another first time teardrop builder (update 4/10/18)

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Re: another first time teardrop builder (updated 1/20/18)

Postby Jeremy757 » Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:00 pm

davidAndshannon wrote:Did you use PMF or Poor man's Fiberglass on your roof? If so, do you have any photos of implementing the process?


No I didn’t use any fiberglass
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Re: another first time teardrop builder (updated 1/20/18)

Postby Jeremy757 » Sun Apr 01, 2018 2:35 pm

So I feel I have made lots of progress since my last post.
I got the interior done.
laminate floor ,trim, molding, and stain.
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I got the rear hatch built. I'm just waiting on the hurricane hinge and sheet metal so I can skin it and mount it.
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I made a sink out of a stainless salad bowl
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I saved up enough allowance to buy some sheet metal.
2 pieces of 4x8x.040
1 piece of 5x10x.040
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as for the steps I took to skin the trailer:
I used 3M 5200 marine adhesive "fast cure"
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I ran a continue bead all around the perimeter of the teardrop and all around the doors windows and vents. no glue in the middle. i let the glue cure overnight then trimmed the metal with a router flush trim bit. after that I installed the door window and trim.
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I got the tongue box mounted which encloses my a/c, battery, and inverter.
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more finished pics of the interior. I'm just waiting on my fan.
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next I'm going to finish the back hatch and build fenders.
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Re: another first time teardrop builder (big update 4/1/18)

Postby clamlamp » Sun Apr 01, 2018 2:54 pm

Great job!

Just curious. Did you test the tongue box on your vehicle and do a full radius turn to see if it hits? I have a short tongue as well.

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Re: another first time teardrop builder (big update 4/1/18)

Postby lincolnlerner » Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:48 pm

Lots of great work here. Need to add comment on AC needing lots of space for exhaust and intake. (both for the outside of the unit) Air is pulled in from the sides, and out the back. This is the air used to cool the unit. Not the air being recirculated inside the teardrop. (Unless you open the vent then some will mix) The unit will overheat quickly otherwise. So look into a simple design to allow air flow. Thanks. Love the design
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Re: another first time teardrop builder (big update 4/1/18)

Postby Jeremy757 » Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:52 pm

lincolnlerner wrote:Lots of great work here. Need to add comment on AC needing lots of space for exhaust and intake. (both for the outside of the unit) Air is pulled in from the sides, and out the back. This is the air used to cool the unit. Not the air being recirculated inside the teardrop. (Unless you open the vent then some will mix) The unit will overheat quickly otherwise. So look into a simple design to allow air flow. Thanks. Love the design
I ran it for 10 hours with the lid open and it performed well but I do intend to add a vent.
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Re: another first time teardrop builder (big update 4/1/18)

Postby S. Heisley » Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:03 pm

Good job! You'll be done with plenty of time to enjoy the camping season! :thumbsup:
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Re: another first time teardrop builder (big update 4/1/18)

Postby Jeremy757 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:32 am

clamlamp wrote:Great job!

Just curious. Did you test the tongue box on your vehicle and do a full radius turn to see if it hits? I have a short tongue as well.

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I haven’t done a full radius turn yet. I actually towed it around my block yesterday for the first time. I backed it into the drive way and got it pretty sideways but I didn’t check to see how close the box was.
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Re: another first time teardrop builder (big update 4/1/18)

Postby Homebrewer25 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:59 am

Lookin really good, Jeremy. You should be camping in no time at all.
It's 5 o'clock somewhere ... time for a :beer:

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Re: another first time teardrop builder (big update 4/1/18)

Postby Jeremy757 » Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:11 am

I had a lot of spring back in my hatch when I covered it with luan and it didn’t fit properly. I rigged up some cable and turnbuckles to correct it.
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I started finishing up the cabinets in the galley and I made a cooler pull out.
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I went with the hurricane hinge for the galley hatch.
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I did a little bit of staining and painting
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Fan-tastic vent fan installed
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and a shirt of my current tail light setup
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Re: another first time teardrop builder (update 4/10/18)

Postby Jeremy757 » Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:23 am

Where did all my pics go?!?!
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