Trish's DIY camper trailer
from Mick Capuzza
My family & I have been going camping on long weekends for
the last 5 years whenever we can . We had upgraded our tents
and camping equipment as required, but due to heavy canvas
and tent size, it was a bit of hard work. We were at a
caravan park in Echuca & a couple drove in with their camper
trailer. I never really took much notice until they reversed
it in & had it set up in a maximum of 20 minutes.
I was an instant believer & wanted one, so I started getting
prices & doing research & realized what I wanted wasn't
going to be cheap. I then decided I could build this, having
built other trailers in the past & took on the challenge of
converting my old previously built garden trailer to a
camper trailer putting on an Oztrail Camper 12 canvas kit.
I got a bit carried away with it as you will see. My whole
intention was to keep the wife & kids as comfortable as
possible. The reasoning behind this was they will then go
camping more often.
Features include 5 stud Landcruiser rims, extended draw bar,
eye to eye springs, hydraulic brakes, water tank, Hyland
hitch, drop down rear legs, tailgate sink, mains pressure
water for caravan parks, 80 litre Waeco fridge & home built
slide, 100 AH battery pack, on board smart charger, LED
internal lighting , 240 volt power, 2 bike rack, removable
boat rack, annex, including walls & mesh floor.
The trailer was sand blasted, etch primed & bitumen coated
underneath. I am a plumber by trade, not a trailer builder,
but had the necessary welding skills.
The camper trailer has already seen three long weekends & in
2 weeks time we are heading to the Gold Coast for 4 weeks
travelling along the NSW coast, stopping along the way,
which will really put the camper to the test.
We are very happy with it so far & every outing find
something else to improve on it.
DIY garden box
trailer prior to conversion to off road camper
rear bike rack holder welded in place, mounts
for water tank installed
eye to eye
springs, sides raised to suit height of tent &
to allow fridge height in trailer
blasting & etch prime
trailer with boat
rack in place, kitchen sink & bench installed
keeps weight down, looks good & minimizes stone
lights, with Oztrail 12 installed & ready for
tailgate kitchen &
pull out fridge
first test open on
annex walls can be