Even though the cold weather has moved in, it doesn't discourage my husband and I from hitting the outdoors. Several years ago we bought an enclosed trailer and made it our home on the road. Affectionately known as the "Redneck Toy Hauler" or the "Silverbox", we made some modifications so we can enjoy it anytime of the year and stay very cozy. My husband and I have a moto, "less is more". Keeping things on the light and simple side enables us to have the advantage of going almost anywhere we want to without the burden of being bogged down with unnecessary gear and equipment.
|"The Silverbox". A 6' x 12' extra tall Cargo Mate enclosed utility trailer.|
|Knowing that we were going to use the trailer year round, it was important for us to add insulation for better temperature regulation. First step was to remove the wood wall panels.|
One of the side walls with the wood paneling removed. To help seal out both cold and dust, we laid a hefty layer of caulking at the floor base and where the sheet metal wall pieces join.
|We used a 1" hard foam core insulation for the walls and ceiling.|
|Nose of the trailer with the insulation installed.|
|Wall with insulation installed.|
|For insulating the curves near the ceiling, we used a bubble wrap type insulation that is covered with a foil-like material and attached it with Gorilla tape.|
|Wood panels reinstalled after installing the insulation.|
|The ceiling, like the walls, received the 1" hard foam core insulation.|
|The tailgate was also insulated.|
|Rod holders were installed.|
|A friend of ours built aluminum side rails for the walls. Another friend of ours powdercoated them. |
The holes along the length of it makes it easy for tying down cargo. The rails also support the three crossbeams that support the elevated bed.
|We attached the rails by screwing them into the metal frame behind the plywood wall.|
|Both rails installed.|
|After one long ride down a gravel road, the front of the trailer took quite a beating from rocks being thrown from the car tires. We later took the trailer down to Line-X and had them coat most of the front. It works perfectly.|
|In the nose of the trailer, we've set up a small living/kitchen area.|
|With the stylish plastic cabinet, the sleek black Coleman two burner propane stove powered by the five gallon propane tank, and the snappy wood finish countertop...what woman wouldn't be proud of this kitchen?|
|The plastic unit with large drawers not only provides a lot of storage, but also can be moved easily anywhere in the trailer.|
|The rod holder doubles as a drying rack for our dish towels.|
|The three aluminum cross supports are secured with bolts and wing nuts, yet are easy to remove. |
The portable propane heater, Mr. Heater, is seen here on the right.
|The holes that are the full length of the wall railing make it easy to attach tie downs and bungee cords. At each corner we usually have a five gallon container of fuel.|
|We textured the floor and the tailgate with a product that we found at Home Depot. |
It is a deck coating similar to a spray in bed liner.
"Camping: nature's way of promoting the motel industry."
-- Dave Barry