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Teardrop back shape question

Postby haha49 » Sat Jun 18, 2016 11:45 am

I was wondering what advantages and disadvantages there are to rounding the back of the teardrop trailer
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Re: Teardrop back shape question

Postby Gladtobehere » Sat Jun 18, 2016 12:54 pm

I would say you get better inside ,usable space with a rounded back and minimal reduction in aerodynamics. Mounting tail lights might be easier as well. I am assuming just a small rounding not like the front of a traditional tear.
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Re: Teardrop back shape question

Postby Shadow Catcher » Sat Jun 18, 2016 7:23 pm

Aerodynamics are probably a plus, more space depends on the design. Convenience with a Grasshopper design, easier access.
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Re: Teardrop back shape question

Postby stanger1944 » Mon Jun 27, 2016 2:32 pm

Shadow Catcher wrote:Aerodynamics are probably a plus, more space depends on the design. Convenience with a Grasshopper design, easier access.
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This is the style I am looking to build.
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Re: Teardrop back shape question

Postby ssrjim » Wed Jun 29, 2016 11:24 pm

Aesthetics! :D
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Re: Teardrop back shape question

Postby dmdc411 » Sun Jul 03, 2016 7:05 pm

Besides looking cool and aerodynamic, I have found it a pain to get the hatch to fit decent, sealing was a pain in the butt, and mine is heavy. I'd look into something more flat or not much curvature. .
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Re: Teardrop back shape question

Postby ocasioc25 » Wed Jul 13, 2016 11:26 am

I built my teardrop on a 5 x 8 Northern tools trailer. After I gave it the curve on both ends it came to 10' long. A lil more head space and galley. It was a real challenge making the hatch and mines has about .5" difference in one spot that is not even with the trailer's edge, but the foam seal will seal it. You'll catch hell making the curves but when you get done you'll see it was worth it. It looks better and it's teardrop.
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Re: Teardrop back shape question

Postby dmdc411 » Wed Jul 13, 2016 2:31 pm

Mine hasn't been through rain yet, but I have given it garden hose test. No leaks so far.
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Re: Teardrop back shape question

Postby KCStudly » Thu Sep 15, 2016 2:29 pm

Is the question whether to curve the back at all, or just whether to curve that last little bit of the hatch under tightly in a true teardrop fashion?

I chose to modify the classic Benroy rear profile with a "bustle" at the back. Instead of just a large radius at the top I also pushed the rear vertical line of the back of the hatch out into a subtle radius more like a canned ham shape. This did a couple of things for me. It allows the galley counter edge to be very close to the rear edge of the floor and yet still leaves room for relatively deep hatch ribs to clear the counter edge, and the overall volume of the galley can be greater. Also, it allows the back of the hatch to raise higher while still providing maximum shade over the area directly behind the galley. Maybe not as sexy, but hopefully more practical.
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Re: Teardrop back shape question

Postby aggie79 » Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:21 pm

For looks! Severe curves could be harder to build and can lessen storage but can give more headroom.




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Re: Teardrop back shape question

Postby clip » Thu Sep 22, 2016 7:03 am

I like the looks of the curve.
I can see all the reason for a full sized hatch but I'm going with the partial,Batteries and water tank down there anyway plenty of other challenges in the build.
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Re: Teardrop back shape question

Postby daveesl77 » Thu Sep 22, 2016 7:50 am

Conch Fritter has curves front and back, kind of like a Benroy. I do not have the classic hatch design, instead, my bed is on a raised stand and the galley fits underneath it. This allowed me to create an inset rear access door. The galley then pulls out of the back and then kind of unfolds. I never, ever get any leaks, as I have absolutely nothing going through the roof, front or upper rear areas.

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Re: Teardrop back shape question

Postby caseydog » Sat Oct 01, 2016 12:22 am

I have to agree with the "looks" crowd. A really nicely done "teardrop" shape is just plain nice to look at. Yes, it will be more difficult to build. The more curves, the more difficulty.

A "Benroy" style shape is relatively easier than other curved campers, which is why I used it for my first build. But, I can't say I was in love with that build. It worked.

In the end, you have to decide what you really want, and balance it with what you can realistically build -- or what you are willing to pay to have built for you.

If I had unlimited time, talent and money, I would have an awesome TD with lots of curves. I'd also have a vintage car to tow it. But, like most people, I had to compromise when I did my build.

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