I was completely inspired by the cargo trailer camper conversion completed by Bill Southworth and shared on the internet on several sites. He was so kind to respond to my inquiry about his build and sent me detailed specs. His completed build would ran about $40K to complete. My budget was going to be much much smaller. Although, this pales in comparison in quality and details, I thought, it would be a great learning experience. I had a vision and so the build began!
I purchased a 2016 RC Cargo Trailer Base with many upgrades from the factory. Including: tube spacing 16″ O.C., increased ceiling height of 6″, torsion spring axel, RV style door and windows, one piece aluminum roof, and electric brakes.
The view from the back end while still sitting in my shop. The ramp becomes a platform that rests on a couple of stabilizer jacks mounted on the outside of the door. I borrowed the idea of an exterior accessed galley from the Teardrop camper. This saved a lot of interior space! The trailer size is only 7′ x 10’.
I had fun using my Sailrite industrial sewing machine to make this custom screen with ‘Spyder’ on the front. It made sense to include a screen here as the RV door also has a screen. There is a side cabinet for extra storage in the tiny passage way.
I added a pull-out cutting board for extra food prep area. It is removable so as to be seasoned periodically.
Way cool IcyBreeze ice chest serves as the main cooling unit for the camper. Above is the Coleman grill / stove.
Look twice! The wall art becomes a fold down table for two!
I found the red laminate on Craig’s list. I was able to use it for both the table and the galley countertop. Nothing beats free and it is out of the landfill! Score!
These red and gray foldable camping chairs were reasonably priced and found online at Walmart.
The bathroom area with a Thetford portable potty inside. The wood paneling is a combination of birch for the walls and maple on the ceiling. The bathroom has access to the galley sink by sliding the bi-pass doors. The stereo is also located here on the back end of the galley as well as a vent for the IcyBreeze cooling system and access hole to access its control panel.
The murphy bed is in the down position. I fell in love with LED strip lights on this project and included them here above the bed as well as above the sink at the galley. The cubby space includes a digital readout for battery status, USB and 12V chargers. The mattress had to be top of the line. I hate thin, uncomfortable mattresses. This is a 6″ memory foam mattress.
Last but not least. The ladies that checked out the camper seemed to really appreciate a dedicated bathroom space. I’ve given up valuable space for storage here but I thought it was important.
The galley sink can also be accessed from the bathroom area by sliding the bi-pass doors back. The simple hand pump sink is feed by a 7 gallon water tank that is stored in the cabinet below. The electric outlet is the start of the small circuit and is GFCI protected. The fun is in the small details. I fell in love with this paper towel holder that prevents unraveling!
The Spyder camper was sold to a family who truly appreciated all the details and craftsmanship. It will be a great weekend unit for camping and get-away adventures. The stealth quality along with the small size while allowing for standup room seems to be a good design idea. In retrospect, I think I should have added a screened in room on the ramp end. The new owner stated this is something she will look into.
I hope you enjoyed reading about the Spyder camper! I think it was instrumental in getting me a paid position as an interior builder with Timeless Travel Trailers in Wheat Ridge, Colorado! Such a cool job!