Based on a 4×8 Carry-On. 8′ long and 4′ tall so there’s not much to cut the sides and top. The floor has treated 2x4s for a frame and sealed with rhino liner. A 4×8 grade A utility plywood on top of the floor frame. The frame 2×4 are bolted to the trailer so it can be removed if necessary. The siding is 1/16″ fiberglass glued on with a 1.5″ aluminum trim on the seams, with silicon caulking underneath. Lots of hooks to hold things like backpacks or anything that will hang. There’s also netting along the top side by the long window for more storage if needed. The curtain is made from an old tent, so it lets in light but provides privacy, there’s a small one for the door also.
The 4×8 shape and size makes it very easy to build and sturdy as there are no joints other than the box edges. Perfect for some storage and a place to sleep comfortable. I can sit up inside easily and have plenty of room to move around. It’slight enough I can pick up the tongue and move it around, this allows you to easily store it and kitch it up. I usually have the door facing the rear of the element so that I can easily get out and get into the back of the E, you can also setup the cabana and have a completely covered space between them.
200+ watts of solar power from 2 Renogy Solar panels with a home made frame. An O’Reilly Marine battery 190AH #4 welding cable and a 150A fuse running to the Triplite 2KW inverter to run anything!! I have a mini AC that will run for about 8 hours at 80 degrees outside at night. I wouldn’t try to cool the camper during the middle of the summer in the sun. A small fridge that draws about 90 Watts at 40-50% runtime opened 3 times a day. (not pictured because it’s cool right now and ice in the cooler lasts 2 days.) The lights are 12V 300 LED remote controlled lights from Amazon with dimmer and multiple functions. I once used the strobe to chase off coyotes! There’s also an RV light with an LED 1156 bulb in the front and rear storage. 2 switches in the rear to control charging and the 12V systems. There’s also a 20′ power cord to plugin if power is available compete with breaker box. I welded a few pieces of angle iron to the rear tailight bar and one up by the fender on the side to hold the battery. I have a 12V cig lighter plug male to male to go between the trailer and the Element to keep the battery maintained for long periods of camping.
There are 5 outlets, 2 in the rear storage area, 1 on each side of the interior and 1 underneath the from cabinet. A 12V plug in the back for a charging port if I need to charge the battery from an outlet. Also used for a small inverter with 5 USB ports for charging phones, etc… That has almost zero impact on the massive battery running for 12 hours at least.. Battery had only dropped 3%.
The bed is a futon mattress with a memory foam top, it’s like sleeping in a pillow. =)
The door is custom made with an RV window that opens with a screen, the other side has a long RV window that slide half way open with a screen.
There’s a platform in the rear that houses the digital safe, for secure valuables while you’re out tubing or swimming. The platform is also used to hold the stove to heat things if it’s too windy, rainy or cold outside. There’s a locking doorway between the inside and rear storage area.
The door lock is a standard RV door latch and lock.
The hitch on the Element is from U-Haul, a class 2 with 2″ receiver. I installed it and the factory trailer light wiring harness from Honda. If you load the trailer down, be sure to balance the weight so that the tongue isn’t heavy, the E isn’t made for heavy loads. Always turn Overdrive off if you will not be going over 40-45 MPH, especially in town or heavy traffic. If you have a manual trans E, I’m jealous!! =)
Some upgrades in the future:
Honda rims that match the Element, but this will require some new fenders. Will eventually paint it to match the Cargo Khaki of the Element. Then some paint to make it look like a mini Element.
I want to get a slim toolbox and mount it under the long window on the other side for additional dry storage.
Build a 5×10! 😉