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Teardrop Camper Rebuild #5: Last post on this project. Nearly finished

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One last post on the camper subject. We did the trip, 2 months, round the country loop visiting some of the major national parks. There is an extensive blog here

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. This is the last post for this project

Here is a picture of the inside cabinetry. It’s oak with oak trim. It was mostly made from scrap lumber from old kitchen cabinet doors.

The Center console has a master switch, switches for the fans and a voltmeter to get a read on the life of the battery mounted on the tongue of the trailer. The empty space on the left of the panel is where the indoor/outdoor wireless thermometer goes. My Mac laptop is mounted on a pull-out sliding tray. Two speakers are mounted on the sides of that for better sound when viewing things like movies on the laptop. The power for these devices is supplied by a 175 watt inverter so most things run off 110 volts.

On the ceiling where the air vent cap is I have 4 computer fans mounted in wood. The switches on the console allow one/two/or four fans to be turned on. You can also see the marine light next to it. The light contains 24 led’s and can be switched to either white light or red light for nighttime.

This photo of the power source was clouded by sunlight leaking into the photo. I have a 12 volt deep cycle marine battery. It’s charged by a connection to the hot wire of my vehicle or a marine battery charger (green) Everything is protected by automotive circuit breakers or fuses. Two master battery switches are located on the box. One for cutting in automotive charging while in transit and the other to connect main power from the battery to the trailer while it’s parked. What looks like a jumble of wires will come under control with a few nylon ties. It’s all done correctly.

The galley has a counter top, shelf, and light like the one inside; white led’s for light and red ones to not attract insects.

Here you can see the hook-on shelf I made so that the stove can extend outside of the galley. This stove also comes with legs that are easy to put on that I will definitely us for extended stays. The Camp Chef has a great easy to screw on valve.

So, that’s the end of this build. I hope you enjoyed following it and again, sorry for the deviation from woodworking in parts of it. It wouldn’t have made much sense without the other stuff.

You can seem more of the rebuild at my personal blog. Follow the directions on the page to see it all.
here

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



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PurpLev

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#1 posted 1549 days ago

I can smell the camping dinner in the fresh spring breeze already… definitely a teaser.

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 1549 days ago

Looks great

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Karson

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#3 posted 1549 days ago

Great build. Nice job. Have fun on the vacation.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Craftsman on the lake

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#4 posted 1549 days ago

That’s nothing. You should see the 12” Cast iron dutch oven I picked up. Pot roast here we come.

But you know the build was really fun. I joined the official Teardrop website forum. Believe it or not they have a huge chapter divided by regions of the country. In fact just about a week ago they had a huge teardrop gathering at of all places Woodstock! The little one I’m going to in a couple of weeks in NY is just a fun gathering of a few of them… about 90 teardrop campers in all. Whodathunk huh? Now I’m one of them.

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

#5 posted 1549 days ago

hey craftsman i have an awsome guiness beef stew reciepe to break in that dutch oven with if ya want it

-- i wonder if obama stood in a wind storm with them big ears of his would he start spinning like a drill bit

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Wolffarmer

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#6 posted 1549 days ago

Hey, Welcome to the teardrop world. I been in it since 2007 when i built mine. And that was the first tear drop I ever got close to. Some day I will post pictures of it here. It was also what got me doing much more serious wood working and then on to here. I have been to several of the small gatherings out west here. Some of the best people on earth in those little trailers. I have been able to see 2 of Doug Hodder’s trailers. Now there is a craftsman and all around great guy.

Randy

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#7 posted 1549 days ago

congrat´s with your finished teadrop , it looks great
I liked the idea with the fans in the ceiling, how did you made the round molding for them ?

Dennis

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ellen35

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#8 posted 1549 days ago

That was a great build, Dan!
The finished product will last you a lifetime!
Now if you ever want to go ‘camping’ on Cape Cod, give me a call!
Missed you at the Lj meeting.
Ellen

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

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Craftsman on the lake

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#9 posted 1549 days ago

Tunk: I’ve downloaded about 400 pages of Dutch Oven recipes… Thanks but You don’t have to go to the trouble of typing anything in.

Wolffarmer: Do you belong to the T&TTT (teardrop and tiny travel trailers) forum? Lots of build ideas and other stuff there. A place sort of like LJ’s but for these tiny trailers. Joyce and I are planning a ‘round the country’ loop in August/September. We’re going to try and see the wonders of the USA by hitting most of the federal parks.

Dennis: I have a circle cutter for my drill press that I actually got as a give away from Ellen (above post) at a new england LJ’s meeting. I also have others and use them to clean out a slot to insert the rosette around the sound hole on guitars.

Ellen: Thanks for two things. 1. The invite and 2. the hole cutter. Ya, couldn’t make it. I had signed up but had to cancel as my daughter graduated from the Univ. of Maine on the same day.. May 8th and after 4 years of bills I wasn’t about to miss it! LOL

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

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#10 posted 1549 days ago

thank´s Dan I just never thought of using those to make moldings

Dennis

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Wolffarmer

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#11 posted 1549 days ago

Hey Dan

I am a member of the T&TTT forum. I actually found it the night after I started cutting iron for my trailer. I built both the trailer and cabin.

Now that you are learning Dutch Oven. You will have to get a an old cast iron waffle maker to make them in camp. What a way to live.

If you get out west in your trip I am in Southern Idaho. About 3 hours from Yellowstone. Or about 10 miles from the southern border of Craters of the Moon. though it takes about and 1.5 hours to get here from the headquarters.

We can talk about it better in T&TTT forum, I use the same nick. I have lots of posts in the “Vintage Camping Equipment” category.

Randy

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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dbhost

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#12 posted 1549 days ago

Holy Swiss Cheese Batman! I have been loving the build series on this blog… But I had to mention… That is one HUGE camp stove! I have NEVER seen a Camp Chef used with a Teardrop before… Typically it’s the little Coleman 2 burner propane jobs… Every now and then you run across an old school camper like me still using a liquid fuel stove / lanterns… (I like being able to have one gas can instead of a gas can, AND propane cylinders, AND butane well you get the idea…)

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Craftsman on the lake

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#13 posted 1548 days ago

dbhost:
I came upon a sale at cabelas on this stove. The price rivaled that of some small coleman camp stoves. The burners are 30,000 btu’s each. I couldn’t help myself. And I do have a 12” dutch oven.

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

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#14 posted 1547 days ago

Excellent project wrap up , Dan ! Enjoy your outings and I hope to see you again at another LJ get together: )
Len

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#15 posted 1544 days ago

Thanks for the update.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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