Bruce and Jean's
Skinning and Stuff
doors under construction. I installed the door handle below the
centerline of the door which I would do differently. The door doesn't
seal as well with the latch offset. I had to offset it because I picked
I used poplar to frame the door because its supposed to be resistant to
rot and it holds a screw fairly well. Actually, I used poplar for all
my interior framing. I had to rabbet the inside of the window opening
to accept the inside window frame. Measure twice, cut once.
5/15/05 Here's the door and window
installed. Make sure and put a 1/8" spacer between the hinge and the
body or the weatherseal around the door doesn't sit correctly. The seal
is mashed flat at the hinge side of the door and there's a gap at the
view of the door. I've since installed a handle above the latch.
The door kept poping open when you close it with the latch because you
tended to pull down on the handle as you closed it. Its much easier to
close with the new handle.
5/18/05 The hatch is finally installed. The wires are for lights and speakers.
6/8/05 Hatch skinned, trimmed and lights installed. I'm not real happy with the side trim but it will do for now.
6/9/05 Cabin cabinet installed. Fits like a glove.
6/12/05 Exterior dried in with aluminum trim. There's wrinkles in the front of
the skin that I'll have to fix after we get back from our first camping
6/23/05 Interior with mattress and curtains. Jean picked the curtins. We had
the mattress from camping in the back up the pickup. Looks like I need
to iron the curtain.
6/23/05 Galley plumbing and main disconnect. Next time I'll try and sweat more
joints. I don't like compression fittings. The wire wrapped around the
drain and the outlet is for a future battery charger. There's a CATV
wire in there if needed for the future.
6/23/05 Battery box with storage. There's an automotive type battery charger as
well as wheel chocks, a grease gun, hammer and leveling blocks in there
as well. The main disconnect is sticking through the front of the box.
I've since installed a Promariner battery charger in the cabinet
nder the sink.
6/23/05 Deck mounted plumbing. I couldn't figure out why it ran but nothing
came out the first time I tried it. I switched the pump around after I
noticed a bunch of bubbles being blown into the water tank. It worked a
lot better after that.
Here's our first outing in the trailer. Misty the dog had a great time.
We made reservations to the first International Teardop Convention in
Minden, Nebraska. There was over 150 trailers there and it was a lot of
fun to look at all the different ways to build a Teardrop trailer. I'm
active on the Teardrop and Tiny Trailer's website and it was a lot of fun to meet some of the people I'd talked to while building out trailer.