Florida Benroy

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Florida Benroy

Postby cma713 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:15 am

Hello everyone... I am Casey and I am from Florida. I have been building a 5x9 benroy for the last few months and I am finally getting around to starting a build journal.

I discovered this site about a year ago and immediately knew that I would build a teardrop. After many sketches, I finally decided on the benroy profile. As a teacher, I have been using our breaks to get most of the work done. I am planning on finishing it just in time for summer break.

My brother built the trailer for me and I got it back home just in time for Thanksgiving Break to get started on building it. I was able to get most of the floor done by the end of the break.
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It ended up a few inches bigger than 5x9 at 62 1/4" x 109".
Once I had the trailer, I was able to start on the floor. I built the frame from 2x2's and topped it with 1/2" ply. I made two underfloor storage boxes.
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I then filled the voids with 2 layers of 3/4" foam and after a lot of sanding to make it flush, I covered the bottom with 1/4" ply.
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Here is a close up of the underfloor storage box.
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Re: Florida Benroy

Postby Mr. Lahey » Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:59 am

That's sure a good looking start to your project. I hope it goes well and you can stick to your timeline to complete it.
Don't forget to update us here. More pictures are always welcome.
My teardrop camper build journal: viewtopic.php?f=50&t=64721

My tool box teardrop build journal: viewtopic.php?f=50&t=70817
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Re: Florida Benroy

Postby FM82 » Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:48 pm

Good looking work, Casey. I'll be following along with your build. Looking forward to seeing your progress. I'm from Florida also. Always nice to see ideas for combating a similar climate. The extra space from the lengthening will be nice. I did mine off of a 7' length, which was perfectly fine, at the beginning. As my build plan has morphed, I'm thinking some wishful thinking will cross my mind many times, once I finally get it finished and use it several times.

Anyway, good luck to you on your build!

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Re: Florida Benroy

Postby ratrod71 » Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:53 pm

Go Girl Go. You can do it. Keep your eyes on the prize.
Alaskan Benroy build journal: viewtopic.php?f=50&t=61738
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Re: Florida Benroy

Postby cma713 » Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:54 pm

Thanks FM82... including an A/C is a must with the Florida weather so I am glad to have the extra length to make up for the space it will take up.
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Re: Florida Benroy

Postby cma713 » Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:29 pm

During Christmas Break, I was able to get my template cut out and finalize the profile. If I could redo the template, I wouldn't place the pieces that I used to glue the multiple pieces of plywood together so close to the edge since I ended up needing to cut some of it away from the edges to make a flat surface to follow along with router.

The sidewalls will sit on top of the floor and are 51" tall. I knew that I wanted the walls to be taller than 4' since I had tested out some different commercially built teardrops that had 4' sidewalls to help decide on a size for my build. I landed on 51" tall side walls by measuring our garage door opening and figured out the tallest I could go taking into account the roof vent height. The front curve has a radius of 18" and the rear curve has a 36" radius. I then used a 3 wing router bit and spliced together some 3/4" ply for the wall. Once I got the window openings and insulation voids cut out, I was able to attach the 1/8" ply inner skins.
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Re: Florida Benroy

Postby cma713 » Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:53 pm

I was also able to coat the bottom of the floor with two to three(in certain places) coats of Black Beauty fence paint. I left about 4 inches of space around the edge uncoated to wrap with PMF then paint the canvas on the bottom with the fence paint to waterproof it leaving an inch wrapped up around the side so I can overlap it with the side canvas later. I haven't see anyone else do it this way, so I hope it works. It seemed to be my best option since I originally thought I could just lift up the whole trailer body up a few inches after assembling everything and wrap the canvas from the walls around the floor but after feeling how heavy just the floor was, I didn't even want to think of how difficult it would be to lift up the whole body after it was complete to do that. I covered all screw holes/seams with some asphalt roof caulking after the fence paint dried.

The last two pictures show what I am doing with the PMF wrapped around the bottom of the floor. I am hoping that since the fence paint is good enough to waterproof the rest of the floor it would work well with the canvas to do the same.
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Re: Florida Benroy

Postby FM82 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:08 pm

cma713 wrote:Thanks FM82... including an A/C is a must with the Florida weather so I am glad to have the extra length to make up for the space it will take up.
No doubt! I completely agree. Much to hot and humid to go without.

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