Weekender Teardrop Build

Number of images: 7
Created on: Saturday 17 April 2010

Started in: April 17, 2010

General build information is available at Teardrops and Tiny Travel Trailers

The plans can be downloaded at Mikes Weekender.pdf

The weekender is supposed to be buildable in 2 weekends, one for the trailer and one for the body. I started with the body. It will not be done in one weekend. I'm trying for a very light build, under 500 lbs, maybe under 400.

I came home last night with 5 sheets of 5.2 birch, 5 sheets of 5.0 luan, and 20 select 2x4x8. I had a little time, so I ripped a 1x2 from each side of the 2x4s leaving a 2x2 from the middle.

Saturday morning I started on the floor. The floor is 2 sheets of the luan with a 2x2 frame and 1.5 inches of insulation sandwiched between. I used 6 tubes of construction adhesive and 2/3 bottle of gorilla glue. That gorilla glue is a mess. I may never get my hands clean again.

Things slowed down while I drew the profile and marked the framing for the side, then it was off to the races again. I cut all 4 side pieces and started glueing framing to the skin for the side sandwiches. The sides are 1 sheet of luan and 1 sheet of birch with 3/4 inches of insulation between. I finished one side by 6pm and it was time to clean up and REST.

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These are the side panels. The tear is 114" long and takes 1.25 sheets of ply per side.
This is some of the insulation. You can see the floor underneath.
One of the sides on the workspace. I keep a very neat garage. These are my knockdown sawhorses made from a sheet of 3/4 ply.
Close up of the side before insulation. Gorilla glue makes a mess. The side will be fastened to a cleat on top of the floor to keep a width of 4' so the top will overhang the sides.

Didn't fasten the sides this way. The sides fasten to the sides of the floor. Built a narrower floor to compensate.
The inner side of the side panel goes on. I put the 3/4 pressboard and the floor on top to weigh it down until the glue dried.
This is the wall getting skinned.
Some of my hi-tech clamps.
I told you I keep a neat shop.
Some of the struts are in.
Better view.
It has wheels. Much easier to roll than drag.

Everything above had to be redone. My mistake was making the top of the floor 8 feet long. The bottom of the floor is supposed to be 8 feet. The sides did not meet up with the floor correctly and the floor was too wide. Rather than just rebuild the floor, I tried to make it fit by cutting both the floor and walls down. I felt it lost too much strength. I rebuilt it all using the same techniques, just different measurements for the floor. I also used all birch and no luan.
One side of the door skinned.
Door finished.
One door mounted and trimmed out. The windows came from ebay and the door hardware from Lil Bear trailers.
Tha kitchen area. The lower area where you see the generator will be closed in and accessed through the counter. A hatch will hinge up.
A look inside before the second door is mounted.
A close up of the inner cabinets and the electric outlets. I don't know what I will use them for, but they are there.
I had to add a wheel to the tongue support. It is light enough to carry, but I poked a hole in the back of my leg with it. Rolling is easier anyway.
Hooked up and ready to go. Not really, The other door and hatch are not on yet. I just had to see it.
Nearly complete. Notice the matching fenders. Just a little paint needed now.
Inside, with the bed and pillows.
Foot of the bed and cabinets.
Open hatch and detachable table. The table fits in the hatch when not in use.
Side view. Note the crutch for an adjustable table leg.
The stripe goes across the top and bottom of the back for visibility.
I think it's done for now.
Ready to head out.
Decided I did not like the white so I painted it the same yellow as my trike and replaced the eagles with the same spiders that are on my fenders.
All set up and ready for the campfire.
Time to put some burgers on the grill