One way to save money is to take your living quarters with you. In this article, you will see several DIY Micro camper ideas that showcase building instructions as well as cost analysis. Here you will find all sorts of different ideas, from easy to more complex that is perfect for anyone looking for a small setup for their big trip in life. A micro camper is basically a small camper comfy enough for just one person. It basically has everything you need for a short holiday.
What You Need To Know – Before You Build A Micro Camper
Being a handyman or woman is a high advantage as you would need to be conversant with some basic woodworking and metalworking skills like cutting, sanding, gluing, and more to be able to make most of the advanced micro camper projects. If you have never done any wood or metal project before, call on a professional for assistance.
A micro camper is usually small if you are looking for a big camper that would fit more than two persons, this tutorial isn’t for you. However, if you do not have a family yet or do not intend on going camping with the whole family, then this project is perfect as it is a sole-camper, however, there are some tutorials that just might fit two persons.
An easy way around this would be to buy a micro camper, however, buying a micro camper that is probably branded would cost you way more than it would cost you to build one. If you want to save cost, pick a tutorial, get those tools ready and start building.
Building a micro camper is serious work that involves the use of power tools. In most cases, you should wear protective gear before handling equipment that might be harmful to you. If you haven’t used power tools or do not know how to use one, kindly call on the professionals to assist you.
Materials & Tools
Basic materials and tools used in wood & metal working will be required for building most micro campers, we included a list in every tutorial where we could find the complete set of materials and tools used by the creators, you can simply view the complete project for an ideal list of equipment as every tutorial has its unique set of gear.
You can create some really cool designs if you have access to a CNC machine. Consider the elliptical, or teardrop-shaped, design for a while. A great shape will not only have that recognizable appearance, but it will also increase aerodynamics and, thus, fuel efficiency.
Pick the kind of trailer you desire. Online, you can frequently find used military-grade trailers for VERY little money. You’re probably better off welding your own trailer out of a steel tube if you have the necessary tools and knowledge. You may find a number of helpful guides on the internet.
This platform’s base is constructed from wood. If you choose this path, you will probably purchase regular 2x4s from your neighborhood home improvement retailer. You can lay down some sanded plywood and cover the wood foundation frame when you have a basic structure over the trailer rails.
Start working on the side walls when the base is finished. Start with some 4×8-inch pieces of 15/32-inch-thick plywood. Connect two panels at a strengthened seam because the finished length of the trailer would be around 10 feet.
Next, build the roof and install the Kitchen Galley and Hatch, this part is time-consuming but worth it in the end. Install doors and windows, do some electrical work and your Mini Micro camper trailer is done.
- Hatch hinge
- Hard foam insulation
- Automotive Fuse Holder Box Holds 6 Blade Fuses
- Aluminum sheets 4×8
- Gallon Contact Cement
- Exterior screws
- Bolts & washers & lock washers & nuts
- Birch plywood
- Utility plywood
- Henry Asphalt Emulsion
- Spray paint
- Hard foam insulation
- Aluminum molding
- Sink-Stove combo
- birch plywood
- Wood stain
- Framing square
- Box cutter
- Wireless drill
- Table saw
- Chop saw
- Belt sander
The wooden body is built first in this project. The process of building the body only requires putting out the design on the plywood, cutting the panels with a track saw, and screwing them all together. Simply pre-drill into the plywood and attach everything with screws for the initial build. Corner blocks should be glued onto each inside corner of the body after it has been fully built for a more durable bond.
Make the pop top once the body has been constructed; it may be difficult but it is not impossible. After that is finished, concentrate on waterproofing and painting. To do this, take apart the roof and lift the arms and begin fiberglassing.
Tractor paint is the best choice for the paint because it has a durable finish. It is a highly resilient oil-based substance designed for a piece of equipment that spends its whole life outside. The fact that it is only available in a few hues is the sole drawback. Massey Ferguson Gray was the designer’s choice.
You may want to add more protection to the roof, fender wells, and bottom of the trailer. Spray U-POL Raptor Liner over the fiberglass in these locations. It will produce a resilient rubberized layer, but it requires a lot of material to accumulate any significant thickness.
The author used an existing frame and made minor modifications before building the trailer frame. He continued by heating the trailer after that. The wall-mounted Wave 6 Catalytic safety heater is the best option because it radiates heat rather than blowing hot air. The complete project can be seen by clicking on the link.
- 3/4″ Plywood
- Epoxy Resin
- Tractor Paint
- 1/2″ pre-finished plywood
- Brake Lights
- Fiberglass cloth
- Table saw
- Wireless drill
- Framing square
- Box cutter
- Chop saw
- Belt sander
3. DIY Bike Micro Camper
In this tutorial you will learn how to build a micro camper for a bicycle. This doesn’t take much time and energy to put together, it also does not cost much to build. For as little as $150 you can build yours (excluding tools).
This camper is insulated to keep you warm in the wintertime when the weather is cold. There’s a kitchen and stove installed in it. There are also a couple of drawers, a section to store water, and more.
The building process begins with getting a decent-sized coroplast camper, which the creator used weighed about 3 pounds. Just attaching the panels together with some zip ties you can create a lightweight micro camper. An airstream nose was added to the camper using old recycled campaign signs. The signs were cut into different shapes and joined together using zip ties.
Layer the coroplast on some wooden framework and then pre drill some holes, and attach the coroplast to the wooden frame. Then attach the frame you just built to the shelter. The next step is finishing the whole camper; paint it, attach drawers and cabinets, and make sure to seal holes. The video tutorial will give you an in-depth explanation of how to get this done.
- Zip ties
- 2 layers of 4mm Coroplast
- Old Recycled Campaign signs
- Homeless Emergency Shelter
- Old bicycle
- Hole Puncher
4. Off-road Micro Camper
Here’s one for you if you are a handyman or woman. Although this tutorial doesn’t show you how to build a micro camper from scratch, the creator does his best to explain how he was able to come up with this rustic wooden micro camper.
With a trailer, you can have a movable bed as you leave the beaten path and venture into the wilderness. You have to create a flatbed, with a single axle. You can use a floorboard to create the floor. The wall and the roof can be made with plywood. Make sure it is sturdy to handle the off-road rigors.
This camper features a lot of storage areas inside and outside the camper. It also has an area for a water tank by the side. About 80% of the camper is made out of wood. The video is fun to watch, however, it is not for beginners as the creator doesn’t give in-depth information or plans on how he was able to build this micro camper.
Want to give this a try? That will be great, check out the full tutorial video above and jump at it, feel free to make your own customizations where you deem fit. Happy building.
- Pallet wood
- Zinc sheets
- Propane Tanks
- Tank hose
- Storage boxes
- Mitre saw
- Measuring tape
Here’s yet another micro camping trailer build, this is meant to inspire you to make your own camper. Again, there isn’t in-depth instruction to follow on how to build this micro camping trailer. If you are a complete beginner you should consider building something else.
The camper has a lot of space inside. There’s a whole area for a bed that could probably contain two persons. The micro camper also features some floating storage shelves and lighting for nighttime. It was built in such a way that the back of the camper has an area ideally for cooking, simply attach the board, place the stove, and start cooking.
The frame is made of plywood and is resting on a sturdy metal frame with tires attached to it for easy movement. The trailer, which measures 5 by 9.5 feet and weighs 1280 pounds empty, can still be towed by a 4-cylinder car. It was constructed in about six months and seems really cozy.
It includes a deep cycle battery, 2.4 cu ft of refrigerator, onboard 30 amp RV charger, TV, DVD player, digital tuner, stereo, and microwave. 6 110 volt outlets, 2 12 volt outlets, 2 TV outlets. There are two storage areas: one in front and one at the foot of the bed. With the exception of the kitchen area, which uses a 40-watt fluorescent light, all lighting is LED. Additionally, under-cabinet lighting and additional 15-inch wheels.
- 15 inch wheels
- LED Lighting
- Metal frame
- Drill bit
- 40 Watt Fluorescent
- Wooden cabinets
- Mitre saw
- Measuring tape
This little vehicle was purchased as a cheap runabout at an auction for about £260, but it turned out to be too good to throw away. With a complete service history and extremely few kilometers, it was an ex-fire service van. Consequently, in excellent condition, especially given the cost.
First, battens measuring 2″ x 1/4″ were screwed to the cross members to receive the ply lining. The thin waterproof foam material known as carpet underfelt and then adhered to all the exposed panels for insulation.
Then he cut 1/8″ plywood to size for the roof and side panels. He used PU varnish, sanded it, and then varnished it to highlight the gorgeous grain and color of the wood. Cheaper chipboard was used to create a floor, which was then covered in commercial carpet. The brackets holding the devices in place could then be secured with ease by fastening screws into this wood floor.
The amazing thing about this little camper is that, unlike larger vehicles, it in no way LOOKS like a camper but can sleep two people comfortably and go anywhere a car can go.
- Auxiliary leisure battery
- 240v 1000w inverter
- mushroom roof vent
- stainless steel sink
- water bottle
- Cartridge gas camping stove
- gas ring heater
- 240v socket
- 12v socket usb socket
- 12v computer fan
- glue tube dispenser
- hand saws
- socket set
7. DIY Rustic Micro Camper
This rustic micro camper is proof that you are allowed to get creative with your camper. Fence boards are used for the exterior. It is completely insulated and wrapped in tar paper. The plywood is painted on both sides before the flooring is put on it.
The design is pretty self-sufficient. It’s got storage at the top over the head of the bed, and there’s one window on the side for ventilation. There’s a solar sensor attached which is something you might consider adding to your camper during construction but that’s left to you. The fence boards are all two by three, and they are strong and sturdy.
The dimension of the trailer is 4 by 8. It is a micro camper for two. This camper provides a better alternative in terms of finance than renting a hotel room. If you find yourself out of town you can sleep in it while staying in a park or even out in the woods.
- Fence boards
- Circuit interrupter
- Motion sensor
- Zinc sheet
- Measuring Tape
- Mitre saw
- Screw driver
The 40 square feet camper is made from a 40-year-old 5 by 8 cargo trailer. The walls are made of aluminum on a 2 by 3 framed construction. It’s got r-13 insulation in the walls, and over that is a beech bead board with 1-inch pine trim. There’s also 3 feet of cedar loft platform with closed sides to hold the gear in.
The floor is covered in birch plywood. A corrugated tin roof covered the top. There are twin deep 12 V batteries to power the 5 led lights, and also a 110 V AC outlet powered by an inverter mounted on the front storage box.
Building the teardrop camper requires minimal experience. All you need to do is find an unused trailer, and take it apart so that you can build your desired structure on it. Start with framing the walls of wood, build a roof for it and add windows and prepare the sheets for the roof. Insulate the walls with the materials and mount the structure one after another.
- Corrugated metal sheets
- Drill bits
- Measuring tape
- Mitre saw
9. Tiny Camper Build
For a short getaway with your spouse this is the ideal camper. It is based on the teardrop camper principle, a minimalist design. The frame is built on a 4 by 8 trailer. Birch plywood is used for the sides and the back of the camper. The floors, roof, and the single door are also insulated. RV-style windows are used with screens.
Even the lighting is simple. This build is so simple that even if you have never built a camper before, you can come up with something decent in about 30 days, with a $1500 to $2000 budget. The trick really is trying to first pick up some old stuff for the construction. For example, you will cut a lot of costs if you use an old trailer and if you can get the other stuff from your local stores instead of ordering them online.
In this example, the builder and his wife haven’t built a camper before but they were able to pull it off. The project doesn’t have to be perfect. You should aim for a functional trailer that can accommodate two people.
- Birch Plywood
- Aluminum Sheets
- Drill bits
- Mitre Saw
- Measuring Tape
10. DIY Camper
In a park full of micro campers this might be the biggest one yet. This camper even has an Air conditioning unit installed in it. Awesome right? This hard shell camping trailer provides the most interior space while yet fitting into a garage. It is thin and has good insulation against the elements.
Making starts with selecting a trailer frame on which to construct. He employed a camper size of 6′ x 10′. For this build, a 1969 Apache pop-up camper (5′ x 8 1/2′ floor area, $200) was used. The trailer can either be demoed or deconstructed after the deconstruction process. You can save a lot of time by demoing it but forget about trying to sell the pieces. Deconstruction is the removal of each component and portion one at a time.
After removing the surface rust from an old, naked frame with a grinder and power drill, he repacked the wheel bearings and replaced the tires. The next step is frame reconditioning. Although the Deck floor system construction takes time, it is ultimately worthwhile. For the floor and deck, he cut 3/4″ plywood, primed it, and applied two coats of black porch paint to the underside. He placed the plywood floor boards (painted side down) and fastened them with ring shank nails using construction adhesive.
Building the walls takes time to finish. Cut the 4’x8′ sheets in half, then attach the panels together with gorilla glue to create rough walls. Eventually, each unfinished wall will be cut to its final size and shape. Once all of the rough walls have been measured and shaped, the following step is to cut out penetrations like windows and attach the prefinished paneling with glue to the inside walls.
Install the walls completely, do some dry fitting, and add the doors and cabinet. The roof and ceiling aren’t hard to fix, after installing them attach some plywood to the main frame. Install the electrical units, do some trimming and your micro camper is good to go.
- Camper Frame
- Drill bit
- Mitre saw
- Paint brush
- Measuring tape
- Disposable Gloves
11. Bike Micro Camper Build
The Bikesport Micro camper is a real definition of micro camper. It is small enough to be pushed from behind like a handcart down the road. Or—as the name suggests—it can be towed by a bike or a small scooter. It is built on the Aosom Elite II trailer. It is 2 feet wide and can be slid open to 6 feet of bed space for one person.
It has a storage cabinet on one end. It’s got stabilizers that allow the trailer to stand when you get to where you are going. All you need to do when you’re ready to camp is pull the handle and you have an extension with the bed and space for your stuff. It is 2 feet 6 inches wide and high, enough space for a person. It’s also got air vents to keep it cool.
The height of the camper makes it a good option for a table for your meals and reading. This is great for homeless people, college students, bike travelers, or for when driving isn’t an option.
With as little as $2900, you can build your own small camper. All you need is a trailer with a functional chassis and tires. If not you’d have to get new tires. Next, you need a supply of wood for the frame, plywood for the walls of the box, insulation materials, power tools and adhesive. If you want to build a camper that you can use in winter, then you’d need aluminum sheets for insulating the flooring before placing the plywood on for the flooring.
You also need to determine the size of your camper. And the size is also determined by the dimension of the trailer you’re using. So before purchasing your wood and plywood supply you need to make a sketch of the camper showing all the measurements in detail.
Begin by measuring the trailer’s dimensions. That would help you determine the size of the box or frame’s construction. Plywood and wood come in standard sizes but you can get creative with the external look of your camper.
The aim of this homemade camper is to have a trailer that is self-sufficient so that you don’t need hookups. The trailer is built on an aluminum frame of 4 feet by 8 feet. The floorboard is covered with Jack and a coupler.
The wheels are 2000 lb axle alloy wheels. The exterior plywood box is 34 inches high and is painted with camouflage colors. Of course, you can choose a different color for your own trailer. The beauty of a do-it-yourself trailer is you can outfit it with all the things you consider necessary.
This one is fitted with a kitchenette which has a sink, a faucet, two drawers, and a storage area under the sink. There’s a 20-gallon water tank and 12-watt solar panel on a slide-out system. In this project, the largest area is the storage area in the rear of the box. You can decide what part of your trailer takes up the bulk space.
- Propane Tank
- Solar Power System
- Plumbing System
- Electrical System
- Mitre Saw
14. DIY Wooden Camper Trailer
When making your wooden camper be prepared to do most of the work beforehand. This makes the job easier as all you have to do eventually is put the prepared parts together one after the other. Let’s not kid you, making DIY campers can be time-consuming.
This one took approximately 100 hours to put together. First, you need your metal chassis built, then comes the woodwork, putting the box frame together using layers of plywood. One special element of this project is the insulation of the walls using foam.
The foam is a lining in the middle of two plywood sheets. Once the frame is ready, other elements are added like a solar panel to run the power needed for outdoor use and a camera that is mounted on the box frame.
If you don’t like the idea of setting up tents and tearing it down every now and then, a teardrop camper trailer is your best bet. To make one, you have to first think about your goals and needs that you want the trailer to fill.
You need it to be big enough for a full-size bed, it has to be cozy, well-ventilated, and insulated, and it has to be detachable from the flatbed trailer and so on. To make the work involved a lot easy for you, begin by making sketches of your design.
Aim for a size that is not too big or too small. The one depicted here is 71 ½ inches wide and 108 inches long. It is 60 inches high. This means you can’t use single sheets of plywood. In the end, you will have an estimated weight of 400 lbs.
16. Small Cargo Trailer DIY
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Most of the work of building a cargo camper begins in your garage or out on the drawing board as the case may be for you. After making a sketch of your camper, the size, the compartments, and the size of the trailer in relation to the box frame, you can then bring together all the materials you will need for the project.
For this project, you need construction-grade aluminum sheets, metal hinges and handles, a whole bunch of bolts and screws, and plenty of adhesives.
Cargo trailers are used to haul supplies while camping such as motorcycles, RV supplies, and ATVs. Now note that your cargo trailer comes with complete walls without windows or compartments for storage and cooking like a tiny home trailer. A regular-sized cargo trailer is 6 feet wide.
You may want to build an off-road cargo trailer from scratch or take a cargo trailer and modify it. Before embarking on the project, decide why you need the off-road trailer. This affects the design. You can use a trailer of 4 by 6 truck beds. Or you can use ones that are smaller, say 4 by 4. Be aware of the complexities—avoid building a frame that’s too weak, and one that is too heavy.
Begin with the frame, a strong one. And make sure it’s square as you put it together inch by inch. If you are building from scratch you should weld the tongue of the trailer first. Install the uprights, and weld on the metal sheets on the sides, the fenders, and the mud flaps.
The electrical wiring comes in after and then the painting. If it’s part of your needs, you can install the tent and awning.
|Material||Wood, metal, aluminum sheets|
Taking your time to plan your cargo trailer camper is important. This is because it is a difficult job to achieve a camper that meets your every need. It takes effort and finance too. You have to think about the suitability of the trailer. You have to choose from the many designs available for the one that suits you.
Your aim should be to cut costs when planning to build a cargo trailer. If you are confused about the options for a trailer you should consider visiting a caravan or camping show. Seeing other trailers can fire up your imagination.
Distinguish what is desirable and what is essential for your project. For example, it is essential for your trailer to be durable for rough terrain, and you may desire it to be lightweight. Instead of rushing the design of your camper, take time to see what’s available in the market and how you can modify them to suit your own needs.
To build your own cargo trailer camper you can either buy a trailer or use one that has been out of commission lying in your backyard, to lower cost, that is. Most DIY folks like to draw diagrams showing details of the project, you can do this too.
Remove the unwanted things from the trailer and get to work. You first need to construct the skeleton or base of the camper on which you’d place the frame of the camper. You’ll need some welding work, meticulous measuring of parts, and work clothes to protect yourself from injuries. One thing is sure, you’d love what you come up with by the time your job is done.
Your project is not going to produce a trailer camper overnight. Some of these projects can take anywhere from a week to a month or more. And your budget can depend much on what your needs are. Know that the bigger the project, or the more parts you buy, the more you’ll spend.
20. The Micro Camper
A compact camper is ideal if you want to explore a country on a tight budget and still stay dry while it rains. The major objective is to create a compact camper that is quick and simple to convert into a sleeping arrangement.
1.9 cm (0.75 inches) thick, three-layer wood sheets are used to make every wooden component. The box extends from the back door to the back of the back seats and is exactly the same width as the car’s trunk.
The box was separated into three pieces. A cooking box compartment is located on the left side. The cooler’s opening is on the right side and there is room between for everything that doesn’t fit elsewhere.
The driver’s seat’s back is reached by the front side box, which extends from the backside box. The backside box is wider, but only by 50%. You can use both boxes as a sofa to read or relax if the setup is not in the sleeping position. The shape of the car’s floor is identically replicated on the ground. The box’s lid has hinges that allow it to be opened at the top. It is held in place when it is open by a gas pressure spring.
Mounting the sleeping extension comes next, The two front seats must be tilted forward and in the forward position in order to mount it. A vertical extension board and the front seats can be used to store the extension plate while driving.
The rest are pretty much easy to install, for the complete tutorial click on the link below and you would see a full list of the materials and tools and also how it was made from start to finish.
Building your own trailer camper, the military way is a great way to achieve two things: durability and cost-effectiveness. Of course, you’ll be doing a lot of welding and putting metal parts together. But before you begin, take your time to decide what exactly you want out of your DIY military trailer camper, the size, and the terrain you hope to use it in.
Then make sketches of the trailer camper, know the angles, measure the length, and breath. Usually, you’d need some welding experience for this project. And if not, you can get the help of a neighbor who is proficient at welding. Begin by building the base frame, suspension and wheels, the cargo box frame, and then doors and latches.
From here on the job is halfway done. You are left with wiring, trim, and waterproofing. Painting is one of the final things that follow. At the end of the project, you should have a sturdy trailer camper with the ability to traverse the most treacherous territories.
A miniature camper was built at the back of a 2004 Toyota Sienna minivan by its builder. The camper was built for a twin bed, but if you wanted to camp with two people, you could fit a double bed if you removed all of the seats from the van. Next to the bed, there is space for longer or taller goods like skis or paddles.
Determine your needs and the size of your mattress. Make sure there is 12 inches of space underneath for storage before exchanging some headroom for the space. You must measure the distance between your doors once you have chosen the size of your bed.
You may reach your storage through either the side doors or the back hatch thanks to the stick man design of this. The central component was designed to be easily accessible from the side entrance because the doors in this camper were 30 inches wide. Once more, measure your van to determine the optimum fit.
Make a rough sketch of how you want the camper, All you might need is a sheet of paper with a crude drawing and some dimensions. Include your overall length, width, and the size you plan to create each compartment, as well as any other pertinent information.
Gather materials for the build, assemble the frame, add the top sheet, and finally set it up in your van. Decorate the micro camper to your taste by adding some curtains and other gear you deem fit and voila, you have yourself a micro camper at the back of your van.
You too can experience the feeling of fulfillment that comes with building a camper. And this time, you are building a military trailer camper. You can purchase a utility trailer on craigslist. Once your frame is ready paint it with a rust-prevention coating.
Next, make sure the rig has no deficiencies with the tires, transmission, and suspension. Build the metal frame on the top, from there on just add what you have sketched. Remember to insulate the walls, put in the windows, and the door.
Anyone can build this if they really want to. All you need is the right motivation and some technical knowledge of putting things together. If you have an old trailer, it would save you the cost of buying a new one.
Military-style trailers have a conventional look to them. They look like smaller versions of WWll jeeps. It is in this size that you find their benefits. They make the best off-road trailers. You need metal sheets for the sides and flooring after you have painted the trailer with a rust-prevention coating.
Your work begins from the frame where you do some welding of the parts together. Measure the frame before you put the parts together. Next, lift your prepared trailer box and put it on the trailer, bolt it down, and then begin to fit the rest of the trailer on.
The trailer may be fitted with either a 2-inch ball connector or a military-style pintle hook/lunar ring setup for simplicity and security. In any case, a Bolt single-key receiver lock that is operated by the Jeep’s ignition key secures the towing system.
The tent was held up by a high frame. The tent was received from 4Wheel Parts fully assembled, so they had to assemble it before bolting it to the framework and setting the assembled item on the cargo box top rails of the trailer. See complete plans by clicking on the link below.
25. How To Build A Teardrop Camper
Begin with the floor for this one. Construct the trailer, then the flooring of the box frame should be built on the trailer. Next, glue plywood flooring on the frame you’ve created on the trailer. Cover this up with asphalt paint. Build your wooden frame.
Then lift the frame and put on the trailer and begin to glue and screw down the parts before you begin to fix the compartments in the trailer. Most of the compartments you would have done separately, painted or spray painted.
Most of what’s left at this point are the finishing touches. This project requires plenty of expertise and some budget.
The first step in building this teardrop camper is to purchase and put together a trailer. After putting your trailer together, you should construct the deck, which will serve as the teardrop home’s structure. To achieve that, visit your neighborhood Home Depot or Lowe’s and purchase a 4′ X 8′ piece of 3/4 “plywood. Get 3/4 of what you need if you want a firm foundation “plywood.
Lay down your 4 X 8 wood and fasten it to the frame once the framing is complete. The designer made use of 5 1/2″ hex bolts. He applied several coats of spar urethane to the top to give it a beautiful finish once everything was securely fastened to the frame. Find a teardrop design you like by searching online. He bought two 4′ x 8′ pieces of 1/2″ birch plywood. He selected birch because it has a lovely finish and would be used for the teardrop’s exterior walls.
Insulation made of Styrofoam was applied and adhered to the side sections. It had a 3/4” thickness. It is a filler material used to cover the gap between the interior and outside walls. A frame is required to surround the side pieces so that insulation may be placed within. You’ll also need framing for your door.
27. DIY Camp Trailer Build
As you can see in this video you don’t have to be an expert to build your own camp trailer. Get yourself a pre-framed metal rig with tires, construction-grade plywood, and wood frames. With your tools and all the prefab done, it would only take you a couple of days to get your camp trailer up.
To complete this construction properly you need to consider the appropriate weight of the whole trailer. It is also important to consider a suspension that keeps the whole trailer off the ground to a fair degree which allows it to be a true off-road trailer.
To insulate the trailer for winter and wet seasons the floor is covered with a tarp, and the subfloor of plywood goes on, followed by the finished floor. The wooden frame of the trailer can then sit on the whole contraption.
Better known as “the stuff campaign signs are made of,” coroplast is a surprisingly robust and long-lasting substance. Not only is it simple to work with, but the tools—scissors, a wooden grilling stick, and a hair dryer—are inexpensive and readily available. Coroplast is made of the polypropylene plastic, which has exceptional heat and chemical resistance.
Make a paper mockup as a starting point. Reduce it to a smaller size and experiment with it until you find a design that you like. Start transferring the design to your coroplast with a marker and square once the mockup is finished. The coroplast should be cut and creased as per your design.
The construction of the windows, door, and screen will follow. Once the bedroom quarters’ exterior has been completed, installing doors and windows is simple.
You can lock the windows at any angle by installing window struts. It is crucial to avoid increasing the structure’s thickness because doing so would have a negative impact on folding. A few supports must be built in order to keep the platform at a flat angle with the car’s top. Then, install the hinge and platform after cutting a hole in the roof. The cabin can be connected once the platform is finished and safe.
29. DIY Custom Cargo Trailer Camper
It’s a 6 by 10 cargo trailer built into an off-grid camper. The bodywork on this one is aluminum steel, with 16-inch centers. The roof is 24-inch tubular steel. It’s got an awning on top of custom brackets right on the roof. There are two windows with 15 by 30 screens.
The trailer is insulated on all sides and on the vinyl floor with one-inch foam. In the ceiling, there’s one-and-a-half inch of foam insulation. The trailer is outfitted with amenities like cabinets, and a remote-controlled fan in the ceiling. There’s a sitting area that also converts into a bed.
There’s a storage compartment under the seats. The trailer is put together with screws and glues so that it doesn’t fall apart as it moves. There’s a 24 by 27 shower walled up with plastic-reinforced fiberglass to prevent splashing water from damaging anything in the trailer. This camper is one of the few you’ll find with a bathroom and kitchen.
An old pop-up camper was disassembled for this project, and some of the parts were recycled. A rotary wire brush and 80-grit sandpaper were used to power sand the frame. Rust-Oleum rust preventative was applied next, and black Rust-Oleum paint was applied last.
Then construct a frame using 2×4 pine studs, 1/8-inch Luan plywood, and 1/2-inch plywood. He added 1.5 inches of insulation foam inside the frame and sprayed it with elastomeric paint to prevent moisture damage to the wood.
Make the walls by following the cardboard template’s outline. Add eight 1/2-inch hardened steel lag bolts per side to the walls once they have been constructed to secure them to the base structure. To avoid issues while skinning, make sure the walls are vertical and parallel to the frame.
To stop dry rot, add inside skins and paint them with elastomeric roofing paint. It has a lengthy shelf life. The plywood is then fastened to the frame using brass brads and Titebond 3 external wood adhesive. The structure is really sturdy once the adhesive has dried.
To avoid having to later damage the insulation, install your electrical wire before placing the insulation. The skinning comes before the insulation is put. Install other components for the window, kitchen, and door and you’re good to go.
- 6 Galvanized screws
- 10 1/8 inch Luan plywood
- 2 Elastomeric roofing paint
- 3 Titebond 3 exterior wood glue
- 1 Plexiglass or Lexan – to suit needs for windows
- 24 Piano hinges
- 1 cooler of appropriate capacity
- 1 Propane stove
- 2 Door latches – one for hatch, one for door
- electric router
- Electric drill and bits 1″ ¼” 7 32″ 3 16″
- Wire cutters
- orbital sander
- Jigsaw coping saw
- carpenters square
- router bits
There are a huge number of benefits to building your own micro camper, and it’s important to note that it doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. While the costs of materials vary depending on the type of micro camper you want to build, you could pay as little as $1000 for the basics. If you’re looking for a small camper or motorhome instead of a big RV, then I hope this article will be useful to you. Each photo has a link to the relevant page where you can find plans, instructions, and materials lists so you can build your own micro camper. Enjoy!