Glen Wallin Sr. is a heck of an RV builder, and we applaud his efforts. The results are basic, but solid and sure to stir up conversation wherever he calls home for the night. As a train fan myself (have you seen Trainfanatics.com?) the unique profile of this DIY trailer caught my attention right away with the traditional caboose design and detailing.
It has all of the essentials – from a full bed that sleeps two to air conditioning – plus most of the luxuries like a kitchenette with three-burner stove, a pressure operated sink and porta-potty, and don’t forget, that all important flat screen television! In addition, the space was designed to provide storage for all the expeditionary gear a camper needs.
Front view of Wallin’s DIY caboose.
One of the biggest features, or smallest I suppose, was the price! Glen managed to get this camper on the road for a cool $3,000, which is less than many RVers spend on a renovation for a trailer that has fewer features than Glen’s. So, he definitely gets an “A” on cost. It’s his 12th build, so he ought to know what he’s doing by now.
A couple of nice sconces mounted over the bunk.
The interior features a classic “cabin” look, common to most old railroad cabooses, with knotty pine beadboard paneling throughout for a clean, homey feel. While the stylings are simple, Glen did not scrimp, the cabinets are finished with a nice stainless steel counter and stainless steel tile backsplash that reads “manly” but chic.
The caboose’s “entertainment system” is a flat screen TV.
Train themes run throughout the décor with curtains in a train car pattern in bright, cheerful colors. This place would definitely appeal to younger campers. Glen took his time when installing accessories and the wall mounted sconces are a nice touch.
A view from the rear door.
Outside, the caboose is red (of course) and weighs in at only 1,600 pounds, making it a breeze to haul. On the roof, Glen has installed a solar power system. An integrated propane tank that is easily accessible on the trailer’s tongue provides gas for the kitchenette.
Closeup of the kitchen, note the train motif on the spice rack.
Many DIY RV builders tend to go light on windows, but Glen did not. He added three on each side, for lots of natural light and adequate ventilation when the nights are cool enough to not need the AC. Even the back bumper adds an authentic railroad twist with a small railed platform leading up to the rear mounted main door, which swings in.
The rear view of the caboose, featuring a faux deck rail.
This little trailer has pretty much everything you would need for a pleasant week at your favorite campground and not much you don’t. Nicely crafted inside and out!