Category Archives: RV and Trailer Build

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.

 

RV Tire Pressure Monitoring System Installation + SIMULATED LEAK!

More information about Tire Minder
www.minderresearch.com

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!
http://www.larkunited.com/

 

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!

Links:
Fluids change – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Um45hV3K9jg
Floor repair – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07fboRzi6v4
Cabinet doors – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01RwvOalSlM
Bushing replacement – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwPjCSlM7bw

Prototyping a Modular Tool Storage Idea

I needed a way to store benchtop power tools in the mobile woodshop without taking up any bench space. I thought it would be cool to use the e-track welded to the walls in the trailer to create a modular power tool storage system.

It’s really only necessary because we need to have space to pull the car in the trailer. During travel they need to be locked in place otherwise a french cleat system would have worked.

What do you think? Is there a simpler way to accomplish this?

Thank you to LARK UNITED trailers for building our trailer!
http://www.larkunited.com/

A Bad DIY Day…

This was my second attempt changing out the bushings in our 1999 Monaco Dynasty. I should have learned my lesson the first time. Maybe I’m being a little dramatic, but nothing is more frustrating than spending all day on a project only to end up worse off.

I took the RV to a semi-truck suspension shop and they are having an extremely hard time. I feel a little better knowing that it was a difficult job for a reason, but I’m not looking forward to the extra hours on the bill.

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Drain Cleaner as Wood Stain?

For some reason my camera didn’t record that I used a very diluted lye/water mix AFTER applying the stain to make the wood appear a little darker. That’s why the cut to the polyurethane looked a little darker. It didn’t work as well as using lye directly on the cherry, but it helped a little when things weren’t looking right.

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Our DREAM Mobile Workshop Is Happening!

Huge news…Lark United Trailers has agreed to help us build the ultimate mobile workshop from scratch! This is obviously very exciting, but we also want to make sure we think of everything possible BEFORE they start construction.

If you could build your dream mobile workshop, what features would you include? How would you organize it? How would you modify the trailer itself to be more comfortable to work in?

Reddit Post:
https://www.reddit.com/r/DIY/comments/4ivceo/what_would_your_dream_mobile_workshop_look_like/

Link to Sketchup and PDF files:
http://www.mikeandlauren.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Trailer-Files.zip

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