Hi new member, I am sure your first name isn't Swift, and River just doesn't sound right either. Welcome to the best trailer building forum on the web. We hope that your might take the time to check out the Newbies note shown on the main page. There is a note there that reads:
"When you do start posting, introduce yourself first and tell us a little about yourself and what you ultimately intend to do...you wouldn't walk up to a group of strangers and start asking who/what/when/where and demanding answers...that would be rude and would be considered the same here."
Many newbies skip this all-important step, but believe me, it sure helps those of us that are here to help you, understand what your plans are, and how much building skill and construction experience you have. Many of us started with very little, but as the build progresses, proper tools and dexterity soon will follow. Do check out the Hall of Fame, and you can check out hundreds of teardrops, already built and many share their building progress pictures. Free plans are also available, so look them over.
You are on the right track, making plans to build and follow through with plans to explor our great country, (especially out west)
We are here to help, and many of us have been on the same mission you are about to undertake. So, check out the many sections of the Forum, ask any question, no matter how minor, and by all means, take pics as you go along. (we love pics, if you post em) I am anxious to see your follow-up posts, and believe me, others will jump in with both feet to help you in building the perfect trailer.
Roly, the little ol' woody teardrop builder in sunny So Calif.