Our First Tear Build Journal - Updated 4/19/10

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Our First Tear Build Journal - Updated 4/19/10

Postby SIXTOTWO » Sun Sep 28, 2008 8:37 pm

Thought we should document this as we go just in case you experts have any helpful input for us along the way. Thanks in advance!

First I'll tell you who we are and how we came to want to build our tear.
We are a family of 8 with 5 boys and one girl from age 20 on down to 4. We've always tented since before we got married. We got wet many times and have finally had enough. Also, taking into consideration, the fact that we have older ones who are always willing to watch the younger ones if Mom and Dad want to just go away for a couple of nights. (BONUS!)

I never saw a tear before until I was searching e-bay for campers to maybe get a pop-up, although I always thought a pop-up was just like a tent and just as much work, in my opinion, but thought that was our only choice. I found cheap plans for a tear and also thought it would be a good senior project for our carpentry loving son. He was soooo on board. Then, after I bought the dinky plans and as with many of you, we saw on TV the show on tiny RV's. It was then that we got the "fever". I couldn't stop dreaming about it. We tried to find a used trailer then stumbled upon redtrailers.com of which, later to find out, is right around the corner from our home. We didn't find a trailer until after said son graduated so it is no longer his project besides he doesn't have the fever we do.

So here we are, we have the trailer and am documenting our progress here for you. Sit back and bare with us as this is our winter project with a spring deadline so we are not in any hurry. We'll work on it when we can.

..........It's late tonight so I will post our first pictures tomorrow.

ENJOY!

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Postby Nitetimes » Sun Sep 28, 2008 8:59 pm

Have fun!!! :thumbsup:

You'll need to upload the pictures to your album for them to show up here. I'm afraid your document folder just can't host pics for the web. ;)
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Postby SIXTOTWO » Sun Sep 28, 2008 9:12 pm

Nitetimes wrote:Have fun!!! :thumbsup:

You'll need to upload the pictures to your album for them to show up here. I'm afraid your document folder just can't host pics for the web. ;)



sorry... I'm kinda new here so I will look into all this but won't till tomorrow because I'm soooo tired tonight...have to sleep....have to sleep!!!!
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Postby SIXTOTWO » Sun Sep 28, 2008 9:24 pm

SIXTOTWO wrote:
Nitetimes wrote:Have fun!!! :thumbsup:

You'll need to upload the pictures to your album for them to show up here. I'm afraid your document folder just can't host pics for the web. ;)



sorry... I'm kinda new here so I will look into all this but won't till tomorrow because I'm soooo tired tonight...have to sleep....have to sleep!!!!



Got it.....I'm a zombie...but I did it. Thanks!

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Postby Miriam C. » Sun Sep 28, 2008 9:52 pm

Image to the playground and boy will you enjoy this.

Happy you have the picture thing down so we can keep an eye on the fun! :worship:
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Time for pictures...

Postby SIXTOTWO » Mon Sep 29, 2008 1:16 pm

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Boeden loves to help out.

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The decking materials are ready to assemble.

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Laying out the grid. This was the original plan...it ended up different due to hubby not thinking when he cut the lap joints. haha
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we now have 5 support boards lengthwise. whoops! Had to go get another board.

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Terry cutting the datos in our makeshift extra garage.

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Closeup of joints.

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Undercoating for trailer deck.

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Almost finished with first coat. Be sure to use good ventilation, this stuff is potent.[/img]
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Postby neal b » Mon Sep 29, 2008 4:55 pm

welcome aboard you got a great start keep the sawdust a flyin youll be done before you know it :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Our new mascot ~ Rocket Dog

Postby SIXTOTWO » Mon Sep 29, 2008 5:02 pm

We're doin' a "Life is Good" theme so we just couldn't pass this cute little puppy up.

He's a keeper! (and our motivator!)

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Postby jeepr » Mon Sep 29, 2008 5:48 pm

Welcome aboard! :thumbsup:
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Postby cccamper » Wed Oct 01, 2008 3:21 pm

what a beautiful family you have. can't wait to see the tear! hope you love it. of course if you've always camped and suddenly you have a tear to snuggle in to, it can't miss! :lol:

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Cont....

Postby SIXTOTWO » Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:18 pm

Had some time to post...

Terry is welding on some corner brackets to attach the deck to the trailer. If for any reason in the future we need to take the box off the trailer this will make it easier as we will have ready access to detach the bolts. :R

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Close-up of corner brackets. There are 6 of them total
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Checking the fit of the deck....it was just a little too big so we had to cut it down...not hard! Next time we measure correctly! :oops:

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The Three Stooges trying out the deck fit. Em, Bo and Kev
They'll make a stage outa anything!!! :?

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Next step....bolt on deck and get trailer registered. YAY!! :twisted:
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Postby SIXTOTWO » Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:20 pm

cccamper wrote:what a beautiful family you have. can't wait to see the tear! hope you love it. of course if you've always camped and suddenly you have a tear to snuggle in to, it can't miss! :lol:

Happy Hammering!

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Thanks Robert and Elizabeth!!
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Postby Miriam C. » Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:44 pm

:thumbsup: Great trailer and deck. It's all up from here. :applause: :thumbsup: Looks like the kids are enjoying the process too.
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Postby starleen2 » Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:22 pm

Looks good so far! :thumbsup: :applause:
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Postby jdarkoregon » Mon Oct 13, 2008 10:33 pm

You know, you are one lucky builder, Having the family out there helping you makes it all the better.

Looking extremely good, stay with it

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