53' Toyhauler Build

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    53' Toyhauler Build

    Since photobucket went to shit and everyone is moving here, thought I would move the build over here. Have a bunch of pics to sort through as I go.

    53' Wabash dry van semi trailer
    21' living quarters in the front, 32' garage
    Hauls 2 smaller rigs.

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    Trailer when I brought it home. It is a retired Schneider trailer. Spring ride, sliding suspension. Metal roof, double doors.
    Last edited by maveric; 05-21-2020, 06:37 PM.

    #2
    The basic idea was to have enough room in the front to comfortably house 3 for a week or longer, and be able to haul the wife's and my rigs. Since my old trailer was a 30' deck, and occasionally the vehicle combo would hang over the end of the trailer, I decided that 32' should be enough.

    As for the LQ, the wifes requirements were that it needed to look homey, and not industrial, and that it had a full kitchen (oven and counter space ranking at the top).
    My requirements were a real bed and a shower.

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      #3
      Do you plan on using long ass ramps? Or maybe a ramp door?


      That thing is huge. Awesome, but huge. I want.
      You ain't having fun unless there's a victim

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        #4
        Originally posted by Benny View Post
        Do you plan on using long ass ramps? Or maybe a ramp door?


        That thing is huge. Awesome, but huge. I want.
        I am using long steel ramps.

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          #5
          Started with water shield on the floor under the area where the LQ would be.
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          Opted to build a 1' subfloor since the walls were 9'. This also allowed me to add another layer of insulation to the floor, and ability to run electrical and piping.
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          The windows were installed where I hoped would be where they needed to go. After insulating and sheeting the floor, began building the framework for the walls. Opted to build them out of 2x2's, and filled the gap with 2" foam board insulation.
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          Built the bedroom area in the front, and repurposed the bed frame from a 5th wheel camper we bought for parts.
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          Last edited by maveric; 05-22-2020, 01:08 PM.

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            #6
            Installed the windows where I hoped they would work best. Since certain things had to be done in a certain order, it made some things a challenge. The floor and ceiling are insulated with batting, and the walls with foam board. Tried to run as much of the wiring above the ceiling, and outside / in the walls before sheeting them.
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            Started laying out the kitchen. The stove, oven, fridge, sinks, and furnace are all from the 5th wheel camper.
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            Installed prefabbed cabinets. Even with the raised height of the floor, they are still tall.
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            Since we are a family of 3, needed to create a sleeping area for my son. With the small foot print of the LQ, we opted to build a loft off the back of the LQ, above the garage area. Since the area above the front vehicle was wasted space anyways.
            The stairs along the wall gave access, and created a closet space and a location for the 12v fuse block.

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              #7
              The bathroom consists of a neo style shower, RV toilet, and a small sink.



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                #8
                On the seperation wall between the LQ and garage, installed the on demand water heater and the 110v electrical box. Behind the water heater is the access for the water lines coming from below to the bathroom and kitchen.

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                  #9
                  The loft needed to span the width of the trailer so it could have support legs to the floor, but not in the way of the vehicles.
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                  Started with a 1" square tube frame with removable supports so it could be built in the garage, and then installed in the trailer.
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                  It is a little cramped inside, but works great as a sleeping area. It is wide enough that 2 kids can sleep in there side by side.
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                    #10
                    The access into the loft is 4" wide.
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                    12 v fuses / power distribution box is located under the bottom step.
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                    Last edited by maveric; 05-22-2020, 03:45 PM.

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                      #11
                      The lower storage area is 8' wide, and 20' long.
                      Added structural support to the lower rails to build off of. Installed a rubber isolator between the steel angle and the aluminum rail.
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                      The box is 1" square tube with steel sheeting. Built partitions into it to seperate tool / parts storage, water / power areas.
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                      In the front compartment are 2 45 gal fresh water tanks, 70 gal gray, and 70 gal black tanks.
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                      In the rear compartment is tool and camping stuff storage. Also houses 3 BBQ propane tanks, and my spare forklift tank for the buggy.
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                        #12
                        Windows installed and sealed up. With the kitchen appliances in place, had to vent the fridge.
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                        Installed the exterior door. This leads into the garage, then another door into the LQ. I didn't want mud being tracked into the camper, and the door into the garage is nice when everyone hangs out there at camp.
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                          #13
                          Before finalizing the layout for the storage area, I laid out the tanks and propane to see how they would fit.
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                          After welding the framework up in the garage, had to lift it into place and bolt it on.
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                            #14
                            Built side hinged doors for 4 compartments on both sides. Front is water/power, middle is spare tires for truck/trailer, spare vehicle parts, coolers, and rear is tools, generators, propane, and camping stuff. It fills up fast.
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                            Since the bottom of the door is 4' off the ground, needed to build some type of stairs. These are a little narrow, and I would like to build something else, but they have worked very well. The biggest issue is that they have to be removable. So size and weight come into play.
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                              #15
                              There are 2 seperate power systems on board. The 110v shore power includes numerous outlets throughout the LQ, and 2 in the garage. It also powers the converter/charger, which charges the 4-6volt batteries. The 12v system has USB outlets throughout the LQ and 1 in the garage. The lights, stereo, and water pump are all 12v. There is a solar panel on the roof that helps keep things charged.
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