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GrandpaKip

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Most older canned hams and such didn’t have a head. Porta-potties work well. We used one for years in our pop-up and cargo trailer conversion.


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'tiredTeacher wrote:

beemerphile1 wrote:

Sounds like you want a 1960s era camper/trailer.

You got it. And since I live in the inner city with no place to work inside, doing conversions is difficult and costly. Especially adding a shower and toilet.
I was hoping I'd overlooked a retro manufacturer in my search, but apparently finding an old unit is my only hope.
I certainly can't afford to have a Scamp, Casita, Oliver, etc. special built.
Alrighty then, Craigslist it is.

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The biggest problem with an old unit is at this point it's most likely going to need to be rebuilt/restored. Restore projects typically take much longer and require more material than you initially think. See if you can find the videos of Mark Polk rebuilding the old Yellowstone trailer. It's a good source of info on the resto of an old trailer. Came out awesome.

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Good luck finding a 50 year old camper that meets your amenities requirement at all, much less one that is serviceable and certainly not one that is in great shape.
From your posts, guessing the diy build your own from a cargo trailer idea is not within your skill set. But if it is, you say you have no room to work on it. Presuming city apartment living.
If you bought a trailer you'd have to park or store it somewhere, so that is where you'd build your project.
Getting creative, presuming you have tools, you could outfit a small cargo trailer. Like a 7x14V nose or even smaller, including the new trailer, for maybe $7-8k all in.


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Unique Off Grid offers the appliance types you're looking for, but I don't think you'll get away without either battery/LP self contained or 12V/LP typical RV fridge.
But that's ok. Pretty tough to roll with NO electricity at all, so install a simple 12v system with solar charging.
Be a sweet project.

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Casita $5800

Here you go!

Looks really nice!

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Lwiddis wrote:

"Old school" is fun for about 20 minutes. NObody makes them because you are nearly the only customer.

Hmmmm…... you may be right.[emoticon]


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