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Old 10-31-2012, 02:38 PM   #1
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225's Teardrop Camper Build

Thought you guys would like to see my teardrop camper build...


Everything I ever built, there was always a gray area of a build. Including cost, time, effort, etc....

My Yamaha is a great example of that. So was the first attempt at my teardrop build. So this time I am going to document EVERYTHING on this build. To see how much time, and money it really costs. In addition to all that, I will be doing a time lapse video of the progress as well. So you guys will be able to physcially see what I'm doing.

Just for reference, I am using a guide to build my teardrop camper. So this is not a 100% custom design. But I am not following the guide except as a guideline of how to construct the actual camper. The guide can be found HERE

A removable rail will go on the tongue for a bike.

Here estimated prices. And still a lot to add.

Windows: 15"Hx18"W $56.00 x 2 + $25 shipping - $135
Hurricane Hinge for hatch: $90
Perko power inlet: $70
Marine battery: $120
Battery charger/tender: $100
12v marine power cutoff/ Perko: $40
Skin: $90 a sheet x 6: $540
Perko door hinges: $118
Door latches/locks: 100
All moulding: est around $200
Wiring: ??
Trailer lights: $100
2 car stereos. One in/one out- $200 x 2: 400
wheels+tires: $400
Mattress:?
Wood: around $350
Flooring: $300
Vent fan: $200
Fuse box: $100
Side tent: $300 (exact)
Steel: $300
Fenders:$100
Axles: 260
a/c: $500

Estimated: $5000. So let's say 6k.

Sounds like a lot. But these campers are the cat's meow. Once you see it in person, you will see why.

Anyway more to come.
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Old 10-31-2012, 02:39 PM   #2
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Now we are current on the progress.

Axles came in the mail:




Ordered wheels and center caps:



And stabilizer jacks for the rear of the trailer:





Ill buy tires when I get the wheels in.

Wheels shipped: $184.83 for 3 wheels
3 Center caps: $25.47
2 Stabilizer jacks: 38.94 shipped

TCI: $510.16



Now I am going with a military type theme for my TD. So for the tongue box that the a/c will fit in:


I am thinking about a box like this:




I am still researching everything. When I have my mind made up,I will make a move.


Also, I work on a boat. So when I get in on the 5th, I will buy the steel and build the frame.
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Old 10-31-2012, 02:40 PM   #3
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I've been toying with the design profile for a while. Since a lot of the stuff I want to do doesn't fit in the "classic" category, neither should the profile.

So I'm not going with a classic of classic hybrid profile. I am going with a design called the " Weekender" originally designed by the owners of the teardrop trailer forum TnTTT.com.

A profile like this:





Here is the layout. It will be modified a little bit.





Anyways, carry on...
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Old 10-31-2012, 02:42 PM   #4
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Now that the thread is up to date......

The UPS guys came and dropped off the wheels/center caps:

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Old 10-31-2012, 02:45 PM   #5
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Old 10-31-2012, 02:49 PM   #6
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Old 10-31-2012, 02:55 PM   #7
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Other stuff to be added:

Side window, since I am only using one door.


Door:




A couple of these will be mounted on the side:



$200 fan LOL:



The hatch hinge. It's waterproof:




AND DID YOU THINK I WOULDNT HAVE CABLE?????

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Old 10-31-2012, 03:18 PM   #8
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:27 PM   #9
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:21 PM   #10
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:37 PM   #11
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:55 PM   #12
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I work offshore and I get off on the 5th. That's when I'll build the frame.

Very small update:
Bought this today:

RV Teardrop 120 Volt 15 Amp All Weather Male Receptical: $28.00



TCI $538.16
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:08 PM   #13
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I am currently building one too. I had an autocad design just like the one you have but have decided to tackle a more traditional radius shape. have fun!
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:26 PM   #14
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225, build looking good so far.

3 of my mates built these teardrops. (sorry for the hijack)

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Old 11-02-2012, 02:21 PM   #15
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That's awesome. Mine will weigh too much to pull it with a bike.
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