Friday, 27 January 2012

My teardrop trailer specs

  • Floor length: 8ft
  • Floor width: 5ft
  • Inside height: 5ft
  • Overall length 11ft-8in
  • Overall height: 6ft-6in
  • Weight: 750 pounds (estimated)
  • Suspension: 2000# leaf springs and axle
  • Floor: BC fir plywood
  • Walls: composite material sandwich (epoxy-fibreglass and polystyrene foam)
  • Roof: Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene plastic (UHMW-PE plastic)
  • Frame: all welded steel
  • Color: green because it’s cool!

Future of my teardrop trailer

Future of my teardrop trailer

Actual prototype design (8ft long x 5ft high x 5ft wide)
Future prototype design  (9ft long x 5ft high x 5ft wide)

  • Some fine tuning will probably be needed next summer.  I’ll see after extended use of it.
  • I am planning to test it a lot next summer.  I’m willing to lend it to many people to test it even more throughout the summer.
  • I would like to build a second prototype.  It would be a foot longer, same height and walls would be made of another material, easier to work with then fibreglass and foam.
  • I am considering a lot of design modifications: a rear hatch, a second door, lightning system, electric ventilation, storage  bin, etc...  But I want to keep my design simple as possible.
  • I like to receive suggestions and comments when people come to talk to me when I park at Walmart.  It is a great source of inspiration and motivation.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Construction of my teardrop trailer, the final touch

Last step:
üI have put everything back in place.
üI made sure there was no water leaks by filling each joint using butyl tape and silicon. (there was many leak at first, but it ended well!)
üI added a 4” queen size foam mattress  for more comfort.
üCeiling have been finished with loan sheets.
üWe also carry large plastic containers and an electric cooler to store camping goods and food.

Construction of my teardrop trailer, paint it

6th, paint it green:

  • I took apart the walls to paint them green using urethane base paint.
  • Inside was suppose to be green also, but it ended white so it seem calmer.  I don’t regret this decision.
  • walls disasembled to paint them
    teardrop trailer being reassembled

    there it is with finals colors and trims
  • I have chosen to paint it green, because everything look greener when it’s green...

Construction of my teardrop trailer, some accesories

5th, add some useful features:

  • A door may be useful to get in and out of the camper.
  • A roof vent is also a must to keep air cool and of good quality.
  • Jack stand prevent the trailer from bouncing and rolling during the night.
  • An electric heater (not shown) also been added for surviving cold nights (remember I’m from Québec, far from Florida!).
door construction
door handle
roof vent
door with window
jack stand up
jack stand down

Construction of my teardrop trailer, the roof

4th, cover it with a roof:

üA roof made of ¼ inches UHMW plastic sheet screwed to the walls edge with stainless screws.
üUHMW can resist to cold temperature.
üVery elastic, so it take back its shape after an impact, won’t kink like aluminum.
üHave a better weight to deformation resistance then plywood.
üIt can’t be painted because nothing can stick on it, so smashed flies don’t stick also...

Construction of my teardrop trailer, walls and trailer assembly

Third, put it together:

ü5/8” BC fir plywood screw on the frame for the floor.
üThan, the walls are screwed to the floor.
üWalls hold together by planks screwed at each end to walls edge.

Construction of my teardrop trailer, the walls

üSecond, the walls:
üMade of composite material: a core of 1.5" foam between 2 layers of epoxy coated fibreglass.
üLightweight (much lighter then plywood walls usually used in DIY teardrop).
üVery rigid.
üWon't rotten or delaminate in case of water infiltration
üWalls have been made in my 2 bedroom apartment...

Friday, 20 January 2012

Construction of my teardrop trailer

üFirst, I had to design and to build a trailer.

ü5 x 8 feet
üMade of steel square tubing and angles
üJack stand in each corner
ü8” steel wheels
ü2000 # axle and leaf springs

ü... Painted aluminum color so it look lighter...


Why I choose to build my teardrop trailer

Over the time I have seen many homemade teardrop trailers on the Internet and they seem to be the best alternative to my old van.

Teardrop trailer seems to be the best RV to fulfill my needs:

üCheap to travel with/Easy on gas.
üCheap to buy/fabricate.
üSmall enough to go on any remote or downtown roads.
üLight enough to be pulled with my 4 cylinders car.
üLarge enough to accommodate 2.
üHas a head turning look.
üDryer and warmer camping experience then camping with a tent.
üSet up time of a few seconds comparing to tens of minutes with a tent trailer.


Thursday, 19 January 2012

Construction of my Teardrop Trailer

Why I choose to build my teardrop trailer

Still looking for a cheaper way of RV’ing:

üWith a friend, I managed to pimp a 98 Ford Windstar to turn it into some kind of RV.

üWe installed a mattress, an electric cooler, some storage bins, a table and reds velvet curtains.
üIt did the ride to California from Québec without problems.

A 10 years old van was probably going to cost a lot of $$$ in maintenance fees in the years to come added to registration and insurances fees.

Why I choose to build my teardrop trailer

Looking for a cheap way to travel

üI was willing to travel to the west coast (I live in Québec) in a small RV such as a VW Westfalia.
üUsed Westfalia and similar RV are overpriced and I couldn’t afford one in good shape. 

Conclusion: it’s not a cheap solution at all !! Westfalia = $$$

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

My teardrop trailer

My teardrop trailer
Why I choose to build one, my design, the construction and the use of my teardrop trailer.

Some other pictures