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Build your own teardrop camper.

Postby Cybrludite » Sat Jan 10, 2015 2:27 pm

Exactly what it says on the tin! A guy took pictures of the process of building his own teardrop camper.
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Re: Build your own teardrop camper.

Postby PawPaw » Sat Jan 10, 2015 3:29 pm

Cool! Although my wife prefers Choice Hotels.

I used to camp a lot, and my first wife liked to camp. The kids and I spent a lot of time in the woods with the Boy Scouts, and I feel perfectly comfortable in a tent. Then I went through a divorce, was single, and met my current wife. While she likes to fish and travel, she says that her camping days are over. She even culls Motel 6 as being too primitive.

The beauty of DIY is that you can make whatever you want to make. I've seen some nice campers built on utility trailers. There are a couple of things to consider. By towing a box down the highway, you're subjecting it to tropical storm winds constantly, so it has to be built to withstand those winds. It's bad watching your trailer disassemble itself while being towed down the road.

The next thing to consider is weight. Trailers are rated for a particular weight, and when you start adding a room (which is what you're doing), it's easy to get over that weight. Normally, the tires are the weak link and as you start to get over the rated weight of the tires, they start blowing. We did some work on a utility trailer, made it a little larger, and when loaded with a side-by-side UTV, we went barely over the weight restrictions on the tires. We couldn't keep tires on the trailer until we figured out what was wrong and upgraded the tires/suspension to handle the load.
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Re: Build your own teardrop camper.

Postby SoupOrMan » Sun Jan 11, 2015 6:48 am

It's a nice scale model.
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Re: Build your own teardrop camper.

Postby Greg » Sun Jan 11, 2015 1:16 pm

So it's literally a rolling coffin. :lol:
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Postby blackeagle603 » Sun Jan 11, 2015 5:03 pm

A teardrop build is on my bucket list, waaaay down there somewhere. My spousal unit got to check out one a friend built when were together up in Yosemite in 2013. She's pretty enthusiastic about it (more than me probably). Kids are all adults now so our 25' trailer with a queen and bunkhouse trailer is overkill. Been parked on hookups as a guest house or boarder house the past several years.
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Re: Build your own teardrop camper.

Postby Weetabix » Mon Jan 12, 2015 5:25 pm

I'd like to be able to sit at a table or in a chair out of the rain with a good reading light. So no canned hams for me. I do want a travel trailer, though. Every year, I say, "This is the year I get one." Then God laughs. ;)
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Re: Build your own teardrop camper.

Postby 308Mike » Mon Jan 19, 2015 2:27 am

Teardrops are GREAT as hobby trailers, but if you want to spend any REAL TIME LIVING OUT OF ONE, it's going to take a LOT of discipline and organizational ability (like packing a PAPER grocery bag to OPTIMUM fullness - without bursting). Personally, we'll stick with our 24 ft RV!! ;)

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