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Hello from CO!

Postby amorrison96 » Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:10 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm in the early stages of building my first teardrop trailer using Tony Latham's book as a guide. It's a 5x8 design I came up with; I'm happy to hear what others have to say about it.
Sleeping area for 2 adults, reading & interior lights. Kitchen galley: IceCo freezer/cooler; sink (water pump, 7 gal fresh/gray water); coleman camping stove.
I designed the trailer as well; 2" square tubing (1/8 walls), Timbren axle-less spindles/wheels (14"); I expect the deck height to be at 17".
I'm debating on solar; our camping trips are typically at developed campsites where there is power, but as the kids get older we may want to do more dispersed camping. Then again, by then I may want to build another one altogether...
I started my build two weeks ago; I built a stand for it and made the floor using two 1/4 sheets of sanded plywood with 1x6 framing in between, and insulation in the cavities. Next up is to seal the underside - epoxy, Henry's, or "The Mix" (?) which appears to be multiple coats of a changing paint thinner & polyurethane blend.
I'll post photos once I can shrink them.
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Re: Hello from CO!

Postby tony.latham » Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:49 pm

And back at ya...

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You know, there's a reason folks sealed the bottom of their teardrops with a tar product in 1940... but products have gotten a lot better.... just my two-bits on the subject. The mix will soak in and really seal it up.

Holler if you have any questions. :thumbsup:

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Re: Hello from CO!

Postby amorrison96 » Wed Jan 12, 2022 5:52 pm

@Tony: You recommend epoxy for underside of floor, right?
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Re: Hello from CO!

Postby tony.latham » Wed Jan 12, 2022 6:44 pm

amorrison96 wrote:@Tony: You recommend epoxy for underside of floor, right?


I do. It soaks into the wood and plasticizes it. But the mix will do fine. Both soak in. Surface finishes, such as Henry's or paint can lift. Henry's works... but it takes a long time to dry and is messy.

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