|Project by DustyMark||posted 07-03-2016 10:12 PM||3048 views||23 times favorited||27 comments|
Mary and I made a decision to build a teardrop trailer on February 15th. My detailed blog is at the Teardrops 'n Tiny Travel Trailers forum.
Mary next to the Little Guy Silver Shadow 5’ x 10’ we checked out to confirm we would be comfortable in a teardrop.
A photo from Cool Tears and Tiny Campers Magazine that inspired our color scheme.
We hired out the trailer welding/powder coating and did the rest of the work ourselves. We began our part of the work on March 21st. Key features of our 5’ x 10’ teardrop include front storage module, underfloor storage, futon bed/sofa, dog kennel, air conditioning/roof vent, Yeti 65 cooler on full extension slides, and an LPG oven/stove on full extension slides.
This is the blueprint I drew for the welder.
View from the top.
Trailer before powder coating.
Bulkhead wall taking shape.
Starting to look like a camper.
Copper likes his kennel.
Master closet doors slide!
Ceiling and roof spars.
Air conditioning compartment and roof fan.
The fan is dual purpose; normal fan and exhaust for the air conditioner.
12-volt wiring going into cabin dome light.
12-volt wiring going into reading lamp.
Electrical compartment with deep cycle battery.
Insulation custom cut for wiring.
Foam clamped down.
3 mm plywood skin applied.
Applying aluminum skin.
Side skin is painted .040 aluminum.
Roof is .060 aluminum.
Hurricane hinge for galley lid.
View of air conditioning compartment. The little window allows the IR remote signal to reach the motorized lift fan!
Top trim is removable to allow fan to function without air conditioner.
Galley lid framing complete. Notice the fan in the operating position.
Gluing in the foam.
Applying the plywood skin.
Aluminum skin and trim work.
Mary working on the futon.
Hinge joint is key to a strong futon.
Our Sailrite Kits Ultrafeed LS-1 continues to churn out projects!
Fitting out the lower galley.
Utensil drawer is just the right size.
Cooler tray. Those are 500-pound drawer slides!
The dome lights are either white or red light. Nice…
We even found a tiny wok to use on the high output center burner.
The teardrop weighed in at 1,520 pounds. That’s with a stocked galley, empty cooler, and a full 20-pound propane tank. The only things we’ll add to that will be our screen tent, folding table, folding chairs, clothes and fill the cooler. I’m pleased with this weight since it includes a large battery, air conditioner, oven/stove, propane tank, heavy cooler, and a full-size spare.
A picture of our set-up on our first trip to Little Sand Bay Campground at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in WI.
We used the 6’ by 6’ Clam screen house to escape the bugs and provide a little shade. It works well and sets up fast.
Mary cutting up ingredients for Kung Pao chicken stir-fry. The cooler makes a very stable base for a cutting board.
Copper found a good place to rest under the table. We’ll start bringing his outdoor pad on subsequent trips.
Whipping up quesadillas at a wayside rest.
We used an EZ-Up to provide more protection from rain on our second “wet” trip. It worked quite well. I have a small leak at the hurricane hinge that wets the upper galley a bit when the lid is open in the rain. I’ll chase that down.
We plan to replace the EZ-Up with a custom shelter that connects the galley to the Clam screen house. We also discovered that we need to build wind deflectors for the stove since it is unprotected on the full slide out set-up. Strong winds on our second trip robbed the stove of a lot of performance.
-- Mark, Minnesota