This story begins with the return of Eddie and Devon from New Zealand and the subsequent announcement of their engagement. The stories they told made evident their love of camping as well as their dislike of doing so from the back of a Mazda wagon.
The project begins with my not knowing what to do with this old boat trailer for which there was no boat. The ANSWER...
...kill two birds with one stone.
What to do with the trailer.....build a teardrop!
What to get Eddie and Devon for a wedding gift... build a teardrop!
They loved the idea of a teardrop trailer, even one that Mom and Dad can borrow when they are not using it!
This gave me, I felt, a suitable foundation for a 5'x10' teardrop trailer.
They pivot down and work like a high-lift truck jack, very cool.
You can also see the tabs Eddie welded onto the frame for the 5/16 stainless bolts that connect to T-nuts imbedded in the maple frame.
I put it up on the trailer to see how it looked.
Below the cabinets will be two pull-out shelves for either eating or placing a computer to watch a movie or "Skype"-ing if they can find wi-fi.
This is a good view of the formica that Devon and Eddie picked. This is also a good view of the tambour doors. This design makes it easy to open if the counters are full of stuff.
Note also the 110V plugs up top in case they have hook-ups available.
The battery will be placed in a vented case in the locking box on the tongue. Larger gauge wires will fun through the shell up to the fuse box which is being held in place with vise grips in the picture above. Also visible in this shot is the skylight/whole house type fan
(variable speed, reversing) on the top.
From this gopher-eyed view also visible is the stereo, upper cabinet doors and one of the 110 volt service outlet locations inside the sleeper.
This is a view of the fuse box from inside. Below the two aircraft style lights are a series of master switches for all the circuits so everything can be controlled from just above the head from a reclining position or when the master switches are turned on the lights, stereo, exterior lights can be controlled at their located placement. Just above the lights is a small black dot which is the head of a screw, which controls this....