The simplest camper trailer you can build in your driveway

The simplest camper trailer you can build in your driveway

If you’ve ever wanted to build or customize your own camper or trailer but didn’t know where to start, we’ve found the perfect project for you. Compact camping has become more and more popular in recent years, but not everyone has the money to invest in a top of the line model, and it’s really not a necessary thing, especially if you’ve got the tools, materials, and willingness to experiment a little and make something tailored to your needs.

The Explorer Box is a small, beginner camping trailer with enough nooks and crannies to outfit you for a weekend (or two) of fun. Simply plop your tent on top and get rolling. You can see photos in the overview at Compact Camping Concepts, as well as a list of what comes with the purchase of the blueprints – materials list, building notes, and the like.

You’ll need to have three pieces in order to complete the project: a flat bed trailer (you can purchase an already-made trailer or buy a kit), the Explorer Box, and a tent to go on top. Once you have all these items put together, you’re ready to start your life as a weekend nomad.

You can also click through the other pages on the Compact Camping Concepts site, which boasts a store, a gallery, and a blog.

Cowboy wok plow disk

There’s really nothing that can compete with a meal cooked outdoors. I have fond memories of campouts and fishing trips where we sat around the fire and ate our freshly cooked food. Nowadays, there are several dozen different types of outdoor cooking, some of I’ve just recently heard of, like this “Cowboy Wok“, which is basically a standing open grill (also called a plow disk).

There are companies like Southwest Disk that specialize the cowboy wok, and other business that sell them as part of their inventory on Amazon. Wherever you get one, you’ll need to read up on the safety and use section of the guide prior to firing it up and trying it out.

Of course, after getting the cowboy wok, you’ll have to figure out what you want to make first — there’s a FaceBook group full of suggestions, complete with photos and videos of every kind of recipe you can imagine, from chicken pasta to antelope tacos.

If you’d rather rig a DIY version of a cowboy wok, there are plenty of YouTube tutorials to guide you, such as the one by Dave’s Homestead. Whether you buy one or make one (or alter one), you’ll be cooking up a tasty mess of home-cooked vittles in no time.

Cowboy wok plow disk

Home-made Pipe Bench - Easy to make this bench with a few basic materials

When I’m entertaining, especially in the spring and summer, I’m often looking for ways to add extra seating without it being intrusive and noticeable. Having to use chairs means there will be a lot of potential clutter, which is difficult if you want a free-flowing party with mingling, dancing, or games.

That’s where this homemade pipe bench comes in — it’s affordable, easy, and can seat more than one person. It can also be disassembled and put up for the next time you want to have a backyard BBQ, garden party, or evening soiree.

This type of furniture would also look good in a house with an industrial bent, or even in a cafe, coffee shop, or at special events such as weddings. If you have a catering company or own another small business where seating is required, this could potentially be a lot cheaper than trying to purchase a large amount of chairs.

To make one pipe bench, you’ll need a wooden board, the proper tools, and the following pipe materials: elbow fittings, T fittings, 10″ nipples, 12″ nipples, and end caps. You can have the wooden board measured and cut at the store to save you time, if you prefer.

If you’d like to learn more about making your own bench, you can see the tutorial as well as a supplies list on Homemade Modern.

Home-made Pipe Bench - Easy to make this bench with a few basic materials