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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