Trailer Build-Finishing up.

Still with me?  After you get the skin on, you now will need to put in the windows and doors, finish up interior items and install finishing touches.  Your windows and doors are pretty important so make sure you purchase quality ones which you can get online through ebay, amazon, etc.

I sealed my doors and windows with special RV caulk which is better than plain silicone.   It too can be purchased online.  At this point, you should be itching to try your new trailer out.  I waited until my mattress arrived and purchased my bedding.  I installed a dual power television and mounted it inside.  I also purchase a small computer stick which can be plugged into the television to give me the ability to get online when there was WiFi.  It works great and if no WiFi, use the antenna and see if you can get over the air tv.IMG_2739

My door for the kitchen was an idea from a friend.  I was going to put in two doors that would swing open.  After thinking about possible water intrusion, I opted to build a swing up door which can also double as a rain cover while cooking at times.IMG_2746


Finishing Thoughts at end of build……

Trailer Build- Final Thoughts

I have now used my camper to visit dozens of parks.  I has exceeded my expectations.  No leaks, no issues with power, no problem sleeping and getting a good nights rest.  It is easy to tow, coming in at less than 900 pounds, easy to set up, easy to keep clean.  Combined with my truck, I can carry all my gear and still haul my own wood for fires and my kayak.  I have changed out some of my gear, put in different storage combinations, taken out things that I haven’t or don’t plan to use and basically just enjoyed the simplicity the trailer has made of camping.IMG_2663.JPG

Some things to ponder:  without a bathroom, make sure you  have access.  Knowing that my better half won’t lock me out at a campsite because she has good clean bathrooms and shower facilities is pretty important.  Make sure you work through any problems that might arise with storms, uneven campsites, wind, etc.   I actually carry an extra two man tent, poles, tarps, etc.  for emergencies.   You need flashlights.  Get a dozen.  Carry one on you at all times.  Have a double walled 20 oz or more container, (Walmart-$7.00).

You need some good camp chairs.  Cheap ones hurt your butt after a few minutes.  Camping is about relaxing, not cramps and back pain.  Get a good stick, maybe a broken shovel handle like mine, to move your wood in the firepit.

If you want to really enjoy your trips, go where others don’t go.  If you must stay at busy campgrounds, be courteous to others.  Keep your radio low, turn off all those extra lights.  Shut the generator down as soon as possible and keep noise down after dark.  Take good coffee, creamer and a good book.  Don’t stress over no having phone service.  Play with your kids if they go.  Walk.  Swim.  Sink your toes in the river.  Enjoy.

I suspect that I will be building another trailer soon.  It was a joy and I can give this one to my sisters so they can come camping too.


Watch your six.


Sunset at Baden Lake

At the beginning of the camping season, it is hard to get good pictures.  The foliage isn’t out yet, the landscape can look dull.  This past weekend, my friend Jeff and I decided to take a chance on the weather and hit the trails at the Uwharrie National Forest.  After a great day on the trail, it was time for hotdogs and hamburgers off the grill.  A full stomach later, a roaring fire and the seasons first awesome sunset.   Come on folks, time is wasting, get out there.

Watch your six,