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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 03-13-2010, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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Working on my trailer. Finally.

I picked up this trailer at the end of last fall. I am in the process of do some modifications to it and thought I would post what I'm doing. I'm pretty bored as of late, and need to do something motorcycle related and seeing as it is not track season around here yet. This will have to do

Well here it is: 6X12 single axel.





Last fall with a bit of free time I stripped the interior walls of the 1/8" plywood (if you can even call it plywood) and started figuring out what I wanted to do with the interior. I knew I wanted lights and power added inside, as well as make it usable as a sleeping area at track days.

I started with adding rigid foam insulation for the walls which would then be covered in 1/4" plywood for more durability and for hanging things off of. I didn't want to go too thick if it wasn't needed to save a bit of weight some wear.

This is basically what I had done when I opened the trailer back up a few days ago.





After I had the side walls insulated I went on ahead and put the plywood up.







After I had the plywood up I went back and insulated the rounded areas where the roof and wall join. the rigid foam was not useful here so I went with regular old r-11 fiberglass.



Somewhere in this process I managed to swap out the stock rear brake/turn signal lights for LED versions.






So far that is it. I will be continuing this more in the coming weeks and will be posting updates.

Future things to be done in project:
-insulate ceiling and add plywood
-Paint interior white
-Add the wheel chocks and tie down rails (A-track)
-install the electrical including lights outlets and switches
-Make a tongue platform for gas jugs
-remove the stickers off the exterior
-install roof vent
-a bunch of other stuff I am forgetting right now

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Those taillights are really nice. I ordered the same ones. One is going on the SV, the other on the RD350. Only mine are clear, and red when lit. Nice little project, thanks for the update with pictures.
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Looking good. You for got to wire for the tv and 5.1

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wouldnt it have been a lot easier to run wire before putting up the plywood?

How about a pair of stabilizer jacks?

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i got to start workin on mine too. good luck with the rest bro,
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Nice work. When is the A/C going in?
Hummm... never though about that. maybe I could make something happen. Not likely this season though. Could always get a window unit for it I guess. I thought about heat, but I was just going to be using a small ceramic core heater to take the chill off after waking up in the mornings.

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Looking good. You for got to wire for the tv and 5.1
Thanks. Not sure TV will go in, but hope to be putting in a stereo eventually, not likely 5.1 though

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wouldnt it have been a lot easier to run wire before putting up the plywood?

How about a pair of stabilizer jacks?
That was the original idea, but running the wires through the 1" metal studs would have weakened the walls a bit too much I think. So I will be running it in flexible conduit as out of the way as possible. Likely near the ceiling, then down the wall to any outlets/switches.

Jacks? What you don't like my wood blocks
I should be getting them in the future.

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Very nice, when you up picking up my trailer for same treatment?

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Very nice, when you up picking up my trailer for same treatment?

your trailer is already pimped out, it even has solar panels on it, thats just impressive right there

But it really dosen't take too much to tak a POS run of the mill trailer and make it something nice and usable

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your trailer is already pimped out, it even has solar panels on it, thats just impressive right there

But it really dosen't take too much to tak a POS run of the mill trailer and make it something nice and usable
yep solar panel trickle charger is the bomb

I plan on using a larger one to keep the battery for the car stereo charged as well as MC battery's as well.

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Corey, I have 5 gallons of white paint you are welcome to have. I can bring it to Winks for his tech day. Let me know if you want it and I'll bring it out.
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Corey, I have 5 gallons of white paint you are welcome to have. I can bring it to Winks for his tech day. Let me know if you want it and I'll bring it out.
I don't think I will need it but thank you so much for the offer... Menard's is running a deal right now on their store brand paint that it is free after mail in rebates so i picked up 2 gallons the other day. But if for some reason I do need it, I will let you know

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Update time!

Well I was out yesterday working some more and snapped a few more pics of the progress so here we go...

I focused on finishing insulating all the hard to reach areas. The ceiling, the rear ramp door and the side door.

I started with the ceiling. It started well as the first piece did not require any glue as it was a snug fit and was held by pressure.



I progressed towards the rear door rather quickly, as I only needed glue for 2 or 3 sections. The rest held just fine on friction. Here is how it is now.



Next I moved to the side door to insulate.



After taking the door off the hinges I removed the outside frame and then the kick plate and the wood from the interior of the door.

I insulated any gaps that I could, and reassembled the door.



Next up was the rear ramp door:



After taking off the plywood I was able to stuff this full as well:



By this time it was starting to get dark so I started packing up, but I did open my paint to test a spot to see how quick it would dry in this weather. I hope when I go back tomorrow that it will be good and dry and will be able to pain the interior. Other than the paint, up next will be installing this little guy that got delivered as I was out working on the trailer today.



After making it so nice and tight in there I wanted to be able to vent it a little if I wanted too. I will be making a insulation piece to put in it as well so it is not a large heat loss in colder times. During the summer it should be great, it will also help with gas fumes or the like as well as keep it drier because of a little air movement.

Hope to have another update post in a day or so with the vent, or at least with it painted with 1 coat.

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Damn that is pretty cool. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product.

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I wish I would have insulated mine before I put up all the vinyl walls!

I didnt even consider it, or think about the benefits.

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Back at it again.

Today I did some more work and I was fortunate enough to have an extra set of hands join me. My gf Hannah decided to come help with installing the ceiling wood and painting. Here is what we accomplished today.

We started off mounting the wood to the ceiling, this is what I primarily needed an extra set of hands for, and Hannah did exceptionally well. She even dealt with my colorful use of language at times. Nothing her fault, but If I measured wrong or something. Well you all know how it goes.

First board up.



After a few more bouts of me using more adjectives then ever need to be in any given sentence, we finished mounting all the wood.



After that we started to paint...



And it ended the night something like this.



Tomorrow it is back at it for me. I will be putting the second coat of paint on and hopefully I will install the roof vent in that I was not able to get to today. I may have been slightly distracted at times. If I get that work done I will start on all the electrical. I'm hoping to get a lot accomplished tomorrow as well.

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It is. I think I will be a bit sad when I have my list of things to do to the trailer for this season done. Then I will have to come up with more mods to do. Oh the possibilities.

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Like I said I'll bring my trailer to be insulated, to wood is on the trailer already.

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Like I said I'll bring my trailer to be insulated, to wood is on the trailer already.

Mark it down for Wink's tech day. Or we can set up a trailer tech day. That tech day may have to be out by me though. Seeing as trailers are not for just transporting things out here. They also double as houses

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have you considered one of those scoops that positively pressurizes the trailer so that dust does not get suck in? i was watching two guys garage and the installed one on their trailer.

trailer looks good.......more pics of hannah!
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Wow Corey! Good work! I am seriously impressed.

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