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.
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Thank you, Lark United for the trailer!
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):
The switch I connected to the brown and white wires:
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).
I have plans for what I hope will be an extremely strong and reliable desktop CNC to cut wood and aluminum parts. I designed the DIY CNC in Fusion 360 with a budget of under $1000 dollars.
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I’m a little late to the 3D printing game, but I finally get it. For $200 , the Monoprice Mini Select is a no brainier for anyone who’s curious about 3D printing. It’s an extremely capable machine with a small footprint. Best of all it comes pre-assembled ready to print, right out of the box.
No this video was not sponsored in any way. I just really like this printer 🙂
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We’ve tried way too many vlogging cameras. The RX100 V was the closest thing to a perfect camera, but it lacked an external microphone jack and that stabilization just wasn’t good enough to justify $1000 dollars.
So we’re back to our trusty Canon 70D. Arguably still the best all around camera 4 years after it’s release, but just a little too bulky to carry around all the time. I set out to fix that problem with a belt clip camera holster and Rode Video Micro microphone zip tied to the side!
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We spent an afternoon baby proofing our living room for Hudson. We used two 192″ Regalo fences with gates to block off the living room along with furniture straps for the TV and table.
The Long Fence/Gate We Used:
The Furniture Straps:
Our first priority in the cargo trailer camper conversion is to make it easy to transition between the trailer, home, and hotels. I found “luggage shelves” that I think will eliminate the need to unpack everywhere we go.
The Dust Collector:
The Automatic Vacuum Switch:
The Luggage Shelves:
This week I move all the tools in the Ultimate Mobile Workshop into a temporary garage shop and strip the interior down to bare metal.
It seems crazy to take such a huge step backwards but I think this will save a lot of time in the long run.
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I use cardboard boxes and painters plastic to get a feel for the full size floor plan of the new cargo trailer camper conversion (we need a better name – leave your ideas in the comments).
I also used a meter to test how much water is used in a typical RV shower and washing the dishes. It looks like our planned 50 gallon tanks are going to work, but only give us about 3 days off grid.
Link to the water meter I used:
In this episode we help John build an oversized sewing/quilting table that he bought the plans for 10 years ago! It’s made of simple 1×4 pine and plywood components. It has loads of storage and a built in ironing board!