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Old March 18th, 2012, 09:01 PM   #1
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i recently got a new snowmbile/utility trailer. its a thunder, all aluminum, 17ft, single axle, drive on/off, snowmobile trailer. it has a 6ft interior height, its 7ft wide, 12ft box, with a 5 ft v-nose. its a pewter color and matches my wrangler pretty close. its about 1500 lbs empty, with a 3500 lbs gvw. mostly it will be my garage when im camping up north in the summer. i will camp in it once or twice a year, when i camp away from my normal campground. it will also haul my 2 sleds in the winter when some snow actually falls.




i found 2 sleds is a very tight fit in a 17ft trailer. i expected to have more room than this.
next time i load them i will try loading them backwards, i think it will offer me more room.



it getting an el cheapo chip board floor that i can ruin with the sleds.
its cheap and easy to replace when needed. this will be removed for summer.


its getting wood to cover the ramp doors to protect them, it will be removed for summer.


its getting insulated to hold in heat in winter, and keep out heat in the summer





its getting walls put up over the insulation to warm and brighten its appearance.





its getting wiring for more/better interior lighting.

its getting as flip up bar/counter for the front. it has to be able to flip down when space is needed.

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hell, put a bunk in there and you have a place to sleep
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Old March 19th, 2012, 04:05 PM   #3
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hell, put a bunk in there and you have a place to sleep
it will have heat and air soon. looking at a wave 8 catalytic heater.
it should be enough to heat it, and it uses no electricity.
i have an air bed and an accordian style fold up bed frame.
its going back to the dealer to have a tinted side window added.
at the same time the roof vent is being swapped out for a 3 spd. fantastic fan.
hoping to sleep in it next snowmobile season, and not pay for hotels.
i have a nice piece of birtch, 1.25 thick 6ft long and 32 inches deep.
im making at least one, possibly 2 flip up flip down bar/counters.
should be real nice when im done. gonna take alot of time though.

we have our huge travel trailer to camp in.
this is way more mobile, and can be towed by the rubicon.
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the walls are now filled with 1" closed cell foam, top to bottom.
the roof will get 1.5" closed cell foam, floors get 2" closed cell foam.
that puts the walls at r5, roof at r7.5, floor at r10. i filled the joists to the top.
wish i could have gotten 2" all around, that would really keep out the drafts.
it sure made the trailer a ton quieter. roof and floor insulation go on this weekend.

i ran wiring for 5 lights, and the fantastic fan down thew right side roof of the trailer to the front.
i left 6" of pos and neg wire at the center of the roof for each light/fan.
they will be powered off a stand alone 12v system.

there is one light in it now, its powered off my running lights.
i left it seperate so i would have a light if my batteries died, and i was hooked to the tow rig.

got a ton of work left to do!

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looking good Joe!
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looking good Joe!
thx.

picked up enough 1.5" foam for the ceiling yesterday.
roof will be finished in 1/4 inch birch hardwood plywood i think.
i cant find anything i like better in my price range.
looks to be about 24$ per sheet of 4x8.

i was gonna get more frp for the ceiling, but i want something stiffer.
im afraid the frp will sag between the bolts holding it on.
it costs more than the birch plywood anyway.
the plywood will match my flip down birch bar/countertop.

another weekend killed this week.

it should look killer once my custom trim comes in.
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Hey Joe,
I did the same thing to my trailer many years ago, I have a tandem axle 21ft V-nose aluminum construction. With aluminum trailers it will shrink in the cold weather. Its amazing how much it will shrink. I trimmed my inside with luan and cut luan strips for the trimming. In between the wall studs there would be about a 3/16 gap from the wall during the winter and in the summer it was flush against the wood. Just some thoughts. Great job on what you have done so far.

Also run the sled in from the front when loading a ton more room. I can get 3 long tracks in mine that way.
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im noticing the shrinkage(lol). i had one wall that was a little loose when it was cold. now its fairly tight. i got a friend that works in a cabinet shop. he is doing custom trim for the seams. crown molding at the top, quarter round at the bottom. top to bottom gaps are good. im gonna have to trim where the pieces but up against each other. should be easy tough. everything is screwed on, no sealants. so i can take it down for service or repairs.

i finished all the wiring today. ran a seperate harness for the fantastic fan. ran the 4 speaker wires for the stereo system. still gotta figure out an antenna for the stereo? i was debating on installing a 12v tv/dvd combo, but i dont think im gonna. tomorrow i finish insulating the roof.

i was thinking front loading would offer more room. next season ill try it out.
it was real tight loading from the rear. glad all my sleds are 121's
i wanted a small trailer so i could tow it with my rubicon, not my superduty.
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Check this out for an antenna. It retracts up and down manually. I'm going this route on my Shasta

http://www.vintagetrailersupply.com/..._p/vts-290.htm
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Check this out for an antenna. It retracts up and down manually. I'm going this route on my Shasta

http://www.vintagetrailersupply.com/..._p/vts-290.htm
thx! thats perfect. im gonna order one asap.
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ceiling is now insulated, 1.5" foam r7.5.
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Hey Joe,
I did the same thing to my trailer many years ago, I have a tandem axle 21ft V-nose aluminum construction. With aluminum trailers it will shrink in the cold weather. Its amazing how much it will shrink. I trimmed my inside with luan and cut luan strips for the trimming. In between the wall studs there would be about a 3/16 gap from the wall during the winter and in the summer it was flush against the wood. Just some thoughts. Great job on what you have done so far.

Also run the sled in from the front when loading a ton more room. I can get 3 long tracks in mine that way.
distant75 is very correct! i wish i would have known this b4 i started this interior. our fit was way too tight.
took most of a day to fix our screw up. thx so much for the advice! it was very helpful!

today i pulled down all the walls, and trimmed a 1/4 to 1/2 inch off everything. my walls were starting to crack around some of the bolt holes. one screw actually pulled out of the wall. we tried to fit it kinda tight for less trim work and a more professional look. BAD IDEA!

after we trimmed and fit all the frp walls, we left the screws that hold the walls up slightly loose. kinda like floating vinyl siding.

interior insulation and wiring is totally finished now.
i got a nice stereo system for it yesterday, this should really rock!
today i got all the wood for the ceiling, its looks real nice!
the ceiling is all cut to the final size. it was too cold to put the polyurethane on the ceiling, trim, and floor.
it will be put off till the weather is warmer, hopefully next weekend.

i have all the interior lights ready to go up once the ceiling is in place. all the lights i got are 2 lamp lights, with dual power switches.
i will have one lamp running an led bulb. the other bulb will be an incandescent bulb. i will run the led bulb when i want to save power.
i will run the incandescent when i want more natural light. i can run both when i need extra light.

all the interior wood except the floor and lower side walls will be birch.
i got a 5ft long 30 inch wide 1.5 inch thick counter top made of birch.
its getting cut into 2 flip up/down counter tops. they will end up being 14" wide, and 4ft long when im done.
my friend dale planed the wood down to 1.25" thick. so it has a fresh face top and bottom, and looks really nice.

this work could not be possible without his help! he is a wizard with wood.
he is also custom making all my trim wood at work. i got a great deal on all the frp from him.
the birch counter top he got me for free. all his labor is free other than the cost of beer and sailor jerry.

the only insulation work left to do is the floor, and it gets done from the underside.
the floor wood is exposed between the frame ralis.
it will be sealed with polyurethane then caulked to seal out moisture as much as possible.
after thats done i will put up 2" foam insulation.

it is a ton of work, but i think it will be nice when its done.
so far i got near $500 into doing everything so far.
still waiting on a final quote for the custom birch trim.
a birch cabinet will be added above the front bar/counter.

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its finally getting near done. i actually have electric in the trailer now, 12v and 110.
almost all the trim work is done. waiting on 2 custom pieces to finish up.
still gotta polyurethane the floors when everything else is done.
i think it turned out really nice! the birch trim looks great!
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