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    Teardrop trailer build, one drop at a time

    So I decided to build a teardrop trailer to tow behind Manivan. Ok full disclosure, I'm not a fabricator or a wood smith so you can expect this build to be slow. I will be working on the camper when I'm slow at work and maybe some weekends. My goal is to build a cheapish easy to assemble teardrop trailer within the next few years. I'm not looking to build a hardcore offroad trailer but rather something that can handle some easy trails and back roads. This build will be less of a "overlander" trailer and more of a "base camp" set up. Luckily I have access to a large CNC router at my work so I will be utilizing this as much as possible. I will try and post any progress I make and look forward to any incite or experience you guys may have.

    This is what I got so far. This is my trailer frame design made from .188" thick 2"x2" square tube. With .250 plate steel corner reinforcement/body mounts. I have simulated a 33"x11.5"x17" tire approximately where the axle spindles will be mounted.
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    The majority of the trailer will be constructed from exterior grade plywood.
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    This is the cutting of the internal frame for the rear hatch. My thought was that because hatch will require almost all of the different building techniques it would make a good test piece to work out any kinks.
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    Test fitting the rear hatch.
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    This is not actually a wall for the trailer but more of a template for the internal cabinets, joists, shelves, screw hole locations etc. I will use this to test fit everything before chopping a good piece of plywood up.
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    That's all I got around to this week. next week I plan on bending and attaching the external plywood to the rear hatch.
    Thanks guys for following along one drop at a time.
    I've never done it but I'm sure i'll be good at it

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    Great project! Iíve thought about that myself. It will be great to watch your progress! Good luck!!


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    Definitely cool to watch this come together. Good luck!


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    Great project! That's really cool that you have access to that router. Can't wait to see the finished product
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    Pretty cool project. Keep us posted as you go.

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    Looks like an awesome project! Iíll be following.

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    Awesome project! Canít wait to see how it goes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coop View Post
    Great project! Iíve thought about that myself. It will be great to watch your progress! Good luck!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by wjtstudios View Post
    Definitely cool to watch this come together. Good luck!


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    Quote Originally Posted by WJCO View Post
    That's cool.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ddays View Post
    Great project! That's really cool that you have access to that router. Can't wait to see the finished product
    Quote Originally Posted by TOPLESS View Post
    Pretty cool project. Keep us posted as you go.
    Quote Originally Posted by sipafz View Post
    Looks like an awesome project! Iíll be following.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jsouder53 View Post
    Awesome project! Canít wait to see how it goes!
    Thanks everyone. Unfortunately I already ran into a snag this week. The Plywood manufacture specifically states they are carried by Home Depot and they can special order any of their products. So yesterday I go into my home depot and of coarse they look at me like I'm crazy . I'm going to give the manufacture a call this week and see if they cant get this smoothed out.
    I've never done it but I'm sure i'll be good at it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spazbyt View Post
    Thanks everyone. Unfortunately I already ran into a snag this week. The Plywood manufacture specifically states they are carried by Home Depot and they can special order any of their products. So yesterday I go into my home depot and of coarse they look at me like I'm crazy . I'm going to give the manufacture a call this week and see if they cant get this smoothed out.
    Probably need to talk to the Pro desk.



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