NEW BUILD OFF ROAD TEARDROP FOR THE FAMILY!!!

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Re: NEW BUILD OFF ROAD TEARDROP FOR THE FAMILY!!!

Postby Sbro2013 » Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:09 pm

amazing how long it takes to fab up taillight boxes...
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Re: NEW BUILD OFF ROAD TEARDROP FOR THE FAMILY!!!

Postby Shoebone » Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:29 pm

Sbro2013 wrote:amazing how long it takes to fab up taillight boxes...


It Takes as long as it takes because you know what you want and will settle for nothing less, your rig looks gorgeous and it shows because you put time in to make it that way. Well done.....
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Re: NEW BUILD OFF ROAD TEARDROP FOR THE FAMILY!!!

Postby KCStudly » Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:30 am

What shoebone said^ +1. :thumbsup:

Also... I have fridge/freezer envy. :oops: :shock: :lol:
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Re: NEW BUILD OFF ROAD TEARDROP FOR THE FAMILY!!!

Postby Sbro2013 » Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:27 pm

Update: Frame is painted! Wiring is complete, Air lines finished and compressor installed.
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Re: NEW BUILD OFF ROAD TEARDROP FOR THE FAMILY!!!

Postby Sbro2013 » Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:28 pm

More pics...
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Re: NEW BUILD OFF ROAD TEARDROP FOR THE FAMILY!!!

Postby Sbro2013 » Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:31 pm

On the frame for the last time. Still have battery box wiring to complete, interior terminations, and the darn galley door to finish.. So close!
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Re: NEW BUILD OFF ROAD TEARDROP FOR THE FAMILY!!!

Postby KCStudly » Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:23 am

Really nice build. :thumbsup:

One thing that kind of jumps out at me is how beefy your chassis is... except for the trailing arm pivot brackets. They look like 1/4 inch thick plate (or so), which is beef, but without any gussets I would keep a close eye on those to make sure that they don't start to fold over or tear out. There will be a lot of twist and possible side loading on them due to the lever arm of the trailing suspension.

I had a similar situation on my boat trailer where the tilting tongue attached at the pivot bolt. There were no gussets and the torque from the offset jack wheel caused those brackets to twist, and the pivot bolt hole to wallow out. I fixed it by adding gussets, an anti-crush sleeve and restoring the bolt holes by welding on thick washers.
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Re: NEW BUILD OFF ROAD TEARDROP FOR THE FAMILY!!!

Postby Hitec4you » Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:10 am

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Where did you get your switches, if you don't mind me asking?
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Re: NEW BUILD OFF ROAD TEARDROP FOR THE FAMILY!!!

Postby Sbro2013 » Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:25 pm

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Re: NEW BUILD OFF ROAD TEARDROP FOR THE FAMILY!!!

Postby Sbro2013 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:07 pm

All of the light fixtures on this build were from SuperbrightLEDS.com. I went green backlit throughout the trailer. I really like the button switches, they are offered in many colors, intermittent, or on/off which is what I have for the porch lights. They are very inexpensive for the finish. They are aluminum body, not plastic. I would recommend getting the mating wiring plug to go with them to make wiring easier as they have the 4mm male connectors on the back.
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Re: NEW BUILD OFF ROAD TEARDROP FOR THE FAMILY!!!

Postby Sbro2013 » Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:08 am

All weekend on the darn door... 5 and counting to D-day.... Happy Monday everyone!
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Re: NEW BUILD OFF ROAD TEARDROP FOR THE FAMILY!!!

Postby Sbro2013 » Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:09 am

Side shot.
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Re: NEW BUILD OFF ROAD TEARDROP FOR THE FAMILY!!!

Postby Sbro2013 » Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:11 am

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Re: NEW BUILD OFF ROAD TEARDROP FOR THE FAMILY!!!

Postby working on it » Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:44 am

Sharp looking trailer! I especially like the overall proportions, the extra long tongue (I may eventually extend mine to about the same as yours), and envy your Jeep as well. Good work, and have fun with it.
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Re: NEW BUILD OFF ROAD TEARDROP FOR THE FAMILY!!!

Postby Sbro2013 » Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:35 pm

Another late night finishing up wiring. thought I would see how it does.
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