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Uglyduckling88

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I have always liked traveling, and by that I mean by road because of the immense freedom to go almost absolutely anywhere on a dime and do so in an rv. One thing I have never had though is the time and money. Well I now have the time but still not the money for such an endeavor. Would like to buy a travel trailer for the adventure, but cannot afford to pay over 10 grand. My thought though was to maybe build one, possibly from a flat trailer frame, but along with that I know would come licences and legalities from dmv rules. How would I go about legally making this work.

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Have you asked the Missouri DMV?


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What part do you think is not legal? Over loading the trailer, wrong lights, too wide, too long?





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We sold our 2009 travel trailer in 2018 for 7,800 dollars.
It was a 25 footer and with the modifications I put into it I think it was better than when we bought it.

Why not look around for a used one ?
Don't go through a dealer though. Look for ones for sale by private parties, and then do a thorough inspection

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K Charles wrote:

What part do you think is not legal? Over loading the trailer, wrong lights, too wide, too long?


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Posted: 05/12/20 11:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My thoughts.... You will spend more building one than you would buying one. Figure out what you can spend and start looking at your local craigslist/facebook online marketplace.


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Buy a used one in need of repair, you should be able to save more than starting from scratch. Don’t worry about modifications unless you go crazy.





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Try looking for "buikding a stealth" trailer. They usually start with a enclosed box trailer.

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Agree, start with a cargo trailer, unless you're a very good carpenter or fabricator.
The most budget minded build, IMO will either be a cargo trailer very sparsely appointed, or glean all the "RV" components out of a working TT with a bad structure (smashed by tree or bad leaks, etc).
Or buy a functional TT and fix it up a bit. I don't see the need to spend more than half of your theoretical $10k max on a decent older TT. There are TONS of older decent shape TTs for $5k or less, all set up. Tanks, wiring, charging, plumbing, appliances, furniture, storage compartments, etc.
One of my field engineers bought an older 26' or so TT, fully functional last year for $4k. He put tires, battery and new flooring (fixing a soft spot in the process) in it and a couple other more minor repairs. Lived in it for like 6 months on a remote jobsite. Water, fridge, stove, microwave, full bath and AC.

Building a "tiny house" from scratch, again IMO, will either be a mess or costly and require alot of time. Great project if you want to find a way to kill 100s or 1000s of hours. Or fix up a TT and go camping!

I wouldn't use "legality" as a reason not to do it, as that is not a concern, you can title and license about anything. But feasibility is the biggest hurdle.


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For $10k or less, you can buy one that virtually needs nothing except a truck hooked to it.

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