First build "Rocinante"

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First build "Rocinante"

Postby HarleyCamper » Wed May 25, 2016 9:01 pm

I've been wanting to build a teardrop for a couple years now, ever since we had our oldest daughter. Camping was always a family summertime activity when I grew up and wanted to continue it with my own kids. Just picked up my NT 5x8 today and got the frame bolted together and squared, and axle attached.
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Re: First build "Rocinante"

Postby HarleyCamper » Wed May 25, 2016 9:04 pm

I'm not familiar with the computer drawing programs, but have drawn blueprints.Image

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Re: First build "Rocinante"

Postby HarleyCamper » Thu May 26, 2016 7:58 pm

Got the rest of the frame bolted together tonight. I'd like to run the 13" wheels like I have on my utility trailer. Any input on the clearance between the tire and frame? Is it enough? I'm not planning on skinning down to the bottom of the frame. It'll be wood sided, even with the frame width. Inputs? ImageImage

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Re: First build "Rocinante"

Postby Greg M » Thu May 26, 2016 10:51 pm

Looking good. Just avoid those windmills ;)
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Re: First build

Postby noseoil » Fri May 27, 2016 7:33 am

Looks like enough, but keep the tires aired up well. Also, check for side-play under cornering loads, that's where you might have problems at speed. Major bumps on a corner might give it enough twist to push the top of the tire against the side.

If you had to, it might need a spacer or shim to change the offset a bit to get more room. Ours is a different type of trailer & has 2" side clearance. I like the 13" rims we run, just a bit better at highway speeds.

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Re: First build "Rocinante"

Postby HarleyCamper » Sun May 29, 2016 9:09 pm

I got the floor built today, 3/4" foam between 2 layers 3/8" ply.
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Re: First build "Rocinante"

Postby HarleyCamper » Thu Jun 02, 2016 5:00 pm

Vehicle wiring got done, bottom coated with asphalt paint and installed, and leveling jacks got installed. That should make it easier to work on. ImageImage

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Re: First build "Rocinante"

Postby HarleyCamper » Fri Jun 03, 2016 9:22 pm

"The mix" was applied to the edges, and the floor painted. I cut out the template for the walls with voids for insulation. Set it up the trailer to get an idea of the profile. Image

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Re: First build "Rocinante"

Postby HarleyCamper » Sat Jun 11, 2016 8:21 pm

Got the walls cut out and trimmed, though two router bits suffered bearing failure before I broke down and bought the 1/2" arbor 1/2" template cutting bit with two 1/2" bearings. It cut much better that the 1/4" and 1/2" single bearing bits it replaced. Image

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First build "Rocinante"

Postby HarleyCamper » Fri Jun 17, 2016 9:51 pm

The ceiling is in, with much cringing and cussing with each creaking and popping off the Luan and difficulty getting it propped up while working alone. Built the gallery counter, and laminated it and the gallery floor with peel&stick vinyl tile. Coming together well.
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Re: First build

Postby daveesl77 » Sat Jun 18, 2016 6:01 am

Looking really GREAT! And wow it is coming along quickly too!

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Re: First build "Rocinante"

Postby Fishingtomatoseed » Sat Jun 18, 2016 6:40 am

The counter and sink looks good. I like the peel and stick idea.


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Re: First build "Rocinante"

Postby HarleyCamper » Sat Jun 18, 2016 9:07 pm

Got some cabinet work done today. I'm starting to get anxious to finish! Too bad that's still a ways away.

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Re: First build "Rocinante"

Postby HarleyCamper » Sat Jun 18, 2016 9:08 pm

Thanks for the compliments. Lots of motivation around here.

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Re: First build "Rocinante"

Postby HarleyCamper » Sun Jun 19, 2016 7:42 pm

A productive weekend. Cabinet frames are built, and some painting done.
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