Posted 2017-05-23 12:33 PM (#169928 - in reply to #169925) Subject: RE: Living quarters conversion
It's time consuming, but not at all that difficult if you're handy. You get what you put into it. If tastes are simple, it's probably cheaper to build. Remember that you won't be adding a lot of value as it won't meet specific codes. I've built one myself
Was able to convert full LQ in trailer with 4ft shortwall. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
Posted 2017-05-29 4:28 PM (#169966 - in reply to #169925) Subject: RE: Living quarters conversion
I am in the beginning process of fixing up an old 82 trailer with a 7 ft 10 inch dressing room. My husband has redone all the metal and flooring now i have to fix up the rest. This old trailer does not even have a divider wall between the horses and the to be camper. I have been looking online and found a website in the past toddredwrench.com that shows complete step by step in redoing a trailer, but now the site does not work. Does any one know where it has gone or do yall have a link for another site that has examples on framing, wiring and finishing? I have plenty of ideas and have been searching past posts but am coming up empty handed especially on the wiring side. Thanks for any advice.
Posted 2017-05-30 10:10 AM (#169968 - in reply to #169925) Subject: RE: DIY Living quarters conversion
Yes it is very doable to complete your own LQ conversion. Obviously the degree of finishing is entirely dependent on your capabilities.
I did ours about 5 years ago. It took about 5 months of 'spare' time to get it completed, but it is serving us well.
I highly recommend you spend considerable up front time designing, sketching, and doing full scale layout and a cardboard/2x2 mockup inside the trailer. You need to take into account everything from material thickness' to actual appliance dimensions. With a 7' short wall, every inch is valuable. Try to keep weight in mind when designing and selecting components.
As far as electrical is concerned, I suggest you make everything possible 12 volt. You are stuck with 120v for AC, and a microwave, but everything else can be 12v or LP if you want. I did use a 120v/LP hot water heater, a 12v OR 120v refrigerator/freezer, and an AC. All lights, exhaust fan and water pump are 12v. This allows us to run everything from battery/solar except when needing the AC or the uwave.
Plumbing is also interesting in a confined space, but using PEX water lines and using dead space for drains makes it possible. I did manage to get 2 sinks, small shower, and a toilet in ours.
A 7' short wall is a small area, but it is livable for short periods. Actually lived in ours for 7 weeks while starting our new place. It's just a Good thing the weather was decent.
There are many on this site who have done conversions, so ask when you have questions.
Posted 2017-06-05 2:45 PM (#170002 - in reply to #169968) Subject: RE: DIY Living quarters conversion
Thank you so much for the encouragement, your trailer looks awesome. I plan on having a solar system as well. I have practically used up a graph paper notebook drawing everything out. The actual "living room" will be 5 ft 4 inch. The other 30 inches will be shower and tack room. What type of power converter did you install? I have been looking online and they run from $50.00 to $250.00+. I plan on having most everything DC. I am taking it slow and trying to get most of the parts before do the actual building. I got the shower pan, fridge, and windows (put in two yesterday). The fresh water tank will be in the step to the bed; that is where the water pump and power converter/ distribution panel will be. I am trying to figure out what converter to get so that i can then decide what size water tank to buy. Thanks again for the encouragement, Staci.
Posted 2017-06-12 9:07 AM (#170048 - in reply to #169925) Subject: RE: Living quarters conversion
I used the Progressive Dynamics 60amp panel as it gave plenty of 12v and 110v fuse and breakers go everything I needed. Think it was about $200. You can find them from many sources online.
I also added a 60 gallon h2o tank in the slant corner space that would have been wasted. It is made for that tight corner. I plumbed it for the LQ and put a spigot in the first stall for watering on the road. Has worded very well.