Little Guy camper Rebuild

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 12-01-2009 02:13 AM 6663 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This will only happen in the spring but I just wanted to show off my latest acquisition that I’ll be modifying.
Next August (22nd) will be my wife’s and my 30th anniversary. We love road trips, traveling, and state and national parks so we purchased a small camper after a search on craigslist. It’s a great little camper and in the spring I’m going to rebuild the inside and then the 30+ day trip outlining specific places throughout the country. We’re starting in Maine and will make a round trip to the west coast along the canadian border, down to my nephew’s in California, Brother in law in Arizona and Daugher in NC. So it’s going to be a big loop. Modifications will include a better set-up for kitchen and living area, solar panel to charge the batteries and better lights, TV, and audio. For now though it’s got to be wrapped up till spring.

Here’s the Little Guy Camper. I wanted a tear drop camper and thought of making one. On a whim I looked on Craigslist and found one for sale at a great price about a 100 miles from me. Must be fate. Little Guy Camper is actually a camper company that sells these things.

The is the hatchback to the kitchen

The sleeping area: I’ll be putting in new cabinets, maybe birch with electricity, radio, tv, and storage room.

The hatchback is the kitchen. I’ll be rebuilding what you see and installing a gas stove, bar sink, and better storage.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 12-01-2009 02:25 AM

That’s so cool. Start a blog when you get going on the mods.

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#2 posted 12-01-2009 02:27 AM

looks like a great idea ,
and you will appreciate the mileage more .

i’m always surprised at the size of campers
some people tow ,
during camper mating season !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 12-01-2009 02:47 AM

it looks like you have a place to put wood that you pick up along the way

-- gagewestern

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#4 posted 12-01-2009 02:52 AM

Yes Gage,
I’m going to install (bolt on) some 5 foot rubber bins. Some will contain firewood some other things like a foldable table. I’m also going to weld brackets around the deck to let me put in metal rails. One of the posts will be extendable to above the trailer so that I can have one leg of a tarp that will go over the trailer and campsite. But, if I see some good wood. It may find itself strapped onto the deck.
This particular model is the sport model. It’s actually designed for carrying dirtbikes, 4 wheelers, or snowmobiles. It came with ramps. I do none of these things so it’s a valuable storage area.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#5 posted 12-01-2009 02:55 AM

its a very cool camper…and built to enhance wind resistance..very cool…...and light…so it will also help on gas…look forward to the work to be done..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 12-01-2009 02:58 AM

what about a small shop set up in the rack…you cant be on the road that long and not do some wood work….oh my……maybe just take a dremel and so some carving…lol…..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 12-01-2009 03:02 AM

Nice score Dan. Given what you can do with soda bottles… I can just imagine!!!!
If you get to Cape Cod, be sure to stop by… we have an indoor shower!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#8 posted 12-01-2009 03:09 AM

So make sure that you get a list of all of the LJ homes that you will visit also. It will probably become a 60 day trip.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 12-01-2009 03:10 AM

looks great!

-- -Bob, Portland, Maine

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#10 posted 12-01-2009 03:11 AM

That is one of the most interesting tear drop trailers I have ever laid eyes on…

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#11 posted 12-01-2009 04:28 AM

Very cool….. Good thing you got a great deal on it. They dont give them away cheap do they? Good luck on your task at hand.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#12 posted 12-01-2009 04:55 PM

Excellent find , Dan….Happy Holidays to you and the Mrs. ... Sounds as though you’ll be quite busy making all of those mods to your new toy : ) Enjoy and stay safe !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 03-15-2010 07:54 AM

I just picked up a 2006 Little Guy 5’ wide retro. Came with a DVD player and a 23” Sony flat screen (good news). It has two damaged cabinet doors (bad news). If you are planning on getting rid of the doors when you rebuild the cabinets let me know what you want for them. I found your post interesting because I too was planning to build one and found mine on craigslist cheap.

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#14 posted 03-15-2010 01:43 PM

Very nice aquisition and with a 23” TV! Will you be able to get far away enough from it to see the whole thing? Very cool.
My plans are to rip out the entire cabinetry and replace it. I’m planning on using birch or maple plywood and instead of those little doors I’d like to make some large openings and edge frame them with oak as I’ve got tons of scrap pieces from cabinet work I do. Pretty much on the galley side too but maybe with a formica countertop. I’d like to make a little more foot room by not having that lower space area and after I get the new (real) mattress in I’m going to close the foot area so it’s not open to the galley (mosquitoes and kitchen stuff will fall in).
I’ve got a 15” Mac Laptop. With an elgato adapter it becomes a TV, and it plays dvd’s, music, and I can rip DVD’s into the hard drive. That’s getting a center shelf with easy removal to use as a computer also. I’m going to charge an external battery off the Car and connect it to a small inverter so all power in the trailer will be 110V Plus I’ll have a bypass to hook up at a campsite if it has power.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#15 posted 03-15-2010 07:50 PM

Daniel, I just clicked on ‘Watch’ on this. Looking forward to see and read your comments on this project.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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