Each step is one day.
Please visit my website: http://www.teardropdiy.com.
First of all, my day job is software programmer. This is my first build. I have basic knowledge of wood working and I have some tools. The build is going to take a while (a month? two?). I only have time to work on it from 8PM until I go to sleep (about 3 hours) and in weekends when we have nothing else planed.
My plan is to keep the price under $1500 $2000. You can buy already made teardrops for $4000-$11000.
My Hyundai Sonata can pull a trailer of 1000lb max. My plan is to make the teardrop be under 700lb with all the equipment inside.
The only size of plywood that I can bring home is 4'x8', so everything that's made of plywood should fit in that size.
Here is how the side wall of the trailer should look like.
A list of parts with links from where I got them:
Tools I use:
Cost so far:
|Vent (Fan-tastic Fan)||$120|
|Hatch hinge (5' hurricane hinge)||$71|
|12V LED Porch lights (3 pcs)||$63|
|12V LED Dome light (1 pcs)||$18|
|Black spray paint (2 bottles)||$12|
|1/2"x4'x8' Birch plywood x 3pcs (one for the floor and 2 for the side walls)||$120|
|5mm Utility plywood 4'x8' x 2pcs (for side walls interior)||$23|
|2x4x96 x 8pcs (for the frame, not sure if I'll use all 8 of them)||$22|
|Exterior screws (1box)||$8|
|Henry Asphalt Emulsion (1 gallon)||$12|
|Bolts & washers & lock washers & nuts to bolt the floor frame to the trailer (3/8" x 3" 20pcs)||$26|
|Bolts & washers & nuts for spare wheel (1/2" x 6" 2 pcs)||$6|
|Hard foam insulation 1/2" 4'/8' (one sheet)||$10|
|Hard foam insulation 3/4" 4'x8' (3 sheets)||$30|
|12V Cigarette lighter socket (2 pieces)||$16|
|Automotive Fuse Holder Box Holds 6 Blade Fuses||$14|
|Electric Facet & Pump System||$50|
|1/8" birch plywood (3 pieces)||$70|
|Aluminum sheets 4x8 (1 pcs) 4x12 (2 pcs)||$170|
|Aluminum molding, plastic insert for molding, External Drip Cap||$160|
|1 Gallon Contact Cement||$10|
Lots of screws and parts.
Hmm. All the trailer parts look the same.
The trailer starting to get shape .
I had to go buy some more wranches, mine are too small. Enough for tonight.
I woke up in the morning with muscle pain everywhere. I discovered some muscle that I didn't know I had. Crawling on the floor trying to put a trailer together is not easy :-)
I'll have to paint the trailer frame black. Red with aluminum gray won't go nice.