If you were to build it all over again ...

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If you were to build it all over again, what's your main reason for rebuilding?

I really wanted better quality
29
15%
I really wanted it longer
16
8%
I really wanted it taller
8
4%
I really wanted it wider
41
21%
I really wanted it lighter
32
16%
I really wanted a woodie
6
3%
I really wanted a vintage looking aluminum one
6
3%
I really wanted a more modern looking one
1
1%
I really just want to purchase a factory model
6
3%
Other, I'll add my note below!
51
26%
 
Total votes : 196

Re: If you were to build it all over again ...

Postby compassRose » Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:50 pm

Esteban wrote:I'm going to start over.

About 10 years ago I started to build a 5 x 10 Grumman II inspired teardrop on a custom built trailer frame. Construction progressed to attaching the side walls and galley bulkhead. Ooops. My home made doors warped probably because I used wood framing with too high a moisture content that I leaned against my workbench for1 to 2 months. Life intervened and my plans stalled, changed, and considerably evolved

I'm going to start over using just the trailer frame, Dexter torsion axle and the 14" wheels I began with. Plus other parts like LED lights, wiring, a PD 4045, plywood and much more that I purchased over the years. I'll tear down the existing walls, bulkhead and floor. The warped doors will be junked too.

For the do-over I'll build a 64" wide by 121" long Benroy(ish) inspired teardrop. It'll have more spacious and functional interior cabin and galley areas. The strongest motivation to build a Benroy, instead of a Grumman II, is to have plenty of flat roof area for a permanently roof mounted 160 watt solar panel so its comfortable to boondock for a week or so at a time. I'm 6'4" tall so the two door cabin area will have enough room for a 60" x 80" queen sized bed. The galley will have room for a Camp Chef Oven on a slide out drawer and a chest style ac/dc fridge freezer on another slide out drawer. An AGM battery stored inside the teardrop will be able to be re-charged by shore power, solar power and/or the tow vehicle's 7-way wire connections.

My Subaru Forester has a 1500 pound towing capacity for a trailer with brakes. I'm using a Dexter #9 torsion axle with brakes. The goal is to build a teardrop that weighs 1200 lbs. or less unloaded. To help keep the weight down it will be skinned on the outside with fiberglassed 1/8" plywood, not aluminum sheets. I'll need to be very weight conscious as its built in order to have enough available towing capacity to load the teardrop with cooking and camping gear, food, water, (adult beverages), bedding, clothing, etc.

:thumbsup: :thinking: I'll start a (re)build thread soon.


This is what I'm trying to design now. I have a Camp Chef oven/stove combo and want to get an Orion 35 cooler and do slides for both with a center sink in the galley. My husband is 6'3" so a standard queen bed is a must. Send me a PM if you start a build thread so that I can follow. We have a KIA Sportage that has a 2000 lb tow capacity. So, I want to keep the TD to 1000-1200 lbs max.
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Re: If you were to build it all over again ...

Postby pchast » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:36 pm

I'd use less wood and lighter foam for th e cabinets in th e rear.
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