How To Build A DIY Travel Trailer (Aluminum Exterior And More)

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How To Build A DIY Travel Trailer - Aluminum Exterior And More
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Alternative living and DIY off-grid homes are all the rage and for good reason. They are more sustainable and pocket-friendly living spaces. Plus, there’s a sense of accomplishment and appreciation that comes from standing in a handcrafted structure — whether it’s a log cabin, a shipping container home, an Earthship, or a DIY travel trailer.

Regarding the latter, Homesteadonomics shares some building instructions and design tips with a 3-part video series on how to build a DIY travel trailer from conception to completion. In a series of videos, he highlights the steps and important consideration in a manner that is suitable for both experienced handypersons and beginner RVers.

Part 1 – The Frame

This video was all about building the frame of the trailer — which is a blend of the classic Teardrop and a conventional full-size camp trailer. This includes creating the steel chassis, trailer tongue, axle, wheels, and welding different parts for the basic steel shell.

Key Takeaway: Always start with a great plan—including detailed design schematics!

Part 2 – Aluminum Exterior and More

The second installment focused on the finer details of the frame – i.e., adding window framing, beefing up the trailer tongue, fabricating the wheel well, welding in mounting tabs to hold additional wood support, sanding out welds, and painting the shell. He also goes on to highlight the process of flooring. He uses 2×4’s attached to mounting tabs and bolted plywood.

Part 3 – Insulation, Windows/Door, Aluminum Trim

The final step of this project was installing windows and door, weather proofing, adding aluminum trim, and starting work. Interestingly, Homesteadonomics attached the panels to the trailer frame using VHB (Very High Bond) tape — rather than rivets or screws. It has the benefit of little-to-no perforations and it allows the panels to expand/contract with changing temperatures.

If the idea of building your very own roadworthy DIY camp trailer crossed your mind, here are the 3 videos in one place!

How To Grow Microgreens From Start To Finish – Complete Guide

Learning how to grow microgreens could be a lucrative study – especially if you have limited gardening skills, space, and time. They’re quick to grow (1-3 weeks from seed to harvest). They have a high yield to space ratio. Microgreens are suitable for all climates and they grow all year round. Chefs love them for their nutrition and culinary properties. And they require minimal investment (time and effort).

But just as with any other crop, productivity comes down to your gardening practices. For this reason, Epic Gardening has brought us this comprehensive ‘dos and don’ts’ tutorial video guide for aspiring microgreen gardeners.

Common varieties include spinach, amaranth, basil, celery, chervil, coriander, lettuce, kale, parsley, radish, peas, arugula, and beets. The best seeds to plant are relative to your local market and the prevailing / anticipated demand. And no; there are no special seeds for growing microgreens — but it’s best to use certified organic seeds that are free of potentially harmful pesticides and fungicides.

Materials/Equipment: Container/tray, organic seeds of your choosing, growing medium, spray bottle, a gardening light source, and a covering cloth.

Planting the Seeds: When planting the microgreen seeds, it’s best to use fine-grain soil that allows the roots to move with minimal resistance. First pour some water into the container, then add the soil (leaving some space at the top). PS: You may have to pre-soak some seeds such as sunflowers and wheat to speed up their germination.

Growing Tips: Sprinkle the seeds evenly over the growing medium — avoiding large pockets or chunking. Spray a light mist of water over the seeds to help kickstart their germination. Depending on the seeds, cover the bed to block out light and wait for the seeds to pop up.

Harvesting: Once the seeds germinate to around 3 inches tall (again, depending on the species), use a pair of scissors to snip the stems.

How To Grow Microgreens From Start To Finish (COMPLETE GUIDE)
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One of the smartest guys I ever had the pleasure of meeting, Claude set-up a unique prepping system that changed his life forever.

I already tried it myself and let me tell... you I was completely blown away... His surprising tactics could make your life easier and give you the peace of mind you deserve.

Don't just take my word for it... watch his short video and decide for yourself.

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Lost Ways Of Survival Video

An amazing discovery in an abandoned house in Austin, Texas: A lost book of amazing survival knowledge, believed to have been long vanished to history, has been found in a dusty drawer in the house which belonged to a guy named Claude Davis.

Remember... back in those days, there was no electricity... no refrigerators... no law enforcement... and certainly no grocery store or supermarkets... Some of these exceptional skills are hundreds of years of old and they were learned the hard way by the early pioneers.

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We've lost to history so much survival knowledge that we've become clueless compared to what our great grandfathers did or built on a daily basis to sustain their families.

Neighbors said that for the last couple of years Claude has tried to unearth and learn the forgotten ways of our great-grandparents and claimed to have found a secret of gargantuan proportions. A secret that he is about to reveal together with 3 old teachings that will change everything you think you know about preparedness:

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What REALLY Happens When You Bury a Shipping Container? (Hint: It's A Bit Crazy...)

Shipping containers are all the rage - but if you are thinking about buying one, you MUST watch this video first:

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There's a general belief that if you bury a shipping container you can create an awesome root cellar / storm shelter / survival bunker.

But is a shipping container strong enough to handle the pressure?

Watch the video to see what happens:

What Really Happens When You Bury a Shipping Container? (Click To Watch Video)

How To Build A Hinged Hoophouse For A Raised Bed Garden

A hinged hoophouse for a raised garden is a great project for DIY gardeners. As the name implies, it’s basically a greenhouse-type cover—may it be plastic, fabric, or netting—placed over pipe arches that bend around a raised bed in a ‘hoop’ shape. (PS: Adding a hinge facilitate easy access to your plants).

The structure comes in handy when you want to protect your vegetables from external threats such as pest, limit weather damage (especially during cold months), and facilitate a year-long harvest.

In a video on The Gardening Channel With James Prigioni, our host walks us through the process of building a hinged hoophouse – which will hopefully set you up for a bountiful harvest. Here’s a breakdown of the video:

PLEASE NOTE: The style, dimensions, and some materials of your hinged hope house depend on the type of raised garden you have and of course, your budget.


• Greenhouse film – 6 Mil Thickness
• 4 Douglas Fir 2″x4″s
• 1/2 Inch to 3/4 Inch PVC pipe
• Six 1/2-in x PVC Sch 40 Caps
• Furring strips 1 Inch x 2 Inches
• 4 Pressure-Treated 2″x12″ Boards
• Deck Screws – 1 and 1/4 Inch, Plus 3 and 1/2 Inch
• Snap Clamp – 1/2 Inch X 4 Inches Wide
• Two Hinges
• A Stainless Steel Handle


1. Cut the 2×4’s to match the dimensions of the raised bed. This offers a platform for the hinged hoophouse.

2. Screw the caps into the 2×4’s towards the inner corners. These will hold the PVC pipes as you hoop them.

3. Measure the distance between the caps; divide this distance by 2 to get the radius; then multiply by 3.14 for an estimate of the PVC pipes’ length.

4. Install the hoops and support pipes to create a frame.

5. Drape the greenhouse film over the structure and pull it tight over the frame. You can use the Snap clamps to hold the cover in place.

6. Secure the plastic cover by ‘sandwiching’ it between the 2×4 Douglas firs and furring strips.

7. Install hinges and a handle.

Check out the YouTube tutorial for more.

How To Build A HINGED HOOPHOUSE For A Raised Bed Garden
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