Can Your Trailer Alarm Do This? Our Plan for Keeping the Workshop Secure

How to install an alarm system on an enclosed utility trailer with siren, brake lock, and text message notifications. We have the option of arming with either a keypad in the trailer or key fab outside.

Thank you for putting this system together for us!

Link to our system:

The install took about 8 hours, but we have more openings than the average trailer. Something I didn’t mention is that you can change the timing of the exit/entry and the sensitivity of the accelerometer.

ULTIMATE Mobile Workshop – PART 2 – V-Nose Workbench / Power Tool Cabinet

How to build a simple wall mounted workbench and cabinets for power tools. The V-nose of the Ultimate Mobile Workshop is going to serve as my main workbench. I used 2x4s and plywood to make a simple counter top and covered the wall in 1/2″ plywood to organize my hand tool holders.

The power tool cabinet above each of the two-way drawers uses grooves in plywood to allow you to fit any size tool you want. Simply move the dividers around to change the slot size from 4 inches up to 24 inches.

HUGE THANKS to Lark United Manufacturing:

Trailer Pre-construction Tour:

We’re Coming to See You! Submit Your Project Idea Now! (Fall 2016 Tour)

Makers on the Move is officially happening! We’ve decided we’re going to start our new adventure October 24th.

Here’s the plan – You submit a project idea that you’d like to build with us at If selected, we’ll work over email to come up with a design you like. You buy the materials and we’ll cover everything else.

We’ll come in our RV with the Ultimate Mobile Workshop and film the process from start to finish. We’re looking for fun, unique, and interesting projects that can be completed in a weekend (or week if your schedule allows).

Looking forward to meeting you!

Submit your project idea here!
(Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama only).

ULTIMATE Mobile Workshop – PART 1 – Two-Way Cabinet Drawers

How to build cabinets with two way drawer slides. I decided to start work on the miter saw and drill press station in the Ultimate Mobile Workshop. At each end of the bench are a set of cabinet drawers that can be accessed from inside or outside the trailer.

I used adjustable ball catches to keep the drawers locked in place and 3/8″ bolts in a groove as drawer stops. The bench height ended up a little higher than I would have wanted (39″) because of the layout of the trailer doors.

HUGE THANKS to Lark United Manufacturing:

DIY Pickup Truck Bed Slide

Trailer Pre-construction Tour:

Sidenote: I was amazed how well paste wax worked to make wooden drawers slide smooth.


RV Tire Pressure Monitoring System Installation + SIMULATED LEAK!

More information about Tire Minder

With a long rig I knew we would want a tire pressure monitoring system. I did some research, and Tire Minder kept coming up again and again. After talking with the company, they sent us a whole system for the RV and trailer. The peace of mind is nice, since the trailer tires are 65′ back, and could potentially blow without noticing on a rig this size. Thank you Minder Research!


Uh, Yea…It’s Pretty BIG | Pre-Tour of Our New Trailer!!

The Ultimate Mobile Workshop trailer has been delivered! It turned out so much better than we could have hoped. Now we get to the fun part of building out the whole interior with benches, cabinets, and storage.

The biggest thank you to Lark United Manufacturing!


DIY Concrete Toilet Tank Sink – This SHOULD Be On Every Toilet!

QUIKRETE is having a contest for the best project using one bag of concrete. (Not a sponsor.) I decided to make a “toilet tank top sink.” I first saw the idea on toilets in Japan.

When you flush the toilet, the fill water is re-routed to a faucet (don’t worry, it’s perfectly clean). You wash your hands like normal, then watch the water drain directly into the toilet tank. Next time you use the bathroom, the recycled water flushes the toilet and clean water is dispensed from the faucet. The design saves an estimated 1 gallon of water per person, per day! No modifications are made to the toilet except for routing the fill water tube into the bottom of the faucet.

Hopefully it’s good enough to win the $2500 dollar prize ūüôā

Improving our RV’s Screen Door Latch

The screen door latch on our 1999 Monaco Dynasty leaves a little to be desired. It’s a simple twist and lock mechanism without springs or retention.

The biggest problem is that when you close the entry door, the screen door handle will unhook itself and need to be opened separately next time you arrive.



Not a big deal, but I thought I might be able to solve the problem with a couple of magnets.

I ended up using magnets like these but rectangle shaped.  They are rare earth magnets which are super strong.


Full Disclosure: Dremel is currently running a contest called “Dremel Maker Days” where they are giving away a bunch of stuff including a 3D printer. As a Dremel Maker, they sent me a Dremel 4000 with flex shaft attachment to try out on this project.IMG_8403

The kit comes with a bunch of accessories, but the two I found most useful were the cut off wheel and the sanding drum.

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I started by removing the handle latch and taking it over to the bench vice.


Using the cutoff wheel I carved out the shape of the magnet into the plastic.  It worked well, but left small ridges, so I used the sanding drum to smooth it out.


Next, I attached the magnet to the old latch using a two-part 5 minute epoxy.  I let it setup for about 30 minutes before re-attaching it to the door.



Finishing Up:


I used the same two-part epoxy to adhere the mating magnet on the screen door.  This was my backup plan after discovering all of the parts of the screen door were made of aluminum.


The magnet latch works well with¬†normal force, but if you slam the door it still opens up. ¬†I figured out that if I put a second magnet on the screen door it works great. ¬†Unfortunately I only had 2 rectangle magnets, so I had to order more. ¬†The round one works the same, but doesn’t look good.

Bonus Project:

While I had the cutoff wheel on the Dremel I used the opportunity to fix something that has been bothering me.


Whoever installed the universal screen protector on our¬†door didn’t do a good job cleaning up the excess material. They let it overhang the bottom and it looks bad.


The tool¬†cut through the aluminum bracket easily and left much cleaner finish than the original. ¬† Two problems solved in one day! ¬†ūüôā


RV’s – The Ultimate Money Pit?

We we bought our Monaco Dynasty, we knew any RV would be a money pit. There are simply so many systems on an motorhome that something is bound to break semi-frequently. I guess we just weren’t quite prepared for the “never caught up” aspect of RVing.

Since buying our RV in the spring we’ve fixed the refrigerator, floor, hot water heater, roof and dash AC, stereo system, suspension bushings, and all fluids/belts. We can now add to that list a roof leak… Our total repairs so far have cost over $6800 dollars and we don’t even live in it yet!

Fluids change –
Floor repair –
Cabinet doors –
Bushing replacement –