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    Lightbulb Anybody convert an enclosed trailer to a camper/toy-hauler?

    I have been thinking of a toy-hauler. I found one that I have been looking to see in person today- a Forest River NOBO 19.1.
    I was a bit disappointed in the fit and finish but have learned from the Class A Winnebago I purchased, these products are put together with “cheese-wizz” and “hope”.

    It has been on my mind that for not a lot of money, I could convert one of my Car-Mate, quality made trailers, into a bit of a camper/toy-hauler. There are many threads around on those that have done this, perhaps leading to the actual line of “Work-N-Play” trailers.

    So if you have considered this kind of project, or actually have done this kind of build, let’s hear about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    I have been thinking of a toy-hauler. I found one that I have been looking to see in person today- a Forest River NOBO 19.1.
    I was a bit disappointed in the fit and finish but have learned from the Class A Winnebago I purchased, these products are put together with “cheese-wizz” and “hope”.

    It has been on my mind that for not a lot of money, I could convert one of my Car-Mate, quality made trailers, into a bit of a camper/toy-hauler. There are many threads around on those that have done this, perhaps leading to the actual line of “Work-N-Play” trailers.

    So if you have considered this kind of project, or actually have done this kind of build, let’s hear about it.
    A guy, up the street, is building some form of food cart from an old single-stall, double axle horse trailer. It's quite attractive, the vents/windows have been replaced with hinged wood panels. By no means a lightweight unit, the owner will be safely selling whatever food items through the duration of the Zombie Apocolypse.
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    A search on RV.net will pull up threads on several such conversions that have been done. Some are pretty nice, then again there are others.

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    A friend converted a covered trailer. I forget how he secures the bike for travel,but once he reaches his destination, the bike gets wheeled out for the duration of his stay. On the driver's side, a long shelf is flipped down which becomes his bed. Another shelf on the passenger's side is released and becomes a counter for food prep or whatever. That same side has a door. He has two sets of LED lighting systems for inside and out. One set is hooked into the campsite electrical outlet. If there is no electrical outlet at the campsite, the second LED system is activated which runs off the truck's battery. I forget the other things he has done inside but it is a neat way to camp.
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    RV quality in general is poor. There are brands that do a better job, and years within those that are better than others as well. I just bought a Lance RV, quality is way above most other brands I have looked at. I believe they used to make toy haulers for a period of time. I hear that the stuff coming out right now is very poor, as people are buying RVs like crazy.

    Build your own sounds good, but executing that plan may be the tough part. I ended up buying a Load-All ramp for the motorcycles, and carry them in the back of my truck, while towing the trailer.
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    RV quality in general is poor.
    Oh boy, if you have ever come upon a serious RV accident and have seen the plastic and toothpicks spread across Hell's half acre you would know this is true. We had one roll over accident happen on the highway between where we live and town a couple of years ago. Fragments still show up in the ditch from time to time.
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    Three years ago at the Washington BMW state rally, there was a couple from Virginia who converted an enclosed 12 X 8 foot cargo trailer to a camper/bike hauler which they pulled with a car. They had a R1150RS. At night, they would put the bike outside. They had a bed and cooking facilities inside the trailer. Somehow, the bike was fastened in the middle of the trailer for hauling. The trailer had a back door that hinged down for loading. They did a very nice job on their trailer.

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    Any further development on the hauler OP?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EUGENE View Post
    Any further development on the hauler OP?
    I have a number of necessary interior components located. I want to add a powered roof vent first then 4 windows. I haven’t been able to get a clear match on the windows regarding the wall thickness.
    If I can find an easier fit, I won’t have a fancy interior over-cut and have to warm up the thickness planer.
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    size

    What size interior? Sleeping quarters?

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    7’x14’ Car Mate contractor version trailers. I have a couple so it will be a good place to start. As far as sleeping, just picked up an extra large cot at Bass Pro on sale.
    Probably a box awning off the side with the door.
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    Also 1 or 2 bike carrier? Can I PM you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EUGENE View Post
    Also 1 or 2 bike carrier? Can I PM you?
    ATV and bike most likely. PM away.
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