What can be done to a trailer with a bit of ingenuity and an open mind





Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 25
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Johannesburg
    Age
    62
    Posts
    5,404
    Thanked: 1798

    Smile What can be done to a trailer with a bit of ingenuity and an open mind

    This is to show what can be done and to a lesser extent to brag a bit. If anyone wants something like this contact Ultimate overland they are the commercial members

    So I get this phone call from a guy in Kimberley area, He has just had a trailer built and wants to know if we could help him mount the fridge slider and fit a few canvas caddies to pimp it up. Bring it on, right up our ally was the answer. I did not expect the blank canvas that came in through the gate. It was a proper bare bones trailer with a piece of carpeting in the back that the Front runner fridge slide was laying on. Brand new she was leaking like a sieve. Challenge accepted. I showed the owner a couple of trailers and his wish list was done

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20181029_134848es.jpg 
Views:	2017 
Size:	132.9 KB 
ID:	523739




















































    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20181029_134926es.jpg 
Views:	1997 
Size:	160.1 KB 
ID:	523740

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20181029_134950es.jpg 
Views:	1980 
Size:	63.4 KB 
ID:	523741


    First on the list was some checker plate stone guards and protection. This was fitted with Sika adhesive and closed pop rivets, the sika also acts as prevention for water accumulating between the steel and aluminium that will promote rust. It also stops vibration of the plate in the slipstream of the tow vehicle. the first fit electrical also went in at the same time

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20181105_142456es.jpg 
Views:	2001 
Size:	795.8 KB 
ID:	523726


    Next was a stainless steel work surface for the kitchen drop down lid. Working on the painted surface is just not hygienic. Once again Sika and some ingenuity saved the day[COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0)] [/COLOR] We needed a sliding base at the bottom of the trailer as we planned to fit a second floor to the trailer on the same level as the side door openings. A huge lot of thinking and planning went in to this. Ideally water tanks, batteries and other utilities would be up front where they were not as accessible without making trap doors. This would keep the rear slide for chairs and tables with a divider to keep things apart.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20190124_152211es.jpg 
Views:	1992 
Size:	159.1 KB 
ID:	523727

    With the layout of the water tank and battery and placement of the pump and water line the next step was the frame for the "second story". This had to be strong enough to support the fridge and slider as well as the cupboards on the kitchen and clothing side.


    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20190201_152219es.jpg 
Views:	1990 
Size:	244.4 KB 
ID:	523728

    Next it was fitting the carpeted base and trap doors for utilities

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20190201_154458es.jpg 
Views:	1987 
Size:	90.6 KB 
ID:	523730

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20190201_155636es.jpg 
Views:	1984 
Size:	205.1 KB 
ID:	523729

    Next was second fix for the board and electrical, bet you cant guess what board the client wanted

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20190128_131316es.jpg 
Views:	1985 
Size:	94.1 KB 
ID:	523731



    Time for the hard work, metal fabrication, in theory you can do it with normal hand tools but believe me a bending break and a plasma cutter make things soo much easier ad to that an air hammer and a spot welder and you are cooking with gas. Metal used was .8mm galv sheeting, I like to use galv as the zink acts as a donor metal and helps prevent rust. A coat of zink chromate primer and black was used to hide the silver shine stuff


    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20190301_183027es.jpg 
Views:	1991 
Size:	93.6 KB 
ID:	523732

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20190301_182903.jpg 
Views:	1989 
Size:	115.8 KB 
ID:	523733

    As the workshop progressed so did the sewing room and some custom caddies brought the project closer to completion

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20190308_180933es.jpg 
Views:	1985 
Size:	142.5 KB 
ID:	523734

    The big day arrived and an owner that could barely contain his excitement reversed in to the drive, he got out and just walked around the trailer inspecting every little detail, hardly giving me time to explain what we were looking at before moving on to the next feature. All he could say was that he had no words. His wife followed us with tears running down her cheeks. I had won, my client was more than happy and speechless. could you ask for more? On the technical side: This trailer was kitted with a 55l pioneer water tank with high pressure pump to a tap at the back of the trailer. Electrical was made up of a 105Ah high cycle battery charged by a solar input as well as a Meanwell 220v charger with led lights in every compartment and under the shelves. Hella plugs in every compartment with normal 220v plugs in the kitchen and on the outside of the nosecone aka caravan style. The kitchen area was equipped with a 60l Defy microwave as well as an Alvey high pressure stove that was secured with wing nuts to facilitate cleaning under the stove.Gas bottle was kept at the back in a custom bracket. Main work area was Stainless steel. A 2 x 2m fold down awning was added to provide some shelter and a large canvas bag was made for tables and other bits on the roof rack.... Best part was when the owner's wife asked if it would be OK to give me a hug as a sign of thanks...........Priceless

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20190308_102400es.jpg 
Views:	1985 
Size:	136.9 KB 
ID:	523735

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20190308_102307es.jpg 
Views:	1995 
Size:	158.9 KB 
ID:	523736Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20190308_101754es.jpg 
Views:	1996 
Size:	115.0 KB 
ID:	523738

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20190308_181016es.jpg 
Views:	1975 
Size:	185.6 KB 
ID:	523737

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20190308_101754es.jpg 
Views:	1996 
Size:	115.0 KB 
ID:	523738
    Last edited by hbannink; 2019/03/27 at 02:24 AM.
    Henk
    Adventure is out there go find it

    Fitment and trailer service. Agent for SnoMaster & Tentco
    Follow us on Facebook


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Pta
    Age
    46
    Posts
    788
    Thanked: 37

    Default Re: What can be done to a trailer with a bit of ingenuity and an open mind

    WOW! Baie mooi werk!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2017
    Location
    Mafikeng
    Age
    39
    Posts
    167
    Thanked: 115

    Default Re: What can be done to a trailer with a bit of ingenuity and an open mind

    Bitter mooi Oom Henk.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Centurion
    Age
    47
    Posts
    1,209
    Thanked: 284

    Default Re: What can be done to a trailer with a bit of ingenuity and an open mind

    Baie slim gedoen, geluk.
    Hierdie is presies die soort uitleg wat ek sal wil h vir `n kamp sleepwa - kombuis, klere en elektries alles op hul plek sonder oordadige fieterjasies.
    Neil

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Centurion
    Age
    47
    Posts
    1,209
    Thanked: 284

    Default Re: What can be done to a trailer with a bit of ingenuity and an open mind

    Quote Originally Posted by hbannink View Post

    Next it was fitting the carpeted base and trap doors for utilities

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20190201_154458es.jpg 
Views:	1987 
Size:	90.6 KB 
ID:	523730

    Henk, is die mat oppervlak nie `n probleem in `n kampsleepwa nie? vir skoonmaak, stof ens?

    en dan,
    wat se prys kyk mens na vir sulke werk (sleepwa uitgesluit)
    <50K
    >50k tot <100k
    >100k
    Neil

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Pennington
    Age
    57
    Posts
    643
    Thanked: 146

    Default Re: What can be done to a trailer with a bit of ingenuity and an open mind

    Very very nice. Can understand why the client is so happy

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    White River
    Age
    70
    Posts
    1,149
    Thanked: 874

    Default Re: What can be done to a trailer with a bit of ingenuity and an open mind

    Fantastic job Henk. As a gestimate, what would you say the cost of the bare bones trailer was before you worked your magic.
    2011 JK Wrangler Rubicon 3.8

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Alberton
    Age
    58
    Posts
    6,071
    Thanked: 2488

    Default Re: What can be done to a trailer with a bit of ingenuity and an open mind

    Very well done. Craftsmanship is still alive.
    Lusted for a Landy but the Pajero was sexier and bigger in the right departments, just like my Missus.

    2004 Gen 3. 3.8i petrol V6 (PAJTU)
    X Factor Bundutop trailer (designed by me)
    1998 Blister Fender Pajero 3500 24V (PAJ) (Sold)
    BMW R1200R

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Plett/Paulshof
    Age
    53
    Posts
    2,910
    Thanked: 791

    Default Re: What can be done to a trailer with a bit of ingenuity and an open mind

    Great work, well done.
    2016 LC 200 VX, 2019 VW Tiguan 4motion 2.0tsi(work vehicle), 2019 FJ Cruiser, Bush Lapa Baobab 1873, Fusion 17 boat-Yamaha FT100hp 4st.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Johannesburg
    Age
    62
    Posts
    5,404
    Thanked: 1798

    Default Re: What can be done to a trailer with a bit of ingenuity and an open mind

    Quote Originally Posted by TonyP View Post
    Fantastic job Henk. As a gestimate, what would you say the cost of the bare bones trailer was before you worked your magic.
    The client mentioned something in the area of 40K.

    Quote Originally Posted by neoT View Post
    Henk, is die mat oppervlak nie `n probleem in `n kampsleepwa nie? vir skoonmaak, stof ens?

    en dan,
    wat se prys kyk mens na vir sulke werk (sleepwa uitgesluit)
    <50K
    >50k tot <100k
    >100k
    My huur wa was al op lelike plekke en met mense wat nie regtig baie omgee nie, al wat nodig is om die wa net te stofsuig en dis reg vir die volgende keer. In my eie mini het ek een van die klein dust buster stofsuiers en ek het nog nie probleme ondervind nie. Ek dink die groot bonus is dat die stof nie ingetrap word nie en dat ons goeie kwaliteit kar mat gebruik wat swaarder diens as gewoonlik kan hanteer. Die goed kan onder water l vir weke sonder om uitmekaar te val.
    Hierdie outjie was net oor 50k
    Henk
    Adventure is out there go find it

    Fitment and trailer service. Agent for SnoMaster & Tentco
    Follow us on Facebook

  11. The Following User Says Thank You to hbannink For This Useful Post:


  12. #11
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    Roodepoort
    Age
    47
    Posts
    47
    Thanked: 4

    Default Re: What can be done to a trailer with a bit of ingenuity and an open mind

    If only I could back a trailer up....

  13. #12
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Helderkruin
    Age
    53
    Posts
    1,877
    Thanked: 381

    Default Re: What can be done to a trailer with a bit of ingenuity and an open mind

    hbannink dit lyk nou baie mooi

  14. #13
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Bela Bela
    Age
    67
    Posts
    1,177
    Thanked: 390

    Default Re: What can be done to a trailer with a bit of ingenuity and an open mind

    Pragtig Henk, Jenny en team. Julle mag maar hoor
    Tobie Oosthuizen
    Ford Ranger 2.2 XLS 4X4
    RSI canopy & Frontrunner Slimline roofrack


  15. #14
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Bethlehem
    Age
    53
    Posts
    8,448
    Thanked: 3362

    Default Re: What can be done to a trailer with a bit of ingenuity and an open mind

    WOW........!!

    BAIE nice!!!
    Of COURSE I have a Bad Habit. I take Tea at Three (Mick Jagger)

  16. #15
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Modderfontein, naby Rysmierbult
    Age
    75
    Posts
    4,691
    Thanked: 567

    Default Re: What can be done to a trailer with a bit of ingenuity and an open mind

    Quote Originally Posted by Leon Venter View Post
    hbannink dit lyk nou baie mooi
    Met hbannink is mooi wat jy sal kry .. en ek sien spore van jennyB ook daar iewers
    Johan Mitchell, .... r.i.v. Swambo Marthie

    My beste kennis is di oor my eie onkunde

    '96 Colt DC V8 ... Safari Camper ... '88 Fleetline L
    '88 Ballade 150 ... sold
    "The rule here is that there is no rule" .. MikeAG

  17. The Following User Says Thank You to Gaitshi Gubib For This Useful Post:


  18. #16
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Centurion
    Age
    56
    Posts
    1,252
    Thanked: 307

    Default Re: What can be done to a trailer with a bit of ingenuity and an open mind

    Spiekeries!
    Make it happen!

    2018 Mobi Lodge

  19. #17
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Bothasig
    Age
    48
    Posts
    1,419
    Thanked: 14

    Default Re: What can be done to a trailer with a bit of ingenuity and an open mind

    Baie netjies! Well done!
    '02 Patrol 3.0Di GL

  20. The Following User Says Thank You to Stefan For This Useful Post:


  21. #18
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Location
    The Far East (...Boksburg)
    Age
    50
    Posts
    451
    Thanked: 68

    Default Re: What can be done to a trailer with a bit of ingenuity and an open mind

    Nice job Henk.

    Can you make shoes?
    Attached Images Attached Images  
    "Adventure is the distance between the present and the fulfillment of your dreams. How you navigate the in-between, is the great unknown."
    Platkar: 2002 Audi A4 1.8T 110kW Multitronic

    Swambo: 2014 Clio IV 0.9L 66kW Turbo Expression

    Camper Trailer: 2012 Metalian Maxi

  22. The Following User Says Thank You to Honey Badger For This Useful Post:


  23. #19
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Pretoria
    Age
    39
    Posts
    2,984
    Thanked: 212

    Default Re: What can be done to a trailer with a bit of ingenuity and an open mind

    Quote Originally Posted by Honey Badger View Post
    Nice job Henk.

    Can you make shoes?

    as daai bolt cutter op daai man se toon val, dan is jy liable vir expenses vir injury on duty .. 8)

  24. #20
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Johannesburg
    Age
    58
    Posts
    335
    Thanked: 336

    Default Re: What can be done to a trailer with a bit of ingenuity and an open mind

    What a transformation! Well done, Henk, Jenny and team.
    Land Rover Defender Puma

    Previous ride: Defender 90 tD5

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •