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

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

Postby Oldragbaggers » Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:37 pm

My next build, if there ever is one, is probably taking shape somewhere in Elkhart Indiana.
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Re: If you were to build it all over again ...

Postby KennethW » Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:43 am

If I build a 2nd tear, It would be 4x8 on a HD trailer with the axle above the spring. (center leaf removed) The trailer would have the 2nd and 3rd beams installed below the side rails so that the below floor storage floor have a slot to slide into and would be made wide enough to fit the spare tire. :x The 5th and 6th beam would be also below the side rails to lower the galley floor. I would store the cooler on the galley counter. (A cooler always have to be remove to open anyway) And when not cooking the counter is empty(a armless camp chair makes a good cooler stand). I would build it with FRP glued to pink(or blue)foam.(little or no wood). For heat I would use my homemade radiant tube propane heater and for cooling I would build in a swamp cooler pad in the galley wall and use a fantastic fan in the roof to move the air thru the pad. Cooling using very little battery power! :thumbsup:
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Re: If you were to build it all over again ...

Postby Donutboy » Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:22 am

Oldragbaggers wrote:My next build, if there ever is one, is probably taking shape somewhere in Elkhart Indiana.

I'm inclined to agree with you, but I've seen a couple of gutted out air streams come up for sale locally where the owner started the work and then gave up. This is intriguing...
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Re: If you were to build it all over again ...

Postby working on it » Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:29 am

My overweight tank of a build 4x8 has almost everything I imagine I'll need for solo camping...however, if ever the occasion occurs where my wife could join me (I started the build for her), then I see the advantages of a 5x10 (if a teardrop/derivative) or even a 6x12 (if a standy). Extra width for dual occupant sleeping space, extra length to fit in all the necessities. I would incorporate somewhat lighter materials, but not where strength counts. If the wife wants a standy, then one with a raisable roof-line. I don't anticipate building either for a while; we travel solo 99% of the time, and we have a 20ft TT standing by, unused, if we do travel together. Actually, I wish to try building a 5x10, just to fit the equipment in better, and to satisfy my need to keep on working on it.
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Re: If you were to build it all over again ...

Postby glenpinpat » Sun Jul 27, 2014 1:25 pm

I am presently on build #2. My new one will be narrower, off road capable, completely self contained. Trailer will have full size tires and electric brakes with independent suspension. body will be 5 wide instead of 6 wide and will have basement storage. We will also have foam mattress(no more air), prefabed doors, and a pull out fold away kitchen. Our goal is five minute setup including awnings and side tent.
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Re: If you were to build it all over again ...

Postby anntann » Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:19 am

woot! old poll...still relevant!
Our first was 5'x10'. heavy-ish, but towable by a car if you're careful (we use a van). but...fiberglassed wood sides/top. hmmm
2nd tear is ultra light, 42"x8'. easy tow. Trailing arm springs/axle things. easy for offroad. rides like a dream. but again...fiberglassed wood top, painted wood sides. it's...okay. but darnit..

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

Postby Art Mini » Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:37 pm

If I was to build it all over again..........

I would like it:
better outside finish
larger tires
vintage look
better kitchen
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Re: If you were to build it all over again ...

Postby Tomterrific » Thu Jan 19, 2017 4:10 pm

I would design more complex. I want a high\low to lessen wind resistance. A lower profile sure would be nice for towing.

It would have a round front with Windows, for style.

Five feet wide instead of four.

Gosh, but I love our little camper just the way she is!

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