For many creatives, the idea of a traditional workspace is being redefined. For us, as life circumstances changed, my husband and I relocated from a large house to a much smaller RV space and I now faced the challenge of creating a functional micro-studio within the confines of a 5th wheel trailer. Through a combination of creativity, resourcefulness, and a touch of DIY magic, I transformed my mobile living space into a haven for artistic expression.


Finding the Right Trailer:

The journey began with finding the perfect trailer that not only provided ample living space but also had room to accommodate my studio needs. After extensive research and consideration, we settled on a 40ft 2013 Fuzion Toyhauler—a versatile option that offered both functionality and comfort.


Modifying the Existing Layout:

With the trailer secured, the next step was to customize the interior layout to suit my creative requirements. This involved removing unnecessary fixtures, such as two queen beds, and repurposing the space to create a dedicated workbench area. Leveraging the existing HappiJac system, I transformed one of the beds into a sturdy base for my workstation. More on that later.


Fitting in Essential Tools and Equipment:

Smithing on the road requires careful planning and organization. To ensure I had everything I needed, I set up designated areas for soldering, polishing, hammering, and more. Thrift stores and online marketplaces became treasure troves for finding versatile storage solutions, including vintage cabinets and utility carts, to keep my tools organized and accessible.


Ensuring Safety and Ventilation:

Safety is paramount when working with tools and equipment in a confined space. I invested in a charcoal intake fan to provide adequate ventilation and installed it near a window to expel any fumes from soldering. Additionally, a Foredom dust extractor helps keep my workspace clean and free of debris during polishing and sanding tasks.


Keeping Things Secure During Travel:


One of the challenges of working on the go is ensuring that everything stays in place during travel. Utilizing cabinets and cases, I not only organized my tools but also secured them to prevent movement while on the road. Each tool has its designated spot, either tucked away in a drawer or firmly attached with screws or Velcro.


Enjoying the Perks of a Toyhauler:

One of the greatest advantages of having a studio in a toyhauler is the flexibility it offers. With the ability to lower the back wall to make a deck to the outdoors, I can enjoy breathtaking views and draw inspiration from diverse landscapes, whether it’s an oceanside retreat or a serene forest setting.


The Versatile Workbench:

A standout feature of my micro-studio is the custom-designed workbench. By repurposing the top of an old oak table and merging it with my existing jeweler’s bench, I created a spacious workspace that can be adjusted to accommodate both standing and sitting positions—an invaluable asset for long hours of creative work. Click the link to see the system in action: Happijac workbench


In conclusion; building a micro-studio in a 5th wheel trailer is a testament to the ingenuity and adaptability of creative individuals. By leveraging the space-saving techniques, innovative modifications, and the unique perks of a toyhauler, I’ve crafted a mobile sanctuary where creativity knows no bounds. Whether you’re embarking on a similar journey or contemplating your own creative space, I invite you to consider: What unique challenges and opportunities could you embrace to cultivate your own creative space?