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Postby schaapveld4 » Wed Apr 27, 2011 3:35 pm

wow neat van, too bad they don't allow them here in the U S.
I would figure if the trailer isn't any taller or skinnier than your van you should be good to go.

very impressive workmanship!

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Postby Woodstramp » Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:47 am

Thanks for the vehicle education. I like it. Looks like it'd be a good tow vehicle for your camper, if you don't tax that 2.8l with too much weight. :)
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Postby PhotoGuy » Tue May 03, 2011 9:18 pm

I like the trailer frame. van is really neat too.
Keep up the good work
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Couple updates

Postby asorensen » Tue May 10, 2011 12:15 am

Well I hope I am finished the welding because I have started covering the thing!

Here are a couple of pictures showing where I am at now.

Here is the pop up and roof down:

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And here is the pop up and roof up.


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I have insulated the floor with 1 1/2 foam and covered it with 1/2' fir plywood. (glued and screwed)

I have been planning out the interior layout and I hope to start on that and the interior skin soon. You can see the trailer frame in the background as well as my messy shop!

Thanks for looking

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Postby iSpy » Wed May 18, 2011 11:09 am

Great frame work :thumbsup:

but have you ever thought of building a slide-out within your teardrop ?

Here are some thoughts for you ....

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Left hand slide-out for bed to sit across the van

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second slide-out for internal seating area and dual access kitchen locker

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Spare wheel mounted on the rear barn doors

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First slide-out for leg room in transverse bed.

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The two wooden doors to the left of the seat allow for internal access to the kitchen locker. On the outside is a large door for external access to the same kitchen locker.


I have yet to see a teardrop with a slide-out ...... let alone TWO !!


Good luck with the build ..... I can't wait to see this finished. It will be a great engineering project.

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Postby slowcowboy » Wed May 18, 2011 4:10 pm

Just courous why so narrow on the build? with high clearence on a off road rig your just and so high up on the ceiling your just asking for tip overs going offroad.

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RE: New Build

Postby mezmo » Wed May 18, 2011 11:54 pm

Hi asorenson,

Great build design! It will be very interesting to follow your
progress on it. Have you determined how you will tie it down/
attach it to the trailer? Also how do you plan to lift and support it
when you demount it from the trailer? Something similar to the
pick-up camper jacks/supports? I'm sure you must have some
interesting takes on both matters - just surmising from all your
great work results so far!

An aside for iSpy:

Nice rig you have there. Did you build it out from a CT or is is a
CT manufacturer's design?

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Postby asorensen » Sun Jun 05, 2011 12:44 am

Thanks for all of the responses. I like the popouts iSpy!
Mezmo wrote:
Have you determined how you will tie it down/
attach it to the trailer?
Also how do you plan to lift and support it
when you demount it from the trailer?


My plan for attaching to the trailer I have adopted from the pickup camper crew.
I think that the turnbuckles that they use to attach them to their trucks would work fine for my needs.
Something like this: Image
I willing be making my own jacks for the four corners.
If you look at the pics closely you can see the welded tabs to accept the jacks.



Well moving along a bit slower than I would have hoped. I was away for 10 days completing my Canadian Ranger DP1 training.
Curious? Look here:http://www.army.forces.gc.ca/land-terre/cr-rc/index-eng.asp.


I have finally got the parts for the trailer so I will be working on getting it rolling in the next little bit.

In the meanwhile I have gotten to the fun part of the actual camper unit and I have a few pictures to show my progress.

Putting the first panels on.

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I glued them with construction adhesive screws will be added later for window trim and whatnot.


Cross bracing till the glue dries overnight.

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Window and door cutout.

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Getting a little extra help!

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The loft area.

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Testing out the benches.

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More updates to come soon. I am trying to get this thing done for trip down the coast(Vancouver Island to California) for this summer!

Thanks for looking.

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Postby jss06 » Sun Jun 05, 2011 5:34 am

That's coming together really nice.
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Postby titanpat57 » Sun Jun 05, 2011 12:42 pm

Your son's look is priceless..great build...awesome job!!
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Postby oregonguy » Mon Jun 06, 2011 10:28 am

I Love this build...Great Job! I'd like to make a full Aluminum frame trailer myself one of these days, and this one is very inspiring. :thumbsup:
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Postby asorensen » Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:31 am

A couple of quick updates.

I have got the roof cap completed except for the vent and trim. Looking at the pictures I am definitely noticing a lack of trim.
I have also started some wiring.
Here is a picture on the inside looking up:



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I have mocked up the table and I am fairly happy with it.
The front support is a scrap that will be replaced so no fear on it being out of plumb and all that.
The table has as its rear support a hinged section that extends to form the rear section of bed. Kind of hard to explain but it works!

Here is a picture:

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Also in that picture you may notice my copper pipe that I fought with. Notice the burn mark on the wood!
As well as on the rear corner is one of the four jacks that I made for putting the camper on and off of the trailer.
These are not for leveling but are removed during normal usage.

Jack detail:


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I am putting in pretty long hours on this thing.
I am still, naively, hoping to be done for July second. I hope it doesn't kill me!

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Postby droid_ca » Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:07 am

this one is coming along really well I love the loft I might need to borrow that idea I like your attention to detail :thumbsup: :applause: :thumbsup: :applause:
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Postby asorensen » Sat Jun 25, 2011 11:58 pm

A couple of quick updates with pictures.

I am flying along. All of the wiring is done so that I could start covering the exterior.
All of the upper exterior walls are covered with FRP now and I am finished the two lower sides as well.
I flipped the trailer over on its side to do the two sides to get gravity working with me. I added whatever I had handy to the top to get it as flat as possible. Here are a couple pictures:

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You can see I have got a real good mess going on at this point! if you can believe it I still plan on being finished for July 2. We will see.


These jacks that I made really helped facilitate actually getting it down.

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The flipping it over was fairly easy it is not as heavy as I thought it was although I have stripped most of the cabinet work to put the finish on it all
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Not that exciting really but in the next couple days it is all going to start coming together.

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Postby parnold » Sun Jun 26, 2011 10:55 am

:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

It is looking great!

I'm really enjoying following this one.
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