If you were to build it all over again ...

Here's where we keep the polls, and anyone can start a poll!

If you were to build it all over again, what's your main reason for rebuilding?

I really wanted better quality
I really wanted it longer
I really wanted it taller
I really wanted it wider
I really wanted it lighter
I really wanted a woodie
I really wanted a vintage looking aluminum one
I really wanted a more modern looking one
I really just want to purchase a factory model
Other, I'll add my note below!
Total votes : 201

Re: If you were to build it all over again ...

Postby compassRose » Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:50 pm

Esteban wrote:I'm going to start over.

About 10 years ago I started to build a 5 x 10 Grumman II inspired teardrop on a custom built trailer frame. Construction progressed to attaching the side walls and galley bulkhead. Ooops. My home made doors warped probably because I used wood framing with too high a moisture content that I leaned against my workbench for1 to 2 months. Life intervened and my plans stalled, changed, and considerably evolved

I'm going to start over using just the trailer frame, Dexter torsion axle and the 14" wheels I began with. Plus other parts like LED lights, wiring, a PD 4045, plywood and much more that I purchased over the years. I'll tear down the existing walls, bulkhead and floor. The warped doors will be junked too.

For the do-over I'll build a 64" wide by 121" long Benroy(ish) inspired teardrop. It'll have more spacious and functional interior cabin and galley areas. The strongest motivation to build a Benroy, instead of a Grumman II, is to have plenty of flat roof area for a permanently roof mounted 160 watt solar panel so its comfortable to boondock for a week or so at a time. I'm 6'4" tall so the two door cabin area will have enough room for a 60" x 80" queen sized bed. The galley will have room for a Camp Chef Oven on a slide out drawer and a chest style ac/dc fridge freezer on another slide out drawer. An AGM battery stored inside the teardrop will be able to be re-charged by shore power, solar power and/or the tow vehicle's 7-way wire connections.

My Subaru Forester has a 1500 pound towing capacity for a trailer with brakes. I'm using a Dexter #9 torsion axle with brakes. The goal is to build a teardrop that weighs 1200 lbs. or less unloaded. To help keep the weight down it will be skinned on the outside with fiberglassed 1/8" plywood, not aluminum sheets. I'll need to be very weight conscious as its built in order to have enough available towing capacity to load the teardrop with cooking and camping gear, food, water, (adult beverages), bedding, clothing, etc.

:thumbsup: :thinking: I'll start a (re)build thread soon.

This is what I'm trying to design now. I have a Camp Chef oven/stove combo and want to get an Orion 35 cooler and do slides for both with a center sink in the galley. My husband is 6'3" so a standard queen bed is a must. Send me a PM if you start a build thread so that I can follow. We have a KIA Sportage that has a 2000 lb tow capacity. So, I want to keep the TD to 1000-1200 lbs max.
"I hear a wind
Whistling air
In my ear."
From the song "Roam" by the B-52s
User avatar
Teardrop Inspector
Posts: 1
Joined: Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:31 pm

Re: If you were to build it all over again ...

Postby pchast » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:36 pm

I'd use less wood and lighter foam for th e cabinets in th e rear.
Platinum Donating Member
Posts: 1703
Images: 96
Joined: Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:47 pm
Location: Athens, NY

Re: If you were to build it all over again ...

Postby Dahlia47 » Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:10 pm

I didn't build ours. It was built by someone else. What I would do differently if I had built it is put the door to the rear and move the bed towards the neck. Its a pain to pull the bed frome towards the neck and rolling the futon towards the neck. If these 2 things were switched, It would make towing and stability much easier.
Teardrop Master
Posts: 146
Joined: Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:06 pm


Return to User Polls

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest