The Build

outer Shell

trailer before

the process


$ 6014 TOTAL
  • the trailer
  • Steel framing
  • Wood
  • jackstands
  • Side paneling
  • Roofing material
  • Door
  • Door seal & sweep
  • Vents
  • Hinges & Latches
  • screws
  • Tyvek Wrap + Tape
  • STaples
  • Tarp + Bungee COrds
  • Paint
  • Special drill bit
outer shell

After a couple of years of dreaming and one year of serious planning, we committed to starting this project with the purchase of the trailer in the Fall of 2019. There are many reputable trailer companies in Texas to choose from, and we went with Performance Trailer in Mt. Pleasant, TX. Chad’s dad lived nearby, so he picked up the 14′ trailer and contracted a friend to weld on the metal frame. Because we wanted to use primarily energy propagating materials, the framing was going to be the only metal we used in the entire build. 

Chad and I took a long weekend to head out to Lone Star and start building out the rest of the outer structure. A lot of Chad’s family live on the same block, so they all came out and gave us a hand with the build. They were a huge help and a big encouragement and we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to use “our village” to help with the build.

When the frame was in place and fully wrapped in Tyvek wrap (waterproof building material), Chad’s family brought Journey down to College Station where Chad was living at the time. Shortly after they brought the home down, Chad went on active duty orders that took him down to San Antonio. I (Sarah) was living in Dallas at the time, so we would meet up when we could (about 1-2x a month) to continue the build. During these winter months, we worked on building out the inside, but we still had some work to do finishing the outside of the structure.

Towards the end of the build, we finally started to focus once again on the outer shell by putting up the outside paneling. finishing the front cabinet, and then the roof. For outside paneling, we chose a light material with a painted finish that we thought would make great paneling…Turns out it was rated for indoors. One of those faux outside walls used inside kinds of things. No problem though. We put a few coats of clear spray paint and used caulk on every possible crack we could find. We think it will hold up just fine for now. The roofing material is rated for winds up to 150 mph, and we certainly aren’t going to get up to those speeds in our car, so we think that will be a solid choice for us. The biggest obstacle on the roof was the fact that we were parked under a power line and had to install a good quarter of the roof while seated or lying down. Nothing like the chance of getting electrocuted to death to help enhance the excitement of the build! 

the details

Our Favorite Things

  1. The color and weight of outside paneling
  2. How easy it was to roof the house
  3. The secure and stable nature of the overall structure

what we would change

  1. Check to see that our outside paneling was waterproof BEFORE it rained
  2. Re-evaluate the use of wood in order to lighten the overall weight
  3. Re-evaluate the distribution of weight or create space for a weight-distributing mechanism on the tongue of the trailer

the outer shell tour