After this years season, and a couple of camping trips, I have decided to build (Or at least try to ) a Teardrop trailer of some sorts.
Looked at small caravans, pop-ups, Eriba Puck, etc and decided that based on their prices, sensibility and generally what they are for what they deliver, to go the painfull route and to try build us one over winter.
The design will be pretty basic and not spectacular as the unlimited budget Ametican style one you usually see.
I think a basic chassis, ply wood sides, timber frame, and just the "roof" clad in metal sheeting will be my route.
Finish will be paint in the colours of the bus , so Green, Red, White and a Checker flag roof. The whole lot will be in scallop shapes, so as to enhance the shape of the trailer, and to create an illusion of lowness.
All advice and pointers gladly received. Help over here at Chez Grizz with tea making, and banter also welcomed.
one thing i was gonna do was use an old caravan door/frame, just the top half, to cut down on fabrication, a mate has just gutted a caravan to fit out an iveco camper so has the rolling shell left over, its a shame the chassis is aluminium so a bit difficult to shorten/narrow.
old trailer tents are good bases, i've picked up one that has only been good for its axle and a-frame, got the chassis all welded up and rolling now, only took a couple of days to make up.
this is gonna be cool! I love teardrops, was thinking about buying one, But they're well expensive. Then thought about making one, But i don't have that kinda of time, space, resources and as for my handywork, Forget it! So ive bottled it so after RRG we decided we're gonna get a nice normal caravan (hmmmmm, Shower, toilet, Oven).
Has anyone ever moved a caravan chassis/axle on the same chassis ?
I suspect it will be a fairly simple job of unbolt, move, measure , drill, bolt in.
However, other than alligning the axle perfectly, any other issues ??
I need to cut the chassis I have much shorter from the rear, as I do not want to mess with the "A-Frame" side. This needs to be done in order to get the look right, as well as the weightdistribution a bit more forward.
Thanks all for your contributions so far.
Pic of said chassis, the idea is to cut about 3foot or a meter off the rear, around about the small long hole bewtween the small ones just behind the wheel.
OK, here goes. (again)
Has anyone built a teardrop trailer, or even a small custom built caravan ?
I need tips, things to avoid, and even plans and measurements if you have.
Post by donttellhimpike on Sept 13, 2009 20:38:21 GMT
okay lets see if i can help ,i have done a fair few boat wheelhouse and boat trailers in the past, some basic rules may apply to this project, when moving an axle forwards or backwards use the marks [or make marks] made by the axle in its original position,if it towed true to start with chances are it will tow true again, the only thing to watch is shifting weight, shortening and lengthening trlers and axle placement can create snaking charecteristics,
make sure you try to end up with 25-35kg nose weight, [although your trailer isnt likely to weigh a great deal] as far as construction is concerned, make your base oversize first , lay on it and draw your layout on it , drawing cupboards etc [if the base is big enough and you can stoop down okay then all the rest should be right,
cut the base to size and fit for good,[bitumen the underside and bolt onto prepared chassis,you can now make your sides to your shape and design , again before cutting the sides [out of the best quality ply you can afford] standit on the base and prop it in position again imagine laying in and climbing out ,also allow 2" overhang at the bottom to allow A. a drip mould [allows water to drip off not run in!] B a fixing [bolt/screw 2x2 under base and through sides],glue and silicone everything, now cut 20 or so crossmembers in 2x1 at the measurement between the sides , fix them at 300mm intervals up an over using piloted screws thruogh the ends , you can then ply up over the top with 4mm ply use 3 layers ,plenty of glue and screws [remembering to stagger the joints and the screws,] then cut out your windows and apertures [after drawing them on and again 'pretend camping ,] clad with ally sheet sarting at the back so the laps are weatherproof , use 25mm 'hockey sick' section up the roof/side joint as this will bend with no kinks, then its detailing which is your thing hope this helps [I'm getting the urge to do me sen one now!!!],
yes ,it started badly ,petered off in the middle and the least said about the end the better!!!