A few details have been done since the last update,but none worth posting. Managed to tidy up the wire harness in preparation for some new items
The real hold up is figuring out the lift for the tent frame. It need to be higher off the lid so a lower tent room can work. Got an idea but just need a little more time to work out the details.
Not going with the same old idea as the 4 posts straight up. This one will require hydraulic fluid.
No updates yet. My little trailer has been sitting at the house untouched for the last few months. Time would not permit me to get a lot of things worked out before a few hunts came around. I really wanted to bring it with the jeep here to Mexico. Brought my other trailer (built a few years ago to sleep 6-8).
For all you in the northern states...... Sitting on a dirt road in my dirty jeep. 83 degrees outside,32 degrees in the beer cooler,and 100 percent calm in the soul.
Hey Greg, thanks for checking in on the loafer over here.
The trailer has been hooked up to the jeep for almost a year without being disconnected once. It has seen the Gulf of Mexico to Panhandle and even some of west Texas. Time has been spent trying to figure out a solid direction to the build. That's why a lot of time has been spent over on ExPo.
My wife has serious reservations with the idea of sleeping in a RTT. Even the thought of a overnight at a buddy's lake lot gets big thumbs down from her. She just can't get past the tent idea. Personally,I feel she does not feel secure enough.
So...I introduced her to the world of teardrop trailers. Figured a door with a lock would be just the ticket.
She fell in love.
So here we are.....
I'm not going to spend the coin on something my wife will not accompany me in and I surely will not be selling my shiney toy!
This is where I felt like Tom Hanks in the movie cast away as he was standing in that 4 way. Thinking to myself, which direction?
As of today:
I'm going to button up some small details with the M416 for now and call it good. For sure it will get better interior bed lighting,figure a way to make the stock lights more visible (brighter),house battery w/charger and switch's. Still need a way to haul extra fuel for the jeep too. And.....
More will happen with the M416 once my son gets a little older. That's when the RTT idea will be revisited.
A few more projects around the house need to be finished. The girls add-on rooms are near finished. The chicken coop check list only has a few more things to cross off. Then it will be time to start the build on a teardrop. This way it's a win no matter the road I choose to take...or the trailer.
Yeah I totally understand that. My wife is "ok" with the RTT, but many arent. We have a 2009 21' Tent Trailer so she is used to camping in a "tent"...well sort of. I brought up the idea of Tear Drops with an RTT for the kids, she said no (insert explitive) way. Sadly...
My buddy has designed and is building a prototype offroad teardrop trailer which should be amazing. Lightweight, strong and fully kitted out. I wanted to buy the first production one, but this is looking like it will not happen. lol
Glad to hear the 416 and the RTT will remain for the kids enjoyment at least.
My little trailer has seen a bunch. But after a few years of abuse under its belt, it is needing some much needed love.
I bought the 4x8 sheets of 16 gauge metal. They set idle for a few months while I was deciding how they might be bent/broke over the curves. Figured I could build some sort of jig that would afford me a nice clean line.
That's how I was introduced to the sheer will of metal! It said "not today little man! After several failed attempts at a long clean line I gave up. It just seemed to be out of my ability to get the metal bent over And look good at the same time. We used hammer and block,a long angle iron jig,empty beer bottles and foul language...nothing seemed to work with any great result.
So the trailer ran with its skeleton lid and a tarp draped over it. Gave just enough weather protection to call it ok for the mean time.
Thats until I ran across a thread on td&ttt. They use a system of lightweight plywood and canvas to build some of their campers. Makes for a really light,waterproof structure.
As you can see in the above pic,I spent a couple of hours cleaning up the square tubing. Then a skin of plywood was glued down to the metal frame. Liquid nail did a really good job. No screws were needed at all.
The next step was to give the outside of the plywood a healthy coat of type 2 wood glue. A regular old paint roller was used to get a thick even coat down. Then a painters tarp was centered and lowered down into that nasty mess of glue. I used a hand held squeegee type piece of plastic to work out all of the air pockets that got trapped before the glue had a chance to set up. Folded under the painters cotton tarp to the inside of the lid all the way around the lip. Then called it done for the day.
The next morning I came in and gave the outside lid a coat of house exterior grade black paint. just rolled it on the same as you would a normal paint job. After letting the oil base paint dry completely, a second coat was given.
It comes in at around 50 pounds total! (with the square tube and hinges) That's a huge loss of weight compared to the idea of the metal. Sure its not going to be as strong as the 22 gauge I bought..but thinking back at how we have used it.. a cotton tarp by itself stood up to the strength task just fine!
Wished I had taken a pic of the kids jumping up and down on it after I finished it. Maybe I can redo that test. My 7 year old boy would love to do it over I'm sure.
So to recap a long awaited mod to the trailer;
its waterproof. It has lived outside in the last week of nonstop rain (sorta unheard of here in Texas lately) without one single drip entering the tub. I placed a few sheets of paper towels in the floor just so we wouldn't miss it if a couple of drops made it in undetected. Still dry as a bone.
It has the same texture and color as my Jeeps soft top. We took in one of the windows to Home Depot to color match the house paint. It is a perfect match. Even has the same styled sewn seam as the factory top too. I ended up getting a smaller(9x12) tarp so it would come with that seam down the middle. Some of the foamie guys and girls over on td&ttt try like mad to not have a seam in their builds. Guess its all in what kind of look a person is going for.
Next we need to adjust the lid and install back the Jeep hood hold downs to finish off this little project. The lid is not centered in those pics yet. Then a rack on top of the lid might be next in line. I couldn't do without the jeeps rack,but I could do without the crawling around way up top to remove everything. Having a on the trailer lid would bring the load lower and out of the slipstream, making my Jeep close to a Prius in fuel economy right??