We’re converting an enclosed cargo trailer so that the front half is an RV and the back half is a mobile workshop We’re going to travel the country when it’s finished helping subscribers with their DIY projects!
This week I finished framing the dividing wall and ran the rough electrical/plumbing. I ripped 2×6’s to create 1.5″ x 1.75″ studs that are thinner and lighter. I’ll be covering the walls in 1/8″ ply and the floor and ceiling in hardwood.
Our new Dodge 3500 Dually was a great deal, but it didn’t come with power locks or windows. Getting Hudson in and out of a car without power locks is a chore so I decided to buy some universal power door actuators and install them myself. Total cost was under $30 dollars and now our truck has remote entry!
Here’s the kit I used (amazon affiliate link):
A couple of notes if you’re installing a similar system on your own Dodge truck:
I had to reverse the wires for the front doors because the motors were “pushing” to lock. Just swap blue and green. The parking light wires were hidden under the fuse box in the engine compartment on the driver side. Attach your purple wires to the “white and yellow” and “white and gray” wires that come out of the blue connector (there’s 4 different white and yellow wires).
We sold our RV, so it was time to find a truck to pull our 24′ cargo trailer camper conversion. We weren’t married to any particular make or model, only a good deal and I think we found it!
Our new truck is a 2005 Dodge 3500 Dually with only 133k miles on a 5.9 cummins diesel. We bought it for $10,000. The plan is to finish converting our 24′ trailer into a living space AND mobile workshop so we can travel the country and make DIY videos with you!
For those out of the loop:
We had an idea to travel the country in an RV and mobile workshop helping our viewers with their DIY projects called “Makers on the Move.” We left for a month in November 2016 and found the 40′ RV and 24′ trailer way too long. We sold the RV and are converting our trailer to include a living space AND mobile workshop. We needed a truck to pull the 10,000 lb trailer and this is it!
How to install an alarm system on an enclosed utility trailer with siren, brake lock, and text message notifications. We have the option of arming with either a keypad in the trailer or key fab outside.
Thank you Trailer-Alarms.com for putting this system together for us!
The install took about 8 hours, but we have more openings than the average trailer. Something I didn’t mention is that you can change the timing of the exit/entry and the sensitivity of the accelerometer.