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It was a good cart for breaking. Daniel Calippe has made a charming trailer, ready to welcome friends passing. And, from the structure to the decoration, this skilled handyman left nothing to chance.

recover a trailer chassis to build a trailer

Front caravan

The idea of ​​departure? Receive his guests in an atypical place. This is how the Calippe family set out to build this trailer.
Installed on the land adjoining the family home, it was made from a reformed agricultural trailer.
The project was conceived during the realization: "I did not have precise plans, I observed what was being done and I started," says Daniel Calippe, a knowledgeable handyman.
First stage: prepare the support tray of the structure.
Boning the trailer, checking the condition of the structure, preparing the floor, adjusting... "The leveling of the trailer and the platform must be adjusted before the frame is mounted," he says.
After stalling the plateau on a flat slab of concrete, Daniel was able to start the work, based on the use of rafters 6 m long: "Everything was calculated from these rafters."
"To avoid putting pressure on me, who can play on the smooth running and the quality of the construction, I avoid setting a schedule!"

Trailer trailer axle

From the original trailer, only the axle, hitch and main structure are retained - this will serve as a support for the new decking.
It was also necessary to find the point of balance to maintain the trailer and avoid the effect of pitching.

support tray for trailer

The new plateau, larger and reinforced support, supports the entire structure. It consists of pine rafters (75 x 50 and 50 x 50 cm), assembled using lag screws.

isolate the floor of the trailer

Thin multilayer insulation provides thermal break at floor level.
It is fixed at the front and at the back by a chevron, then covered with planks (thickness 23 mm).
The same type of insulation is used on the roof.

trailer frame

Once assembled on the ground, the skirts of the frame are fixed with lag screws on the plate.
Before the cladding, the two windows and the door are screwed on the amounts of the structure.

caravan cladding in autoclave pine

Nailed, autoclaved pine cladding ensures bracing of the structure.
The rounded cuts, made with a jigsaw, protect the balcony from wind and rain.

insulation of roof arches

At the roof level, vaults made of form boards (thickness 30 mm) support the decking and sealing.
The frame is then covered with a paneling.
The roof is then insulated and sealed with thin multilayer insulation, tarpaulin and asphalt shingles.

to paint a trailer

Waterborne paints and marine varnish (for the floor outside) bring a touch of fun to the trailer.

insulation of the walls of a trailer

The interior walls are insulated and dressed with pine paneling.
The underside of the paneled roof remains apparent.

electricity in a trailer

The bed finds its place in an alcove designed with perforated panels.
Bright spots are made outside and inside.
The technical elements (housing, fuses...) are placed under the bed, in a technical box accessible from the outside.
"I designed a second trailer from a two-axle trailer, and adjusting the levels was much easier!"

Trailer Balcony Railing

A guardrail defines the small balcony. It is held at the corners by rafters (50 x 50 mm) fixed to the plate and the roof.

Neat finishes for this trailer

Once the structure is complete and isolated - "I used for the roof and the floor a thin insulation, and for the walls a rock wool roll 50 mm thick" -, Daniel Calippe got down to the development work. Here again, he demonstrates originality: "Outside, under the awning, I recycled carved bedsteads to mark the door frame."
Result : an atypical entrance, beautifully decorated by molded wood. Special care has also been taken in the cutting of the decorative friezes made on the wooden posts - either outside, for the railing of the small balcony, or inside, for the wood roofing supports, cut in an arch.
Another important element: the stairs ensuring access to the trailer. The latter, of the miller's ladder type, is more traditional: it consists of two larch planks (4.5 cm thick) for silt and red fir planks (3.5 cm thick) for the steps. Each time, it's the attention to detail that guided Daniel. An example? The little technical box, hidden under the bed, is still dressed with a frisette identical to that of the walls! The trailer of Daniel is today a cozy corner, which wins its small success. The proof, "everyone wants to sleep there!".

Regulation and trailers

Trailers depend, like caravans, on mobile residences legislation, that is to say, homes that permanently have their means of mobility (wheels, hitch...). To install a trailer on his land, it is therefore mandatory to ask permission to park the mayor (Article A443-3 of the urban planning code).
However, a tolerance exists for parking periods of less than 3 months. But if the trailer loses one of the means of mobility "allowing it to move permanently by simple traction", specify the texts, it is considered a construction without foundation and is then subject to obtaining a building permit.


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