5’ x 10’ Custom built camping trailer with dropped floor and rear section that raises to allow you to stand up inside.
in Central Illinois (Urbana)
camper built by a craftsman in Missouri in 2006 on a custom made steel frame he
had made by a local trailer manufacturer.
Trailer body measures 5’-3” wide x 10’ long x 6’-8” tall in travel mode, and 7’ -5” tall with the rear portion raised.
Camper will sleep two very comfortably in the queen sized bed, and if bringing pets along with you is your thing, there is room in the rear floor area for one or two.
Because of the kitchen/entry area, you can stand up inside the camper even when the dinette is in the bed configuration.
Including the exterior fenders and the tongue the overall length and width are 14’-9” x 7’-1”
weighs 1680 pounds, has a 2” coupler and has a 7 pin plug.
The trailer is extremely stable on the road due to the wide stance of the tires outside the body, and the placement of the axle towards the rear.
Trailer tows straight and true with no sway or stability issues up to, and beyond the 70 mph speed limit.
is very easy as the body is in between the fenders, making it easy to see
around, and because of the long tongue.
I purchased the camper so my children (grown) and their spouses could try out camping.
While they had a good time and enjoyed the camper, they aren’t as in to camping as dad had hoped…
So, since they don’t have a lot of interest, and I don’t need two campers, it is up for sale.
The builder used the camper for several years then got the itch to build another one.
The builder/seller was very upfront and disclosed several problems he was having with the camper.
I purchased the camper as a “fixer upper”.
a list of what I have done since purchasing the camper;
Replaced the 2000# torsion axle with a brand new 3500# 4” drop leaf spring axle.
The new axle has electric brakes.
Trailer has almost brand new tires (we did go camping a few times)
Reinforced the tongue with new steel.
Ground out, filled, and covered imperfections in the exterior wood siding with fiberglass cloth and resin.
Sanded, ground, prepped, and painted the exterior with a very low maintenance sand/stucco type finish.
Removed the hatch hinge and properly sealed it, and the fasteners.
Properly sealed all windows, doors, and access ports.
Installed a brand new air conditioning unit.
Installed a brand new 12 Amp smart charger.
Installed a brand new Marine/deep cycle battery.
Installed a brand new refrigerator.
Installed a brand new microwave.
Installed a vintage kitchen sink with drain.
Have gone over all the 12 volt wiring for the exterior running, turn and stop lights and added a ground wire for trouble free operation.
Reworked the original rectangular table design into a smaller, easier to use square table.
sewed up a set of curtains, which are included.
The trailer is a very unique and practical design. The rear portion of the trailer lifts up to allow you to stand up without bumping your head (6’ -4” headroom).
camper can be used with the rear portion lifted up, or left down.
The forward portion of the trailer can be configured into a dinette (cushioned seating on either side with a table in the middle) a U shaped seating arrangement, and of course a very comfortable bed (queen size)
The cushions are 4” Knox foam (high quality, high density foam) with custom zipper covers.
The cushions are clean.
The camper is quiet and warm, or cool depending on the season, thanks to being insulated (both walls and ceiling).
are two large cabinets for clothing, and room in the
lower cabinet for a portable toilet or other large items
There are 4 drawers and two shelves in the kitchen area.
the bench seats are three large storage areas, all accessible from the
interior, with one being accessible from the exterior cargo door as well
All in all, quite a lot of storage space!
In the forward area, a folding shelf can hold a laptop, television, radio, or whatever you might wish.
The interior boasts four 12 volt lights and three 12 volt outlets. There is also a 12 volt porch light outside, next to the door.
There are two 120 volt outlets as well.
Power is provided by connecting the pull out power cord to the campground outlet, or by using the 12 volt deep cycle battery.
microwave, and air conditioner require a campground outlet.
The trailer has a screened roof vent, and 3 operable screened windows for great ventilation, and two other windows for extra light.
The air conditioner keeps the interior very comfortable.
On a camping trip last year, it was in the mid 90’s outside, and the interior was a crisp 72 degrees.
Raising the rear section is very easy, and is further aided by two lift assist cylinders.
20 pounds is the approximate effort required to lift the rear hatch.
Video that shows how the rear hatch works;
Here is a link to the original build pictures;