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Old 12-31-2011, 05:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, I have a travel trailer I received in a heavy state of disrepair. I figure I'll receive the most scrutiny here
It looks like I'm gonna be heading out to Williston ND in a couple of weeks, so this will serve as my temporary migrant worker shack . . .

How it looked when I got it . . .




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Old 12-31-2011, 05:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 12-31-2011, 05:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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As I started to investigate . . .


Looking shitty & ghetto repaired . . .



The subfloor completely rotted away, the frame protruding into the outside wall - it's sunk many inches at this point

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That has A LOT of potential for awesomeness.
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Old 12-31-2011, 05:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Nearly all of the support structure on the drivers side had rotted away. I tore everything out & in this pic you can see where I rebuilt the uhhh, support piece for the wall ? It was rotted & crumbling . . . The new piece consisted of the one large piece & a smaller one not yet in place, in this shot.



I then ( and apparently forgot to take pics) cut a whole new piece to support the rear bed, out of 5mm plate on the laser at work. I slipped it on top of the metal frame, tapped it in & covered it in 3/4" CDX.

The CDX, sans metal reinforcement . . .

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Mold. Tear out all the rotted stuff and keep it dry and get lots of fresh air in. I hope you don't have asthma or allergies. Think FEMA trailer.
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I decided to insulate the floor, as the walls & roof were already insulated - I decided on 1" Styrofoam. I know this isn't really the proper application - but I think it should work pretty well . . . I also decided to go over all of the existing floor in 3/4" CDX as well. The rest of the floor wasn't really rotting away, but wasn't exactly confidence inspiring either



I insulated the trim as well . . .

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I would've insulated the trim THEN cut the top part's flooring to go to the edge of the sunken in part.
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The structure at either end had rotted away & there was a 2" gap at the front & back. I could stand in it & push the walls & watch it rock back & forth, only being supported by the side walls

I trussed up the rear with a U shaped structure;



Trussed the corners;



Sealed it up with a piece of 1/2" & started building the Bed frame.



Beginning of the Bed Frame, 12 supports total, all trussed - the beefiest being the 'Tower of Power' at the front. I spaced it so it would clear the fenders ( there eventual insulating & boxing in ) & allow for a standard laundry basket to slip under

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I would've insulated the trim THEN cut the top part's flooring to go to the edge of the sunken in part.

I plan to Pergo over & use finish molding to pretty everything up
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I wonder if it will be colder inside that thing rather than outside in North Dakota
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Mold. Tear out all the rotted stuff and keep it dry and get lots of fresh air in. I hope you don't have asthma or allergies. Think FEMA trailer.
Oh yeah, I tore everything out that was questionable. I let it sit for a month with the fenders off & the doors open & bombed it for mold. I'm pretty fucking weary of that shit - not to say I got it all - but I made an amateur effort.
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I wonder if it will be colder inside that thing rather than outside in North Dakota
Hopefully in the Summer
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I don't care how well you insulate that thing you're still gonna freeze your nuts off

Seriously though, is it a temp thing till you find accommodation or are you just refusing to be raped by the local landlords? I hear tell of a few new camps opening up in the Williston in the next couple of months.
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Test Fitting the Bed - it's 1/2 of a queen size aero bed. I just folded it in half & tucked the excess underneath. I'm considering wrapping the whole bed frame in 1/2" foam, to keep in my body heat - good idea ? I know air beds have a bad rep for being cold - any other suggestion on how to keep it warm ? I napped on it last night, around freezing here & after a few minutes it felt pretty warm & I was toasty under a Duvet & Velux blanket . . . I'll have a little propane heater ( the one that came with the trailer ) running as often as I need it - and well, to keep my two dogs thawed out while I'm at work.

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I'm considering wrapping the whole bed frame in 1/2" foam, to keep in my body heat - good idea ? I know air beds have a bad rep for being cold - any other suggestion on how to keep it warm ?

Black or dark colored bedding.
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I don't care how well you insulate that thing you're still gonna freeze your nuts off

Seriously though, is it a temp thing till you find accommodation or are you just refusing to be raped by the local landlords? I hear tell of a few new camps opening up in the Williston in the next couple of months.

I could install an old M1950 USGI potbelly in it
We've had those in tents & has to keep the flaps open as it's blowing below 0* out.
It really is temporary - till I can afford something more substantial ( a Sub $10K Motorhome would be ideal - just big enough to tug my TJ with) & can pass this on to someone otherwise sleeping in their car
There's no way I'll pay the crazy prices for a rental out there & would rather avoid any of the 'Man Camps' . . .
But, as it is - I have no real contacts out there - no where to stay & got layed off from work a week before Crimmas - So - with an extremely limited budget, I'm hoping we can survive a winter in this thing
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Put a wood stove in that bitch.

Lots of work to put into starting with such a small camper, but keep up the good work.
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I like your ambition and thriftiness, but I would suggest a lot more insulation,..a lot more. Those rolls of the bubble/foil stuff are pretty cheap at the big box places, roof, sides, more in the floor, you can thank me in February. Good job so far.
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Put a wood stove in that bitch.

Lots of work to put into starting with such a small camper, but keep up the good work.
I read up on, but it seemed like there were alot of safety issues that discouraged me . . . It would be - by far the most efficient way to stay warm though.

I went to Goodwill & snagged a pile of blakets - one of which I sacrificed to make curtains out of - I'll get mounted pics in the morn.

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Who are you working for? Why aren't they covering you a place to stay?

I am going to be in Dickinson in a little over a month to start work.
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Who are you working for? Why aren't they covering you a place to stay?

I am going to be in Dickinson in a little over a month to start work.

Nowhere yet.
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