Semi Trailer Lodge ProjectContributors to this thread:
Joey Ward 19-Sep-19
greg simon 19-Sep-19
Chris S 05-Oct-19
We were selling old semi trailers at work for scrap so I decided convert a couple of them to a Five Star lodge. Turned out to be a little bigger project than I had anticipated but the end is in sight. Really cool experience with some great volunteer friends. Not sure if this link will work. If not I will post some individual pictures. More to come as completion nears.
Linky no worky for me...
Going to try something else.
APauls should be all over this one!! Get one with a working "reefer".
Going to have to go the slow route. A couple at a time. These are the start. Both trailers are 1970's vintage. Longer one is 46 footer, shorter one is 28.
sorry about sideways pics - any help appreciated
Image tools works!
We sold these creampuffs to fund the new project.
So are you buying a 18-wheeler tractor to pull with? I don't think a 5th wheel unit in back of p/u will work for towing.
LOL No, these are going to be fixed position permanent.
Moved them to farm and removed the axles. Took a helpful friend, cutting torch, tractor and winch.
I’ll be interested in this thread, I’m probably too lazy at this point to follow suit, but should be cool. Thanks for sharing.
Buddy Steve with the torch.
Here is a picture showing the long trailer after removing the axle. We blocked off two walls of our pole barn with the trailers which made a really nice open interior space withing the barn.
The basic concept is to convert the small 28 foot trailer to two 8 by ten bedrooms and a bathroom with a sink and shower and the in the large 46 foot trailer build have an 8 by 10 bedroom on one end, a kitchen area on the opposite end (with cabinets, refrigerator, sink) and a living area in the middle. A sliding glass door opens to a 24 x 16 foot deck.
the basic design
Looks like a great project,thanks for sharing.
Sorry, can't figure out how to get movies from Iphone to Bowsite
This is a view of the wall dividing the pole barn in half. Sorry for the construction clutter.
Skipped a bunch of steps that I will go back to but this one gives a pretty good picture of the concept.
Nice to be able to work on stuff in inclement weather.
Wish we had some inclement weather here in Alabama. The heat index is brutal on this project. Fortunately at this time we have air conditioning in both trailers so interior work is no so bad.
Removed rollup doors and framed in.
Lots of after work hours
Yes, from Home Depot.
Is this considered a true redneck project?
Awesome. Paint it. No maintenance.
And it looks like whoever installed it knows what they’re doing.
I am overwhelmed by the help I have had from friends. Plumbing, electrical, heating and air, carpentry, all done without a nickel out of pocket. Jumping a million steps but this picture shows part of the crew who worked last night under the lights til 11:00 pm
framed rollup door space from inside
A view of the large trailer after ripping plywood off the walls, sanding the white oak floors, and nearly completing the lapboard siding on the end.
Also sliding glass door on left and entrance door on right. Sliding glass door goes to deck and entrance door goes to barn.
One of the things that got me excited about this project was the floors. The trailers are about 45 years old and the floors are white oak, butcher block. They are scratched and gouged by years of hand trucks. The next two pics are of the floors after sanding and then after applying polyurethane.
Pretty cool - you have some good buddies.
There's a big ol rattle snake on those porch steps. Didn't know if y'all had seen him!!!
Good eye Shiloh! That one is an old mount but we have some good timber rattlers down here. This is one with my grandaughter Addy last fall.
I like those floors!! That snake though.........
Dang!! My wife is from Choctaw County and they have some trophy rattlers down there too!!
Another cool thing about the trailers was the baseboards. These are 12 inch boards bordering the bottom of the walls to protect them. They looked pretty rough but we removed them and sanded them to reuse them in the project.
The next couple of pictures show a mess but give a pretty good idea of what the plan for the big trailer. We put rigid foam insulation between the metal ribs on the walls and the ceiling. We screwed 3/4 inch furring strips on the ribs and horizontally along the ceiling so we would have something to nail the paneling on. The paneling is 1/4" 4 x 8 sheets of engineered pine.
The picture is pretty distorting on size. The main room here is 36' x 8' and the bedroom at the end is 8 x 10
The pictures are a little distorting on size. The main room is 36' x 7.75' and the bedroom at the end is 10' x 7.75'.
On the back wall is our tankless hot water heater and the inside part of our mini-split ductless air conditioner. Both installed at no charge by friends.
was this a reg trailer or reefer type insulated?]
the pole barn is a beauty
regular uninsulated. We used a combination of rigid foam and fibreglass insulation.
Thanks Itshot. I had access to some reclaimed heart pine boards and one day decided even if I might not have a great lodge I could have a great wall!
Jumping around quite a bit. This one shows the board we put down the center of the ceiling. It covers the space between the rigid foam insulation, hides the wires and provides a base for mounting the lights. It is a 100+ year old 1 x 12 heart pine board salvaged from an old building.
a couple of pics showing buddies doing the electrical
A few pics of various steps
A ways to go but a lot of progress. Shooting for completion by opening of whitetail bow season on 9/15
A buddy at work. The panels are made out of hog wire panels.
some great ideas, thanks for sharing.
This is a great project to follow along on! Keep the pics coming, please!
Skipping around a bit. This one is a pretty good look at various parts of the project. I salvaged most of the blue and pink foam insulation from a remodel of our warehouse. This project ate more 2 x 4's than I ever imagined.
Same view as above after trimming
Ceiling shot of same room. Ceiling is merely rigid foam insulation stuck between ceiling ribs with a heart pine center board for looks, light fixture, and hiding wires.
The blue on the right is just a piece of insulation blocking the sun through the window until I get blinds
What a cool project! Looks great!
thanks. My wife said she is tired of the project. I told her "you should be doing it". A really fun time though with a lot of friends stepping up to the plate.
We made all of the ceiling, corner, door, window, etc. trim by ripping old pine boards salvaged from barns and houses. Required nearly 800 linear feet by the time we finished.
Discarded lot because of bug damage, appearance, cracks etc. But lots of it was pure pine gold.
Have been using portable metal steps for main entrance. Built these yesterday. All of my help was dove hunting and it is a pretty tough one man job.
Still have to add safety rails. Moved the portable steps to the deck to use until we get around to steps there.
cutout and placed old cast iron farm sink. Going to put old tin on the open end of the sink cabinet.
Have to tile the cabinet surface before final sink installation.
got the tile on yesterday.
finished the cabinet with rusty reclaimed tin
Added 12 inches to the main countertop for space, trimmed with heart pine, and tiled
Added 12 inches to the 24 inch counter top, trimmed in pine, and tiled
Looks like you are getting pretty close to the housewarming
Sure hope so. My to do list is getting pretty short for sure.
Let everyone know what to bring
Will do. Should be a sparse crowd I believe based on interest in this thread! I was looking at options for towel rack ideas in the bathroom and came up with this one. Turned out way better than I dreamed.
This is awesome, turning out great! The beer budget alone with all those buddies must be staggering :-) Good stuff!
Old Forester Bourbon stock should be on the rise!
Sure looks nice, you fella's are going to have a nice place to hang out in when your done.
That is going to be a really cool place to get away for weekends. I'm sure it will enjoyed by everyone.
Thanks Boothill. Actually, I am retiring effective November 1. Goal is to have a nice place where my wife can visit me during bow season.
This has been one heck of a transformation! Keeps the pics coming.
I’ve been following this and I’m enjoying your ingenuity and progress. Looks like a great place to hang. With a little bourbon
Thanks all. Fun project that I hope to wrap up soon. By then I can figure out how to post a video of the final results.
Finally got sink in
The rectangular frame at the end of the sink cabinet, on the outside wall....what is it?
From: greg simon
Looks like some real handy work going on there. I'm impressed. Good job!!!
Awesome project, nice work!
The rectangular frame is a tankless hot water heater. That is the entire unit. I supplies unlimited hot water to the shower as well as the bathroom and kitchen sink. Perfect because you don't have to store hot water. This one is just under 4 gallons per minute and was just over $300 at Home Depot. Friend installed it.
Well done!! Enjoy !
Microwave and toaster oven
Towel rack for shower
The lamp two pictures back was made from the hub of an old wagon wheel. Gift from a friend
This is really cool! Nice job, you will really enjoy that place I'm sure and so will many others!
Ad for Old English.
Friend gave me the cabinets from his old house
5 star lodging! Really nice work.
Found this in my wife's "store forever" files in the attic. Thought it fit the decor.
These are 6 hunting buddies we have lost over the years. Ages range from 38 to 78. Remember them everything day
From: Chris S
I love the wall of fame. Very nice touch. May it never grow.
Project never seems to end. Built steps-decided I needed a landin
Finally finished the bathroom.
Finally finished the bathroom.
Hate these threads makes me realize how lazy I am lol. Looking great so far!
Landing complete and right side up
Should have put septic tank in before deck. Tight quarters fo my volunteer backhoe man Mark. Quit last night under the lights. Hope to finish tonight
Got to get this done tonight so I can head for Illinois Thursday for bow opener. And Alabama season opens on the fifteenth. Wife has been great but after five months her patience is starting to wear a little thin.
What an awesome project. Thanks for posting and continually updating. I love this kind of stuff
Thanks. Hope to put it all together soon in a youtube video and post the link. It has been fun and has really shown me a lot about friendship
Little overly optimistic on this project.
Quit at 10 pm. But lots of progress
Took time during a break for a hand towel holder
My office staff had the perfect retirement present. Custom fire pit with whitetail buck, gobbler, quail, and my wirehaired dachshund tracking dog Fred. Taking it to the farm this afternoon. Absolutely blown away.
That’s very nice!!
Thankyou for sharing. Some really clever recycling!
I can't wait to see the video. Super cool!