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post #1 of 13 Old 04-27-2018, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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Trailer has served us well since we bought it when the kids were growing up and then for ten years after they went off to school. But the hassle of getting it ready for the road is a two week ordeal , what with packing and stocking it, so it has sat idle as we now do the B&B / hotel route. Different from the camping but enjoyable none the less, and a lot less trouble, especially at our age. I am presently gutting it and stripping it down to the frame, converting it to a trailer for my BX25. Everything in it was pretty much toast from the mice that overwintered in it for eight years when we parked it. Cleaning it would have been a nightmare and don't think we would have ever gotten it clean enough for use. Shame, but as Elaine says, "It was new in 95 and we used the heck out of it, so it owes us nothing." And I'll get more (figuratively speaking) out of it by converting it rather than just scrapping it. They would have given me $200 tops.
Two truckloads of scrap taken to town for junk week. Got enough 14 and 16 gauge wire out of it to make wire harnesses for couple dozen tractors. (not that I'm contemplating doing that) Salvaged windows, they might end up in couple of my sheds. Friend got the 12V propane heater, fridge was toast, cost to replace was $1100 and that was eight yrs ago. Another guy giving me $75 for AC. Gonna put in a ice cream truck van. Wanted to throw in the radio/cassette player so he could play the annoying pop goes the weasel, or whatever it is. He declined. Said he's gonna just try van radio for random music. And as you can see. the entire skin, studs and floor joists are aluminum. Those are headed to recycler. Then its cut and weld time., fashion beaver tail, weld in some floor support and add the lumber. Main focus is to convert something that we no longer have a use for into something that I need. The aforementioned trailed for the BX25 and figure this will be significantly less that buying one. Besides, wife says it will keep me occupied and out of her hair.
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post #2 of 13 Old 04-27-2018, 12:38 PM
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Pretty cool, Mike. Looks like some good progress made. Like that you're utilizing/scrapping($) what you can. How long will the finished trailer be?

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post #3 of 13 Old 04-27-2018, 02:53 PM
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I'll be watching. I have a couple stripped travel trailer frames that I picked up to do the same thing.

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Pretty cool, Mike. Looks like some good progress made. Like that you're utilizing/scrapping($) what you can. How long will the finished trailer be?
As long as it has to! Got to be careful here. The trailer is 28', so taking into account the 3/4 ft they throw in for the hitch, shooting for somewhere in the 17' deck area. Don't want to let it get much BIGGER or I might just want to buy a bigger tractor to justify it.
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my brother built one from a flooded out travel trailer he hauls a teramite and compact utility tractor on made a nice trailer would post pic but camera has issues

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Well, like everything else, something always gets in the way of the timeline for my projects. Planting some 350 bulbs, tubers and rhizomes for the flow gardens, cutting and hauling home some 10 loads of of tree trunks from a neighbor, opening the pool... and the list keeps going. (Oh yeah, and the rainy weather) Finally got back to dismantling the trailer. Roof off, not its time to take down the walls. The clean up, get the steel to but in some cross bracing cut and weld the back end for a beaver tail, and then... Glad there's nothing (yet) on the schedule for needing this done by a certain time!
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PS: Got to love those aluminum rafters. but don't want to take time to figure out a project to use them. Quicker to just recycle them.
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Now that's a skylight, Mike! Umm, I can't help myself........I'd flip the rafters over and use them as rafters for a plywood topped shed roof. But, again, I have hoarding issues.

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I've stripped a few old campers like that with friends before--it is a lot more work than you think..most of theirs only had aluminum siding skin,all the framework was steel angle iron,like the hardened "bed frame" material--every scrap yard they contacted wanted them to PAY to take it,they wanted no part of the wood,fiberglass insulation or flooring tiles in the camper--they wanted $100 per ton!--and if the trailer had a fiberglass body,no one wanted it period!..(even if you had a Winnebago motor home with a 454,they didn't want it,not even for the good big block engine,especially if it was fiberglass body!)....so we ended up stripping it ourselves..

Those rafters could be used as a lean to roof addition,or stand alone shed or canopy roof,if you cut the roof off at the eaves in one piece...but they are probably worth some scrap money if your not willing to re-purpose them..the siding could be used for roofing on a wood pile or small shed too..

I saw a tent trailer frame this morning on craigslist for free,not that far away..been tempted to get something like that and make it into a flat bed,or an enclosed "trailer" I could store a tractor in--but I read the town's by-laws and anything like a trailer with "rubber tires" is strictly forbidden to be used as a storage facility--probably because they cant tax it if its "mobile" or "temporary"....I see a dozen just in my neighborhood though,and no one has said boo about it..they may have friends at town hall though..


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Now that's a skylight, Mike! Umm, I can't help myself........I'd flip the rafters over and use them as rafters for a plywood topped shed roof. But, again, I have hoarding issues.
STOP IT! Just STOP IT!!!I have thought of several things to use a lot of this trailer for, BUT not everyone in this household is on board with that idea at all. I just got my daughter to pick up a bunch of stuff from my garage from when she moved to another house three years ago.
Freed up 20 feet of three foot deep by eight foot high shelving rack, which as long as that "someone" doesn't go into the garage, that "someone" won't know that I have already moved stuff from sheds and under tarps on top the shelves.
So NO, maybe, possiblyall that stuff is going to the recycler.
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Well, Good News, the demo is now down to bare bones. Now for the cleanup. What a mess... hmm, wonder if the insurance company would believe it was hit by a tornado?? Probably not. Guess I'll pull out the frame and do a full cleanup tomorrow.

On to the bad news.
I KNOW I SAID "all of the aluminum was going to the recycler," but that was when I was thinking I was going to cut all of the trusses out. After all the skin, ceiling and insulation was out, those trusses came out in three large sections. They are just tantalizing enough for me to work out a plan for using them in some sort of shed / lean-to affair to store tractors under. Guess I've got to prepare a sales pitch for wife and see if I get the go ahead.

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Cool project! Never thought of using an old travel trailer for something like this.

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I KNOW I SAID "all of the aluminum was going to the recycler," but that was when I was thinking I was going to cut all of the trusses out. After all the skin, ceiling and insulation was out, those trusses came out in three large sections. They are just tantalizing enough for me to work out a plan for using them in some sort of shed / lean-to affair to store tractors under. Guess I've got to prepare a sales pitch for wife and see if I get the go ahead.

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I knew you'd come to your senses, Mike! Now, brush those teeth, splash on some Brave Bull cologne and hit the Mrs. with that boyish charm. You can't miss, dude

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post #13 of 13 Old 06-06-2018, 11:08 AM
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I did this to a motor home !! OMGosh what a mess it made. I think you have a great plan, waste NOT want NOT

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