Cargo Trailer to Camper Conversion – How We Did It in 4 weeks



hi guys I'm standing here in our 16-foot cargo trailer that we convert it to a camper it took us exactly 4 weeks to get it done and I'm going to show you a quick time-lapse video of how we did it you once I had the wall stripped down I noticed that there were some holes where the floors meet the walls so I just used some sheet metal and caulk to fix those holes one thing to keep in mind is that these trailer manufacturers they build these cargo trailers for hauling cargo not for living in so you're going to have to do some caulking and sealing and insulating to make it livable although the underside of the trailer has a waterproof coating on it I decided to seal the interior of the floor as well once we finished insulating the floor we covered it with this half inch wafer board and then we put down this laminate flooring only on the parts of the floor that would be visible next we insulated the walls and we ran our electrical line on the outer wall one of the biggest challenges we had was installing the beadboard because we had to install it on these still studs that were on the outer walls and we didn't want any screw holes to show in the beadboard so we ended up we did put screw holes at the very top and at the very bottom that would be covered by trim and then we had to use gorilla glue to glue the beadboard to these steel studs and as you can see here we had to use these braces to hold it in place to allow the gorilla glue to drop but overall it worked really well here we had to make sure studs were in the right place to be able to mount our television and to be able to create the hole for the DVD player in the PlayStation and here in the back you can see where we're starting to separate off the main living area from the kitchen area you at this point we were three weeks into the build and we only had one week left before our big road trip so in that final week in the and the rush and us pushing to try to get everything done I simply forgot to shoot any more video but all we had to do in that final week was put up a lot of the tree on put in the beds and shelving appliances things like that nothing overly complicated that you can't figure out so I'll just show you some photos of what the final product look like you

27 Comments

  • Nick Tombs

    April 15, 2019

    Look Daddy, a hick house on wheels

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  • JDS QUADS

    April 15, 2019

    sweet fine plan and end result im doing mine asap

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  • Shawn Kloter

    April 15, 2019

    Im 36 and me & the wife both work remotely so we have the ability to work from anywhere. I asked her about doing some traveling in a trailer and she was all for it! Thanks for posting this video awesome conversion! Having the freedom to travel anytime is one of lifes greatest pleasures!

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  • Michael Self

    April 15, 2019

    Was the waferboard on the floor really necessary? You sealed the floor underneath it. The laminate flooring has its own vapor barrier.

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  • Eric

    April 15, 2019

    Looks sturdy as all get out. Those holes in the beginning turned me off to this brand though. Excellent project. Looked like some good family and friend time there. Not enough of it these days.

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  • SouthWestOffRoad aka SWxOR

    April 15, 2019

    Question: 'off gassing" Volitile Organic Content (VOC)s….example, whack hot….that foam insulation starts 'off gassing" = toxic. Honestly, not sure what else to use, but I know I used that stuff on some home windows and the UV deteriorated it in weeks. What are your thoughts?

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  • Brett Dawson

    April 15, 2019

    To distress the trim, just build it normally then let a couple negroes stay in it for a couple days.

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  • Keith Howard

    April 15, 2019

    Why the kitchen on the outside instead of inside? what if the weather isn't so great?

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  • FAD

    April 15, 2019

    Why not use Liquid Nail instead of Gorilla Glue?

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  • H Nice guy

    April 15, 2019

    Did you happen to get a magnifying glass out and read the small print disclaimer on the back of the bead board? It is highly toxic..it cause cancer and birth defects. All that kind of paneling does. Georgia Pacific is owned by the Koch Bros… the same Corp that paid Gov Scott of Florida millions to look the other way so Koch bros ga pacific company could dump all their toxic runoff into the St. John’s river. I would not give them a dime. If you call wherever you bought the paneling from/bead board and complain they will refund your money.

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  • badnews

    April 15, 2019

    going to be one hot box with no cross flow ventilation or airconditioning – trust me – I use the same trailer for my photography business and on shoots in the summer I am sweating like a pig looking for equipment , lights and lenses etc to set up the shoot – you should have put two windows, one on each side, a minimum of 18×24" in the center of the box to get some cross flow – you die in there with only that little single ceiling fan for air circulation – should have had at least two of them one at the front for intake and one at the rear for expelling air……airflow is the number one necessity in any trailer or small home –

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  • JEB

    April 15, 2019

    No air conditioning!?!

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  • Todd D

    April 15, 2019

    I noticed the Diamond Cargo sticker. I have one also and deeply regret buying it. I've been chasing leaks through the exterior for years. I CAN NOT FIND IT. The floor is rotting from it. I now wish I saved a bit more money and bought a better quality one. I really like Feather Lite.

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  • joe woodchuck

    April 15, 2019

    Id like to know where the window came from. It doesnt look like an rv window, so they probably saved some good money there to use on other stuff like the outstanding wiring and general construction.

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  • Dale Humphrey

    April 15, 2019

    Box full of chemicals…cancer much?

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  • jPhone x

    April 15, 2019

    Is the black kid your wifes son?

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  • John Thomson

    April 15, 2019

    I bet it was fun putting 10 gauge wire on the outlets

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  • basil allen

    April 15, 2019

    Why are you using planed wood for studs?

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  • Archer V.

    April 15, 2019

    is very nice. good job.

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  • jc cloud

    April 15, 2019

    I'll just buy a damn RV just as cheap. Don't have time for all that shit.

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  • shreddder999

    April 15, 2019

    What about environmental, otherwise it would get very hot and cold in there(? ? ! !) I'm planning on buying a new Thor Sportsmen and converting it into a cargo trailer.

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  • David Shafnacker

    April 15, 2019

    Interesting video great job but your wiring leaves a little to be desired.

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  • Dale olson

    April 15, 2019

    Music??

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  • Filtersoff Channel

    April 15, 2019

    It was ok, but electricians you are not. Sorry!

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  • Tom Harris

    April 15, 2019

    You lost me at playstation

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  • Hambone571

    April 15, 2019

    Forgot to,shoot video for the wrap up?? Thanks…

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  • Informed citizen

    April 15, 2019

    No bathroom or shower???

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