Blueprints and Cost Projections

Blueprints

As you can see here, four side-facing murphy beds are at the rear of the trailer. These can fold up and down to allow lots of extra storage while in transit.

Two Ikea 2×4 Kallax shelves are mounted to the walls just forward of the beds. These allow plenty of personal storage for campers.

The very front wall of the trailer is covered with storage and appliances. These include a battery bank, a microwave, and a portable travel toilet as well as pantry space and a flatscreen tv.

 

 

Cost Projections

The biggest cost is the trailer itself at around $5,000 new. I am planning for a 7×14 trailer. This will also serve as storage and transportation for my DJ gear and other projects while not in use as a travel trailer.

Next is the power bank. I want to get a Yeti GoalZero 3000 for this project, at $3,000. This will be able to store the power I am expecting to produce from the roof-mounted solar panels while also providing enough continuous power for all the lights and appliances I am planning for. Several small redundant power banks will run things like lights and air circulation, just like I did with my grid at Burning Man 2018.

The solar array is less pricey than the batteries. Nine panels fit neatly on the roof. I plan to get these from the highly reputable company Renogy at a cost of just $1070.91.

Next is the beds. I want to get four memory foam twin-sized mattresses at a total cost of $1,134. I have back problems, so I prefer to only sleep on memory foam mattresses.

I also want to include a microwave. Using these to boil water and heat up hungry man meals is a simple solution which is well within the power production I have planned for the solar array. This will cost just $50.

In the future, I may add refrigeration.

Stealth Trailer Goals and Concepts

I would love to build something like this for Burning Man and other adventures. Here are some of my initial ideas…

Innovative Power Grid

There is no reason to have inverters running 24/7. There is no reason to duplicate the wasteful norms of on-grid houses.

Two or three full-sized solar panels on the roof and a single Yeti are more than enough power for reasonable use. There is no reason to install 120v outlets in the walls and waste several inches of empty space around the entire interior along with enormous power loss to inversion.

Quad Flip-Up Bunks

I really like the idea of multiple stacked murphy beds with the bottom two serving as optional couches. This means one to four people can comfortably share the space.

Our cruise ship cabins were like this a few years ago, and it was great. The beds stowed easily away when not needed.

Murphy Everything

I really like this image above. I would just eliminate the unnecessary stove, sink, and window. The front wall of the unit should contain numerous cupboards which open to reveal storage as well as appliances such as a small low-power microwave and a travel toilet. A large multipurpose surface should fold down to function as a table, desk, etc. Behind this should be mounted a large flat screen TV. A simple set of Raspberry Pi computers serve as shared NAS, workstations, and media center.

A simple privacy screen should separate this area from the bunk area for optional modesty. Additional crew lockers between the back of the unit and the bunks provide storage for campers. All of these things fold away into the walls when not in use.