Teardrops & Tiny Travel Trailers with Lifting Roofs

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Teardrops & Tiny Travel Trailers with Lifting Roofs

Postby S. Heisley » Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:03 pm

Last updated 10/12/17:

To help those who might be thinking of building a lifting roof, here is a list of all the TTT’s with lifting roofs which I (and others...Thanks!) could find.
(These camping trailers are not listed in any particular order.)


Mike (Myoung)'s Where or When Jr:
viewtopic.php?t=40459

Bruce (Bdosborn)’s Boxcar:
viewtopic.php?t=21234

Dale (Cracker39)’s Squidget Pop Top TTT:
viewtopic.php?f=50&t=41606

Sharon (S. Heisley)’s MyAway:
viewtopic.php?f=50&t=27313

Mike (MikeSchn)’s Escape Hatch Winter Warrior:

http://www.mikenchell.com/WWEH_Photo_Album/

And Mike (MikeSchn)’s latest: The Rockhopper:

http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=50349

Scott (Starleen2)’s Ladybug Weekend Warrior:
viewtopic.php?f=50&t=27592

RayVillan’s Winter Warrior:
viewtopic.php?f=50&t=35660

Bill Livesey's Winter Warrior:
http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=29883.


Mark (Standupguy)’s TTT (Not-a-RV) :
viewtopic.php?f=50&t=43655

JDale's Compact 3.5:
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=51128

For Andrew’s build plans for the Compact3 TTT look here:
http://tnttt.com/Design_Library/Design_Library.html

Of course, one might also add in the KampMaster, one of my favorite teardrop styles. Andrew has plans for that in the rescued design library as well:

http://tnttt.com/Design_Library/Design_Library.html

A build similar to the KampMaster is found in the Foamies section:

Aligator944’s Wild Goose:
viewtopic.php?f=55&t=49879

Sumner's "Pop-up Teardrop"
http://purplesagetradingpost.com/sumner ... epage.html

Megadrop’s:
http://s263.photobucket.com/albums/ii13 ... 3_3837.jpg
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=44777

WizzardOfOdd's Tip Top Teardrop:
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=56232
(This one has pictures in the album; but, no real build thread.)

George Teague’s GT Popup Camper:
http://web.archive.org/web/201205050450 ... index.html

Locokev's A-liner:
gallery/image.php?album_id=3282&image_id=113881
(No build thread found)

Wild Idahos Compact Build:
viewtopic.php?f=50&t=54058&start=60

Johnysteam's Semi stady with opening roof:
viewtopic.php?f=50&t=57400

Krusty's Clown Car (...a hybrid foamie?):
viewtopic.php?f=50&t=60054

tsymth's Crank-up Hybrid foamie (sort of a Hi-Lo style TTT):
viewtopic.php?f=50&t=59418&p=1072827#p1072827

The Zimmer Wee-Zim, first reported by mezmo; found and in the process of restoration by Bohemian:
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=43716

Jim M's Take apart stand up build:
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=56075
and his Take apart stand up build #2:
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=64882

asorensen's Offrroad Pop-up:
viewtopic.php?f=39&t=43744

myjeepcherokee's 6.5' Pop-up Build:
viewtopic.php?f=50&t=66678

Rich's (RRJR) Foamie Race Trailer Build:
viewtopic.php?f=55&t=62435

Les45's Different kind of Pop-up:
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=64782
and here it is, finished:
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=68598&p=1205888#p1205888

Mudpuppy's Qool Stream, in aluminum:
viewtopic.php?f=50&t=68331


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CaraWhale is a sort of trailer/boat combination with a kind of lifting roof/hatch door area. The entire build is so unique, it beckons to be recognized:

viewtopic.php?f=27&t=46755&start=90

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I could not find the build threads for the following:

John Sheppard’s Weekend Warrior:
gallery/image_page.php?album_id=1766&image_id=11160

This one sneaked by me until it showed up in the for sale section. Hap doesn't have a build thread but there are 6 pictures in his gallery:
gallery/search.php?user_id=1034

Here is another one that doesn't have a build thread or even much of a photo gallery on the forum; but, it is very interesting....A pop top trailer with a Dacron covering instead of foam or plywood, by tmoenter. Look down near the bottom of the first page, with a little more on it, on the second page:
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=52750

Pictures of yet another without a build thread, by ChefConroy:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qgR9uA ... a2Nmw/view
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HPmH18 ... 1uq5Q/view


Don't miss this one, below, which was found by our member, ShadowCatcher, and has some wonderful, innovative ideas:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtsLtsYJLmc
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Also, this build kit, Teal's Take-apart Trailer, should probably be listed because you do have to put it together on a trailer chassis:
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=61011

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If anyone has helpful knowledge to add, such as links that I couldn’t find or other TTT’s with lifting roofs, please post your information here.

Check out the WizardofOdds posting of unusual trailers that he found while searching the Internet. Many of those have lifting roofs.

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=64495&start=15

01/18/13: ...Decided to change the topic name of this thread, too, because it also lists Teardrop-shaped trailers with pop-up roofs.
So, instead of calling it "TTT's with Lifting Roofs", it is now Teardrops & Tiny Travel Trailers with Lifting Roofs.
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Re: TTT's with Lifting Roofs

Postby myoung » Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:36 pm

Sharon,

I believe that my TTT also qualifies as having a lifting roof. It just doesn't require quite as much muscle power to accomplish the task.

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Re: TTT's with Lifting Roofs

Postby S. Heisley » Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:15 pm

myoung wrote:Sharon,

I believe that my TTT also qualifies as having a lifting roof. It just doesn't require quite as much muscle power to accomplish the task.

:)


:o Oh, my goodness! Yes, Mike it DEFINITELY belongs in the group! I had it in there when I was typing but somehow it got deleted before I posted. I've added it back in. My apologies.... There was no ill intent, simply a slip of the fingers (or the aging mind) somehow.
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Re: TTT's with Lifting Roofs

Postby Cliffmeister2000 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:37 am

Thank you, Sharon, for compiling this fine list! :thumbsup:
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Re: TTT's with Lifting Roofs

Postby S. Heisley » Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:36 am

Cliffmeister2000 wrote:Thank you, Sharon, for compiling this fine list! :thumbsup:


You're welcome, Cliff. It was time. Some of them were getting lost amongst all the teardrops.

I'm adding Andrew's KampMaster and also the Wild Goose to the original list, too.
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Re: TTT's with Lifting Roofs

Postby mikeschn » Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:43 pm

There's also the Escape Hatch http://www.mikenchell.com/WWEH_Photo_Album/

and the new Rockhopper http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=50349

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Re: TTT's with Lifting Roofs

Postby angib » Thu Jun 21, 2012 4:19 pm

I have 94 progress photos taken by George Teague of his CompactGT and I'm happy to pass them to anyone interested, though it's an 11Mb file. If you want them, please tell me it's the CompactGT you want (folks will ask me for "the photos" two years later and I don't know which photos!) and remember to provide your email address as you can't send an attachment to a private message.

I've even got some overall CAD drawings of the CompactGT but the file is from six years ago so I don't remember if they are George's drawings or my drawings of what he did.
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Re: TTT's with Lifting Roofs

Postby StandUpGuy » Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:53 pm

angib wrote:I have 94 progress photos taken by George Teague of his CompactGT and I'm happy to pass them to anyone interested, though it's an 11Mb file. If you want them, please tell me it's the CompactGT you want (folks will ask me for "the photos" two years later and I don't know which photos!) and remember to provide your email address as you can't send an attachment to a private message.

I've even got some overall CAD drawings of the CompactGT but the file is from six years ago so I don't remember if they are George's drawings or my drawings of what he did.

Actually it was his website I first came across and it lead me to this website. His was the inspiration for my pop top trailer. At first I wanted to by a old pop up trailer and fix it or completely redo it. I looked at several from Craigslist in my area and they were all complete junk for way too much money. I thought to myself: "It would be like starting completely over." So then I started looking at starting from scratch. Then in a search I came up with George Teagues website and then Tiny Houses. Both lead me here. That was wqhen my life was complety ruined by building a tiny trailer. :D Well all my free time and spare money completly consummed anyway.
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Re: TTT's with Lifting Roofs

Postby StandUpGuy » Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:56 pm

It kind of looks like it breaks down into three basic catagories:

The hinged flat top

The square bump up

And the pivot with sides
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Re: TTT's with Lifting Roofs

Postby S. Heisley » Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:14 pm

Standupguy wrote:
Then in a search I came up with George Teagues website and then Tiny Houses. Both lead me here. That was when my life was complety ruined by building a tiny trailer. Well all my free time and spare money completly consummed anyway.


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Re: TTT's with Lifting Roofs

Postby S. Heisley » Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:17 pm

Thanks, Mike and Andrew. Your responses are very helpful. :thumbsup:
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Re: TTT's with Lifting Roofs

Postby bdosborn » Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:48 pm

StandUpGuy wrote: His was the inspiration for my pop top trailer.


Me too, I was sorry to see he'd let his construction photo site go away.

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Re: TTT's with Lifting Roofs

Postby High Desert » Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:00 pm

Cliffmeister2000 wrote:Thank you, Sharon, for compiling this fine list! :thumbsup:

+1, thanks Sharon :thumbsup:

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Re: TTT's with Lifting Roofs

Postby S. Heisley » Fri Jan 18, 2013 10:32 pm

Added Sumner's "Pop-up Teardrop" Today....Didn't even know about it until Aggie79 posted it in another thread. (Thanks, Tom).

The "complete" (?) list is at the top of this thread.
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Re: Teardrops & Tiny Travel Trailers with Lifting Roofs

Postby mezmo » Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:32 am

Hi Sharon,

I came across the Mega Drop build thread. I like his approach and
especially his use of the recycled garage door lift spring to operate the lift roof.

http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=44777

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P.S. Why not add it to your initial post starting this thread -
in the spirit of keeping all the info/links in one place...
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