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Postby kinto » Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:46 am

hello all

i grew up camping in various tents during my youth & for a short while my parents had a pop-up camper. thanks to awesome family memories, boy scouts, etc, i've always loved (or maybe need?) to go on road trips and just get out there... whether it's the deeps of yellowstone or a local state park for a quick weekend. so, for 39 years i've mostly been a tent camper. i first saw a teardrop in eureka springs arkansas last year.

(eureka springs is awesome, btw... google it!)

anyway, when i saw the teardrop i had no idea what it was, but i'm a geek so i started researching... $13,000?!?... i can't afford that! *sigh*

and then i met the girl of my dreams (who had also been camping by herself for lack of a partner) & since then we've been thru some crazy storms/ tornadoes/ tent flooding together.

so now i'm building a teardrop. nothing fancy, but i like the idea of a non-flooded tent. i also love making stuff & have been basing my build on a slightly altered version of mike's generic benroy plans. so i realize my build isn't ground breaking or maybe even slightly interesting, but if anybody reads this & has advice along the way i'd appreciate it.

kent :)
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Postby madjack » Mon Aug 08, 2011 1:32 am

...build away Kent...we are always interested and of course...DON"T FORGET THE PICS...we luv 'em...doanchano... :D
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Postby absolutsnwbrdr » Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:42 am

Welcome to the party Kent! We're gonna need some pics once you start building! :thumbsup:
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Postby aggie79 » Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:08 am

Kent,

Don't delay. It's time for some sawdust...and don't forget the pictures.

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Postby kinto » Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:34 am

thanks all :)

well, i actually started about a month ago. there are a bunch of pics in my album already, so rather than reposting those here i'll just start posting newer ones as it progresses.

anyway, yesterday i was finally able to glue & screw the front & side walls. woohoo!

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Postby Woodstramp » Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:45 am

Kent,

Frugal, tent camping travel dude who likes to build things. What are you waiting for? Dry, comfy beds make things much nicer. Plus, having all your camp-travel stuff ready to go is a big positive.

I'd highly suggest you do follow a basic set of plans like you mentioned for a first one. I'm building one without a pattern to go by......aggravating and slow. Still fun, but slow going. Hope I don't croak before it's useable. :cry:
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Postby Woodstramp » Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:48 am

Looks like I was typing as you were posting. :lol:

Good going. You definitly got both feet wet.
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Postby campmaster-k » Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:44 pm

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Postby LDK » Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:02 pm

Hey Kent

Good luck on your build. You'll find that this forum has a wealth of info to tap into. :thumbsup:
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Postby kinto » Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:05 am

thanks again to everybody... i'm not a rich man, but this place is such a vast well of knowledge that it needs a donate button... i gladly would :)

i started tonite on the side shelves (ala camp-inn) a.k.a transition to roof skinning at the front...

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...and tom wanted pics of sawdust, so here ya go! this is my tiny basement... you should see the carport! hahahaha
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Postby madjack » Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:00 am

...welllllll, since you asked...look in the top index, toward the end of the second line for a "donate" button......
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Postby kinto » Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:20 am

managed to get the front shelf piece glued & screwed tonite... then got a call regarding the roadtrip on saturday that i've been entirely not preparing for... it'll be a fun week, but also a couple weekends closer to fall & a couple weekends that i can't work on the camper!

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@madjack... thanks & i will hit that donate link, but gotta get back home after this jaunt first to assess the financials
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Postby kinto » Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:50 am

hello all :)

got back from TN/ NC late last nite. it was a fun week, but one of those vacations that you need a second vacation to recoop from. here are a few pics if anybody's interested.

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annnnnd a traffic jam welcomed us home :x
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Postby kinto » Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:58 am

anyway, i'm pretty wiped out but managed to work on the camper a bit today between naps...

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still trying to figure out this front bubble window...
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hope all is well with everyone

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Postby kinto » Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:56 am

hey everyone

trying to bend the ply has been giving me a lot of trouble (cracked 2 pieces of 5mm so far) but i think i've figured out a solution. anyway, installed more ceiling spars last nite with an audience of insects.

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