Many DIY campers are built on old cargo trailers. If you’re interested in the ultimate in design customization, you might want to start on a completely bare trailer. For the fastest construction, starting with a pre-built cargo trailer might be the way to go.
These trailers already have a basic shell, and all you’ll need to add is some insulation, interior paneling, and whatever conveniences you desire.
YouTube user Vadim Pustovit was short on time and funds. He decided to start his camper build with a second hand cargo trailer. After framing out the inside with aluminum panels and studs, in went windows on either side, insulation (both rigid foam and expanding foam) and a layer of plywood for the interior paneling.
When the camper was almost complete (but not quite) he took it for a camping trip up to North Carolina. When he returned, he decided to add a sink, exterior graphics, and linoleum flooring.
Watch the camper come together set to the tune of Johnny Cash’s “One Piece at a Time”
Some viewers asked how he was able to adhere the new graphics to the outside of the camper.
The camper was primed and painted with a cheap hvlp spray gun hooked up to a 60 gallon air compressor. The graphics were taped out and spray painted out of a can. All outside and not a professional job by any means but it serves it’s purpose.