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A Sturdy Overnight Trailer
Vintage 1953 Camping Trailer Plans Based On The King Kamp Master Trailer
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Cover of free plans to build a vintage 1953 Wild Goose Overnight Trailer based on the 1949 King Kamp Master Camper Trailer design.
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Picture of the completed Wild Goose Overnight Trailer based on the 1949 King Kamp Master trailer design.
OVERNIGHT CAMPERS, hunters, fishermen and vacationers with limited time can appreciate the convenience, comfort and ready roadability of "Wild Goose". Hung low to the ground, yet with ample road clearance for the back trails, it tows anywhere your car will go. Keep it packed with the necessary bedding, also canned and dried foods and you can get away for a week-end trip in only a few minutes time. When you arrive at the destination, Wild Goose is up into a neat outdoor "kitchenette" in less time than it takes to put up a tent.

Looking over the details on the following pages you will note that the construction of this streamlined job differs somewhat from ordinary trailer construction. Where adaptations must be made only a few general dimensions have been given. Because the unit has been designed for road speeds up to 60 mph, care must be taken when assembling the welded chassis frame. When notching the channel steel side frames to form the first bend, cut the notches accurately so the meeting edges fit snugly before welding. The gusset plates should be at least 12 in. long, and at the forward end of the drawbar where the reverse bends open the cuts made in the channel webs is a good idea to weld in triangular filler pieces for maximum strength. Note also the position of the truss rods which pass under the forward cross member. The ends of the rods are welded to the frame members and are bent over king posts to form individual trusses. This construction carries the load at the forward end without any tendency to springing or vibrating, which would cause the trailer to weave at high speeds.

Note in the chassis details at the left how a 2 x 4-in. subframe is bolted to the steel chassis frame. If you use an auto front axle it must be cut and a filler piece welded in to obtain a 68-in. wheel tread. A standard trailer axle is recommended. Mount the axle to center approximately 47 in. from the rear frame member, attach the wheels and fit a parking jack with small caster wheel on the draw-bar so the chassis frame can be leveled. Cover the wooden members of the chassis framing with a 3/4-in. waterproof plywood floor and plane the edges smooth

Picture of a woman and boy setting up the awning on an open Wild Goose Kamp Master trailer.
and square. Added strength and rigidity will be gained if the plywood floor is glued to the wooden frame members with a waterproof glue and fastened with 1 1/2-in. F.H. screws spaced about 4 in. apart.

Next assemble the sides as in the detail drawings on pages 188 and 189. These are assembled separately and then attached to the floor with heavy shelf brackets. Cross ribs, or "rafters" are put in after the sides are attached and braced temporarily in the vertical position. Now note in the center detail on the preceding page, showing the right side, that the crosshatched portion of the side measures 66 in. from the rear end. This establishes the hinge point of the curved deck. The latter raises and is supported on the folding screen-door frame as in the photos above and below. This gives standing room at the sink and stove. The area is enclosed with fabric walls made from heavy awning material as shown.

Probably the best method of making the sides is to lay out the profiles full-size on a single sheet of heavy wrapping paper made by taping together several widths to get the required size. Then cut the side panels from 1/8-in. hardboard. Assemble the frame members on the panel as detailed, cut them to fit, then glue and screw each piece to the panel. Note that the joints are strengthened with plywood gussets attached with glue and screws. Locate the openings for the door and window and cut away the panel. Add the top and bottom frame members for the window and the top member over the door opening. Then attach with shelf brackets to the plywood floor and brace temporarily in the upright position. Be sure that the sides are braced perpendicular to the bottom.

Locate and mark the hinge point of the curved deck on both sides. Some builders may wish to place the hinge point farther forward to gain more headroom at the refrigerator and sink. If you purchase the sink, refrigerator

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Assembly figures for the Wild Goose Kamp Master trailer showing the interior construction and trailer wall to floor mounting details with dimensions.
Assembly Figure originally on Page 188.
and cabinets ready-made this may be advisable. In any case the center rib is located with its back face at the hinge point. Openings for the wheel housings can be cut into the side panels and the metal housings fitted in place. The housings are raised into position and the lips screwed to the floor. It's a good idea to coat edges of the plywood with a water-proof mastic before placing the housings. At this point cut four 3/4-in. plywood ribs for the deck. Cut the ribs 2 in. wide and about 2 in. longer than the measurement and to the same contour as the curved rear half of the sides. Some handwork will be necessary to assure a true fit at the front and rear where the sides join the floor. Keep in mind that waterproof glue is used in all joints in addition to screws.
Left and Right plan view wall patterns for the Wild Goose Kamp Master trailer detailing the wall framing, and interior and exterior outfitting positons with dimensions and front and rear radius.
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Assembly Figure originally on Page 189.
The first forward rib is located approximately 15-in. from the floor. Now. before you go further, measure and cut the two covering pieces from 1/8-in. tempered hardboard, using 4 x 8-ft. panels. After cutting to the required width, allowing a 1 1/8-in. overhang on both sides and a 2-in. overlap at the joint, place the parts in position and locate the rib under the overlap. Glue and screw the rib in position. Two other ribs are installed equidistant between the three already in place. Now install the covering pieces, beginning with the front piece. Pre-fit this piece at the front edge. notching over the drawbar members and trimming the edge flush. Then spread glue, clamp in place and drive screws at the lower edge first. An exceptionally neat job of attaching the covering can be had by using oval headed screws turned in over finishing washers. Otherwise use round headed screws spaced about 2 in. apart.
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Wild Goose Kamp Master trailer chassis plan with dimemsions.
Chassis Details
Now note in the upper and lower righthand photos on page 190 the folding step and the fixed panels on each side. The side panels arc approximately 11 1/2 in. high and are screwed and glued to 2 x 4-in. posts band sawed to the contour of the trailer sides and screwed and glued to the bottom with the outer edges 7/8 in. from the trailing edge of the floor. Space between the inner posts should be 29 5/8 in., which is the width of the
Woman installing the side fabric panels on an open Wild Goose Kamp Master camping trailer.
Fabric walls enclosing kitchen area are attached with grommets and turn buttons. Use heavy awning cloth. Page 190.
Woman installing the the rear fabric panel, with door opening on an opn Wild Goose camping trailer.
All set up at vacation, hunting, or fishing camp, with cooking and sleeping accommodations for two persons. Page 190.
Picture detailing the folding screen door on a Kamp Master camper trailer.
Folding Screen Door Frame.
doorframe. Fit 3/4 x 12-in. plywood panels over the posts and attach with screws and glue. Cover the wooden panel with 1/8-in. hardboard panels cut to extend down over the rear edge of the floor and floor supports. The step panel is cut from 3/4-in. plywood to fit between the posts and is hinged to the rear chassis member. The outer face of the hinged panel is covered with 1/8-in. hardboard extending 1/2 in. at the top and ends. The original step was made by cutting, bending and welding 1/8-in. steel to form the unit pictured. It is attached to the hinged panel with screws.
Woman showing the storage space beneath the studio couch in a vintage Wild Goose camper trailer.
Space under studio couch provides for storage of a spare tire and also clothing and sporting equipment.
At this stage the curved deck can be made and fitted in place. The ribs, which have already been cut, can now be fitted individually. Cross ribs are butt-joined to the outer curved ribs but are half-lapped over the center ribs. Join all ribs to a 2 x 2-in. cross member at the ends. Before covering with 1/8-in. hardboard, check the fit of the deck frame in the opening. It should fit snugly without binding at any point. Now attach the covering pieces, beginning at the forward end of the frame, in the same manner as those on the front of the trailer. Slide the edge of the second piece under the edge of the first one to form an overlap directly over the center cross rib. When driving the screws make sure that the hardboard does not buckle and that the overhang on each side is the same. Hinge the completed deck in place, using four butt hinges equally spaced across the width. Cover the joint with two thicknesses of waterproof canvas cut into 4-in. strips and tacked or screwed over the joint. Spread calking compound under the first strip and fold the edges of both strips as they are tacked. Do not use glue as it may be necessary to renew the canvas covering after several seasons of service.
Woman showing the ample space in the kitchen cabinets of a vintage Kamp Master camper trailer.
Above, there's ample space on the metal-topped cabinet for a camp stove. Below, refrigerator and sink cabinet with drop leaf occupy right wall of trailer.
Details on page 188 show the clothes closet built into the forward end of the trailer body, also the storage cabinets on the right and left walls. The closet is of simple construction and there can be some variation in the position of the parts. Sections A-A and B-B show how the sliding doors are fitted. Dimension and position the parts according to the space occupied by the studio couch you use for a bed. Cabinets are made from plywood with facing strips of solid stock. The design of the cabinets can be altered to suit the builder's requirements. Only a portion of the lower compartments can be used for storage. as the cabinets are built over the wheel housings. Ready-made unpainted cabinets can be adapted by removing the lower drawer, cutting away a portion of the back and fitting a hinged door over the drawer opening. Small iceboxes also are available.
Woman demostrating the refridgerator in a vintage DIY camping trailer.
Although a method of constructing a window with a plastic pane is detailed on the opposite page, it is recommended that a ready-made unit be purchased. The door in the right side of the trailer is framed with 1 x 2-in. stock and covered with hardboard. The door is weather-stripped with felt and is made watertight with an aluminum T-molding and metal drip trough.
View of a vintage DIY camping trailer interior built from free plans.
The two-piece screen door, detailed on the opposite page, supports the deck when in the upright position and is hinged to fold inward as the deck is lowered. When in the raised, or open, position the door opens as a single unit. The upper doorframe hinges, shown in the side view, are made from 1/16-in. flat steel plates riveted together loosely for free movement and drilled for screws. Considerable hand fitting of the assembly will be required in order to assure free movement of the door and its folding frame. The door swings outward on four butt hinges as shown in the detail.
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Plan of the folding screen door for the Wild Goose DIY camping trailer with dimensions.
Folding Screen Door Dimensions
The fabric walls enclosing the kitchen area when the deck is raised are cut to fit and are provided with equally spaced grommets for attachment to the deck and body as in the upper photos on page 190. If desired, an awning also can be provided as in one of the photos.
Drawing and dimensions for the Wild Goose Overnight trailer screen door window and wheel well.
To finish, apply an under coat and two coats of outdoor enamel. Joints in the body covering are concealed with aluminum moldings applied after finishing. Wire the trailer for a 110-volt lighting circuit for convenience in trailer courts. Use 6-volt screw-based bulbs for car-battery operation of lights. Provide clearance reflectors, taillight and license plate holder. * * *
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