Grant's Last Teardrop ...???

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Re: Grant's Last Teardrop ...???

Postby StandUpGuy » Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:47 pm

grant whipp wrote:The Li’l Bear Campster14-PHd ... it just seemed too big for my camping lifestyle. Recent changes in my life, though, got me to thinking about a bigger teardrop to facilitate more-or-less full-time camping, hopefully in the not-too-distant future. ...


When you wrote this I thought surely you would do some sort of pop top or at least a crouchy. Do you see yourself more or less full time camping in a traditional teardrop height trailer?
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Postby myoung » Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:05 pm

Very, very interesting -- a pilot-house inspired teardrop.

In the spirit of boat pilot houses, however, mightn't it make sense to have all the amenities on the inside. Pilot houses are perfect places for commanding boats in a comfortable environment in all weather. In that sense, mightn't a TTT be preferable to a TD for your build?

This will be fun to follow.
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Postby Woodstramp » Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:49 pm

Grant,

If you can make the finished deal look like that pic.....that will be amazing.

(BTW, you got a mustache just like my little bro. :thumbsup: )
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Postby grant whipp » Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:28 am

Thanks for all the kind words, All ... :) ... much appreciated!

myoung wrote:... In the spirit of boat pilot houses, however, mightn't it make sense to have all the amenities on the inside. Pilot houses are perfect places for commanding boats in a comfortable environment in all weather. In that sense, mightn't a TTT be preferable to a TD for your build?


At the risk of sounding like a smarta$$, Mike, for me it's a "teardrop thing" ... if I had to explain, there are folks who still wouldn't understand ... :D ...!

Don't get me wrong ... TTTs are cool and I've seen some outstanding examples (even sketched one or two), but, as one of the pioneers of the resurgence of Teardropping, me camping in anything but a teardrop would be tantamount to blasphemy ... as in, ain't gonna happen!

'Til later, then ...

CHEERS!

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Postby CliffinGA » Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:39 am

Grant this looks like it will be a beautiful tear and very unique! You've got me thinking of a smaller version but in mirror finish aluminum and rivets :twisted:. I love it!

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Postby Woodstramp » Thu Jun 30, 2011 2:59 pm

Grant,

One more thing....I was checking out your album and saw a TD on fire. What is up with that? I hope that was an accident. Made me sick.

Will make me sicker if it was burnt on purpose. :shock:
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Postby grant whipp » Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:37 am

Woodstramp wrote:Grant,

One more thing....I was checking out your album and saw a TD on fire. What is up with that? I hope that was an accident. Made me sick.

Will make me sicker if it was burnt on purpose. :shock:


Not to worry, WS ...

... the trailer was purpose-built to burn (kinda like Burning Man) ... no injuries, no loss of property.

My friend has a wicked sense of humor ... :twisted: ... and while we camped at this facility annually, he always came up with something bigger & brighter to burn on Saturday night each year. We don't go there anymore, so we can't burn like this anymore ... I don't miss the campgrounds, but I do miss the big burns ... :D ...!
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RE: Lil'Bear Campster14 Phd

Postby mezmo » Sat Jul 02, 2011 3:53 am

Hi Grant,

Great concept and idea! I like original designs, and this definitely
counts as an original design!

It will be interesting to follow the build along to it's 'launch' - are you
going to christen it with a bottle of Champaign [sp?] or sparkling wine
once you've finished?

I'm sure you've been thinking of just about everything possible in
connection to starting the build, but I wanted to suggest that you do a
"stepped" frame for the chassis --- very similar to what terryjones1 did
in his 'Terry's TTT Garagable Standy Build" [In the Build Journals section]
--- instead of a drop floor. I know here is always a cost factor involved
in frame/chassis choice, but If I were able to do so, I would always go
for the "stepped" frame since it could/would eliminate the PITA step-over
or step-into the drop floor from the outside and visa-versa. Since you are
a manufacturer, building/using one should be easier than for the average
self-builder. Depending on what the inside height will be - the result of the
overall proportions - you could still maintain 8-12" ground clearance
with the "stepped" frame. If you still wanted a little more headroom yet,
you could pull out another stop, and do a drop-down/pull-up foot well
[making that full-width if possible]. I know that reintroduces the PITA
step-over situation but it could give you almost standy height inside a
TD profile. Even a non-full-width drop-down foot well could be useful.

Also, concerning the rounded rear roof and wall over the rear profile
roof curve. There was an all aluminum TT produced in the late 40s that
looked a lot like the Aeroflite TT, but in the rear it had a
rounded 'dormer' that had somewhat sloped sides to the dormer's wall
curve. It had windows in the curved dormer wall who's shapes followed
the rear roof curve of the main roof. Perhaps doing something similar
on the Campster14 could work for you - mimicking the front windows.
WOW, I lucked out and actually found a link to some info-pics on it!
It's called a "Great Western" from 1947.

http://www.thewallacecollection.net/htm ... stern.html

Maybe it can provide some background/research for you. Note the roof-
rack or deck on the 'dormer's' roof.

Just wanted to toss some ideas/info your way for consideration or use if
wanted. I'm sure you must be excited to be starting in on this creative
build adventure.

Cheers,
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Postby grant whipp » Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:20 pm

Time for another update. I think I’m done with the major revisions to the design ... we’re happy with the overall design, and the only things that really need to be worked out are the galley layout and some details in the cabinetry inside.

Like I mentioned earlier, in mid-May the trailer grew to 14’ ... then over the Fathers’ Day holiday & campout, the last major change occurred: the roof will now incorporate a VW Westfalia-style lift-up section, that part that isn’t Lexan will be hinged at the rear (over the AC cabinet) and lift up at the joint with the Lexan. I penciled the longer profile and then the new roof section that weekend (also, the inlaid stylized dragon wrapped around a “yin-yangâ€
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Postby S. Heisley » Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:53 pm

This is going to be a great trailer...and it looks like it did end up being a TTT after all! Maybe it's a TD/TTT mixed blend of sorts. :thinking:

Thanks for sharing your build....Looking forward to your next posting! :thumbsup: :applause:
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Postby wagondude » Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:01 pm

This is going to be cool! Where's a "like" button when you need one? I will be keeping an eye on this one for sure.

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Postby doug hodder » Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:30 am

Looks good and really creative Grant! Crank outs up front will move a ton of air. How about a directable spotlight through the roof up front, boats have 'em. Doug
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Postby wa_flyfisher » Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:13 pm

Very cool design, it kind of reminds me of a Pilot House blended with the Airstream BaseCamp.
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Postby queeg9k » Tue Aug 02, 2011 1:58 pm

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I like Tears I like boats, great concept!!
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Postby grant whipp » Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:55 am

Been really busy with work & orders & such, so not much to report except that I bought the plywood for the floor this past week. Headed out to the Salt Flats for a couple of days of Speed Week, tomorrow, but when I get back I'm gonna make some sawdust fly, and make some more progress on this puppy ... :twisted: ...!

See y'All later ... ;)
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