225's Teardrop Camper Build

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

  1. Bokrijder

    Bokrijder Soyez sans que peur

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    How about some links to the equipment which you plan on using. Thinking about that a/c unit in particular. Thanks

    Bokrijder
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  2. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    Looking forward to this....

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  3. 225

    225 Been here awhile

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    www.climaterightair.com


    Update:

    Ok, decent update.

    I went a bought the steel today:

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    Cut to length:

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    Squaring it up:

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    Getting there:

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    The tongue will retract under the frame:

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    She'll be rolling tomorrow.
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  4. southforkspeedster

    southforkspeedster koolaidless

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  5. Patrick46

    Patrick46 visionary

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    Well, I've never seen that done before. Whadda great idea!! :clap
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  6. 225

    225 Been here awhile

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    I have got a lot done on the frame. Still a long way to go. I have to brace the tongue. And a few other small things. Basically another day of welding.

    Working on it:

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    She is finally rolling, besides the bunch of bracing I have to do.

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    Wheels:

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    More on Monday.
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  7. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    And I'd love to hear more about the toyhauler too, Patrick
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  8. 225

    225 Been here awhile

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    So I am working on have almost everything together that I need to build the cabin at one time and not wait on parts. Plus I have to finish welding up the frame too. Which is taking the longest because I am doing so much extra stuff that most people don't do. Usually they just buy a trailer and bolt the cabin to it.

    So here is what I got this week. By time I come in from work, it should all be there.

    4 hinges. 2 for the door, 2 for the hatch: $49.23
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    2 new RV windows: $197.41
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    2 awesome fenders: $83.42
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    Metal taillight holders: $39.98
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    Mounted:
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    Door plunger: $10
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    Door lock: $38
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    And 10 of these for hold downs in different spots: $22
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    Right now TCI:$1770.04
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  9. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Long timer

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    Before you get too far, it looks like you have the axle on backwards. Every torsion axle I have ever delt with was always set up as a trailing arm. With the stabalizing jacks at the rear, then the photos look like the axle has the arms pointing forward. My understanding of the trailing arm is if (when) you hit something on the highway the impact force will tend to force the suspension to flex. While a leading arm will tend to stop the tire and extend the suspension. Making for horrible impact forces. Also a trailing arm will self correct a little for toe as the arm flexes, like a shopping cart caster. But a leading arm will flex a little, change toe, and further push the arms into flex and the forces will fight each other and end up scrubbing tires and side loading wheel bearings.

    Last summer I pulled out a nearly 50 year old torsion axle from a utility trailer my father and grandfather built while they worked at Airstream. The rubber in the axle had finally aged and hardened to the point it lost its flex. But the trailer is still in good shape and never really had any issues with that axle (other then even new it was a little too stiff since it was for a much heavier travel trailer and not a light utility trailer). I over-engineered it during the rebuild and now rides on computer controlled air bag suspension. Still on trailing arms.
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  10. kobudo28

    kobudo28 Banned

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    That's a good eye. I think you are correct, the axle needs to be flipped so the arms trail.

    I have a 5 x 8 aluminum utility trailer built by STS/Caravan Trailers and the arms on the torsion axle trail, as they do on every torsion axle trailer that I have seen.
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  11. Patrick46

    Patrick46 visionary

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    WOAH, WOAH, WOAH!!!!!! Waitaminute.....


    You're gonna use these fence door hinges for your rear hatchback????? :eek1

    BAD IDEA! :deal


    The one place on our teardrop where we had a constant ongoing problem with leaks, was the rear galley hatchback lid. We fought with that thing for several years...but could never get it to stop leaking. I tried all sorts of soultions (and I consider myself a pretty fair weekend engineer), between caulks, gaskets, flanges, rain gutters...to try and get that sucker to stop leaking (and potentially rotting out the rear section of the camper body)


    that was, until we tried onna these...

    Li'l Bear Teardrop Hinges, Moldings & Seals

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    "Better-Than-Hurricane" Leakproof Galley Lid Hinge
    • 2-piece Extruded Aluminum - mill finish!
    • Lower Profile Crown
    • Tighter "Nesting Pocket" Within the Crown (less slop/play)
    • NO Lid-to-Roof Offset!
    This seamless hinge was the final soultion to our leaky lid problem.

    They're not at all expensive, and work so well that I'm pissed at myself for being so cheap and not going this route the first time.

    Trust me...this is not something you wanna put so much time, work, and love into, and have to deal with a frikken ongoing headache of a problem with, that will spoil your fun and love of it....when there's such a simple solution available.


    oh, and you can pick one up here... http://lilbear.teardrops.net/parts.html#hinge

    OK.....other then that, it's going great....let's get this thing built!! :clap
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  12. Patrick46

    Patrick46 visionary

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  13. 225

    225 Been here awhile

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    Yes, to 2 replys. I am getting a hurricane hinge, and I flipped the axles around.

    Pic:
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    I also bought the rest of the lights. Trailer will be done next week.
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  14. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Cool build!:deal

    Jim :brow
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  15. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    no leaf springs?
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  16. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Long timer

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    Rubber torsion axles, don't need leaf springs. Square outer tube [ ] with and inner square shaft turned 45° <> and the edges packed in rubber. Something like [<>]. As the inner shaft trys to rotate is squishes the rubber giving the spring. also happens to have killer ground clearance. Down side is they are very progrssive in the spring rate resulting in little travel. But very simple. Can be used in double axle configurations but is very sensitive to hitch ball height to get even axle loading. Not recomended for triple axle trailers. Torsion axles can be had in ratings of 8,000# per axle.
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  17. 225

    225 Been here awhile

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    I finally finished up my frame. I had to do a couple of welds on the bottom, then flip the frame over and weld everything else. Then I had to make the tongue extension.

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    Also, everything has came in the mail. I picked up a bunch of hardware and the Kreg pockethole thing. And a few nick knack things. More to come in a couple of days. I will start the wood working tomorrow.
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  18. papaduc

    papaduc Been here awhile

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    Looking forward to your build progress.
    Thanks for taking the time to share.
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  19. 225

    225 Been here awhile

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    Today, I have been working on the fender, and rack outside the fenders. The boxes will have aluminum diamond plate in them. Tomorrow, I will finish the front ones. Then mount the fenders and wire up the trailer. Hopefully as of tomorrow, I'll be done with this phase.

    Fender mock up:
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    Fender mounts:
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    Mounted:
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  20. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Long timer

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    Making good progress. Better then my projects are going right now.:cry
    Another thing I spotted, looks like the liscense plate bracket is the lowest point at the back of the trailer. I have learned to mount my plates a bit higher to keep them from getting all bent out of shape. No matter how careful you are, sometime the back corner of the trailer will touch the ground.
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