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As I began to build my trailer I ...

1. bought plans to follow or get an idea of what I would need
2. researched what parts I would need and got things as needed
3. figured measurements grabed the tools and just did it.
4 bought a premade or kit
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As I began to build my trailer I ...

Postby Ron Dickey » Sat Dec 25, 2004 3:12 pm

I am getting to the time I said I would start .... I have ideas and a drawing that could change with the shift of the wind.

So here is my question to you.
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Postby asianflava » Sat Dec 25, 2004 10:07 pm

I'm definitely a "Buy as you go" type. Sometimes buy it and find that I already have it when I get home. I should really check inventory before I go to the store.
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Postby Gage » Sat Dec 25, 2004 10:27 pm

Knew what I wanted the profile to look like. Bought what I wanted in or on it and then built the Scotsman around all the parts. Bought the material as I needed it. That way the cost didn't seem that high when it was finished.

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Postby Chip » Sun Dec 26, 2004 10:14 am

I built my trailer based on the size etc of the frame,,,I didnt prebuy parts as too many things changed as I went along and since a lot of parts were scrounged I didnt want a pile of bought material that I could get for next to nothing,,

The semi-final setup sort of evolved as I went along,,now comes the time for remodeing,,, A good set of plans to go by would definately be of help, but since every person wants a little something different, a lot of pre thought needs to be done to have a end result that is what you think you want, after using a trailer a bit there is changes that I want to do to make it more efficient and organized,,and of course cosmetic changes or additions,

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Postby Joanne » Sun Dec 26, 2004 11:31 am

Since I know so little about this type of construction I spent a lot of time reading the various teardrop forums. I purchased the plans once I decided that this was something that I wanted to try.

I want a 5X10 grasshopper so I can't follow the directions exactly but they provide a great reference on how to put the trailer together.

One of the things that convinced me that I could do this was building a small trailer for a friend to pull behind her motorcycle. We bought the smallest Harbor Freight trailer and started with it. Since she wanted it to be as lightweight as possible, I threw away the HF frame and welded up a new one out of 3/4 X 1 1/2 steel tubing. I narrowed the axle so it fit under the new frame. The trailer turned out pretty good. (I'll post some pictures on my website this week if I get to it.)

Anyway, building a camping trailer is an adventure!

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Postby SteveH » Sun Dec 26, 2004 12:34 pm

Not that I am any kind of authority by any means, but I read a lot on this site, down loaded a bunch of different plans from Anrew's site: ... tear00.htm , and from all that information, drew a set of plans of my own.

I wanted a certain sized bed, and a certain sized galley, with a certain amount and type of appliances, so there really was no other way.

As far as materials are concerned, I think it is a major storage problem to go and buy all the materials necessary to build the entire trailer, so I purchase what I need to do different phases. So far, it has worked for me, although because my trailer is 5'wide, there is a lot of scrap material left over. Maybe I can have a big bon fire when I'm finished. :thinking:
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