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

Postby slowcowboy » Sun Jun 12, 2011 4:30 am

I fixed my if I could re build it problems this srping.

I would have gave myself more space in the galley in height than so sloping in the back end.

I fixed it with a under belly storage stove compartment drawer. I now have a built in ice box to.

I am learning after 3 years going on 4 that rebuilding a 2 teardrop will not be a option.

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Postby crumbruiser » Thu Jul 14, 2011 6:33 pm

I thank whoever is responsible for starting this post. I will hopefully start my TD this spring after income tax time and I appreciate the valuable information given here. At first I wanted to build a 4 x 8 thinking it would be easier and cheaper. But now, I think the extra room obtained in a 5 x 8 or 5 x 10 would be really worth the expense and problems ( if any ).
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Postby doug hodder » Thu Jul 14, 2011 9:43 pm

What a trip back in time!...I see lots of members no longer active that posted. It's nearly 7 years old! For me...I build others, cause I've got ideas I want to do, not because I need one. Doug
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Postby Kim Armstrong » Fri Jul 15, 2011 5:47 am

Mr. Hodder, Really like all the builds you have done. I know you have to have a new one going on. Any pictures?
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Postby LDK » Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:04 am

If I had to do over I would've definitely made it wider with 2 doors instead on only 1.
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Postby Oldragbaggers » Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:29 am

If I build another one I would like to try smaller (no larger than 4x8), and much lighter, with laminated foam walls. Everything would be spartan and as light as possible. It would be nice to have something that my fuel efficient Hyundai could handle when we don't want to funnel gas into the Jeep.

And I would start with a frame kit to get that certificate of origin.
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Postby slowcowboy » Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:34 am

I will trow a wrench in it. for me I defienly would not make it wider if it was me.

I find I have a atavanage in the trees and on dirt roads in my local rocky moutains being only 4 wide.

I can skinny by anything on a narrow moutain road or turn around just about anywhere.

being only 4 wide was a DEFENEATE plus for me on a teardrop.

the one door for me is enough.

with my brain I would open one door and go out the other and forget to shut the first door!!!!!!!!!!!

I never really have missed having a extra door and can't really see a need of one.

I know a couple in there late 50s on outback teardrop website that were also off roaders with a great treardrop and they were married that were happy with one door.

so hope you new guys are now not scratching your heads and saying.

now how wide do I build it. I just had it figured out!!!!!!!!!!!!!

just realize new guys that if you just take a chance and go build.

most people can be happy with what they build and not mad.

most people do not hate what they build and wish they had not built it.

even if its only 4 wide and not 5. your going to love the heck out of owning a teardrop.

them exrta 12 inches are reallly not much of a problem.

a lot of the battle over 12 inches in width is all in the head!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Postby travis midgley » Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:48 am

Hi everyone I built my teardrop in 3 weeks in July of 11 I am very happy how it turned out i am planning to build another one just because i want to try some diffrent ideas. Me and my wife have enjoyed the teardrop greatly and hope to for years to come.
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Re: If you were to build it all over again ...

Postby PKCSPT » Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:56 am

I would have loved to build but knew I would get too impatient. I admire the beautiful work others have done but didn't find any for sale around here when I wanted one so bought my Little Guy. They called it the Econo, just a shell with the galley shelf. I pull it with a beetle and wanted as light as possible so it is exaclty perfect for me. And like Slow said at 4 wide it fits into some tight places.
When I buy my next trailer I am hoping for a 13 ft Scamp as the one thing I really want is an indoor potty.
So my vote was to buy.

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

Postby nevadatear » Sat Jun 02, 2012 6:02 pm

Sorry slow but there is no way as part of a couple I would ever give up two doors. I would venture to say that being single has a lot to do with you not missing the second door. As a couple over 50, not having to crawl over each other in the middle of the night for the bathroom run was a prime reason for two doors and an advantage over a tent. Build what is right for you!
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Re: If you were to build it all over again ...

Postby campmaster-k » Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:39 am

I would have made it 5 wide instead of 4. I would have installed the fantastic fan FIRST instead of thinking just a vent would be enough. I would have done it 20 yrs ago if I had known how much fun it is to have one.
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Re: If you were to build it all over again ...

Postby Ron Dickey » Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:48 am

I am building a new trailer and find some mistakes that I now have to reinvent new ways to get back on track.
My front studs should have been longer then the sides because I will need to add more wood to the front to bring the front bow up to the height of the cross beams and the top will be level. I have no plans it all comes from that brain of mine inside my heard. And sometimes I skip a step.

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

Postby Donutboy » Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:27 pm

I don't know that I would want to build it all over again, however, I'm getting interested in restoring an old airstream or similar trailer, and my wife is interested also. Of course her involvement ends with approving me to do it, and then periodically asking when it will be done.

8)

At some point, I was sitting in my trailer about half way through the project, staring at four blank walls, and had the realization "Man, I'm having to make EVERYTHING"!
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For anybody looking for advice, don't buy plywood from the big box stores. Seek out the lumber supply places that local woodworkers frequent, and use those. It's more expensive, it's usually harder to get home (farther) but worth it in the long run.
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Re: If you were to build it all over again ...

Postby GerryS » Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:06 am

LOL! I'd do what I did the last time....bought a commercial unit :). I envy people who have the time to build!!'
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Re: If you were to build it all over again ...

Postby rowerwet » Thu Aug 08, 2013 1:16 pm

my next build will be foam, super light, much cheaper, and it will never rot, any wood inside will be epoxied entirely. I would also like 10 feet instead of 8 long, but that isn't to big of a deal to me.
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