How to Build My Own Camping Trailer Plans

How to Build My Own Camping Trailer Plans
Building plans for a camping trailer requires more effort than just choosing a destination on a map and hitting the road. You also must consider storage needs, parking, facilities, permits and tow options. The more details you build into your plan, the greater your chances are for creating a camping experience that is safe and comfortable.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Trailer hitch
  • Tow bar
  • Towing chains
  • Electrical connections
  • Sway bar
  • Extensions
  • Non-composting toilet system
  • Waste tank
Step 1
Incorporate a storage plan. Decide if you will store the trailer in a garage or at a storage site. Determine the dimensions of the camping trailer by measuring the length, width and height of the trailer. Camping trailers generally measure 14 to 36 feet long. Calculate the monthly storage costs for local storage sites. Decide how much you want to leave inside the camping trailer. You may decide to remove appliances such as microwave ovens, stereos and refrigerators while the camping trailer is parked at a storage site.
Step 2
Factor equipment needs into your plan. Decide if you require basic equipment such as a trailer hitch, tow bar, towing chains, electrical connections and sway bar, which will prevent your camping trailer from swaying when traveling at high speeds or downhill. Check the weight capacity of the tow vehicle by checking a tow car weight database.
Step 3
Weigh the benefits of added storage. Build a plan that includes extensions such as an awning or extra storage if you are planning a cycling tour, for example, and need to transport bicycles, gear and other equipment.
Step 4
Build your plan around the condition of your camping trailer. Check the condition of your sewer hose to ensure holes and other damage are not present. Consider purchasing a holding tank flush kit to help with waste disposal. Non-composting toilet systems require very little water and eliminate the need for a holding tank. Consider if the installation is worth the savings in energy and water.

Tips & Warnings

You may need a permit to park a trailer or RV on a residential street.
Permitting is a simple process requiring state-issued identification such as a driver's license.
Some campgrounds and wooded areas require a parking permit, so contact your local police department to learn where you can register the vehicle and claim yourself as the owner.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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