Hello TnTTT. SummittDweller here.
I'm the Iowan mentioned at the end (http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=58559&start=165#p1198829
) of jseyfert3's thread which begins at http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=58559
. I've purchased jseyfert3's project and spare parts with hopes of completing the build in the next month or two so I can get back to camping...I miss it.
About 13 years ago I bought a used pop-up camper and had fun putting a new canvas on it. My wife didn't care for it though so after only a couple of years "roughing it" we bought a new pickup and a used 25' fiver. I don't know how many miles we put on that rig but it got us to the Grand Canyon and back, Disney World and back, deep into the Rockies (more than once), and to numerous Geocaching events around the mid-west. It was a great ride.
I'm still active in Geocahing (I am one of the geocache reviewers for the state of Iowa) so I long to stop renting hotel rooms and get back to camping again. I've thought about building a tiny trailer for a number of years but never found the time to get started. A couple of years ago a geocacher I know gave me a set of plans for a teardrop trailer but neither he nor I ever got one started. With two kids in college and a full-time job (at one of those colleges) I just had too many other commitments, not to mention my seat on the local school board and all the volunteer work I do.
I'm a retired (early) Civil Engineer and used to do a lot of woodworking before my kids were born. I still have an extensive wood shop and have just been looking for an opportunity (and time) to get back into it. And along came jseyfert3 with just the kind of start I needed, I think.
If you followed the previous thread please feel free to follow along again. And please share some advice along the way! Like jseyfert3, I also own a DSLR so I'll try to chronicle the completion of this trailer in photos. I took a few last night in order to start drawing up some completion plans, and I'll try to post both the photos and plan here for starters.
Late this afternoon I cleared everything out of the TD and started construction with some demolition. Most of the OSB shelving and partitions in the "galley" of the TD detached during transport last week, and that's OK since I plan to configure things there differently anyway. So today I removed one leftover shelf that didn't fit my plan, and also removed the hardware left behind from some of the torn-away shelving.
My plan in the back is to build in shelving but make the bulk of it accessible from the interior, not from the rear. So there won't be a hinged galley opening...since I'm not likely to need that kind of storage anyway. This should allow me to use the foam that seyfert3 has already kerfed and shaped. The piece he was going to use for a galley door broke along one of the kerfs but that should be OK. I will reinforce it and skin over the whole rear end for strength. I plan to provide an opening, with a latchable door, at the base of the back so I can slide large objects like a mattress and camp stove inside. Above that the rearmost storage area will be accessible from the TD sides, probably using a pair of 10" diameter Gamma Seal bucket lids. In this compartment I'll store long, slender objects like my tent, camp chairs and umbrellas. The two forward storage areas in the rear will be accessible from the interior only.
I've also been thinking about how to reinforce some areas and how to add things like a door latch strike plate in the foam. So today I tested a theory by drilling a 7/8" hole (using a spade bit) in the profile of one foam scrap, to a depth of 3". I then applied some Gorilla Glue in the hole and inserted a 3/4" dowel. 4 hours later (maybe less) I had a solid wood surface embedded in the foam that was clearly strong enough to accept a wood screw. I was able to drill a hole in it and drive a screw with ease. The 'hole' affair is far stronger than the foam around it so I'm confident this technique can be used to join two pieces of foam, or to provide for something like a door latch strike plate.
So that's the plan. Photos and a rear-end profile drawing follow. Let me know what you think.