This is different than most of the threads here. 1) I'm hoping to make this into an off-raid, boondock savvy pop-up. 2) I can't weld. I can work the wood OK, but metal working and auto mechanic-ness is not my bag, baby
3) I'm rebuilding a pop-up camper that will also function as a gear hauler.
I've benefited a lot from reading others' builds here, so I figured I'd post a brief version of mine. The long version can be found [url="http://www.popupportal.com/index.php?topic=54139.0"]here[/url]
It started w/ a 1977 Starcraft Starflite 6 that I got off craigslist. It turns out that I overpaid a bit, but I don't have a time machine so there's not much to do about it. Here are some of the original pics.
I originally was planning on just redoing the cabinets, the thing turned out to be a rotted piece of crap . .. . . errr junk.
So I started to tear it down (seriously, look how bad this is). I tore it apart. After removing the trim, it just fell apart.
I tore it all the way down to the frame
I replaced the original axle with a 3500lb Dexter axle w/ electric brakes that I got form a local vendor. I put a 2" lift on my '01 Jeep Cherokee and gave it bigger tires (31"). I then put the 27" OEM wheels/tires on the trailer. Side bar: the tires were too wide to fit onto the current frame and I had to hire a welder to widen a portion of the frame. The welder also attached 4 stabilizer jacks and a dual propane tank mount onto the tongue.
I wired up the trailer brakes and installed a trailer break-away switch
Then I purchased some ACX for the floor (I plan to make it look like a mock-hardwood floor). I had to join 3 boards to make them fit to the correct size- used a biscuit jointer
Then I cut and assembled some wheel wells. I used Marine 3M 5200 Adhesive. Then I tacked with a finish nailer and firmed it up with pocket screws.
The 2x2 you see in the above pics are going to be the sill for the walls.
Next post will discuss my future plans a bit.
I've flipped it and put on the first coat of CPES.