Quick and Dirty

This was a quick and dirty build we were talked into a couple of weeks ago.  I don’t like to rush these things but the builder’s time constraints meant this was the only week to get this done before the winter.  It does show that the basic build can be completed in a very short time.  The basic dimensions are 5′ x 10′ at the floor and just over 7′ wide at the ledges.

I think it came out alright in the end.

Here is a small gallery of images showing the build.  My daughter and I will try to put up an Instructable in the near future describing the process such as it is.  Enjoy the photos.

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About George Crawford

archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee fiddler...mostly
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16 Responses to Quick and Dirty

  1. So what did you use for the sides, tongue and groove pine? Looks Great!

    • paleotool says:

      Yup, T & G Yellow Pine. It was purchased a few weeks ahead to help with drying as the owner lives in the high mountains. It would be good to air dry it a little longer but there were some tight time constraints on my end.

  2. Rickles says:

    Got plans? 🙂 I love it!

  3. Grog says:

    Is the roof (scored) plywood, or narrow t&g? I’m guessing the former, but I can’t -quite- tell from the photos. Thanks! Great design, by the way.

  4. Deek D says:

    great work- love it- simple, yet attractive/functional! Keep it up and hope you’re well!

  5. Johnnomads says:

    Great build, quick and dirty, i can’t wait to see what you’re going to do with it next!

  6. Would you consider building one for me? Not sure how else to contact you.

  7. Trey says:

    I’ve been following you for about a month and I’m really impressed with your work. I love your original vardo! When are you going to sell some plans for those of us who don’t know a thing about building? I’d be the first to purchase a set. Thanks for sharing your talents.

    • Paleotool says:

      Thanks! I have been working on plans for about a month now. One problem is how much detail versus leeway is left in the plan. I have settled on some fairly clear architectural drawings. That leaves a lot of room for different materials and building and most questions could be cleared up by having a carpenter or builder look at them. I plan to have them done in a few weeks. It’s way more work than I would have thought.

  8. ames079 says:

    Incredible, I am totally in love with this design. And at such a good time, I am rebuilding an 1971 Serro Scotty and have tore it down to the frame….I have many designs but none I liked…until I stumbled upon this one. I have one question, with T&G, is it totally water tight? I’m in northern NY and moisture issues in trailers (mostly due to snow and heavy sideways rain storms) are death sentences. How did you waterproof the trailer to prevent leaks and rott? Again….I’m sure you hear this often but you are very gifted and kind to share your knowledge with all of us who have followed both your builds. Thanks again, Mel

    • Paleotool says:

      So far, in over 12,000 miles, I have had one leak. It was in the front wall where a board developed a small split. It was too small to see through but the driving rain seeped in a little bit. My dilemma here is the extreme dryness, shrinking the wood, followed by periods of extreme rain and driving at high speed in the rain. Glue the T & G and varnish, as with Jack’s wagon or paint as with mine. I really wanted the varnish look outside but good oil paint is so much easier to maintain. Everything inside is spar varnished like a boat.

      • ames079 says:

        Thank you so much for your quick response! We decided we love your build so much we’re copying it, if that is okay (copying it somewhat..we live in New England so some things need modifying to pass DMV standards). I plan to use T&G Kiln dried Western Cedar with Cedar battens on the outside and oak perlins/arches on the interior for strength. We get pretty wicked snowfall here and sometimes while I’m at work we have 18-20″ fall before I can get it off the roof. That is what kills trailers here. I plan to epoxy the exterior and interior of the cedar and chink the joints for added leak protection, then seal it with automotive clear coating for UV protection. I also plan to epoxy the 1/4″ ply roofing then seal that with farm implement paint (oil based). I sure hope I can pull this off because your build is stunning and visually warm, all the things I’m drawn too. Thanks again, maybe someday we’ll meet and share build stories…I love meeting tiny home/trailer peeps, we’re a breed all to ourselves!

  9. Jbsmith1969 says:

    I once read an article about homemade trailers and they suggested this product.

    http://www.lexiscoatings.com/elastomeric

    About $70 per 5 gallons, 7 year warranty, available at local big box hardware store.

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