Cargo Trailer Camper Conversion


I love small spaces and thinking creatively on living more with less. This 7 x10 cargo trailer has a full galley, full size bed, and bathroom. All in 70 sq ft! Easy to tow and simple to enjoy! Check out my video on the full build on YouTube - Cargo Trailer Camper Conversion - Spyder.
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One piece seamless roof, torsion axel, 6" extra height, two-tone exterior.
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Galley includes cooktop/grill, ice chest that is also an air conditioner and vents into cabin, hand pump faucet with bathroom access behind bipass doors.
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Art piece is actually the table. Folds down!
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Table with two-tone aluminum directors chairs.
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A/C vent and access hole. Bathroom space. Pioneer stereo. 110v outlet. Side cabinet.
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Full size bed with 6" memory foam mattress. LED light above bed. Battery readout display, USB and 12V charger.
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Deck platform. Custom Spyder screen. Chair storage. Bipass doors.
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110v outlet. Chrome faucet with 14 gallon water below. Paper towel holder and storage rack.
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Pull-out cooktop/ grill. Pull-out cutting board.
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Icy Breeze ice chest and air conditioner.
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Bathroom space.
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14 gallons of fresh water. Drains to exterior of camper.
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This is where it all began. Has factory installed RV door with screen and two windows.
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First layer of insulation. I also added rigid insulation panels.
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Bed installed.

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  • Tammy LeBlanc
    on May 25, 2017

    My husband and I are just staring a cargo trailer conversion. We started off with taking down the chip board and installing foam isolation. We also insulated the roof. We put the chip board back up and painted the floor with Killz sealant paint. Our next step is going to be installing ventilation. There are two small vents (both are about 2.5" in diameter) currently in the cargo trailer (one on the left hand side of the v-nose and the second one is in the bottom right hand corner in the back. I am in need of some advise: do we have to install a roof vent/fan? My husband has an idea and I am not sure if it is safe or do able... He was thinking of enlarging one of the current vent holes and installing a cooling fan, do you think this will be sufficient? We will only be camping in the trailer in summer for a few days at a time. Any advise would be most welcomed. Thank you for your time.

    • Victoria Allison
      on May 27, 2017

      Hi Tammy,
      Most of the cargo trailers that I looked at prior to making a purchase, had these types of vent holes that you mentioned. I didn't want any chance of moisture entering so I had them removed on a custom order for the Spyder camper. I do think ventilation is important. I added a fantastic fan on the ceiling and two windows. In such a small, airtight space, it is critical to have a cracked window or open vent while enclosed in the area to avoid lack of oxygen! If it were me, I would seal up the holes on the bottom or perhaps use them for something else like electric shore power hookup inlet, or ventilation for an appliance that uses propane gas like a refrigerator. I think there is a huge benefit to having the fan on the ceiling. For one, hot air rises. So, up and out easily. Also, it's out of the way of critical build space. Hope this helps and good for you on the cargo trailer camper build!

  • Ranger Ric
    on Jun 9, 2018

    I’m curious what you spent on the interior conversion. Looks great.

  • Inf34433351
    on Nov 27, 2018

    (1) length and width of "bed?" (2) type of mattress on bed? People sweat on foam? (3) Heat for winter camping? Catalytic to avoid fumes? (4) interior height? I'm 6'2"; can I stand upright inside...cooking meal or showering? (5) Shower condensate? Interior condensate from heating air inside trailer?

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  • Dave Meekhof
    on Feb 5, 2018

    Hi Victoria, I'm just starting a cargo trailer conversion project. I chose the exact same trailer you did, as I have a red & black Jeep Wrangler 4-door to pull it. I'll be renting it out ( www.DavesRVs.com). Thanks for all the great ideas, just what I was looking for! I've uploaded a pic of my original choice, (tiny trailer) but now seeing your project, I decided to commit to the cargo trailer conversion route!

    , This was my first idea for my Big Red Jeep Trailer package now I m going with the bigger cargo trailer
    • Victoria Allison
      on Feb 11, 2018

      That's a sweet looking jeep! I am partial to red and black together! Thank you for reaching out and sharing. I would love to see the finished project. You might want to consider an aluminum framed trailer to save on weight. The one I used was steel and heavier. Just a thought. Have fun!

  • Fake
    on May 4, 2018

    cool stuff

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