5x8 TCS Big Woody Build

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5x8 TCS Big Woody Build

Postby cmoconnell » Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:46 pm

[img]Hey everyone! I'm going to attempt a build journal of my teardrop to specs I could not find. The idea is a 5x8 TSC trailer (carry-on frame) with a Big Woody basic wood components with the premium package. I am a local firefighter with a schedule of 48 on and 96 off. So I hope the build takes off really soon and allows ample time to complete my goal of completion by June 1, 2017.Three days ago I started with a factory TSC Carry-on trailer 5X8 mesh bottom. I was able to cut off the rear tailgate/ramp and grinded down the edges in about an hour. I sprayed the bare metal with paint to avoid rust. Following my shift, (today) I spent about 3 more hours removing the side rails via saws-al, cutting wheel and a grinder. I then again sprayed the bare metal with paint.
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Re: 5x8 TCS Big Woody Build

Postby greygoos » Mon Dec 05, 2016 8:45 pm

Good luck with your build and keep us posted
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Re: 5x8 TCS Big Woody Build

Postby cmoconnell » Mon Dec 05, 2016 8:53 pm

Thanks man! more to come tomorrow..
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Re: 5x8 TCS Big Woody Build

Postby MadMango » Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:24 am

Congrats on the start! Working that schedule should offer you ample time to build a great teardrop. It's like have 2 weekends a week.
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Re: 5x8 TCS Big Woody Build

Postby yrock87 » Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:51 am

Looking like a good start.
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Re: 5x8 TCS Big Woody Build

Postby cmoconnell » Tue Dec 06, 2016 4:33 pm

thank you! I'm cutting and grinding away the mesh bottom as we speak! I'll be posting progress pictures today once all the mesh is removed. Its pretty cold outside so I had to come in and warm up!
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Re: 5x8 TCS Big Woody Build

Postby cmoconnell » Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:41 pm

Alright guys and gals, I spent a good 5 hours cutting and grinding away the mesh floor on my TSC 5x8 here are a few pics after the work!...
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Re: 5x8 TCS Big Woody Build

Postby jonb8 » Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:18 am

Good luck on your build...
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Re: 5x8 TCS Big Woody Build

Postby cmoconnell » Thu Dec 08, 2016 3:23 pm

Thanks Jonb8. Its been cold outside so I haven't spent too much time on the build the last two days, but I did manage to get a few things done. Yesterday I purchased some plywood and OSB for the deck base. Today, I was able to put down my first coat of herculiner on the deck base. I hope the temperature isn't so cold that it will effect the product.... its about 25 degrees here and Im doing the work in a carport... thanks everyone and take care!
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Re: 5x8 TCS Big Woody Build

Postby greygoos » Thu Dec 08, 2016 4:02 pm

cmoconnell wrote:Thanks Jonb8. Its been cold outside so I haven't spent too much time on the build the last two days, but I did manage to get a few things done. Yesterday I purchased some plywood and OSB for the deck base. Today, I was able to put down my first coat of herculiner on the deck base. I hope the temperature isn't so cold that it will effect the product.... its about 25 degrees here and Im doing the work in a carport... thanks everyone and take care!

Be Careful where you use OSB. It wicks up water like a sponge and turns to oatmeal.
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Re: 5x8 TCS Big Woody Build

Postby cmoconnell » Thu Dec 08, 2016 4:18 pm

Copy. The OSB will be above the herculined deck base and inset 3/4" on each side. Additionally it will not be exposed to the weather and will have other flooring on top.
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Re: 5x8 TCS Big Woody Build

Postby cmoconnell » Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:25 pm

I'm wondering if its important to run the electrical in the floor like the plans suggest or if I can put it off for a couple weeks and install it into the ceiling...? any thoughts/suggestions?

I know I should have a better reason as to why I place the electrical in the ceiling VS the floor but for now, I just want to get the project moving along and get the decking on the "done" list..

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Re: 5x8 TCS Big Woody Build

Postby KCStudly » Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:43 am

I guess it all depends on the complexity of your build, what features you want to include, and how "finished" you want the end product to be. I can tell you that on my build I wished that I had spent a little more time earlier, and allowed a little more pull space for my wire routing. I have a fairly simple system with mostly just a good compliment of LED lighting and a couple of fans, but they are all on separate circuits; so it adds up to quite a bundle of wiring.

If you do decided to route thru the ceiling (or even the floor) make sure you drill your pass thru holes before skinning, otherwise, even with a 90 deg drill, it may be hard to drill the holes straight thru.

I used surface mount wire organizers/chases along the baseboards of my walls (tucked down beside the mattress) so that I can have better access for maintenance and/or modifications, but still ran some wires thru the roof and bulkhead.

The worst thing you can do, IMO, is to get in such a hurry that you make more work, or worse, rework for yourself because you got in a hurry. Just speaking plainly here with no malice intended: If that kind of thing doesn't bother you and your build is going to be pretty simple, then no big deal. Some people can organize a simple build in their head well enough and crank one out in no time. Me, I have to plan and sort out details before I start otherwise I can't get there. Just saying.
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Re: 5x8 TCS Big Woody Build

Postby DaBearSox » Sat Dec 10, 2016 6:26 pm

KCStudly wrote:\

If you do decided to route thru the ceiling (or even the floor) make sure you drill your pass thru holes before skinning, otherwise, even with a 90 deg drill, it may be hard to drill the holes straight thru.

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Definitely listen to this. I did not skin yet but installed most of my spars....then I tried to route my wire and realized my drill wasn't gonna cut it. Even with a 90 degree add on it was a PITA.
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Re: 5x8 TCS Big Woody Build

Postby cmoconnell » Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:48 pm

well got back to work on the TD again today. I started with another coat of bedliner on the deck bottoms. I think it's well coated and will keep the moisture of the road out with no problem. Next, I rewired the trailer since I had to make some electrical cuts during the tear-down of trailer. Finally once the deck (mostly) dry, I placed 1/8 aluminum shims on the low spots of the trailer with silicone. I then applied a generous amount of silicone on the frame and laid the deck onto the frame. Tomorrow I'll work on framing the deck and installing electrical and insulation before I secure my top to the deck.
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