Building has STARTED!
Day 2: FLOOR
Finished the floor!
Squaring off on an unsquare trailer was interesting and challenging--the wheel wells are different lengths, heights, and distances apart (it's a u-built trailer), so I built each of the three sections separately--hitch side, between the wheel wells, and back end. I also designed the end to cantilever out just over 2' for several reasons--to add square footage, increase light (three windows instead of one!), and decrease the boxy, square look of the trailer--so this required some brainpower in designing the floor layout. Then, thinking about splash while driving, I ran out and got some 12" aluminum flashing to put between the floor joists and the trailer bed before securing the joists to the frame. Dad made the plywood undercarriage, screwed the flashing to it while I put in the braces at the other end.
Other details for those of you interested in making your own:
- 2x4 construction. Trailer is bent in all sorts of ways, which made this interesting.
- Shims necessary in all sorts of places due to above comment.
- 5" bolts were used to bolt the 2x4s down to the metal frame. We discovered just how solid the frame is many times. I am thoroughly happy with my craigslist find.
- We tripled up on the cantilevered 2x4s (not in the pics) as I decided not to put plywood on after insulating the floor, but instead chose to insulate, vapor barrier, then composite decking, which I got for free last year (recycled!). This triple 2x4 on edge gives a base when installing the flooring, as the wall frames have to be erected.
- TRIPLE QUADRUPLE CHECK YOUR MEASUREMENTS. I was so conscious of this, and am so glad I was.... Check your provincial/state/federal road restriction heights and widths. This is very important. This caused me no end of math, headaches, and overthinking. I had to know ahead of time what product and how wide my siding was going to be, if I had gutters or skylights, and if I was going to have window and door frames (and what material?!), and had to know how wide the window and door frames would be. The width of your trailer matters. Make sure you know this number and stay within it. Here in BC, height restrictions are 13'6", width 8'6". This LINK is extremely helpful for determining these restrictions. PS. Don't go to Connecticut. 8' max height? Standing on my trailer, my head reaches 8'! No thanks!
- You can do it. And you don't need professional help. Yet. Especially if you can keep the nail gun pointed in the right direction!