If you are thinking about a cargo trailer conversion, this page should give you some ideas.
Converting a cargo trailer into a camper is a great option for a self-build RV, you start off with an empty box that usually has square edges.
So designing your floor plan and installing all your fittings is typically easier than when working with a van, and obviously easier than working with a flat-bed trailer where you still have to build a lot of the structure.
Cost to Build
This can of course vary greatly, depending on the interior fixtures you go with and what size and condition of trailer you start out with.
Some of the examples below cost as little as $2000 from start to completion, so if you’re on a budget, building an RV in an enclosed trailer is a great option.
Common Enclosed Trailer Sizes
You can use almost any trailer size as a base for your build, but the sizes most often used for converting into an RV are:
As for height, I recommend a trailer that has 7 foot of headspace inside to prevent having to crouch and feel cramped.
I have collected examples and enclosed trailer ideas below to inspire you.
Also Read: What is the best van to convert into a camper?
Here are 15+ Cargo Trailer Campers to Inspire your Camper Build
If you’re looking for cargo trailer ideas, or are redesigning your own cargo trailer camper conversion, the examples below are sure to get your creative juices flowing, and inspire you to take your enclosed trailer from empty box, to beautiful camper.
Nicoll & Jake from Living Tiny with a Wolf
Nicoll & Jake from Living Tiny with a Wolf built this amazing off grid home on wheels which includes a huge dog bed underneath their own bed for their husky travel companion.
Kristi & Roger from @must_love_camping
This cargo trailer conversion, named Minnie, took a year and a half of work.
The couple, who have a long history of camping, initially had differing ideas for the RV: one preferred renovating a vintage trailer, while the other opted for building from scratch with a cargo trailer.
Key considerations in their decision included avoiding water damage common in older RVs and the necessity of having a bathroom.
The final design features a 16-foot long trailer with custom specifications like RV windows, a door with a window, gray exterior metal, barn doors, and 7-foot ceilings. Despite challenges and compromises, the finished product is a functional and aesthetically pleasing RV with a bathroom, kitchen, and living space.
Stealthy Toy Hauler Cargo Trailer Camper
This conversion is built on a 104 sq. ft. cargo trailer and maintains an almost stealth look from the outside.
This particular build is 100% off-grid ready with 1000 watts of solar panels and as it is built on a toy hauler it is also able to fit a motorcycle or even a 4-wheeler inside.
See more here.
6×12 Utility Trailer Conversion
This one was built on a 6×12 cargo trailer which was purchased for $1200, a further $800 went towards converting the interior.
$2000 for a custom stealth trailer isn’t too bad, huh?
You can read more about it here.
Enclosed Trailer Camper Conversion That Still Carries Cargo
For those who also need to use their camper to carry cargo when not camping, this is an interesting design worth considering.
If you’re looking for enclosed trailer bed ideas that still allow you to use the trailer for cargo, the large bed at the back raises to the roof, and the seating as each side raises up murphy style, which leaves a lot of open floor storage space.
Another Enclosed Trailer Camper That Can Carry Lots of Cargo
Here’s an alternative design built with the same premise as the last.
The seating folds away to the sides and the bed lowers from the ceiling this time at the near side of the trailer as we look at it.
Cargo Trailer Toy Hauler Conversion
You can find an extensive photo set of this entire build process here.
If you are planning to convert a cargo trailer to a camper, there’s a lot of details in those photos that could help you out.
Cute and Stylish 6×12 Conversion
This is one of the cleanest builds on this page. Attractive looking inside and out and all made very simple and practical.
Take a look at the full video tour.
Luxury Cargo Trailer Camper
This particular closed trailer camper is simple but has a real luxury feel to it, and is probably my favorite from this page.
Check it out on youtube here.
Modular Enclosed Trailer Camper
There are many ways you could approach a modular camper build.
Create a bed and cabinets that can be removed to use the trailer as a regular hauler, but can easily be packed up as a camper again for weekend trips.
Camper Build Under Construction
This photo really illustrated why building on a cargo trailer is such a good idea.
The open space and clean edges really give you a lot of scope to be creative with your interior.
At this stage of the build they just have the kitchen and toilet completed along the back wall.
You can follow along with the build above on instagram.
7 x 16 x 7 Cargo Trailer Camper Walkthrough
This 7 x 16 cargo trailer was transformed into a very modern and stylish camper over the course of about 18 months.
This is a very cute and homey build, I’m particularly fond of the big shower they’ve installed in the v-nose of the trailer.
20-foot All-Aluminum Cargo Conversion
This camper started life as a 7 x 20 all-aluminum Legend Explorer series cargo trailer.
It took almost a year to complete but I think you’ll agree that the finished product is an awesome little custom camper.
There are some nice touches inside like the dining area furnishings that can slide into different arrangements and fold out of the way.
Brian Rogers 8 x 16 Cargo Camp Vehicle
Cabinet maker Brian Rogers really shows what a skilled craftsman he is with this exceptional conversion.
Cargo Trailer turned into AMAZING Custom Camper
In 2021, Corey and Caitlin converted this 7 x 14 foot enclosed cargo trailer in a beautiful tiny home on wheels.
The purchased the trailer from Craigslist for $5,000, and spent around $15,000 on the full professional level conversion.
Refrigerated Cargo Trailer Converted into Cozy Home
Have you ever dreamed of a home that can travel anywhere you want to go? Adam from the UK did just that by converting an 11 foot refrigerated cargo trailer into a cozy home on wheels.
Despite its small size, this trailer is equipped with all the features you need for comfortable living. One of the best things about this home is that it requires very little energy to heat. Even in freezing temperatures, it stays warm all night long, making it perfect for winter adventures.
To power the home, Adam installed a 700-watt solar panel and a 400-watt turbine. This renewable energy source allows him to live off the grid, without relying on external sources of electricity. The trailer also comes with WiFi, which means he can stay connected and work remotely from anywhere.
For heating, the trailer has a 5 kW diesel heater and a wood burner, both of which can keep the space warm and toasty on cold nights. There’s also a smart TV for entertainment and a Dometic compressor fridge to keep food and drinks fresh.
The bathroom area includes a shower and toilet, and the trailer also has an LPG water boiler to provide hot water for washing dishes and taking showers. With a 150-liter water tank and 340-amp batteries at 24 volts, there’s enough water and power to last for several days without needing to refill or recharge.
Overall, Adam’s converted cargo trailer is an excellent example of how you can live sustainably and comfortably on the road. With its renewable energy sources, cozy living space, and all the necessary amenities, it’s the perfect home for adventurous travelers who want to explore new places and live a minimalist lifestyle.
2020 Pace Journey Cargo Trailer Conversion
Unique Custom Cargo Trailer Conversion
This enclosed trailer conversion was built with ceder siding and residential windows that give it a unique and homely feel.
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