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    Default My backroad teardrop trailer build

    This is my backroad teardrop trailer build. I've been chipping away at it since the spring, and documenting it on another forum but I thought I'd bring it up here as well.

    The plan:



    It's designed to be pulled primarily behind my Jeep, but also needs to be towable by my wife's Escape. Luckily the math is pretty close:


    The frame:


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    The "skirt":


    At ride height:


    Wheels and tires to match the Jeep:


    Shocks mounted:


    Primer:


    And Painted:


    Next up will be the body of the trailer. Made of a plywood/foam/canvas laminate...Should be fun!

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    very cool! like your design. do the feet rest under what looks to be a rear kitchen area? what goes in the trap doors out back? looking forward to more build pics.

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    Thanks!

    Originally we were going to have the traditional rear galley, but I've never been very comfortable with having food odours that close to my bed. So we decided to change it to a cross bunk for our son. It also makes room at the head of the bed for the dog to have her own space.

    The rear tailgate doors will house long pullout totes or drawers (still have to play with packing/weights) to carry gear. Fridge and kitchen will be in the back of the Jeep.

    What I'm planning on packing underneath:
    Table
    Folding chairs
    Water carriers x2
    Spare parts tote for the Jeep
    Canopy?

    I've also debated onboard water fuel tanks, but I think we'll go with two Scepter cans of each mounted externally.

    Dave

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    nice buils i have similar trailler
    http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/s...whz/roul1s.jpg

    what is the rate of your axel ???

    pascal

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    Pascal, your trailer is one of the inspirations for mine!

    The axle is a 3500 lbs unit with EZ lube hubs. The springs are from the rear of a 2wd Ranger with Monroe shocks.

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    great

    the 2000lbs is not to strong




    i not broken my 3500lbs

    i'm wahting the rest build ...

    pascal

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    Didn't get to the shop much this week, but did get a few little additions done:




    I realized that I need some new tools as well!

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    I really like the idea of having a steel chassis, and then build with wood (I presume?) on top. Should be sturdy, but still light weight.

    Pascal, you ever get a weight on yours?

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    Last night started on the box:


    Started laying out the profile:


    I'm hoping to get both sides cut tonight and maybe start gluing some foam together as well since we are going camping for the next week.

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