Attic build - Twin Bed Micro Teardrop

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Re: Attic build - Twin Bed Micro Teardrop

Postby atticdrop » Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:48 pm

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Hatch skinned. Used 3m VHB tape for some of it. That stuff is the best. I’ll be using more of it.
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Re: Attic build - Twin Bed Micro Teardrop

Postby HarleyCamper » Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:50 am

Looks great. Looking forward to seeing the finished product.
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Re: Attic build - Twin Bed Micro Teardrop

Postby dutrisac24 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:56 pm

looks good so far, with lots of neat ideas!
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Re: Attic build - Twin Bed Micro Teardrop

Postby atticdrop » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:21 pm

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Re: Attic build - Twin Bed Micro Teardrop

Postby aggie79 » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:09 am

:thumbsup: :applause: :thumbsup:
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Re: Attic build - Twin Bed Micro Teardrop

Postby atticdrop » Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:07 pm

Got some good work done on the trailer. I glued the external walls on with contact cement. I’m thinking of adding screws too, since it will be covered in aluminum. I went overboard with Marine grade plywood, 1/4 inch. I had to cover all the foam with aluminum tape, since the contact cement eats foam.

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Three coats of “the mix” (spar urethane and mineral spirits) and it looks pretty darn good!

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You can also see a bit of bondo, to smooth the curve where I had to glue two sheets together.

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Re: Attic build - Twin Bed Micro Teardrop

Postby pchast » Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:47 pm

Looking Good!
Outside too. :D
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Re: Attic build - Twin Bed Micro Teardrop

Postby atticdrop » Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:33 pm

Thanks everyone.

I got a little more done today. I added screws to the side panels since I am not very confident in the contact cement I used. I guess better safe than sorry. This whole project has been overkill.

I should explain my wiring. I am using a 7 pin Trailer connector to allow all lights (backup) and 12 volt charging from the vehicle. I also like how durable the plug is.

I found some really cool taillights from JW speaker that have a separate tail, brake, turn, and backup. Since normal trailer wiring only allows a combined brake/turn, I found a cool vehicle to vehicle relay box from Curt (part #C56196). It allows the turn signal to flash separately from the brake light.

I have a 24 series battery in the back hatch. Overkill again. It is on a 30 amp breaker to the car(also fused on car), just in case. For circuits I am using:

Interior light
Gallery light
Stereo/amp, usb charger, and voltage meter
Vent fan
Exterior (porch) light

Each is on a separate fused circuit. I used a 6 circuit Blue Sea fuse block with grounds.

Wiring for everything is run through the walls and roof. I used 18 gauge marine grade wires everywhere. There are no splices or solder anywhere within the walls. I was very concerned about it being sealed up(no access)so I made sure every wire is accessible at both terminations.
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Re: Attic build - Twin Bed Micro Teardrop

Postby InTheViewfinder » Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:01 pm

Just breezed through these four pages - impressive. Wish I was so handy.
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Re: Attic build - Twin Bed Micro Teardrop

Postby atticdrop » Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:51 pm

Sealed up the bottom.

Two coats of “the mix”. Caulked the edges. Then applied Tite Seal window flashing over the whole thing.
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Re: Attic build - Twin Bed Micro Teardrop

Postby Staryder61 » Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:37 pm

Just caught your build,, I agree with rich,, very impressive :thumbsup:
Shows a lot of thought going into the build.. workmanship is #1 :applause:
Love the cherry wood, very good choice..
Be an amazing little camper when you are finished..
Will watch for the updates,, David
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Re: Attic build - Twin Bed Micro Teardrop

Postby atticdrop » Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:04 pm

Thanks everyone! I’m hoping to be using it this summer with my son.

I got outside today with my brother. He came over to help me skin the roof. Man that was hard! We glued the edge with marine sealant/adhesive, and left the middle floating.

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Re: Attic build - Twin Bed Micro Teardrop

Postby atticdrop » Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:05 pm

We’re expecting more snow. So this might be the last update for a bit!
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Re: Attic build - Twin Bed Micro Teardrop

Postby atticdrop » Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:08 pm

Additional photos of the wiring. Excuse the chips.

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Attic build - Twin Bed Micro Teardrop

Postby atticdrop » Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:36 pm

More work today! Snow is gone and making progress.

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