Explorer Box Build Overview

The Explorer Box has been designed as a straight forward, DIY friendly compact camping trailer.  Plans include full dimension drawings, material list, building notes and material suggestions. Many DIY-ers will begin their trailer build with a bolt-together frame kit, although most 4’ x 6’ flat bed trailers are a suitable starting point.

 

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At the heart of the Explorer Box is its plywood based trailer box. Using plywood, waterproof glue and a few screws it’s easy to create a durable, attractive, lightweight trailer box.  We use a combination of plywood types.

 

Exterior Finish

For the exterior we prefer using quality marine grade Okoume plywood, for its weight and strength advantages. 

It’s also more attractive and takes a finish better that standard plywood.

 

 

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1. First, you begin with the floor.
Compact Camping Trailers build at home Explorer Box Build Plans platform
 
2. Then you build and add the center support wall
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3. Next you build and add the two side walls.
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4. Then the front wall is built and shelves are added.
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5. Then the rear wing and cross support are added
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6. Next the top and doors are added.
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 7. Then you fill and finish the exterior.
Miscellaneous hardware, fenders and lighting are added.
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8. Then attach your Tent Unit and you're ready to go camping
roof top tent for the lightweight compact camping trailer