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Old 01-28-2015, 11:19 AM   #1
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Hey Everyone, I was wondering if anybody has any information related to converting/building a 53' box trailer in to a "camper". Is this allowed since its over 400 sq/ft for an RV. Has anyone ever built something like this. I have my CDL-A so moving it as a commercial vehicle would not be a problem for me. IF anyone could help me out with this or send me to the right places I would appreciate it.
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Old 01-28-2015, 07:03 PM   #2
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That might be a bit of a challenge to get into a lot of campgrounds, wouldn't it?
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Old 01-28-2015, 10:35 PM   #3
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Go to Valid Manufacturing web site and click on "expandable trailer". I have seen this and man it is very trick (and built in Canada)
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Old 01-29-2015, 12:24 PM   #4
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I race Motocross, so I would buy a trailer that has a roll up door and a lift and make that back 12 feet a garage to haul the bikes around. I would mostly go to wide open parking lots at the tracks. If I went to a campsite I would have to do my homework first to make sure I can fit in. Obviously I would need to get two campsites one for the trailer and one to park the truck, unless the site is large enough for both which is probably highly unlikely.
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Old 01-29-2015, 03:52 PM   #5
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Gearhead, your project is very doable. We've done 4 different conversions of our own and are soon to start a 5th. Our smallest was a 50ft (the red one in the link) all others were 53'x102''. The current one we have is the white trailer with dual patios in the link below. That's also the one all the construction photos are of. We are presently in a paint and body shop getting a complete custom full body paint job. We use our conversions full time as we travel and manage motorsports facility's as a career. I'm sure you'll have lots of questions after you've looked through the photos in the link (694) of them! Haven't captioned them yet ,sorry. Be glad to assist with honest answers to any questions from a person that has really "been there, done that" and am going to do it again, LOL ! We are presently on winter hiatus so have plenty of free time. send me a PM and I'll send you my #.
Get a liquid libation as there are a lot of pics!
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Old 01-29-2015, 03:56 PM   #6
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Most pull thru spaces are 70', so you are not going to fit on a site in most cases. And will be hard to get in, most campground roads aren't built to handle that kind of length. Also many campgrounds get real uptight about commercial looking rigs, we had a few not happy about our 40' living quarters race trailer. If you are going to fairgrounds, racetracks and the like, no problem. I have seen a few semi trailer conversions in blogs in the past when I was researching that sort of project, but it has been a while and can't remember where. The buildout would have similar issues to a box truck conversion, and there are a few of those build threads on this site. I think I would suggest something shorter than 53' to be more practical. We have a 36' toyhauler with a 12' garage and has plenty of living space, and the biggest toyhauler you can get is in the 44' range. Good luck!
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:02 PM   #7
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1997 Ford CF8500 cabover registered as RV, towing a
1980 Utility 40x8 OTR reefer registered as RV.

We initiated this project with our REQUIREMENTS.

We need cargo carrying capacity far exceeding typical RV axles and tires and landing gear. According to the ID plate, our trailer is rated to twenty-seven ton... so we have that covered.

We need all aluminum, without wood walls or floor.

We need the structural integrity of a commercial chassis, without a mish-mash of plywood and staples.

We need to engineer and build the components into the design. This way, we can troubleshoot and / or isolate components while maintaining use of the rest of our home.

We need a vehicle with year-round capabilities. The typical RV is designed for occasional weekend use in moderate climes.

We have the capacity to carry around five ton of water.

With the PV system we designed and built, we are self-reliant. We have no need for RV parks.

Our favorite camp spots are in remote Baja. Drive out onto those perfect beaches, no other humans for weeks.

So, gearhead94, could a good place for you to start be your REQUIREMENTS?
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Old 09-03-2018, 12:23 AM   #8
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I converted a 53’ dry van into a custom fishing camp.

This is my YouTube site that shows from start to finish:

https://youtu.be/lxL2pjuMXGM


Any questions, you can reach me via email:

lm2facebook@yahoo.com

Lock, stock & barrel with stripped down 53’ trailer including everything what you see I have roughly $35,000 invested. All new full sized appliances and everything material wise was purchased at either Home Depot, Lowe’s, or my local lumber yard.

You can’t buy a 5th wheel for this price and have the room that I have. Sleeps 5-6 comfortably.
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:57 AM   #9
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Mudcat-that's a great fish camp. But with spring suspension and wood construction, the interior would fall apart quickly if taken on the road.
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Old 09-17-2018, 01:39 PM   #10
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I didn’t convert mine to use as a “traveling” RV. You’d be surprised how strong the sprayed closed cell insulation is and how it strengthened the entire trailer. I mainly converted mine to use as a stationary fishing camp with the intentions of if I “had to move it” then I could in case of a hurricane.
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