An illustrated teardrop story

You have to start somewhere. My first purchase was the A Frame coupler to weld onto the chassis.

You have to start somewhere. My first purchase was the A Frame coupler to weld onto the chassis.

I was unhappy with any stock trailer I could find. Ended up with designing my own, ordering the materials and fabrication from Discount Steel in NE Mpls. Very happy with the results.

I was unhappy with any stock trailer I could find. Ended up with designing my own, ordering the materials and fabrication from Discount Steel in NE Mpls. Very happy with the results.

First step was to create an opening in the 3" x 2" steel tube to attach the torsion axle

First step was to create an opening in the 3″ x 2″ steel tube to attach the torsion axle

Prepping the chassis for construction

Prepping the chassis for construction

The floor is completed. The front hole will just be for storage. The second hole will provide a place for our feet when seated.

The floor is completed. The front hole will just be for storage. The second hole will provide a place for our feet when seated.

I made a template for the walls, then used a flush router bit to match the shape

I made a template for the walls, then used a flush router bit to match the shape

Routing at work

Routing at work

The walls are up

The walls are up

And cross spars attached. Ready for some interior work.

And cross spars attached. Ready for some interior work.

Added the interior headliner with 1/8" baltic birch plywood

Added the interior headliner with 1/8″ baltic birch plywood

Twi inches of styrofoam insulation is sandwiched in the roof.

Twi inches of styrofoam insulation is sandwiched in the roof.

Prepping to wire the fan.

Prepping to wire the fan.

The exterior is wrapped in 1/8" baltic birch

The exterior is wrapped in 1/8″ baltic birch

Wires are set within a groove routed into the plywood walls. The walls are then covered in hemlock fir paneling.

Wires are set within a groove routed into the plywood walls. The walls are then covered in hemlock fir paneling.

Interior is beginning to look ready.

Interior is beginning to look ready.

Paneling the exterior with hemlock fir.

Paneling the exterior with hemlock fir.

Finishing out the paneling.

Finishing out the paneling.

Adding the last piece of exterior hemlock paneling.

Adding the last piece of exterior hemlock paneling.

Adding the aluminum skin.

Adding the aluminum skin.

Prepping the lid.

Prepping the lid.

Skinning the galley lid

Skinning the galley lid

Door frame installed.

Door frame installed.

Adding door stops

Adding door stops

Windows are not installed into the door frame.

Windows are installed into the door frame.

Getting the mattress covered.

Covering the foam for our mattress.

While some finish work yet to d, it was road ready and set to head out on its first trial trip.

While some finish work yet to complete, it was road ready and set to head out on its first trial trip.

First campsite at Maplewood State Park near Pelican Rapids, MN. Despite some troubleshooting yet to do, the trailer pulled great and camped well.

First campsite at Maplewood State Park near Pelican Rapids, MN. Despite some troubleshooting yet to do, the trailer pulled great and camped well.

 

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3 Responses to An illustrated teardrop story

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  2. nicol smit says:

    This is a wonderful looking trailer! i would like to know how do you seal the rear lid,if it is a rubber strip, how thick is it. Regards from South Africa

    • wlindquist says:

      Hi Nicol,

      Thanks for visiting and your compliment on the trailer. I am quite happy with how it turned out. It was interesting to note the number of people that would stop by to talk and look during the build process in the driveway.

      I ordered materials from a teardrop supplier in Michigan http://teardroptrailerparts.com/ Go to their website and look at the tab “Hinges and Aluminum Trim”. Click on the picture for the the Offset T Molding http://teardroptrailerparts.com/Offset_T_Molding.html There is a good picture of what I used. They are very good to advise you if you give them a phone call.

      Are you building a trailer? Would love to hear your story.

      Blessing on your new year.

      Bill

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