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Teardrop Camper Rebuild #3: Progress: shelf and the beginnings of a canopy

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 04-21-2010 10:26 PM 2410 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Galley Countertop, shelfbrackets, some trim Part 3 of Teardrop Camper Rebuild series Part 4: Canopy is up! »

I know a lot of this is getting away from woodworking. I started the blog so I’ll try and finish it in a few big chunks as some people are still following it.

A bit more progress on the Teardrop. As you can see in the first picture I’ve gotten a shelf made. It’s just some oak plywood with an oak trim edge to keep the baskets from getting loose while on the road. The wife picked out the color of the baskets. Whatever makes her happy.

I also welded some short rail pipes on the front tray and some angled ones on the back. you can see them in the second picture, they are painted black. The long conduit sticks into them and with a little luck and a bit more work I’ll have a tarp over this structure. The pipes will be stored in a long white drain pipe with cap mounted under the trailer.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.



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ellen35

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#1 posted 04-21-2010 10:43 PM

Dan,
This is one cool project!
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 04-22-2010 02:23 AM

I like the way the counter and the basket shelf turned out. Looks like you are going to have to buy a half acre of tarp. Looks like the covered area is humongous!

-- Gary

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#3 posted 04-22-2010 02:57 AM

yep it does look good sofare

Dennis

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#4 posted 04-22-2010 03:41 AM

This configuration is for a 20×20 tarp. Pretty big but half goes over the trailer.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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hotbyte

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#5 posted 04-22-2010 04:06 AM

Cool blog and project! I’ve always liked the teardrop concept. How will the tarp be supported over the actual trailer area?

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Craftsman on the lake

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#6 posted 04-22-2010 04:12 AM

hotbyte;
The tarp will be three feet wider than the poles and longer than the back pole. I will still have ropes from the tarp and stakes for them in the ground.
The angle of the picture doesn’t show it but the left side of the poles is a foot lower than the right side. So, there is a fair angle of tilt for water runoff. I think I’ll need to shorten the back poles a bit to bring the top of them closer to the trailer. When I back the trailer up onto the lawn and try setting up the tarp I’ll know how it works at that point.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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hotbyte

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#7 posted 04-22-2010 12:51 PM

Thanks! I’ve done a fair amount of setting up tarps while tent camping and it just looks like that long stretch from back support to mid support could have some accumulation/sag in a heavy rain. Two thought is if you put a 45* bend on ends of supports toward curb side of trailer you could pull the edge over a foot or so and tie off that edge to ground stakes. That would help keep tarp taught across the width. Also, about 1/2 between your two supports on street side of trailer tie it off tighter/lower making a valley for run-off.

Looking forward to more pics/blog entries on your project. I’ve always thought a towing a teardrop camper with a jeep into some dispersed camping areas would be fun.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#8 posted 04-22-2010 01:20 PM

hotbyte:
Yes, what it doesn’t show is that the tarp does extend 3ft beyond both sides and the back end of the trailer. It will be staked down. Also, the front end has small rods sticking up from the corners so that the tarp gromets can hook on at that point.
The more I look at it though I think I might rethink the angle of the rear supports and lift them a bit so that they top out over the end of the open trailer, then tie them off to the ground from there.

I don’t have a jeep but I have a tahoe and a truck. I will always have a truck. We live in a rural area of So. Maine and 4wd and a place to haul your own garbage to the dump is always needed. We always stay in federal or state campsites. They are a little more rustic but usually quieter and often with nicer views. Some people wonder why I even travel. This is where I live:

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#9 posted 04-22-2010 01:39 PM

thats awesome

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#10 posted 05-29-2010 02:22 AM

this is a cool project.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#11 posted 05-29-2010 02:24 AM

Looks like this puppy has every thing , I long for a sitting like yours beautiful.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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