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Jim's teardrop

Postby pohukai » Sun May 27, 2012 4:35 pm

I've been working on this for about 2 months whenever I have a chance. So far, it is very close to my google sketch up model which I had made lots of mistakes and modifications over 6 months. Here are some pictures of where I'm at today on my google account.

One thing that is difficult is transferring measurements off the model onto the camper since the computer is in the house. I've learned the 'measure twice, cut once" philosophy is even more important since the measure twice needs to be done twice on the computer model and twice on the actual camper.

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Re: Jim's teardrop

Postby Woodbutcher » Mon May 28, 2012 7:59 pm

Looks like you are well on your way. I look forward to following your progress. Have fun making sawdust. :applause:
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Jim's teardrop - 06.25.2012

Postby pohukai » Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:44 am

I thought I'd update my build journal, but there are a lot more photos on my google link in my signature block. Sorry I don't post the photos in both places; I'm just too lazy.

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The door knobs
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Starting the hatch
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Re: Jim's teardrop

Postby pohukai » Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:59 am

Here are multiple lower resolution pictures I snagged off my google account.

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I'll be using my drill battery to power my 12v lights. Each battery is a 3amp/hr battery, so for 10w, I get a little over 2 hours of continuous burn. I have 4 batteries, if i need them... but i don't like to camp with a lot of lights. The charger can fully charge a battery in 45 minutes.

I'll add some blocks aft of the hanger to stabilize the spare tire.

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Re: Jim's teardrop

Postby pappaw » Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:09 am

wow, nice project, your have a talent for it. :thumbsup:

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Re: Jim's teardrop

Postby KCStudly » Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:43 pm

+1 on talent. I like the way you built out the escutcheon for the full size door hardware. :thumbsup:
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Re: Jim's teardrop

Postby pohukai » Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:18 pm

Thanks guys for the compliments. There sure are a lot of talented people building their own toys and it is fun seeing everyone's progress.

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Re: Jim's teardrop - 07/22/2012

Postby pohukai » Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:59 am

Interior skin installed, doors hung, windows framed, interior 12v electrical lights connected with 12v drill battery.

After reading this post http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=33402&p=597704&hilit=electrical#p597704, the shoreline power will be placed horizontally under the trailer instead of on the vertical left wall to keep water from pooling in the socket.


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2 wall switches installed each side. Upper is for porch light, lower is for ceiling light. Cut out letters for side.
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Door hung with chrome refrigerator hinges. Poplar frame installed to hold plexiglass window.
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Door frame glued/Door/Shoreline plate mounted under trailer.
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Re: Jim's teardrop

Postby pohukai » Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:39 pm

After skinning the exterior of the hatch (off the teardrop), the left side had about 3/4" spring back. The right side was fine. Both sides were fine before the skinning. Now what? I decided it would be best to reskin at a cost of about $10 on the teardrop. I also thought about cutting some reliefs in the ribs, and re-gluing with a cinch strap but decided if it didn't go right, I'd be in an even bigger pickle and need to rebuild the entire hatch. An other alternative could have been using something to pull the bottom in, but that didn't appeal to me since it would be a constant load on the living hinge all the time.

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I did a little more work on the galley and cut the styrofoam packing blocks for the roof insulation. Someone was throwing these packing blocks away. A little messy, but not too bad and it was free.
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Re: Jim's teardrop

Postby jbyrd » Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:47 am

Doing a great job, love the attention to detail!!! :thumbsup:
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Jim's teardrop - FrankenPower and reskin worked!

Postby pohukai » Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:07 am

I isolated the voltages and added a switch on an old computer power supply. This is what I plan to use in the time I have a hookup; the times without power hookup I'll be using a couple of 12volt drill batteries. Right now, I don't know what I'd use 5volts for, but I didn't want to pull snip those wires just yet.

Also, I re-skinned the hatch; this time I did the skinning with the frame ON the TD and used 1/2" staples (which I removed when the glue dried). This worked really well.

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Re: Jim's teardrop - FrankenPower and reskin worked!

Postby aggie79 » Mon Aug 27, 2012 1:07 pm

Jim -

Your teardrop looks fantastic! Very detailed work.

pohukai wrote:I isolated the voltages and added a switch on an old computer power supply. This is what I plan to use in the time I have a hookup; the times without power hookup I'll be using a couple of 12volt drill batteries. Right now, I don't know what I'd use 5volts for, but I didn't want to pull snip those wires just yet.


If you have any devices - Iphone for example - that power off USB, you can use the 5-volt leads to connect a USB outlet.

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Re: Jim's teardrop

Postby lancew » Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:49 pm

say , is that one of them Harbor Freights voltage tester. another freebie from Harbor Freights. mine works better than the one i bought at sears,lol
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Re: Jim's teardrop

Postby pohukai » Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:45 pm

say , is that one of them Harbor Freights voltage tester. another freebie from Harbor Freights. mine works better than the one i bought at sears,lol


Yep, but dummy me.. I bought it; although I did get 2 more later when I received a coupon. Now, that I think of it, I may be able to wire up a bunch of those free HB LED flash lights with the 5 volt rail I didn't know what to do with. :thinking: On second thought, probably not; Why use poor lighting when a shore line needs to be available to run the power supply. :lol:
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Re: Jim's teardrop - 9/16 hatch skinned

Postby pohukai » Sun Sep 16, 2012 1:28 pm

Varnished the galley, finished skinning the inside of the hatch, and starting the galley doors.

If forgot to take a picture, but I added 2"x4"x4" blocks on each side near some structure in the hatch for mounting a support bracket to assist the opening/closing the hatch.

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