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In our last post, we went over planning and framing the TransPorter, our homebuilt teardrop trailer. In this post, we'll be going over installing the main floor, sidewall frames, and skinning the inside walls of the teardrop. Unfortunately, we're missing some photos from parts of this build, so you'll have to bear with the written descriptions.
We started with the flatbed utility trailer, which then needed a floor installed. The base is made from a single 5'x10′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood. It was attached to the trailer with a combination of carriage bolts and self-tapping screws.
For weatherproofing, the underside of the floor and trailer was painted with Henry Asphalt roofing sealant. Jamie also chose to build a storage box into the floor of the trailer; it measures about 2'x4′ and is about 14″ deep. The main concern is for it to be no deeper than the axle, if you decide to do this yourself. The lid of that box can be seen in the photo below, and will appear better it future posts.
The edge of the frame has a routed rabbet along the bottom, to get a tight fit to the floor. It's attached to the trailer and the floor using the same self-tapping screws that we used to attach the floor.
Teardrop Trailer Walls
The interior bulkhead wall is made with 3/4″ prefinished maple plywood, and it's finished on both sides, since that's also seen from the galley (it's the back wall of the cabinets)
Interior walls are skinned with prefinished 1/8″ maple plywood. We chose to spend the extra for prefinished because finishing work isn't nearly as fun as building, but you could easily do the finish (or paint) yourself and save a bit on the interior walls.
Next post: Galley Counter & Flooring
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George Reed says
I think using per finished 1/8 plywood is a good idea! I use unfinished and when i finished it it warped badly!
Great info, thx so much for sharing! I’ve finished a 1967 17′ long Oasis canned ham trailer and we are starting the ’63 Traveleze tomorrow. I’m looking for alternative skin ideas that won’t break the bank. Love yours(;
P.s our website is in development but I shared it for future purposes.