Nice score on the parts!
That is a pretty interesting looking trailer. If there is a side door on both sides, one might consider knocking the box, or shelving area out of one side to open it up, and doing a fold-out or slide-out, something like a tent trailer on that side, and keep the other side as the 'galley'.
For ideas on how to do your galley, do a search for tear-drop trailers. Those tear-drop people have got ALL KINDS of ways to maximize space, function, and comfort in a really tiny package. - ETA: Looks like ttubravesrtock got that covered as I was typing! Cutting in another door:
Pros - better egress, you have a 'back door' to bail out of
Cons - cost(if you had to buy one separately)
one more opportunity for something that can leak water when traveling
one more way to lose heat, etc.
one more thing to maintain (hinges, seals, latches, etc.)
overkill, how many doors do you need into a 4x8' space?
it will suck up wall space that could be used to mount something else
I've had experience with many different rv floor plans, and the ones with multiple doors always seemed to be a waste of valuable wall space.
I would think about an operable window that's designed for/or large enough for egress in the rear. Ventilation
: This goes for anyone with an RV... I would cut a good fan/vent into the roof. I can't recommend highly enough, one of the efficient fans from Fantastic Vent or Shurflo Fans. They are low-amp-draw, quiet, and move a lot of air. I installed the Shurflo Platinum
in our rv trailer and I'm glad I spent the extra money on it. I'd prefer it without the remote (more batteries to keep track of) but the reversible, variable-speed, thermostat, and rain sensor are well worth the price. We can leave camp on a hot day for a bike ride and the fan will kick on automatically, yet close automatically if it rains. It barely sips any power, even if it's been on all day.
If you pick up a vent cover
for it, you can leave the vent open in-transit without worrying about rain or wind tearing your lid off.Solar panels:
Roof - period. Out of sight and mostly difficult to reach by scumbags that think you bought it for them. More versatile when it come to aquiring sun angle. Charges, even if not at optimum angle, while driving or when parked at any angle. I think you can get a decent mount that lets you tilt the panels side-to-side for a decent price. A four-way tilt or swivel system would be expensive if you could even find one. Sealing the roof: Just use a high quality sealant, such as Vulkem, and find or make a hidey-hole to store extra sealant tubes and a caulking gun.Bedding/Mattress:
1 word - "Novaform"... or memory foam I guess, if you can get one in the size you need. Our rv has that thin, springy-pokey mattress that many rvs have. We bought the Novaform topper from Costco and threw it on top... about as comfy as the bed in our house! I think an upgraded rv-sized mattress would've cost us a few hundred $$$. The memory foam was just over $100 for the queen-size.Storage/beds:
I would consider beds, or bunks that fold up against the wall. That way you can stuff the trailer full of totes for travel, but unload the totes at your destination, drop the bunks, and have the security of the hard-side to sleep in.Tires:
Have you thought about where you will mount the spare tires? Yes, I said tire(S
). Having multiple PhD's from the School of Hard Knocks, I have learned to keep two spares for the rv trailer. More than once I have had a blowout on the way to the mountains. If you use your spare on the way TO your camp, you no longer have a spare while driving those winding, and sometimes rocky roads, when your tires are even more at risk, and you're even further from a repair/purchase source. Changing a tire on the side of the road sucks. Dropping the trailer on the side of the road to go get a tire really pegs the suck meter! When you store the trailer, be sure to protect the tires from the sun. They will last much longer. That reminds me of another tip... buying a used trailer, you may observe that the tires look brand new. Heck, they might even have the little tentacles still on them. If the tires weren't covered, the UV will break them down from the inside, and may cause a premature blowout. Ask me how I know this... or see the 3rd sentence of this paragraph.Privy:
A Luggable-Loo or bucket with the seat is probably your best bet, given the amount of space you don't have. You can buy the $100 pop-up privy/shower tent from Cabela's or similar, or you can make one out a tarp and pvc pipe and a tarp. If you plan to do the solar shower: 1. Get a couple - they don't take up much space, and they work as extra water storage. 2. Buy or build some kind of shower mat for the ground. It kinda defeats the purpose of showering when you're standing in a mud puddle. You can buy a purpose built small wooden fold-up platform at camping stores, or just pick up a small piece of indoor/outdoor carpet.
I didn't mean to write a book, but you got me started!