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How to Build a DIY Travel Trailer

Updated: May 29, 2023

A bad decision changed my life

My name is Scott and when I turned 50 during the COVID lockdown I had this great idea to buy a 1976 travel trailer and restore it. It was a bad idea. A really bad idea. The trailer was a disaster but the experience was life changing. I ended up completely dismantling the trailer to literally a pile of scrap. That was rock bottom. And when you hit bottom there is nowhere to go but up. I decided I would build my own trailer from scratch. With no trailer building experience what so ever. And that's what I've done. Eddie, as my trailer has affectionately been named, is alive and well. Feel free to follow along on the build and join us on our adventures. It just may inspire you to make a bad decision of your own :).

This is how it started

Ironically, I bought this trailer because I wanted to save some money. I had been camping in the back of my F150 pickup truck and was looking for a little more comfort at a reasonable cost. Really, any setup up that would allow me to get dressed standing up would satisfy my requirements. I came across an ad on Facebook for a used travel trailer, a very used travel trailer. Looking back at it, the seller should have paid me to take it away but I gave him some cash and drove it carefully home to proudly show it off to my wife.

For some reason she did not share my enthusiasm and pointed out that our neighbors likely wouldn't either. My family found my purchase rather entertaining and sarcastically referred to it as an R V. like Eddie, in the movie Christmas Vacation.

Join us on our adventures

After almost 2 years later no one is laughing at Eddie anymore. We've travelled more than 20,000 kms off road and on pavement. At the writing of this blog post the interior is still very much a work in progress but becomes more comfortable every trip. I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel and follow along with the build and our adventures. Inspiration is free.

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