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Old 03-18-2010, 09:34 AM   #151
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Built my own a few years back. I sold it this past fall and will be looking to built something else soon. Problly will go the enclosed trailer route so I have some place to go in the crappy weather.



This picture was in Sturgis before it was painted yellow to match the Blazer!

Half the fun was building it...if I do build another teardrop camper it will probally look some what like this one.
Did you build it from commercial plans, or did you make up your own? I'm less and less interested in sleeping on the ground these days, but don't want to pull a cabin behind me...
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Old 03-18-2010, 02:19 PM   #152
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Had my eye on this jewel for the past few weeks...




That brings back some memories! When I was a kid my family camped with another family who had a blue Scotty just like that one and pulled it with a blue Olds Vista Crusier wagon.

We had a crappy Coleman pop-up that we pulled with a AMC Matador.

They were the cool family and we were dorks. Their four boys even had minibikes.

With four kids and two parents the trailer started to get cramped, but when the kids started bitching about it the father just bought some pup tents and gave them the option of sleeping outside. And they did.

All the comments about pop up vs. hard side campers rang true back then. Stop for lunch and they would just open the door to the Scotty and make something nice. We foraged out of the cooler while sitting on the bumper of that POS Matador. Wind kept us up at nights with the canvas sides flapping, they would wake up and say "What wind?".

One thing to consider with a hard sided camper is frontal area, ie. wind drag. Some trailers are like a big sail and take a lot of horsepower to move them at higher speeds.
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:55 PM   #153
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Did you build it from commercial plans, or did you make up your own? I'm less and less interested in sleeping on the ground these days, but don't want to pull a cabin behind me...
I modified some plans a little.

http://www.mikenchell.com/images/GenericBenroyPlans.pdf

My main box was 5X9 and not 5x8. I didn't make the back kitchen area as fancy and made my own trailer to be able to pull the bike on the front and have some clearance.
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Old 03-20-2010, 03:29 PM   #154
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I like it with the Bike area.

Question for tear droppers...Do you just keep your shoes underneath? With a tent I try to be fastidious about Boots/Shoes don't enter.--- but then I usually have a vestibule. Also what about getting dressed in the morning?-- that is especially for the smaller tear drops.


I do really like the idea of a tear drop... just trying to figure if I'd like the reality.
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Old 03-20-2010, 05:56 PM   #155
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I like it with the Bike area.

Question for tear droppers...Do you just keep your shoes underneath? With a tent I try to be fastidious about Boots/Shoes don't enter.--- but then I usually have a vestibule. Also what about getting dressed in the morning?-- that is especially for the smaller tear drops.


I do really like the idea of a tear drop... just trying to figure if I'd like the reality.
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I brought a Rubber Maid tote along to put my shoes in. Got dressed inside usually (not easy, but possible) or changed into sleep pants in the campground bathroom/shower.
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Old 03-20-2010, 06:28 PM   #156
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So I've got a small trailer frame for cheap and intend to build something to haul two DR350's and (hopefully) have a box large enough for two adults to sleep inside.

My concerns are with having a configuration that has decent weight-distribution with or without motorcycles loaded.

I've seen the teardrops and such that have a platform for toys either fore or aft, but would assume that those have load-balance issues if the toys aren't present.

I'm kind of thinking that maybe a box in the middle (over the wheels, bed over a storage area in the floor, sleeping crossways), with a bike in front and one in back may be the answer, but am interested to hear the thoughts of the collective...

It's not very big. Not including the bumper on the rear or the tongue, it measures:

6' 8-1/2" x 8' 8-1/2"



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This is our version of your idea...



The frame is the back half of a Land Rover Discovery. The frame still has the hitch receiver in the rear, so theoretically a hitch hauler with another bike could go on the back. We haven't test that theory yet, but maybe this summer.

The roof top tent is awesome, very comfy, and sets up fast.

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Old 03-20-2010, 07:51 PM   #157
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This is our version of your idea...



The frame is the back half of a Land Rover Discovery. The frame still has the hitch receiver in the rear, so theoretically a hitch hauler with another bike could go on the back. We haven't test that theory yet, but maybe this summer.

The roof top tent is awesome, very comfy, and sets up fast.

Ah, yes, quite nice! The rooftop tent is a winner, but one that I can't afford.

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Old 03-21-2010, 01:09 PM   #158
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2.2l Subaru powered Vanagon, 130 horsepower...
YES

I'd love to have the time to do a scoob conversion on a Vanagon. You did it right with the 2.2 instead of the 2.5L

although if there's a kit for good 2.5 headgaskets out there and if you change out the antifreeze often enough you should never have headgasket issues but I'd still prefer a 2.2.

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Nice peeps, I am liking that this thread has at least some legs. Now if you have one, what do you like/dislike-- what would you change???



from one of the links, I want the whole sha-bang

That is sooo 1970's cool!!!!
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Old 03-22-2010, 05:35 AM   #159
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saw this one the other day

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Old 03-22-2010, 06:15 AM   #160
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thats a nice one.

nothing brings our family closer than 4 of us in a 7' x 10' camper
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Old 03-22-2010, 11:14 AM   #161
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I like it with the Bike area.

Question for tear droppers...Do you just keep your shoes underneath? With a tent I try to be fastidious about Boots/Shoes don't enter.--- but then I usually have a vestibule. Also what about getting dressed in the morning?-- that is especially for the smaller tear drops.


I do really like the idea of a tear drop... just trying to figure if I'd like the reality.
Jurgen
Well, I put on my pants inside usually - I can dress lying down.

We use plastic shoe boxes for the shoes and either put 'em on the shelves or leave 'em under the camper in reach.

We also have a side tent that goes over one door and gives you a nice stand up dressing room if you need it. We use it when we have a few days in the same place.
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Old 03-22-2010, 05:13 PM   #162
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Old 03-23-2010, 05:00 AM   #163
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Many, many rigs you see on the road are way overloaded for the truck's rating.
I guy I worked for would pull a backhoe on an unbraked tandem-dually gooseneck behind his dually, and bring his kid along for the ride.

He wasn't very bright.
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Old 03-23-2010, 05:08 AM   #164
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This arrangement makes much more sense to me than toting the bikes on the tongue of the trailer because everything the wheels kick up lands on/sticks to your toys: on a road trip in the U.P. one time, we had to take a 15-mile dirt road detour immediately after a rainstorm. The Heritage on the RV lift, and the towed PT Cruiser both looked like they were made entirely of terra cotta.
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Old 03-23-2010, 05:24 AM   #165
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These smaller trailers can have stability issues in my experience: too many people concentrated in one area drinking too many of these:

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can result in a severe out-of-balance condition:

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