Friday, June 7, 2013

Putting The Roof On The Enclosed Trailer And Finishing Touches

This is the framing to cover the tires.


This is the finished section of the interior.  


The exterior of the enclosed trailer slowly getting painted.


Got the second coat on.


The roof getting painted.


Framing the roof of the enclosed trailer.

The roof is installed and interior lights getting wired up.


The framing for the back door.


 I used the pressure treated boards that was on the trailer originally to make the back wall.

Before trimming.


I also ripped the leftover pressure treated boards to do the trimming.


I put 2 vents in the sides of the walls at the top.


This is the almost finished back door.  The small door on the left is actually a ramp.  I installed car fog lights on the back to help me maneuver and use it at night time.  The back door is slowly getting sprayed with glow in the dark paint.  I am tinkering with maybe doing an advertisement on the back door that will glow for a little bit when being followed by cars. 

Assembling The Sides Of The Enclosed Trailer

I attached the front wall of the trailer first.

I put the plywood on the bottom of the frame since the frame had extra framing supports welded on the sides

I connected the right wall next.  I only painted the inside of the trailer so I could attach to the frame and not have to worry about taping walls up and making a mess.  I realized when already assembled that I should have painted all four sides of the framing.  I only painted the 3 sides you can see.

With the one side fully up......

Front View

Looking at the back...

You may call me crazy or stupid but I used a 1 inch paint brush to paint this whole trailer.  I have my reasons tho.  Bigger brushes results in more paint lost in the bristles.  Using a paint roller puts a thin coat of paint and although it is quicker,  I would rather take my time and save money by using less paint.  In all I used a gallon of gloss black, 2 pints of brown, and 3 gallons of gray.

Prepping The Frame Of My Enclosed Trailer

The first thing I started on once getting the frame is to strip the pressure treated board off of the frame.  I saved the boards and used them to make the back door.  Once stripped, I used some oil based paint and painted the frame.

Next, I had to get some lumber and plywood.  So I posted some items on Craigslist and within a few days, I had 12 sheets of 1/2'' plywood and enough 2x2's to start building.  I traded a new toilet and a gas burner for all of the lumber, yet, not costing anything to build so far.  Well, besides the car I traded and the wood screws.  I then framed up the floor and painted underneath the floor that will take the brunt of the weather.

I used gloss black for the undercarriage.  I framed the floor in 3 pieces to make it easier for me to assemble.

I used self-tapping 2'' screws to connect the floor to the frame. 

On the center piece I attached the center framing to the metal frame first.  

Framing And Painting The Sides Of The Enclosed Trailer

Next, I used the 2x2's to frame up the sides of the trailer.  I used Rustoleum Oil Based paint for durability.  I chose to 2-tone the colors to make it kinda stand out.

 I painted before assembling and put 3 coats on the plywood and 2 coats on the framing.

 I chose the height of the inside of the trailer to be 5'7''. 

Selecting The Right Frame

Finding the right frame is essential to building your enclosed trailer.  I had an older Toyota Camry that I posted on Craigslist in the barter section to trade for a small trailer or pop-up camper frame.  I got a call within a few days and made the trade.  I know the car was worth more than the frame but building me an enclosed trailer would better suit my needs.