Wonder 10 build

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Wonder 10 build

Postby cdlwingnut » Fri Nov 04, 2022 2:53 pm

Ok I pulled the trigger and brought home a harbor freight 4' x 8' trailer. I have 3 custom size windows ordered. I have also been collecting bits a parts for the build.
I plan to follow the plans pretty closely for layout B, the one with the double bed in the back and a table/bed in the front. it a few ideas for how to make the table change to a bed and some storage ideas. I will try to keep a build journal here.
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Re: Wonder 10 build

Postby pchast » Fri Nov 04, 2022 9:27 pm

Welcome! :D

I'd be interested in seeing what you have planned
and what you end up with. Do you have a weight
budget you need to meet?
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Re: Wonder 10 build

Postby cdlwingnut » Sun Nov 06, 2022 2:10 pm

The plan is to use layout B. the weight limit is the limit of the harbor freight trailer. the plans say I should come in well under it. and my own calculations using the shipping weight of the materials I plan to use indicate I should have weight to spare if I keep the build light. I also plan to skip the dropped floor, I know this will mean not being able to stand up strait but I think it will feel less confined and be simpler and stronger without it.
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Re: Wonder 10 build

Postby QueticoBill » Mon Nov 07, 2022 7:23 am

is that about 6x10, a 1 foot overhang all around?
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Re: Wonder 10 build

Postby cdlwingnut » Mon Nov 07, 2022 6:20 pm

according to the plans it is 6.5 feet wide so about 15 inches of overhang each side of the trailer but only about 9 or 10 inches outside the wheels. the plans say that's a bit of overhang to be careful towing in high winds.
I am also kind of toying with the idea of using the shape of the widget6 but the rest of the plans for the wonder 10. this way I can get a more aerodynamic shape, not have to lengthen the trailer by a foot, and maybe gain a foot in length too. just an idea.
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Re: Wonder 10 build

Postby QueticoBill » Tue Nov 08, 2022 7:10 am

any plans to upgrade axle and/or tires and/or add brakes? Just wondering about this size cabin on 12" tires.
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Re: Wonder 10 build

Postby cdlwingnut » Tue Nov 15, 2022 1:32 pm

The materials have arrived, still waiting on windows but should be enough lumber to keep me busy for a while.
Thus it starts, may the odds ever be in my favor
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Re: Wonder 10 build

Postby cdlwingnut » Sat Nov 19, 2022 10:05 pm

Construction has started, the frame is assembled and the floor is cut and on.
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Re: Wonder 10 build

Postby cdlwingnut » Sun Nov 27, 2022 7:04 pm

Been tinkering away, The supports for the floor was added I used 1x3 boards on edge. One wall was framed out on the deck of the trailer, they plywood skin was then glued and stapled to the frame. The wall is now up with some temp braces. I glued and screwed and stapled it to the floor and the bottom 1x6 boards that the plans have as the main strength.
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Re: Wonder 10 build

Postby cdlwingnut » Mon Nov 28, 2022 7:36 pm

The frame of the second side is starting to go up. seems to be working well building the frame first. We will see when it comes time to skin it though. I've been using pocket screws and glue to hold the parts together.
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Re: Wonder 10 build

Postby cdlwingnut » Thu Dec 01, 2022 6:11 pm

the frame is up and the wheel well boxes are built.
this is coming together really well
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Re: Wonder 10 build

Postby ScottM » Thu Dec 01, 2022 6:55 pm

Looks great. I’ve been looking at that layout and like the layout. I’ll be following to see how it turns out. Is that 1x4 for the framing? What thickness skin is on the outside and inside?
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Re: Wonder 10 build

Postby cdlwingnut » Thu Dec 01, 2022 9:49 pm

it is 1x2 framing with 2x2 where the seams of the 1/4 ply skins will meet, I'm building according to the plans that can be found free on this site and other places on the web. Only a few modifications, i did not put in the drop floor, I did not put the axle above the springs of the trailer. and I gave it a couple more inches of height to stand in.
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Re: Wonder 10 build

Postby cdlwingnut » Sat Dec 03, 2022 8:09 pm

drilled some holes for wires then got most of the outer skin on. looking like a camper
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Re: Wonder 10 build

Postby ScottM » Tue Dec 13, 2022 9:17 am

Great progress, really starting to take shape. Excited to see how it turns out.Are you planning to do PMF or fiberglass our something else?
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