14*7 V-Nose Conversion

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14*7 V-Nose Conversion

Postby flboy » Wed May 30, 2012 7:32 pm

Started this project about a year and a half ago with a new 14*7 Vnose Cargo trailer. I worked on it here and there and am now finished except the front counter and bottom cabinet.
The trailer has just about everything needed except Hot Water (may put in a 4 gal tank later). Put in the outside shower last weekend. The bigest job overall was removing the paneling and then insulating and replacing the paneling. All in all, I am please with how functional it is. Used it again this weekend with my son. It was great.

I have full power and a 1200W Inverter running off a deep cycle batter to power fridge and etc. on the road and a generator to recharge and run when shore power is not available. I also have a fresh water tank and and hand pump when water hookup is not available.


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Current Build CTC:
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Old CTC Build (sold)
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YouTube Videos of Finished Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FASF-x9ofMY - Interior
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb-pvBbyyBs - Exterior
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Re: 14*7 V-Nose Conversion

Postby campingone » Wed May 30, 2012 10:37 pm

That is a very nice set up. Great job on it. What does something
like that cost when all done. :thumbsup:
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Re: 14*7 V-Nose Conversion

Postby flboy » Thu May 31, 2012 5:47 pm

campingone wrote:That is a very nice set up. Great job on it. What does something
like that cost when all done. :thumbsup:


The trailer was new @ $2,900 + taxes and plan about $2,000 for all the other materiel and parts. It does add up quick, but if you shop e-Bay, craigslist, and get things at Home Depot or Lowes when on sale, you should be able to complete for about $5,000 total. I may have slightly more than that, but I bought a few things I did not end up using.

Certainly at least half the cost or less than the same size Toy Hauler that probably isn't as well built. The trailer has a steel frame on 12" centers with aluminum sides and dual axles with brakes. Dry wieght before mods is 1,975 lbs.. Not sure what it is now.. someday I will weigh it, but I bet fully loaded, it is still less than 3,000lbs. Cab pull with any 1/2 ton pickup.
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Current Build CTC:
viewtopic.php?f=42&t=65498
Old CTC Build (sold)
viewtopic.php?f=42&t=50647
YouTube Videos of Finished Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FASF-x9ofMY - Interior
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb-pvBbyyBs - Exterior
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Re: 14*7 V-Nose Conversion

Postby flboy » Thu May 31, 2012 8:44 pm

I was thinking I needed a table when I want to eat indoors, use the laptop or etc.. I wanted a fold down table not taking up space when not needed, so I came up with an idea to buy a 5' Folding table at Walmart for $34.00 and take it apart and use half of it taking advantage of the hinges and drop legs. I simply then added some E-Channel hardware to other top rail withtop and legs removed.. and viola.... fold down table. :-) I could have made one from plywood I suppose, but this only took me 30 minutes to make and didn't have to cut, hinge, paint or etc.. Plus.. I have a spare top and other parts.


Closed up and attached to E-channel on wall.

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Opened Up. Takes literally 30 seconds to convert.

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Current Build CTC:
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Old CTC Build (sold)
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YouTube Videos of Finished Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FASF-x9ofMY - Interior
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb-pvBbyyBs - Exterior
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Re: 14*7 V-Nose Conversion

Postby roadinspector » Thu May 31, 2012 11:44 pm

I like your table idea and am seriously considering paying hommage to you by incorporating it in my build. :applause: I was going to make a fancy foldup out of wood but this is more practical.
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Re: 14*7 V-Nose Conversion

Postby campingone » Thu May 31, 2012 11:57 pm

Thank you for the cost total. Very sharp setup.
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Re: 14*7 V-Nose Conversion

Postby Wolfscout » Fri Jun 01, 2012 5:31 am

Your CTC is very slick inside.
I like your fold down table idea with Etrack. I have all I need to do the same. Kudos to your inspiration.
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Re: 14*7 V-Nose Conversion

Postby flboy » Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:27 pm

Many thanks. Glad I could share something useful. I have some front cabinets and countertop to build up front. Will share those as I get them done. The camper is missing some countertop space and a place to permanently mount the microwave.
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Current Build CTC:
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Old CTC Build (sold)
viewtopic.php?f=42&t=50647
YouTube Videos of Finished Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FASF-x9ofMY - Interior
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb-pvBbyyBs - Exterior
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Re: 14*7 V-Nose Conversion

Postby flboy » Sat Jun 02, 2012 6:49 pm

Well, I won't get the front cabinet done this weekend. I decided to go scuba diving instead. Have to have priorities and the opportunity presented itself. :-) I did however, get something done on the toy hauler. I added the FOX accent decals to the outside. I like them.. kind of break up the all black sideds. I also added the outside "porch" light. It works great and will be real useful. I'll try again next weekend. :lol:

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viewtopic.php?f=42&t=65498
Old CTC Build (sold)
viewtopic.php?f=42&t=50647
YouTube Videos of Finished Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FASF-x9ofMY - Interior
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb-pvBbyyBs - Exterior
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Re: 14*7 V-Nose Conversion

Postby bigbendhiker » Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:04 pm

You porch light looks really good. Where did you get yours?

I've been looking online, but haven't really found one I like.

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Re: 14*7 V-Nose Conversion

Postby flboy » Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:11 pm

bigbendhiker wrote:You porch light looks really good. Where did you get yours?

I've been looking online, but haven't really found one I like.

Thanks


I got it where I got most things for my conversion... Ebay. There are a lot of camper parts and accessories out there. Prices aren't always much better than say buying from CamperWorld.. but overall, there are some good deals on new equiment.
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Current Build CTC:
viewtopic.php?f=42&t=65498
Old CTC Build (sold)
viewtopic.php?f=42&t=50647
YouTube Videos of Finished Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FASF-x9ofMY - Interior
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb-pvBbyyBs - Exterior
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Re: 14*7 V-Nose Conversion

Postby flboy » Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:08 pm

I ordered a set of these Air Lift Springs to level off my F-150 when pulling my trailer loaded. The trailer wants to squat the truck and it gets bouncy with dips in the road and etc.. Has anyone used these? Will they make a noticeable difference? I sure hope so. Towing a bunch of gear up to NC for a week of camp and for $230 I thought they would be a worthwhile investment.

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Current Build CTC:
viewtopic.php?f=42&t=65498
Old CTC Build (sold)
viewtopic.php?f=42&t=50647
YouTube Videos of Finished Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FASF-x9ofMY - Interior
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb-pvBbyyBs - Exterior
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Re: 14*7 V-Nose Conversion

Postby roadinspector » Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:58 pm

I do have a simular set on my single tire one ton Dodge Cummins. I installed them because I had a big Lance cabover. It made a big difference and they worked great. You will want to play with your air pressure to adjust your ride. If I remember max was 60lbs in mine. For my purpose, the best ride and stability was 40 lbs. It took me a couple of trips to figure it out, but yes they work great.
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Re: 14*7 V-Nose Conversion

Postby David_L6 » Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:03 am

flboy, I replied on ThumperTalk. Saw your post there first.
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Re: 14*7 V-Nose Conversion

Postby flboy » Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:09 am

David_L6 wrote:flboy, I replied on ThumperTalk. Saw your post there first.


Great. Many thanks.
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Current Build CTC:
viewtopic.php?f=42&t=65498
Old CTC Build (sold)
viewtopic.php?f=42&t=50647
YouTube Videos of Finished Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FASF-x9ofMY - Interior
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb-pvBbyyBs - Exterior
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