Building a Compact Camping Trailer – The Explorer Box
The Explorer Box has been designed as a straight forward, DIY friendly compact camping trailer. Plans include full dimension drawings, material list, building notes and material suggestions. Many DIY-ers will begin their trailer build with a bolt-together frame kit, although most 4’ x 6’ flat bed trailers are a suitable starting point.
At the heart of the Explorer Box Compact Camping Trailer is its plywood based trailer box. Using plywood, waterproof glue and a few screws it’s easy to create a durable, attractive, lightweight trailer box. We use a combination of plywood types.
To begin, for the exterior we prefer using quality marine grade Okoume plywood, for its weight and strength advantages.
It’s also more attractive and takes a finish better that standard plywood.
|1. First, you begin with the floor||2. Then you build and add the center support wall|
|3. Then add sidewalls.||4. Then the front wall is built and shelves are added.|
|5. Then the rear wing and cross support are added||6. Next the top and doors are added.|
| 7. Then you fill and finish the exterior.|
Miscellaneous hardware, fenders and lighting are added..
|8. Add your tent unit and you are ready to camp!|