Newbie from Seattle, WA (no clue what I'm doing!)

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Newbie from Seattle, WA (no clue what I'm doing!)

Postby Thickshell » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:22 pm

Hey folks! So glad to be joining you all. I love the idea of building my own Teardrop and have for a couple of years now. I just ordered a custom trailer hitch and Ball (1 7/8") from E-Trailer for my 2000 Audi A4, and I'm purchasing a heavy duty folding trailer from Harbor Freight (1195lbs max weight) in a week or so.... So it is really happening!

Planning-wise, I'm at the point where I know I'd like the overall size to be 5'X9' (larger than the trailer itself) and I want a kitchen area with a hydraulic fold-up door in back. I also know that I'd really like to have a big picture window right above where my head will be resting in the main sleeping area. I don't want to feel claustrophobic inside the trailer. My big worry is firguring out the curve of the window to match the curve of the trailer itself, AND making sure the window doesn't leak or become corroded after time so you can''t see out of it anymore.

Also, did most of you plan out every detail from the beginning and then buy all the parts all at once, or did you find yourselves having to make adjustments and purchases along the way?

I have TONS more questions, but I'm going to scour the indexes first to see if I can find most of the answers. That's what this is here for, right??

Anyway, I am 100% excited to get started on this project and also 100% overwhelmed with the planning process!!! Haha! I don't know anything about framing, electrical, etc, but I realize I will make mistakes and have to learn the hard way in many cases.

Any and all advice and and words of encouragement will be accepted with humility and much appreciation!

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Re: Newbie from Seattle, WA (no clue what I'm doing!)

Postby Shadow Catcher » Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:10 pm

No clue can actually be an advantage, nothing to unlearn.
One thing a number of folks have done is build a full side cardboard mock-up. Come to a Tearjerkers gathering and see what others have done.
Read, lots of information here and folks willing to help.
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Re: Newbie from Seattle, WA (no clue what I'm doing!)

Postby SC Campbell » Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:15 pm

Welcome Scott! Not knowing what we are doing hasn't stopped us yet....... Good group of people up your way. I am sure you will hear from Vedette soon. People here are happy to help. Please post pics as you build.

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