Longtime lurker saying hello from East Texas

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Longtime lurker saying hello from East Texas

Postby perkinsnac » Wed May 13, 2020 1:44 pm

Coming out of the shadows at long last to run a crazy idea past the thinkers here. The point of a teardrop is affordability, accessibility, and tow-ability. I've taken inventory around my property to see what resources could be co-opted while my husband and I both have a little more time to tinker.

While we have a trailer that we could attempt a first build with, my husband is not gung-ho to use it. I'm not sure what he's thinking about doing, but I'm pretty sure he has first dibs and a different plan for it. Other, stranger options include a pick-up from the 1970s and a 1994 Ford Aerostar mini-van, neither of which are running. Do think it's possible to do something along the lines of a teardrop or tiny trailer using one of those auto-bodies. Lose the engine, transmission, etc., maybe substitute a small water tank for the fuel tank, add some sort of rig for towing instead of restoring it for driving. Comments and thoughts?

To give you an idea of our "thrift" factor, we currently drive a 2002 suburban and a Dodge pick-up that's somewhere between one and two decades old, both of which have towing packages. I'll have to check, but I think both are rated to tow 3,000 lbs or more. We had planned to replace one of those this summer but that was our Before plan. :( Now I'm making myself content with what we have, dreaming / scheming for what we can make with what we have, and hoping when the time comes and if need be, we'll be able to upgrade.

Thanks for the input!

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Re: Longtime lurker saying hello from East Texas

Postby pchast » Wed May 13, 2020 9:29 pm

There are a couple of builds on here that replace the pickup box.
Its another approach you could consider.
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Re: Longtime lurker saying hello from East Texas

Postby perkinsnac » Thu May 14, 2020 5:32 pm

Thanks, Pete, I'll look for those. I saw the gallery entry for "Miss Piggy." She looked interesting, for sure; but I haven't run across any using trucks.

I'm interested to see more auto refits to understand how others used space. I'm thinking where the engine lived might be a good spot for battery set-up.

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Re: Longtime lurker saying hello from East Texas

Postby S. Heisley » Thu May 14, 2020 6:07 pm

:thinking: What about a removable teardrop for your existing trailer?
Look here: http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=31995
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Re: Longtime lurker saying hello from East Texas

Postby pchast » Thu May 14, 2020 9:29 pm

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