Cargo Trailer Camper

Ardale and Trailer

by John

My wife and I wanted a “Toy Hauler” to haul our motorcycles and to camp in. But toy hauler campers are very expensive, and then we’d have to pay the 6% sales tax and registration and insurance fees.

So instead of buying a toy hauler camper, we purchased a 7’x14’ V-Nose H&H Cargo Trailer. We special ordered the trailer with 7.5’ ceilings, 12” on center wall studs, 12” on center floor joist, a side door with RV style latch, 2 windows and a roof vent, and a ramp style back door.

So far we’ve installed vinyl flooring in the trailer. And we have furniture that will go in it as well. We will fix it up into a little camper/motorcycle hauler and use it as our little home away from home while on the road. We have a store in town called “The Re-Store” where they sell all sorts of used and new household items (door, windows, sinks, cabinets…) and we’ve found almost anything we’ve needed for our trailer project there. Here are some of the pictures of our trailer.

JT

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