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packer58
01-25-2012, 08:52 PM
My next hunt'n gear project is going to be an enclosed cargo trailer conversion into a hunt'n trailer. It will probaly be a 7 X 14 with enough room to haul a couple of quads end to end along with some othe gear. I have a lot of ideas of how i will put this thing together.

If there's any of you that have modified a cargo trailer into a HUNT'N MACHINE share your ideas or even better post some pics !!!!!!

Thanks

jenbickel
01-25-2012, 09:26 PM
I've seen people with those! They are actually pretty sweet! One person I know had beds that like folded up against the wall so that when they werent in use, they could have extra room. I'm not that creative, I'd throw down a cot and call it good.. or an inflatable mattress. I know, this post did not help you at all.. lol

gary5465
01-26-2012, 06:06 AM
I thought of doing the same thing. With mine, I'd make it like a truck camper that I could lift on and off the trailer when I just need it for hauling. I like the idea of fold up cots. I'd also have an option to have the back side fold down and strong enough to serve as a ramp for loading ATV's. Just a DIY toy hauler. Would be a fun project and built the way you want it. I'm interested to see what people post.

Colorado Cowboy
01-26-2012, 06:52 AM
I have been mulling over the same idea, possibly as long as 20' with an entry door in front too. Would like to have some builtin cabs foe storage of food, cooking stuff & possibly small sink. My idea would be much like a camper with folding bunks too. Only your imagination and BUDGET are needed! The nice thing about it would be a place to store my 2 quads and get them out of my already overstuffed garage.

packer58
01-26-2012, 12:36 PM
Yep, I hear ya.

The biggest advantage is the ability to stay somewhat mobile during my hunts. At times it's a real bummer setting up and taking down tents and other stuff for one or two days just to move into another area. Also, your gear / quads will get to where your going CLEAN...not covered in mud or all the backwash from the highways. The other advantage is when you get back from a trip, just unload the things that need to be washed or cleaned up and leave the rest alone......no more completely unloading everything.

I'll probably keep it pretty simple but comfortable...........My imagination is much larger than my budget :D

Drhorsepower
01-26-2012, 12:38 PM
I have been mulling over the same idea, possibly as long as 20' with an entry door in front too. Would like to have some builtin cabs foe storage of food, cooking stuff & possibly small sink. My idea would be much like a camper with folding bunks too. Only your imagination and BUDGET are needed! The nice thing about it would be a place to store my 2 quads and get them out of my already overstuffed garage.

Sounds like you need a toy hauler cc!

Bonecollector86
01-27-2012, 02:35 PM
Packer,

I built my own "Hunting cabin/toy hauler/camper" last summer" I ordered and customized a black 2011 enclosed trailer with a ramp. I got a 7x14 with a 2 ft. V-nose and made the interior 7ft. tall. Most enclosed trailers are 5.5 to 6 ft tall and that is not big enough. I also got a tandem axle. Single on that size does not ride smooth and sways, plus single axles are not meant for hauling heavy objects. I put in a camper door, 3 windows, I removed the original plywood and insulated the entire trailer that screwed the plywood back in and did knotty pine interior, rustic wood vinyl flooring, 1 tall cabinet, 4 interior dome rv camper lights, bought 1 nice big piece of remnant shag carpet to lay down on the floor during the fall, have two futons that go from being nice couchs to folding into two beds. All we use for heat is a Big little buddy heater that we connect to a large propane tank so you don't have to keep changing bottles every 4 hours. I also baught a heavy duty marine 12V battery that we charge and it will run our lights for an entire week no problem. I have a Polaris Ranger with a cab on it that we use for hunting so when we load it up all we do is stack the beds and everything in the front and load the ranger up the ramp, lock the doors and head out. Best thing I have ever made/thought of. I have roughly 8000 in it for a brand new rig.

I did not want bathrooms or sinks and a bunch of other crap that I didn't need that comes in your Ice castle fish houses or toy haulers. I just wanted it simple, easy to clean, light to tow, and comfortable to sleep in. Its nice to be able to open the ramp and sweep everything out when your done using it each time. There is also absolutely NO WAY mice can get in. I will try and post some pics. You can easily build your own and do it all by yourself after purchasing the basic enclosed trailer, or spend 20-40 grand on much heavier trailers that come with a bunch of stuff you will never use in the backcountry IMO.

Bonecollector86
01-27-2012, 02:46 PM
Woops, sorry I meant to type I have a 7x16 with a 2 ft V-nose. You will want to go with this size, 7x14 is not big enough once you get everyhting in there. That was the size I originally wanted and thank god I went a little bigger because it would have been wayyy to tight.

Jon Boy
01-27-2012, 03:52 PM
Sounds interesting. Lets see some pics BoneCollecter!

packer58
01-27-2012, 09:46 PM
Bonecollector86,

That sounds pretty sweet......how's that 16 footer do on the rougher roads, any draging isues........did you go spring over on the axles

EdD270
01-28-2012, 03:13 PM
I have an old 5x8 rental trailer that I made into a camping trailer. Some friends christened it the Mobile Man Cave. I built a box along one wall that holds sleeping bags, mattresses, cooking gear, lanterns, etc. and is the same width as a military style camp cot so those mattresses fit. On the other wall there's a folding table, and a big water tank I made out of an old Navy powder canister and an RV hand pump, it holds about 30 gal. I also put a loft in the front to hold misc. gear. I got a metal box on the tongue for shovel, axe, saw, other tools and hardware. It's not much to look at, but it's comfy. Plenty of room for me, and to haul our larger tents and etc. when the whole family goes camping.

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HuskyMusky
01-28-2012, 04:24 PM
bunk beds? always thought it would be nice to pull in, unload the atvs or whatever and be ready to sleep, esp in a rain/snow storm vs. a tent...

WyoBowhunter
01-28-2012, 11:11 PM
Sounds like a great plan! I think it would be a good investment. An idea that may help is a portable closet, that way you can hang up those wet clothes, coats etc. Don't forget a gun rack/bow rack.

packer58
02-07-2012, 10:48 AM
Thanks guys and gals for the different ideas.........still kickin ideas around, when i get finished i'll share some pics.

packer58
09-08-2012, 11:12 PM
Well, finally found the right deal on a cargo trailer. Picked up a 2007 Continental Cargo / 7 X 14 with a 2 ft v-nose. Two quads fit well with some extra room in the v-nose portion and along side the machines.
I started the spring over modification this morning to give it some ground clearance, should have it back together in the the morning.
My next step is to install an RV style lockable door latch on the side door.

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Drhorsepower
09-08-2012, 11:27 PM
Sweet packer! Keep us posted on progress. Draw any tags this year?

packer58
09-08-2012, 11:35 PM
Sweet packer! Keep us posted on progress. Draw any tags this year?

Bombed out on the desert tag and drew a A1 "C zones archery". Can't get to excited with that tag. I did draw a Colorado 62 second rifle deer tag.

Drhorsepower
09-09-2012, 12:14 AM
Bombed out on the desert tag and drew a A1 "C zones archery". Can't get to excited with that tag. I did draw a Colorado 62 second rifle deer tag.

Will you have your trailer done for Colorado?
My old man wanted me to put in for c zone archery as second choice, alot of money to cough up as a non res though for that tag. I should have bought the lifetime hunting license when I was a resident, I would be set. Coulda shoulda woulda.

packer58
09-09-2012, 12:39 PM
Finished up the spring over mod, the trailer now has about 17" of clearance under the body with 14" tires and wheels. I may go with 15" tires and wheels to get a little more axle clearance.

DR, it'll be ready enough:cool:

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Ikeepitcold
09-09-2012, 06:43 PM
I like it! I've thought of doing this a few times as well. I like the Jumping Jack trailers but way to spendy. This way you can make it your own and to your liking. Good job!

300 short mag
11-29-2012, 08:10 PM
I bought a 7x14 plus a 3. Ft v nose tandem axels built a set of bunk bed that go across the back that raise and lower so I can load and haul 2 atv's in in the front v nose I built a Formica top that you can cook on etc it has one shelf under it to hold what ever. Under the shelf up front I installed a 16000 btu RV heater with forced air fan that runs on 12 volt along with 12 volt lights I also made a fold up table on 1 side about 34x34 inches is really nice being able to sleep on a full size twin size mattress I fully insulated the walls and ceiling but not the floor I am pleased on how it came out but the mileage pulling it sucks 11 mpg diesel.I also have it wired and have 4 2ft fluorescent lights and 2 110 volt recepitals installed to runoff a generator. Hope this helps someone . John

300 short mag
11-29-2012, 08:12 PM
I bought a 7x14 plus a 3. Ft v nose tandem axels built a set of bunk bed that go across the back that raise and lower so I can load and haul 2 atv's in in the front v nose I built a Formica top that you can cook on etc it has one shelf under it to hold what ever. Under the shelf up front I installed a 16000 btu RV heater with forced air fan that runs on 12 volt along with 12 volt lights I also made a fold up table on 1 side about 34x34 inches is really nice being able to sleep on a full size twin size mattress I fully insulated the walls and ceiling but not the floor I am pleased on how it came out but the mileage pulling it sucks 11 mpg diesel.I also have it wired and have 4 2ft fluorescent lights and 2 110 volt recepitals installed to runoff a generator. Hope this helps someone . John

packer58
05-17-2013, 11:22 PM
Well, here's an update on the progress of my cargo trailer mod. I installed a lockable RV style door latch on the man door.

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Pulled out all the plywood, insulated with rigid sheets, fully wired for inside and outside lighting and reinstalled the plywood. Also applied a few coats of Thompsons water seal to both sides of the plywood before install.

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Installed RV outside lights, three on the man door side and two on the other, all individually switched.

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Installed two RV deep cycles wire in series up front in the V portion, with the RV plug the batteries will be charging while in tow. Also fused all my light circuits.

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Here's a pick of the switch panel I put together, all lights have there own switch.

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Still have to install the fold up cots and table, insulate the ceiling and sheet it. I also picked up a 20 watt solar panel with controller, i'll mount it on the roof up front.

ssliger
05-18-2013, 08:58 AM
Looking good!

Muleys 24/7
05-18-2013, 10:16 AM
Nice little project you got going. Looks good

Caseyu
05-18-2013, 10:32 AM
My brother and i have wanted to this project for a long time man. And you have a great start i will be following your progress

sjsmallfield
05-18-2013, 03:57 PM
Looks awesome. Can't wait to see the finished product.

packer58
05-18-2013, 09:19 PM
I can't wait to see the finished product either, unfortunately I have a tendency to never completely finish a project. Just keep adding things and tweaking others. Hopefully on this project I'll know when to stop and just use it.

Trevor_20
05-19-2013, 08:39 PM
I can't wait to see the finished product either, unfortunately I have a tendency to never completely finish a project. Just keep adding things and tweaking others. Hopefully on this project I'll know when to stop and just use it.

i would highly suggest a bug net on both doors and stitch it pieces of medal with magnets on the frame to keep out bugs or use Velcro.. i did that to my hunting trailer and made life much easier in the field!!!

packer58
05-19-2013, 08:59 PM
Good tip.......Thanks Trevor

packer58
05-29-2013, 08:29 PM
Worked on the trailer build a little over the last few days, trying to figure out how to hang a ledger on the wall for my cots that will fold up against the wall. Well it finally came to me......automotive clip fasteners, worked out really well to attach the 1 1/2 angle ledger and strong as hell.

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Here's the 1 1/2 angle iron ledger in place, I will weld hinges (cots to ledger) so I can fold them up when not in use.

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Started on the framework for the battery compartment, storage and counter top in the v portion.

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packer58
05-29-2013, 08:43 PM
Fabed out a propane bottle rack that slips in a receiver welded to the tonge, built the shelf to fit a milk crate. I'm not sure but I think you can go to prison for "BARROWING" milk crates but i'll take the chance.

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Solar panel is installed over the man door, still have to run the wires through the roof and connect to controller and batteries.

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25contender
05-29-2013, 09:28 PM
I got some great Ideas from this thread for mine. Looks good. Thanks Mark

packer58
05-29-2013, 10:01 PM
I got some great Ideas from this thread for mine. Looks good. Thanks Mark

That's what it's all about, sharing what you can............your welcome

Trevor_20
05-30-2013, 01:30 AM
Fabed out a propane bottle rack that slips in a receiver welded to the tonge, built the shelf to fit a milk crate. I'm not sure but I think you can go to prison for "BARROWING" milk crates but i'll take the chance.

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Solar panel is installed over the man door, still have to run the wires through the roof and connect to controller and batteries.

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how much was the solar panel and how much power will it give off?

packer58
05-30-2013, 08:14 AM
how much was the solar panel and how much power will it give off?

The panel is a 20 watt and didn't cost me anything, did a little trading with a buddy. I love to horse trade :cool:

packer58
06-30-2013, 08:36 PM
Worked on my trailer mod a bit more this weekend and finished welding the cot frames. The frames are constructed of 1" EMT with pre bent 90* corners. One of the pics shows how I constructed the leg hinges, they work really well. I didn't want cot legs that either screwed in or pined so I came up with this hinge idea, when you fold the cot against the wall the legs fold against the bed, when you fold the cots down for use gravity folds the legs down.

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sjsmallfield
07-01-2013, 12:28 PM
Looking good packer. That thing is going to be awesome!

packer58
11-21-2013, 09:26 PM
Well, here's a progress update on the trailer build. Purchased some cordura fabric and had a local tarp and awning shop cut, sew and install grommets in the cot material.

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I used p-cord to lace the fabric to the frame.


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This is what I came up with to latch the cots to the wall when not in use, worked out pretty slick.


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packer58
11-21-2013, 09:46 PM
Lower cabinets are done.

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Batteries are in the bottom with fuse panel.

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In the top cabinet I installed a battery charger for the onboard 12 volt system when I'm on a generator or plugged into a 120v source.

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I installed a couple 12v cigarette type plug-ins for charging misc. pieces of equipment...cell phones, gps etc. Also installed 120v wall plug for whatever and plumbed in the propane for stove and heater.

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packer58
11-21-2013, 09:56 PM
Here's the propane and electric cord setup, I used a 30 cal ammo can for the electrical cord and propane hose storage.

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Ikeepitcold
11-21-2013, 10:08 PM
Very cool man. You've def put a lot of thought in to this.

Drhorsepower
11-22-2013, 07:22 AM
That's sweet packer! Coming along nicely.

Kevin Root
11-22-2013, 08:29 AM
Great idea, the trailer is looking great. I've read about some guys converting horse trailers into hunting/cargo trailers too and getting multi use out of them.

JMSZ
11-22-2013, 01:45 PM
Here's the propane and electric cord setup, I used a 30 cal ammo can for the electrical cord and propane hose storage.

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Packer, what are you doing for heat?

I just got a truck camper from my neighbor and I'm going to set it up to mount on my car hauler (16ft).

I'm going to use the over-the cab part for batteries, storage, etc and I'm thinking about modifying that area and putting in a propane bottle wood stove.

I've looked at a bunch of different options for propane and none that I've seen could be used without concerns about carbon monoxide/low oxygen issues without major modifications or just leaving windows open for ventilation, which kind of defeats the purpose.

Plus, there's the cost of propane and there's plenty of wood where I hunt.

I want something that doesn't require running a generator, so that eliminates electric heat.

So, I'm thinking the propane bottle stove sealed up with an outside air intake is the best option.

Just curious on what you (and anybody else) are doing.

Thanks.

2rocky
11-22-2013, 02:17 PM
Some nice craftsmanship.

When it is all said and done I'd be interested in a total cost and total time. I know the pleasure is in the PROJECT, but I can also understand how those Toy haulers are the price they are for a reason...

I've been contemplating adding some batteries to my Horse trailer electrical system...

packer58
11-22-2013, 03:34 PM
Packer, what are you doing for heat?

I just got a truck camper from my neighbor and I'm going to set it up to mount on my car hauler (16ft).

I'm going to use the over-the cab part for batteries, storage, etc and I'm thinking about modifying that area and putting in a propane bottle wood stove.

I've looked at a bunch of different options for propane and none that I've seen could be used without concerns about carbon monoxide/low oxygen issues without major modifications or just leaving windows open for ventilation, which kind of defeats the purpose.

Plus, there's the cost of propane and there's plenty of wood where I hunt.

I want something that doesn't require running a generator, so that eliminates electric heat.

So, I'm thinking the propane bottle stove sealed up with an outside air intake is the best option.

Just curious on what you (and anybody else) are doing.

Thanks.

JMSZ, my heater is a Mr Heater Big Buddy. It has a built in pilot light and low oxygen sensor. I've also installed a carbon monoxide detector in the trailer just to be on the safe side. Personally I like the convenience and instant heat that propane provides over a wood stove.

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JMSZ
11-22-2013, 07:43 PM
JMSZ, my heater is a Mr Heater Big Buddy. It has a built in pilot light and low oxygen sensor. I've also installed a carbon monoxide detector in the trailer just to be on the safe side. Personally I like the convenience and instant heat that propane provides over a wood stove.

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Gotcha, thanks. And nice set-up.

Bwht4x4
11-25-2013, 10:50 AM
I have a trailer identical to this that I use in the exact same way. Of course it's not customized to this level.

However, I got tired of dragging it down the dirt roads on a hunting trip with all my gear in it only to open it up and have EVERYTHING in the trailer coated in dust. The amount of dust is amazing and would get into everything. I had to use roll-top dry bags to keep the dust out. The other issue is that the trailer gets hammered by a lot of washboard dirt road driving. I've had to completely redo my floor because it has come loose.

So, I recently went the other way with buying a Four Wheel Camper for my Dodge Ram 2500 (http://www.fourwheelcampers.com/index.php/products/for-full-size-trucks/hawk-6-5-short-bed/). It'll have everything except an inside shower (it's outside and wall mounted). It'll sleep a family of 4 comfortably, but only 2 hunters as the sleeping arrangement is cozy. I'll still drag my enclosed trailer around to haul my quad, but I'm done sleeping in it with all the dust. I'm going to rig the camper with a solar panel and refrigerator too and dual batteries, so it'll run indefinitely.

For my style of hunting it'll be perfect.

Colorado Cowboy
12-20-2014, 04:09 PM
Getting started on mine.

Retterath
12-20-2014, 10:12 PM
Wow great job packer. You sure are handy. That will be a sweet setup for hunting

Boehunter
12-21-2014, 02:03 AM
type in 701 outdoors on you tube and watch the vids on there cargo trailer.

AT Hiker
12-21-2014, 09:25 AM
Awesome job! We are looking for something like this to haul our Ranger in, wish I was as handy as you are.

Colorado Cowboy
12-21-2014, 09:43 AM
Just got my trailer that is almost like Packers. It has different inside paneling and is insulated. I will be doing a lot of the same things he did. I'll get some pictures and post them later. He did an awesome job, just hope mine turns out to suit me.

shootbrownelk
12-21-2014, 09:43 AM
Awesome job! We are looking for something like this to haul our Ranger in, wish I was as handy as you are.

AT, What is the overall height of your Ranger? I have a Rhino with a hard roof and a 3" lift kit. Most of the trailers I've looked at
Had rear door/ramp openings that weren't high enough to clear my Rhino. I'd need at least a 7' opening. Have you checked out any trailers yet?

AT Hiker
12-21-2014, 10:03 AM
AT, What is the overall height of your Ranger? I have a Rhino with a hard roof and a 3" lift kit. Most of the trailers I've looked at
Had rear door/ramp openings that weren't high enough to clear my Rhino. I'd need at least a 7' opening. Have you checked out any trailers yet?


Its 12.5' long, 5' wide and 6.5' tall, its a beast as its the crew cab 900. We have not looked seriously no, but what we have looked at it would not fit in.


If you run across something let me know and I will do the same.

packer58
12-21-2014, 10:12 PM
Just got my trailer that is almost like Packers. It has different inside paneling and is insulated. I will be doing a lot of the same things he did. I'll get some pictures and post them later. He did an awesome job, just hope mine turns out to suit me.

CC, with your background I'm sure your conversion will turn out awesome. detailed pics are coming your way as promised, been helping a bud with a late Nevada muzzy tag and just got home tonight.

shootbrownelk
12-22-2014, 07:04 AM
Its 12.5' long, 5' wide and 6.5' tall, its a beast as its the crew cab 900. We have not looked seriously no, but what we have looked at it would not fit in.


If you run across something let me know and I will do the same.

I will Hiker. A friend told me about a trailer place that has a 7' rear ramp opening option. I have to check it out. Thanks.

Colorado Cowboy
12-22-2014, 07:11 AM
CC, with your background I'm sure your conversion will turn out awesome. detailed pics are coming your way as promised, been helping a bud with a late Nevada muzzy tag and just got home tonight.

No problem. Not doing much now with it, too cold and ankle still on the mend. I am going to take off one of the wall panels to see what the structure under it looks like. Also need to do a little work on the plug that goes to my truck. One thing the guy I bought it from did was to double up the floor with 3/4" plywood. I also will seal up the front ramp (which I am not planning on using) door with silicone around the door to keep out any dust.

Thanks.

wyheadhunter
12-29-2014, 01:10 PM
wow this is a great thread. Thank you everyone. There are allot of great ideas and concepts here.

ore hunter
12-29-2014, 05:08 PM
Ive currently got a relatively small toyhauler 16' for a rig ,but have ran into trailer being 8 1/2 ft wide that turned into a real fiasko getting it in where i had a elk hunt in wyoming this year.Ive been looking into doing a custum build myself but making sure it will track the same as a full sized pickup..Been thinking about stepping up to a all aluminum frame 7'x16' and building it somewhat like my current toyhauler,,,then sell my current toyhauler after i get my custum 1 done.I am hoping i can get it in the 3000 lb range when im done.Ill keep a eye on this thread.lots of good stuff here.

Kolbeck
01-01-2015, 10:12 AM
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Here's mine, now that i have a sidexside, i wish the trailer was taller. It is 7x18, and with the countertop up front i wouldn't want it any shorter for hauling 2 full size Atv's. Best setup on cots is 2-3, 4 cots gets too crowded. I had a RV furnace installed underneath the countertop up front and works good with fresh batteries or plugged in. Learned to always have backup heat though such as small electric heater + generator. i've also used the buddy heater, but those seem to not like anything over 7000' elevations.

Colorado Cowboy
01-01-2015, 10:21 AM
Very nice! I am opting for wall mounted bunks that fold up. Still debating on a front cabinet.

Topgun 30-06
01-01-2015, 10:56 AM
11920I don't have any closeup pictures, but my buddy has this 7'x12' cargo trailer that's in this photo of our Wyoming camp. It's set up to house two or three guys and gear if we want to get back in the boonies where we can't take a regular trailer like my 19' one in that picture. It's really handy to fill or empty in a hurry when you drop the ramp down in the back. I even built a wall from 2x4s and plywood that can be placed in the back with two screened windows and another lower down for a small air conditioner that can come in handy for August and early September bow hunts when we drop the ramp. This one is fully insulated, has multiple hooks around the ceiling/wall junctions, a multiple shelf setup anchored to the front wall, as well as a heavy door latch/handle on the inside to close it tightly for sleeping on cold weather. It also has 12 volt lights in the ceiling and upper walls that run off the battery up at the front and the spare tire is anchored on the wall next to it to keep it out of the way and easily accessible. It's nothing fancy, but sure beats a tent when it's cold and the Wyoming wind is howling!

Colorado Cowboy
01-01-2015, 11:39 AM
11920I don't have any closeup pictures, but my buddy has this 7'x12' cargo trailer that's in this photo of our Wyoming camp. It's set up to house two or three guys and gear if we want to get back in the boonies where we can't take a regular trailer like my 19' one in that picture. It's really handy to fill or empty in a hurry when you drop the ramp down in the back. I even built a wall from 2x4s and plywood that can be placed in the back with two screened windows and another lower down for a small air conditioner that can come in handy for August and early September bow hunts when we drop the ramp. This one is fully insulated, has multiple hooks around the ceiling/wall junctions, a multiple shelf setup anchored to the front wall, as well as a heavy door latch/handle on the inside to close it tightly for sleeping on cold weather. It also has 12 volt lights in the ceiling and upper walls that run off the battery up at the front and the spare tire is anchored on the wall next to it to keep it out of the way and easily accessible. It's nothing fancy, but sure beats a tent when it's cold and the Wyoming wind is howling!

This is exactly why I am setting up mine. I will carry 2 quads in it and most of our gear. Bought a new 28' Denali travel trailer in 2011 and it is pretty nice, so much so my wife really doesn't want me to use it for hunting. Muddy boots, dirty, bloody jackets, etc, you get the idea! I carry a freezer, generator, fuel & water in the truck bed. I will be putting an rv awning on it so we can cook outside in any weather. It is going to make a great camping/hunting rig for 2 guys.

Colorado Cowboy
07-17-2015, 02:21 PM
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Been awhile since I posted about my project. Been working on it when I have time. I am getting pretty close to where I want to be. Fold down bunks are finished, heater installed along with propane bottles. Rack for jackets, rewired and installed 3 new lights and installed deep cycle battery and charging system. Still need to install the quad tie downs in the floor. Also had to chase down a short in the tail lights and repacked wheel bearings and checked the brakes.
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Colorado Cowboy
07-17-2015, 02:25 PM
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I still need to build a gun rack and install a window in the side door.

shootbrownelk
07-19-2015, 08:38 AM
Nice set-up Cowboy, I just bought a 7x16 with 12" extra height to clear my lifted Yamaha Rhino. All I did so far was to paint the inside white with waterproof paint and add removable rubber/carpet mats.The mats were from a business entrance and are 18'long and 8' wide...I trimmed to fit. I may go with some Cabela's HD cots.

packer58
07-19-2015, 02:56 PM
Looking good CC, what heater are you going with. I picked up a 30,000 btu RV furnace but haven't quite figured out where to put it.....maybe under the floor between the axles.

Colorado Cowboy
07-19-2015, 03:08 PM
Mine is a 3,000 btu wall mounted catalytic heater. Don't remember the name, but can get it if you want to know. You can barely see it in the last picture in my 2nd post.

Dark Mavis
07-19-2015, 06:49 PM
Cool camp rigs guys, and a very informative thread. We've been using a 5x8 box trailer for years on our hunting trips. Keeps gear dry, clean, and safer vs. sitting in the back of a pickup for 1500 miles. Definitely picked up a few ideas on how to spruce the ol girl up here.

I just wanted to point something out to the guys that own sideXsides. If you didn't want to spend the extra coin on a taller trailer, you could remove the roll bars to load it into the trailer, the n replace it once you get to where you are going. I know a lot of guys have a lot of accessories mounted up top so it wouldn't be convienant for them, but for someone with just the basic roof/windshield/rollbar setup it would be pretty easy to do. A shorter profile trailer would be easier to yank down the highway also.

bghunter
07-19-2015, 10:54 PM
Very nice thread, have you ever thought about installing refrigirator or freezer with generator in your trailer for storing meat and brining it home? Maybe chest freezer?

shootbrownelk
07-19-2015, 11:06 PM
I did that roll bar removal-reinstall exactly once. What a PITA that turned out to be. You need two people for sure and cussing helps.
That's why I bought the 12" higher trailer. Those huge 5th wheel trailers really buck the wind. I didn't even know mine was there, except for gas stops. 12" higher was about $200.00 extra. Now I can put in that elk antler chandelier I wanted!

packer58
07-19-2015, 11:14 PM
Very nice thread, have you ever thought about installing refrigirator or freezer with generator in your trailer for storing meat and brining it home? Maybe chest freezer?

Not enough room in mine, once the bunks fold down there's not a whole lot of room left. The only time I worry about meat spoilage is during early bow hunts so I use coolers.

WapitiBob
07-19-2015, 11:31 PM
I'm picking up a 6 x 10 next week.

Colorado Cowboy
07-20-2015, 06:32 AM
Very nice thread, have you ever thought about installing refrigirator or freezer with generator in your trailer for storing meat and brining it home? Maybe chest freezer?

I have carried a freezer and generator for years. Started out with a small 5' chest and small Honda 1000. Worked great as long as we were only hunting deer/antelope and butchered the meat in camp. I now have a 10' chest and a 3500 Champion. I carry it in the bed or my truck which stays mostly in camp as we use the quads for transportation. If the weather gets bad, then we use the 4x4 truck.

The cargo trailer and truck combo works great for me. The only real change from when I started this project is that I did not install an RV awning. It was pretty pricey, between $1200 & 1500. I am using my 12x12 dining canopy to cook under and for outside shade/shelter that I bought for around $100.

badgerbob
07-20-2015, 10:00 AM
I ran into a couple of guys last year who were sleeping in a cargo trailer. They froze every night. Never brought any heat source other than a camp stove and a lantern. I had my wall tent, and slept like a baby. Fire restrictions prevented any fuel source other than bottled propane, so I couldn't use my wood stove. A lantern on the floor and the tent was warm in no time. Wouldn't trade a good tent for a whole fleet of trailers. We were camped at just over 6000 feet. Even in Sept. it can get pretty cool there. I have a jeep wrangler and tow a 6' open top trailer. Also have a good tarp, no worries....

Colorado Cowboy
07-20-2015, 10:45 AM
I do have a 3000 btu catalytic heater installed. Heating it will be no problem.

packer58
07-20-2015, 09:58 PM
I ran into a couple of guys last year who were sleeping in a cargo trailer. They froze every night. Never brought any heat source other than a camp stove and a lantern. I had my wall tent, and slept like a baby. Fire restrictions prevented any fuel source other than bottled propane, so I couldn't use my wood stove. A lantern on the floor and the tent was warm in no time. Wouldn't trade a good tent for a whole fleet of trailers. We were camped at just over 6000 feet. Even in Sept. it can get pretty cool there. I have a jeep wrangler and tow a 6' open top trailer. Also have a good tarp, no worries....

I also like hunting out of a good wall tent and have for many years......but if your hunting a new area or your style of hunting is more of a run and gun then that's where the trailer really shines, 20 minutes or so and im all packed up and down the road. A wall tent can be a ball & chain at times, once you drive the tent stakes your pretty much stuck with where your at.

Colorado Cowboy
07-21-2015, 01:01 AM
I store most of my camping gear for hunting in my trailer when I am not using it. I also store my 2 quads in it. Almost everything for my hunting trips, short of food & personal gear is stored in it. Very easy to get ready to go on a hunting trip.

AT Hiker
07-29-2015, 11:11 AM
Sweet rig!

Could a full size two row Polaris Ranger fit in that?


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Colorado Cowboy
07-29-2015, 12:12 PM
Sweet rig!

Could a full size two row Polaris Ranger fit in that?


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Don't know the dimensions of the Ranger. But my trailer had a usable floor length of 16', width 7 1/2" and height of 6'. The height is restricted at the entrance because of the roller that helps left the ramp, otherwise interior height is 6' 6".

AT Hiker
07-29-2015, 01:07 PM
Thank you, Im having a hard time finding one that will fit.


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shootbrownelk
07-29-2015, 03:20 PM
Thank you, Im having a hard time finding one that will fit.


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AT Hiker, I bought a Haulmark 7'x16' tandem axle with 12" extra height. It's 8' inside. Your ranger will fit.

Don K
07-29-2015, 04:39 PM
CC, where did you pick up your heater?

Also I took Herculiner bed-liner material and put in on my entire floor and 6 inches up the sidewall. The stuff can be picked up all over and it rolls right on with a paint roller. Once done it is great on keeping your floor in great shape I can hose off anything and it really protects the wood.

http://www.herculiner.com/index.php

Colorado Cowboy
07-29-2015, 05:57 PM
I bought the heater from my local propane dealer. It is a Camco Olympian Wave 3. Cost was about 250.00. It is catalytic, no open flame once it's started. info@camco.net

I like the bed liner idea. Think I'll look into that.

Don K
07-29-2015, 06:32 PM
Thanks for the info CC

The paint on bed-liner is amazing. If protects the wood, looks great, and hasn't had any problems in the 7 years mine has been applied. You don't have to worry about blood, gas or oil from the ATV, damage to the wood from sliding stuff around, and you can just wash it out.

az.mountain runner
07-29-2015, 11:34 PM
Wow I can believe all the cheap redneck,thinkers like myself, my plan is a 16' enclosed , modified this way welding pieces of pipe at angles on both sides to throw a tarp over and have an awning,the little short angled pipes are for the polls,one side is for kitchen area the other for chairs and fire on lee side.install velco along sides and roof for bugscreen,with roll down canvas, with a spot for small wood stove,of course side door for entrance , outside bathroom portable shower removeable portapot for the lady's .12volt electric pump motor,30 gal water jug that you put out in hitch area,along with 2 30gal.propane tanks , for my buddy heater for short 2and3 day outings,a long with, 4 six volt 285 amp hour batteries, with solar panel to keep charged. The rest of you might want to consider the 6 volt batteries much more efficient and more amp hours than the 12 volts.this is my retirement project,forgot to mention its drop down tailgate for bugscreen , and plenty of propane for lanterns ,cook stoves all with the quick disconnect fittings and hoses easy up and easy down, forgot to mention cots for sleeping with great mattress for the best nights sleep after the exhausting day on the mountain. If any body uses my idea before I get to build it send me pics.and tell me about it.

az.mountain runner
07-30-2015, 12:15 AM
I will defiantly use the idea of the Bedliner stuff on the floors and will put it 1 foot up on the walls.

Slugz
07-30-2015, 03:16 AM
Gents this is an awesome thread. I've been watching those 701 videos and have been pondering this. Thanks again for sharing all the great ideas.

Colorado Cowboy
07-30-2015, 06:36 AM
One thing I've been struggling with is that there are no windows. When it gets cold and the ramp & side door are closed, the only light is from the clear cover on the small roof vent. Been looking at various rv windows for the door. I think I can install a 18" wide by 18" high window in the door. Just have to find the right one. I also have ordered a bug screen for the ramp opening. Attaches with Velcro and was pretty cheap too, less than 200.00.

I'll be using the rig during M/L elk season in early September and will post some pictures of my camp setup when I get home.

Colorado Cowboy
07-30-2015, 01:25 PM
Ordered a window this morning. As soon as I get it and install it, I'll post some more pictures.

cntryep3614
07-30-2015, 11:59 PM
Transformed a 16' enclosed trailer into a heck of a sweet rig one October. We set up cots at night, but built gear racks, installed fishing pole hangers, and set a medium sized freezer at the front of the trailer. Should have thought to put up some type of fold down drying rack for wet clothing, If the weathers nice you can always hang stuff outside but that week it wasn't.

Colorado Cowboy
08-21-2015, 09:32 AM
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Just finished the side entry door window. Coated the floor and ramp with epoxy garage floor coating. All I have left to do now is install the quad tie downs. Floor looks good, should seal it against any oil or gas leaks and be real easy to clean, it also was 1/3 the cost of bed liner. I also added an indoor/outdoor thermometer.

I'll be using it in about 3 weeks for M/L elk season here. It will also give me a great place to store my 2 quads, get them out of the garage.

25contender
08-21-2015, 10:30 AM
I like that door!!

ore hunter
08-21-2015, 11:07 PM
1 thing id recommend is to be able to plumb your 5 gal propane to the inside,just in case you have a late hunt,,,I found that propane doesn't like to come out of the bottle at about 0Deg when you really need it,no pressure when its that cold.I found that out in Idaho in 2012.just sayin.project is lookin good.

Colorado Cowboy
08-22-2015, 06:39 AM
1 thing id recommend is to be able to plumb your 5 gal propane to the inside,just in case you have a late hunt,,,I found that propane doesn't like to come out of the bottle at about 0Deg when you really need it,no pressure when its that cold.I found that out in Idaho in 2012.just sayin.project is lookin good.

I shoot with my local propane supplier. After I fabricated the mount for the 2 5 gallon tanks, he plumbed the system to the heater inside. It hooks up one of the tanks just like in a travel trailer. The second tank will be used for my big cookstove outside.

Colorado Cowboy
08-27-2015, 12:27 PM
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Got just about everything done. Loading up my stuff for m/l season. Installed the tie downs and loaded my quad. Really lots of room.

Now all I have to do is find that cow I tied to a tree last week. Hope she didn't starve...LOL:p

sneakypete
08-27-2015, 05:24 PM
CC, man that thing looks great! Are you putting a fridge in?

Colorado Cowboy
08-27-2015, 05:50 PM
Not sure. There certainly is room. Right now I'll use a couple of Coleman Extremes. One to store ice with dry ice to hold it, the other for food.

RICMIC
08-27-2015, 05:59 PM
Looks good CC; and you remembered to bring your middle S shovel too.

Colorado Cowboy
08-27-2015, 06:07 PM
Yes I did!!

Dark Mavis
08-27-2015, 10:08 PM
Home sweet home! Good luck with that muzzy tag CC.

ScottR
08-27-2015, 10:20 PM
Good luck CC!


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Bonecollector
08-28-2015, 06:21 AM
Nice rig CC. Good luck!

shootbrownelk
08-28-2015, 02:47 PM
I just built cabinets in the front V-nose and a shelf above it. I'm now wiring it for 110, 2 outlets & 2 LED lights on a switch. I'll use the counter top for cooking when it rains or snows. I need to install a window in the door and a roof vent or two. I'm making progress.

shootbrownelk
08-28-2015, 02:48 PM
Yes I did!!
Cowboy, where did you get the sliding window and the lockable camper style door latch?

Colorado Cowboy
08-28-2015, 03:04 PM
Cowboy, where did you get the sliding window and the lockable camper style door latch?

I bought the window from our local glass company. If you want particulars, I can get them. Cost me about $120.00. It is a house type window. The door latch was factory installed when the trailer was new. I like the window so well I will probably install another larger one this spring on the opposite side where the bunks are. The window is deeper than the thickness of the door, but I used some wooden molding to trim it out so it looks pretty good.