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Old September 12th, 2011, 03:15 PM   #1
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Default DIY Enclosed Trailer - 26' box truck

Just thought some of you may be interested in this as its not as common. I bought a 26' x 102" wide box truck box to mount on my 24' trailer. I have an idea of what i'm gonna do but I though some of you who have done this or something similiar would have some suggestions or just like to see this build. Gonna cut fenders out and mount it on my trailer frame for a low ride hieght. Planning on a service door and some windows (bought them second hand). Not sure whats the best paneling or insulation yet, maybe just plywood painted?? Hope to be able to sleep inside. Got a generator to use and will make some hanging bunks. Got a Coleman RV furnace to install as well. This will be a slow build as i still need to finsih my buggy. here are some pics...

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Old September 12th, 2011, 03:18 PM   #2
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Do you know what it weighs?
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Do you know what it weighs?
The empty box is t roughly 3000lbs
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Old September 12th, 2011, 03:26 PM   #4
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how much was it? and how much do you think you'll have wraped up into this?
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Old September 12th, 2011, 03:41 PM   #5
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Do you think in the long run you will be ahead to do a project like this instead of just buying an enclosed trailer?
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Old September 12th, 2011, 03:42 PM   #6
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Do you think in the long run you will be ahead to do a project like this instead of just buying an enclosed trailer?
Exactly what I was thinking. What does a box like that go for?
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Exactly what I was thinking. What does a box like that go for?
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how much was it? and how much do you think you'll have wraped up into this?

yes kind of like the question I asked
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yes kind of like the question I asked
kind of, but different.
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Oh, completely different
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My problem was finding a reasonalby priced trailer wide enough and tall enough that wasn't trashed. My buggy is 90" wide so i wanted a little wiggle room on each side, the opening is roughly 97" wide. These boxes sell for $1400-$2500 (mine was $1400)....I already have a trailer with 7000lb axles so i just need to modify it a little. I would of spent at least $5-7K i think if i could find one this wide. Most aren't very tall either.

For $150 i got 5 windows, a door, a heater, 30gallon tank, 2 sissors jacks, and storage doors froma guy who pars out RVs. So if i can keep on finding deals i hope to have less than $2500 plus the value of my current trailer......

It hard to say if this is the best way to go......i will at least build it the way i want it, and know what i have.
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Old September 12th, 2011, 04:21 PM   #11
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That going to be sweet, I'll stop by this week and see how things are going.
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Old September 12th, 2011, 04:28 PM   #12
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Got any contact info on the trailer parts guy? I need some windows.
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his # is 231-730-4256 ....but he is now on vaction
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My problem was finding a reasonalby priced trailer wide enough and tall enough that wasn't trashed. My buggy is 90" wide so i wanted a little wiggle room on each side, the opening is roughly 97" wide. These boxes sell for $1400-$2500 (mine was $1400)....I already have a trailer with 7000lb axles so i just need to modify it a little. I would of spent at least $5-7K i think if i could find one this wide. Most aren't very tall either.

For $150 i got 5 windows, a door, a heater, 30gallon tank, 2 sissors jacks, and storage doors froma guy who pars out RVs. So if i can keep on finding deals i hope to have less than $2500 plus the value of my current trailer......

It hard to say if this is the best way to go......i will at least build it the way i want it, and know what i have.
Well, you already shared the info. for the camper parts above, but I am wondering where is a good place to look for cubes like you bought?

Nice build, thanks for sharing.
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Old September 12th, 2011, 05:51 PM   #16
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Well, you already shared the info. for the camper parts above, but I am wondering where is a good place to look for cubes like you bought?

Nice build, thanks for sharing.
Truck Paper is one place under van bodies or u-haul if the door opening doesn't need to be as wide....most are 96" wide
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I think this thing is going to weigh too much to be useful unless you make it a tri-axle, and then it’s still going to weigh a shit ton empty. Good luck though I can’t wait to see how it turns out and I hope I’m rong about the weight issue
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I think this thing is going to weigh too much to be useful unless you make it a tri-axle, and then itís still going to weigh a shit ton empty. Good luck though I canít wait to see how it turns out and I hope Iím rong about the weight issue
I have often hauled two trucks on my trailer without any trouble weighing roughly 12k lbs. I should be 11k-12k lbs. with my buggy and gear....
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I have often hauled two trucks on my trailer without any trouble weighing roughly 12k lbs. I should be 11k-12k lbs. with my buggy and gear....
so you are putting 12k load on 7k axles? are your axles 7k each? making your working load 14k? or do you have two 3500lbs axles giving you a 7k working load?
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are you going to change the beaver tail to a flatbed?
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