This is the story of how I converted a new 7x14
foot Lark cargo trailer into a self-contained travel trailer.
The text below is an edited, and expanded version of that which was
posted on the Teardrops & Tiny
I have chosen to delete much of the conversation of the forum and stay with the material that is relevant to the conversion. Additionally I have expanded on much of the posted information.
Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:12 pm Post subject: TheTrailerShowroom 7X14
This is the beginning of a 7X14 cargo conversion that has been in the planning stage for a year.
Actually the story goes back much farther, several years in fact. I weighed the possibility of converting a school bus or purchasing a small motor home, both of which would require a towed vehicle for local transportation.
I searched for a small travel trailer to purchase but found none that met my needs.
I am single with two small dogs. Our needs are simple and I wanted to keep it that way.
I did not want a pop-up trailer with its canvas sides because I wanted to be able to lock up my stuff and not worry about someone cutting through the canvas. I also did not want have the set up issues of a pop-up, especially when I only wanted to catch a few winks in a road side rest area.
I then considered building a small travel trailer from scratch. I could then build exactly what I wanted in both overall size and interior accommodations. I began to focus on a trailer small enough in height to fit into my garage with a standard seven foot tall garage door.
The ability to park the trailer in the garage
would solve two major issues I had. The first was what to do with my TT in the very likely event of a hurricane here
While surfing the internet I stumbled across
the Teardrops & Tiny
I looked at a lot of the cargo trailers sold our in the area. I also spent a lot of time on line researching CT’s.
Because I had specific ideas of what I wanted, I would need a supplier that would work with me on design and structural changes.
I selected TheTrailerShowroom to purchase my trailer from because of the personal interest they showed on my project. Their web site allowed me to "build" a trailer on line with all of the options I could think of and have the cost of the trailer priced as I went.
I had a couple of questions that the sales person at TheTrailerShowroom could not answer. She referred me to the manufacturer of the trailer, Lark Industries in Douglas, Georgia.
As I chatted with the factory I mentioned I
would be returning to
Getting the trailer short enough to fit thru the standard garage door height of 82-inches was my primary concern.
Standard interior heights are either 5-feet or 6-feet. I had mine built at 5 ½-feet.
The standard leaf spring axel was replaced with a torsion axel. In addition the torsion axel was special ordered with a 22-degree upstart.
These two construction changes got us within 3-inches (too tall) of entering the garage. Read on to see how I solved this dilemma.
In addition to the special side door and
windows, I had them frame out for a future front picture
window. A welding shop I work with would fabricate the window frame and I
will be using impact- resistant glass. This is the same type of glass used in
car windshields and is hurricane-resistant rated here in
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