Off Road Grumman 2 (5x5x10) Build

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Re: Off Road Grumman 2 (5x5x10) Build

Postby ELM » Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:40 pm

Looking nice. That's some very interesting grain on that piece of plywood.
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Re: Off Road Grumman 2 (5x5x10) Build

Postby DWT77 » Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:10 pm

ELM wrote:Looking nice. That's some very interesting grain on that piece of plywood.


That is the bendy plywood that has all of the grain going in the same direction. I used it for my ceiling as well. I used the mix on my ceiling and I liked the way it came out with showing the grain.
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Re: Off Road Grumman 2 (5x5x10) Build

Postby DWT77 » Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:15 pm

I made my tongue box into two sections. The top will house all of my electronics and the bottom I can store a generator, A/C, or other bigger items.

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Re: Off Road Grumman 2 (5x5x10) Build

Postby DWT77 » Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:20 pm

Back to work on the tongue box today. It's turning out to take longer than I thought it would lol. I added some additional spars for support. Then I framed up the top section. I thought it would give it a cleaner look plus it gives me some space to hide extra wiring in case I ever need to do any maintenance.

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Re: Off Road Grumman 2 (5x5x10) Build

Postby SnowLizard » Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:56 am

very nice build, I really like your design and thoughts. thanks for the video's and keep them coming, very helpful, makes the build more realistic to me.
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Re: Off Road Grumman 2 (5x5x10) Build

Postby DWT77 » Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:37 pm

SnowLizard wrote:very nice build, I really like your design and thoughts. thanks for the video's and keep them coming, very helpful, makes the build more realistic to me.


Thanks Snow Lizard. Just trying to give back to this forum. So much information here that really helped me out as well. I didn't realize there were so many different ways to build a teardrop until I found this place. Good luck on yours!
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Re: Off Road Grumman 2 (5x5x10) Build

Postby DWT77 » Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:02 pm

I am making the hatch for the tongue box the same way as the galley hatch (Steve Frederick's method). So this is good practice when it comes time for the galley hatch.

I cut my 1/8" spacer and 1/2" off set for the seal

This is the 1/8" thickness and 1/2" thickness offset pieces
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The two pieces laid on top of each other
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Cutting the piece out that will eventually end up being the template for the 3/4" piece the seal will attach to (Note the 1/2" offset between the two pieces)
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A few examples of how the seal will lay in the hatch
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Example of how the seal attaches to the 3/4" piece and opens with the lid
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Gluing the 1/8" and 1/2" piece to the tongue box side wall
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Re: Off Road Grumman 2 (5x5x10) Build

Postby DWT77 » Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:07 pm

Working on the tongue box hatch/lid. Got the gusset cut, spars cut and screwed in/lined up. Next up is lining the interior with the bendy plywood

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Re: Off Road Grumman 2 (5x5x10) Build

Postby S. Heisley » Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:28 pm

Every time I see your tongue box, I keep thinking, "Bench". :roll:
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Re: Off Road Grumman 2 (5x5x10) Build

Postby DWT77 » Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:07 pm

S. Heisley wrote:Every time I see your tongue box, I keep thinking, "Bench". :roll:


It does look a bit like a bench :D
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Re: Off Road Grumman 2 (5x5x10) Build

Postby DWT77 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:10 pm

Got the interior and exterior of the tongue box hatch/lid skinned.

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Re: Off Road Grumman 2 (5x5x10) Build

Postby DWT77 » Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:36 am

I posted a Youtube video of my ceiling and spars install. I ran into a problem on the bottom spar that meets with the floor of the teardrop. In the video at the 13:01 mark I explain the solution I came up with. Perhaps I should have planned out the last spar better? :thinking:

So I was curious has anyone ran into this problem and what did they do to remedy the situation? I'm still at the stage in the build where I can make adjustments if needed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsa6aRSFGdg

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Re: Off Road Grumman 2 (5x5x10) Build

Postby tony.latham » Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:50 pm

I ran into a problem on the bottom spar


I wouldn't want to try to tackle this challenge from my armchair. You're the one with the cleats on the turf.

(You'll figure it out.)

And by the way, what are you going to slip in the trailer hitch socket? I must have missed that. :thinking:

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Re: Off Road Grumman 2 (5x5x10) Build

Postby DWT77 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:31 pm

tony.latham wrote:
I ran into a problem on the bottom spar


And by the way, what are you going to slip in the trailer hitch socket? I must have missed that. :thinking:

Tony


I didn't want to mount my solar panels to the teardrop. I thought I would use the hitch to have a detachable pole I could mount the panels on. That way I could rotate them if needed.

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I might use it for a mount if I decide to get a climate right.

I'll see how it works out after I get the teardrop built and camped in it a few times. Figured it was easy enough to put them on while building the trailer. If I don't use them no worries.
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Re: Off Road Grumman 2 (5x5x10) Build

Postby swoody126 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:03 pm

i've seen receivers welded to traier corners for mounting side crank tongue jacks for leveling

we didn't always have level parking sites in CG's

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