo. Here’s the trailer heading for home with our diy rack bolted on.

Test fitting our TJM Roof Top Tent on the trailer

Should I call this mistake number 1? We should have built the rack to be further back from the front of the trailer to put more weight over the wheels. When the true Phase 2 of the trailer begins I plan on getting a larger rack built which will be able to hold a table underneath and accommodate a larger tent.

With the framing work complete I wanted to keep the weekends productive. I ground down all the welds and primed and painted all the framing. Eric then helped me install Monstaliner on the trailer. I only purchased 2 Quarts vs a gallon. Next time I would just get the gallon size. This is nasty toxic stuff and you must wear a respirator while applying. I was happy with the application but I plan on buying one more quart of the stuff to reapply it to all areas outside of the box. Based on reading lots of posts on the internet and some feedback from Dave at Turtleback Trailers Monstaliner seemed like the way to go. I don’t regret purchasing Monstaliner.

Ended up not having enough for the entire platform. So the green areas eventually were painted with black paint.

The next major project was to build the cabinet for the back of the trailer. For this I again enlisted Eric’s help.

Nice work!

Original stove and Waterbrick

Wood pieces for the upper storage area. 4 pieces: 2 T patterns and 2 pieces for the side storage areas. Eric also helped with this.

I will end part 2 here. Lots of progress was made and it was now time to start thinking about what siding I was going to use, how I was going to build and finish the door frames and attempt to complete the trailer.

Continue to Part 3

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