225's Teardrop Camper Build

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by 225, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. 225

    225 Been here awhile

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    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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  2. 225

    225 Been here awhile

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    Now we are current on the progress.

    Axles came in the mail:
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    Ordered wheels and center caps:
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    And stabilizer jacks for the rear of the trailer:

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    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:
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    I am thinking about a box like this:

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    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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  3. 225

    225 Been here awhile

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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:


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


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    Anyways, carry on...
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  4. 225

    225 Been here awhile

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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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    MacG Been here awhile

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  7. 225

    225 Been here awhile

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    Other stuff to be added:

    Side window, since I am only using one door.
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    Door:

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    A couple of these will be mounted on the side:

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    $200 fan LOL:

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    The hatch hinge. It's waterproof:

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

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  10. BOBaloo22

    BOBaloo22 RIP Baby Girl

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  11. Streamin' E

    Streamin' E Half-assed adventurer

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  12. 225

    225 Been here awhile

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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

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    TCI $538.16
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  13. Chuck az

    Chuck az Been here awhile

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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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  14. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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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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  15. 225

    225 Been here awhile

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    That's awesome. Mine will weigh too much to pull it with a bike.
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  16. scootertrash

    scootertrash Mobile Homie

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    In :thumb
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  17. oj may

    oj may Have bike, will travel.

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    Oh, you will be able to pull it. Stopping it, though, is another issue.
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  18. I_FLY_LOW

    I_FLY_LOW Long timer

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    In here, too...
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  19. Patrick46

    Patrick46 visionary

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    We had a teardrop, and we loved it!! Pulled it behind my old panel truck.

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    The day after we bought our Lonely Teardrop, we heard about a teardrop gathering about 80 miles from here, so we jumped on our Yamaha Venture to go check it out. (didn't have time to camp, and so we rode...we rarely pass up the chance to ride.)
    Wouldn't you know it...on the way up we stopped for gas, and directly across from the gas station was a couple on a Yamaha Venture...pulling a TEARDROP!!! All the way from BC!! :eek1 :deal (I've got a picture here somewhere)

    We're now gearing up to build our own tiny toy-hauler/camper based on a teardrop concept. It's gonna be great!!

    oh.....and I'm IN!!! :clap
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  20. goosecreek

    goosecreek fed up

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    Okay I have my note pad out .
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