This may be the most stylish cargo trailer conversion you’ve ever seen!
This cargo trailer conversion is the perfect reminder that anything is possible!
Kristi and her husband, Roger, have always enjoyed camping on their time off, and even met and fell in love while camping with their families. They’ve previously owned an RV and pop-up trailer but sold both over the years as they moved from one state to another.
After settling in North Carolina they were ready to get back into the RV lifestyle, only this time they wanted to create exactly what they wanted through a custom build.
They eventually decided to custom order a cargo trailer. This way they could add a door and windows, yet have an empty shell to let their imaginations go wild. They now own the perfect tiny home to take on weekend getaways, and Kristi has documented most of the process over on her website.
What they’ve come up with is not only stylish and functional, but it’s been executed beautifully! Let’s dive into the tour!
Modern Cargo Trailer Conversion
Type of RV
We converted a 7’x16’x7′ cargo trailer into a tiny RV
We paid about $4000 for the trailer and about $4000 for all of the materials and supplies.
18 long months!
What made you decide to join #RVlife?
We met and fell in love while camping with our families when we were younger so camping is something we both love to do. We wanted to get back into camping again, after a 5-year hiatus, but we wanted to build our own this time around. We only had a small space for storage so we had to go tiny.
Do you work on the road?
No, we don’t work on the road, except for the occasional Instagram. We try to unplug and enjoy our time away.
Where you do draw your inspiration from?
I find inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram and, of course, Mountain Modern Life.
How would you describe your decorating style?
Simple, modern farmhouse.
Where’s your favorite place to shop for décor?
Etsy, Target, HomeGoods
What was most challenging about your cargo trailer conversion?
The most challenging aspect of our build was…everything! We started with an empty box so we had to plan everything out and built everything custom, plus install all of the electric and plumbing.
What is something you learned during the renovation or from tiny living in general?
We’ve learned that we make a great team and that we loved every minute of this build. We’re even talking about our next one, and it will be bigger!
What project made the most difference in this cargo trailer conversion?
Paint made a huge difference but almost every project made a difference because we started with an empty box.
What’s your favorite aspect of tiny living?
I love that we can just hitch up and take our tiny camper to the mountains or beach whenever we want, plus we have our very own bed to sleep in.
What’s your least favorite aspect?
Coming home after a great weekend away.
What piece of advice would you give someone about to embark on an RV renovation or trailer conversion?
Plan, plan, plan! Have all of your plans in place before you start working. Also, try to be open to changes in those plans because they will happen.
Most asked about products:
I get asked about our light fixtures a lot. I just bought regular fixtures off of Amazon and used 12-volt bulbs. I also love our new kitchen backsplash. It’s self-adhesive removable wallpaper. It was easy to install and I can remove it without damaging the walls.
Follow Kristi (Chatfield Court)!
Be sure to check out Kristi’s website for tons of design inspiration, small space hacks, and more information on this amazing cargo trailer conversion! And don’t forget to watch the full tour of this RV on their Youtube channel for some great tips and info, including the footrest they installed in their shower (genius!) and why they decided to add a king size bed, despite the space being 100 square feet.