Category Archives: RV and Trailer Build

Our New Truck(s)

We sold our RV, so it was time to find a truck to pull our 24′ cargo trailer camper conversion. We weren’t married to any particular make or model, only a good deal and I think we found it!

Our new truck is a 2005 Dodge 3500 Dually with only 133k miles on a 5.9 cummins diesel. We bought it for $10,000. The plan is to finish converting our 24′ trailer into a living space AND mobile workshop so we can travel the country and make DIY videos with you!

For those out of the loop:
We had an idea to travel the country in an RV and mobile workshop helping our viewers with their DIY projects called “Makers on the Move.” We left for a month in November 2016 and found the 40′ RV and 24′ trailer way too long. We sold the RV and are converting our trailer to include a living space AND mobile workshop. We needed a truck to pull the 10,000 lb trailer and this is it!

The RV and Mobile Workshop Vlogs:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC0ux1ndnxRj0ozjBUb9vZfVeGM-OBTae

The Trailer Conversion Plan:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkYoo16MpTc

Our Plan Explained:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82SD3Ts0u9M&list=PLC0ux1ndnxRj0ozjBUb9vZfVeGM-OBTae&index=14

Cargo Trailer Camper Conversion | Pre-Build Virtual Tour

A virtual tour of our upcoming cargo trailer to tiny house/RV/camper conversion. Included is a full kitchen, Murphy bed with dining table built in, fold out shower, and expanding bathroom wall!

I designed the model in Fusion 360, a free program I think anyone interested in making things should learn, so I’m thinking about making a crash course video series.

Notify me when the Fusion 360 course is available!
http://mikeandlauren.com/Fusion360Masterclass

Back to Square One (and the Reason Why) | Cargo Trailer Camper Conversion

This week I move all the tools in the Ultimate Mobile Workshop into a temporary garage shop and strip the interior down to bare metal.

It seems crazy to take such a huge step backwards but I think this will save a lot of time in the long run.

Lark United Manufacturing:
http://www.larkunited.com

Finalizing the FLOOR PLAN | Cargo Trailer Camper Conversion

I use cardboard boxes and painters plastic to get a feel for the full size floor plan of the new cargo trailer camper conversion (we need a better name – leave your ideas in the comments).

I also used a meter to test how much water is used in a typical RV shower and washing the dishes. It looks like our planned 50 gallon tanks are going to work, but only give us about 3 days off grid.

Link to the water meter I used:
http://amzn.to/2hCeIvk

4 Camera RV Backup System | Install and DEMO!

How to install a 4 camera RV backup system with 9″ quad view monitor. We’ll be installing this same system on our new rig as well!

Big thanks to Rear View Safety!
http://rearviewsafety.com

Our exact system:
https://goo.gl/bFwN3V

Quick disconnect parts:
https://goo.gl/Pe5IMH

ULTIMATE Mobile Workshop – PART 3 – Bandsaw Cabinet w/ Toggle Clamps

How to build a bandsaw cabinet on wheels with piano hinge doors. I used toggle clamps with e-track tie offs to secure it to the wall of the trailer when not in use.

**This project was built and filmed before deciding on Makers on the Move version two**

HUGE THANKS to Lark United Manufacturing:
http://www.larkunited.com

Trailer Pre-construction Tour:
https://goo.gl/7mKcNp

Pull Action Toggle Clamps:
http://amzn.to/2fdUsO0

E-track Tie Offs:
http://amzn.to/2fhmwmJ

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 Trailer-Alarms.com for putting this system together for us!

Link to our system:
http://www.trailer-alarms.com/Alarms_c_1.html

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:
www.larkunited.com

Trailer Pre-construction Tour:
https://goo.gl/7mKcNp

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:
www.larkunited.com

DIY Pickup Truck Bed Slide
https://goo.gl/mZ6JDz

Trailer Pre-construction Tour:
https://goo.gl/7mKcNp

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