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Unread 03-02-2014, 09:12 PM   #16
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After looking at it, I'll need to use 5/8" bolts so I can interchange the 2" ball mount to pintle hook/ lunnete ring.

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Unread 03-02-2014, 09:31 PM   #17
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If you've never checked out the expedition portal you should check it out. They have a special section just for trailers, and they talk about teardrop trailers a good bit. You might be able to pick up some pointers.


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Unread 03-03-2014, 04:37 AM   #18
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If you've never checked out the expedition portal you should check it out. They have a special section just for trailers, and they talk about teardrop trailers a good bit. You might be able to pick up some pointers.


http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...ition-Trailers
The "Trailer and Chassis Secrets" section of the Teardrops n Tiny Travel Trailers forum (http://www.tnttt.com/viewforum.php?f=35) is also a great place for trailer frame info. that section of the forum has the subhead "Ask questions about Harbor Freight trailers, or questions about building your own... "
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Unread 03-03-2014, 05:08 PM   #19
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I got the hitch mounted today. Two 1/2" grade 8 bolts in the coupler and one 5/8 grade 8 in the trailer tongue. I might put another in later for redundancy. I finished tightening up the suspension and put the 15" wheels on. After that I had to take it for a test drive. It performed great and it is a huge difference from the 5x8 from TSC. No bouncing or wobbling. I'm very happy with the results so far.
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Unread 03-04-2014, 12:32 PM   #20
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It looks very aerodynamic!
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Unread 03-10-2014, 08:57 PM   #21
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Unread 03-10-2014, 09:17 PM   #22
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^^^ what he said

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Unread 03-11-2014, 06:12 AM   #23
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Sorry, I have been really busy at work. I went and picked up my cedar siding from the saw mill and came back with extras! I started the bottom storage box. I undercoated the plywood before attaching it to the frame. It is held down with silicone and I drilled and taped the frame for 1/4-20 bolts. The storage box is secured with construction adhesive and 3/8 bolts through the sides. I will take some better pictures of the box today. Next step is the framework for the side walls and install the sleeping deck.
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Unread 03-11-2014, 11:57 AM   #24
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I like this project, looks good. Are you going to need airflow to prevent mildew growth in those storage boxes, or is that not necessary? I'm looking to do some storage compartments in the future on my utility trailer.

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Unread 03-11-2014, 12:07 PM   #25
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looking good....



when you have a minute, swap that hitch mounting bolt out in the tongue for a longer one, from the pics it appears that it is not long enough and not engaged in the 'lock' portion of the locknut. it needs to have at least a few full threads past the nut to be functional.

Keep progressing....
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Unread 03-11-2014, 01:36 PM   #26
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Are you going to treat the lumber as you go along? Are you using a white wood as well?

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I like this project, looks good. Are you going to need airflow to prevent mildew growth in those storage boxes, or is that not necessary? I'm looking to do some storage compartments in the future on my utility trailer.
The ceder has natural resistance to bugs and water If your going to do wood storage that has a chance of getting wet pressure treated, ceder or redwood are good choice.
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Unread 03-11-2014, 02:42 PM   #27
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Are you going to treat the lumber as you go along? Are you using a white wood as well? The ceder has natural resistance to bugs and water If your going to do wood storage that has a chance of getting wet pressure treated, ceder or redwood are good choice.
Resistant has a definition.
Those compartments are small. I would personally be concerned about mildew still. With temperature fluctuation and a porous material, in a sealed environment, you will get mildew.
It's unfinished so, I don't know if drawers are being added or a finished sealed paint or what.
I am interested to see the build and a concern of mine was mildew. After seeing the photo the second thing I thought of was airflow. Second after "oh cool"

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Unread 03-11-2014, 03:33 PM   #28
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I will seal and paint the storage areas. I might even line them with cedar. The unit will be stored in a garage to keep it out of the elements. If it rains while we are out I will leave the storage doors open when we get back. The outside will be covered in 1/4" plywood followed by felt paper and then the cedar siding so I don't see the untreated white wood being a problem. I might spray it down with a clear coat before covering it for good measure. I made some progress on it today. I will take a few pictures after I get the garage cleaned up.
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Unread 03-11-2014, 05:20 PM   #29
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The add image option is not available for me right now. I will post ASAP.
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Unread 03-11-2014, 09:54 PM   #30
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"cedar siding from the saw mil" - Say that 5 times fast! sorry but I thought it was funny. Really cool build.
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