TRAILER PROJECT II (EXTERIOR)


Our trailer is 22′ long, has 10,000# axles, 16″ tires and six lug wheels and electric brakes.  It has a tongue weight of around 400# and the overall weight of the trailer is 4650# (this does not include the tow car).  It sports a five color paint scheme, the primary colors being Pewter and Smoke Gray.  We have added numerous items to the trailer, light bars, led lights, wheels, mudflaps, chrome accessories and a host of other items.

Rear shot with the door down ready for loading.

The door drops down (has a flap that laps over, not shown) and entry to the trailer is pretty straight forward.  If you click on the photo you can see the light bar at the top of the trailer, this is a truck accessory adapted to fit the trailer, I wired it up to the “brake light side” so it is extremely bright.  All of the stock factory lights were removed from the trailer and replaced with LED’s.  It has a total of some 40 led’s on the exterior and over six hundred on the bottom (the entire bottom is outlined or shadow lighted from under the trailer).  This feature we affectionately refer to as “Pimp Lights.”  I don’t have a shot of both, but I do have one of the coach, the coach and the trailer compliment each other now, and are a matched set.

This will give you some idea as to what we are talking about here.

Side entrance door.

The bars across the back are from Utility Trailer in OKC and they are commonly found on the back of their reefer models.  I put them on to break up the door because I did not like the appearance of a solid chrome door, wanting something different, I purchased a set of these, brought them home, cut them to fit and then attached them to the rear of the trailer with screws and snap caps.

close up view of door bars

Clicking on the photo, you can see the six 12″ led’s that we added to the trailer door, these are marker-brake-turn signal applications.  I buy them from Eagle Interiors in Oklahoma City, which is a truckers chrome shop.  Only four of the six light up as marker, the others are turn signals and when the brakes are applied then they ALL COME ON and people know what it is that you are up to.

Click on the photo for details, double click on it and you get an extreme close up view.  It also has dual turn signals (led) and brake lighting all away across the bottom of the door.  The wheels are as close as I could find to Alcoa’s which we run on the bus, and they are 16″ with six-hole lugs.  I bought the tires and the wheels, most of my lights from the trailer distributor that we ordered the trailer from in Oklahoma City.  The wheel wells were also painted Smoke Grey and detailed out.

All the screws in the trailer and on the exterior of the trailer sport snap caps.  I removed each and every one and replaced them one at a time.  You can order the caps on the Internet and after 1,000 you get a real nice price break.  Normally they run about .40 cents each in a truckstop or chrome shop, ordering off the internet you can cut them down to less than .10 cents.  There are a little over 1200-1300 of the large type on the trailer, and the inside was 800-900 I believe.  But who’s counting?

Roof vents were painted also and front and rear caps in some area’s.  Altogether, the entire project took about three months to complete during the winter of 2011.  It was an on-going thing, most days it got worked on, if I was not running down parts and odd’s and ends.  Do not know what the total labor hour figure might be, but it was considerable.  It has three coats min. on most of the interior paint work and in some area’s five coats, just depending on what it turned out to be in the end, if it didn’t cut it in three, then it got more.

Pulls real nice, the bus for the most part, having an V892T Detroit doesn’t really strain all that much to pull it under load and it actually improved the ride of the coach.  The only apparent drawback to the entire thing is it kind of dooms you to truck-stops and/or Walmart on overnight parking.  It can be a hassle at some campgrounds, so you have to be selective when choosing one.  But there are tradeoff’s in every aspect of life, it works for us, and I am glad we did it.

Only one thing wrong with it … It is too Damn Heavy … And it sure aint the 3100# they told me it would weigh.

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