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Hi I'm a retired Firefighter from New York. My hobbies are Fly-fishing,kayak fishing,camping and building things. Now a days I hang out with my grand kids and travel to all the places I read about when I was working.

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  • Fishbum Frank commented on Fishbum Frank's instructable Teardrop Trailer Aluminum1 week ago
    Teardrop Trailer Aluminum

    Hi NaturrsvrI now have over 10000 miles on her. I do not have CAD files for the biuld but do have drawings. I can post them here or send them to you. Whats your pleasure? I will need a couple of days to find them, as I'm busy working on a music and lighting computer show for my wife. (tough boss) LOL

    I have not had any break-in. I've seen bears rip doors off of cars to get inside. A few well place rounds through the door usually deters anything.While in West Yellowstone many years ago, they had 1/4 inch steel plate garbage receptacles that weighted 800 pounds. This is not 1/4 steel plate.

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  • Fishbum Frank commented on Fishbum Frank's instructable Teardrop Trailer Aluminum2 months ago
    Teardrop Trailer Aluminum

    All in with used trailer, building supplies and scrounging. $2800.I could have done it cheaper with a light duty trailer and cheaped out on the insulation and other building products. I built it to take on the elements, rough conditions, and customized for me.I had a Queen sized mattress, I have since put a Full sized in for more inside storage space.

    All in with used trailer, building supplies and scrounging. $2800.I could have done it cheaper with a light duty trailer and cheaping out on the insulation and other building products. I built it to take on the elements, rough conditions, and customized for me.

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  • Fishbum Frank commented on Fishbum Frank's instructable Teardrop Trailer Aluminum6 months ago
    Teardrop Trailer Aluminum

    All in with used trailer, building supplies and scrounging. $2800.I could have done it cheaper with a light duty trailer and cheaping out on the insulation and other building products. I built it to take on the elements, rough conditions, and customized for me.

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  • Fishbum Frank commented on Fishbum Frank's instructable Teardrop Trailer Aluminum6 months ago
    Teardrop Trailer Aluminum

    I am not a metal worker and have no experience with large metal installation. I learned a lot about it and I can tell you work from the center out. The TT is wired for 120 AC and 12 DC. I just arrived home from a 5 day camping trip where I used the radio and charged my phone, with no outside hookup. Also used FAN-tastic sparingly. Volts were 13.3 when I left and 12.1 after I got home. If I can hookup to 120 AC I can use the TV and the now Media Server that I installed.

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  • Fishbum Frank commented on Fishbum Frank's instructable Teardrop Trailer Aluminum6 months ago
    Teardrop Trailer Aluminum

    All the aluminum I purchased at a tractor trailer repair shop. It is the roofing for the trailer

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  • Fishbum Frank commented on Nate5b's instructable Makin' Buckboard Bacon!7 months ago
    Makin' Buckboard Bacon!

    ba dump bump! He'll be here all week ladies and gentlemen! LOL

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  • Fishbum Frank commented on Fishbum Frank's instructable Teardrop Trailer Aluminum7 months ago
    Teardrop Trailer Aluminum

    No I have not found any leaks. I used Butyl / putty tape and Sikiflex. All exterior hardware is stainless steel, so it wont rust. I have about 4000 miles on it now and I'll keep watch.

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  • Fishbum Frank commented on Nate5b's instructable Makin' Buckboard Bacon!7 months ago
    Makin' Buckboard Bacon!

    They call it the butt because the real butt is the ham.

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  • Fishbum Frank commented on Fishbum Frank's instructable Teardrop Trailer Aluminum8 months ago
    Teardrop Trailer Aluminum

    I appreciate it but its over. Thanks

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  • Fishbum Frank commented on mrstan's instructable Toothpaste Transfer Tool9 months ago
    Toothpaste Transfer Tool

    I thought I was the only one who did this!

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  • Fishbum Frank commented on bcronin's instructable Coleman Stove (case) Refurbished 9 months ago
    Coleman Stove (case) Refurbished

    Nice job refurb an old one that I had a few years ago.

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  • Fishbum Frank's entry Teardrop Trailer Aluminum is a winner in the Brave the Elements 2016 contest 10 months ago
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  • Fishbum Frank commented on Fishbum Frank's instructable Teardrop Trailer Aluminum10 months ago
    Teardrop Trailer Aluminum

    Thank you for the compliment. The B/C plywood can be found at any big box store. I have a local lumber yard that I have been doing business with for 40 years and find the quality just a bit better than the big box stores.The privacy issue was solved by my wife by hanging a shock cord over the doors and installing curtains, they can be pulled to one side. All in with used trailer, building supplies and scrounging. $2800.I could have done it cheaper with a light duty trailer and cheaping out on the insulation and other building products. I built it to take on the elements, rough conditions, and customized for me.If i were the change anything I would build my next one a little larger that I could sit inside on a rainy day and tie fly for fishing.One of my favorite things is what I'm doing ...

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    Thank you for the compliment. The B/C plywood can be found at any big box store. I have a local lumber yard that I have been doing business with for 40 years and find the quality just a bit better than the big box stores.The privacy issue was solved by my wife by hanging a shock cord over the doors and installing curtains, they can be pulled to one side. All in with used trailer, building supplies and scrounging. $2800.I could have done it cheaper with a light duty trailer and cheaping out on the insulation and other building products. I built it to take on the elements, rough conditions, and customized for me.If i were the change anything I would build my next one a little larger that I could sit inside on a rainy day and tie fly for fishing.One of my favorite things is what I'm doing right now. I'm am installing a RASPBERRY PI with 128G thumb drive loaded with movies. This will be a media server to stream movies to the TV on rainy day days that I feel lazy. I looking at mounting a fold up monitor to the galley hatch so it will be view-able by many and have a movie night at camp.Thanks again Frank

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  • Fishbum Frank commented on Fishbum Frank's instructable Teardrop Trailer Aluminum10 months ago
    Teardrop Trailer Aluminum

    Thank you sir.

    As Frostbite said 400cc may not be enough to pull a small Teardrop. I could have lightened up my Teardrop by using lighter materials. Using 1X2 framing and thinner plywoods. I would even go to an aluminum trailer to lighten the load for a motorcycle.

    You are so right. As I get older I like a little more comfort in my life and getting off the ground was just right. The aluminum is very reflective and this Teardrop stays cooler then others that are sheathed with other materials. The MAXX vent is the best also, nice and cool inside.The electric blanket is a good idea, I do enjoy my sleeping bag. I enjoy it being cooler. I like your design and the extended galley door. I see you added an exterior light as I did. It's a great feature that keeps you from wondering around in the dark.LOL

    Funny you say that. I have been contacted to build some Teardrops for others and still weighing the time investment. I did consider the solar option, but could not find suitable output from the panels I check out. If I could charge the battery that I have on board, that would be a plus.Thanks for the compliments.

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  • Fishbum Frank commented on BruceP28's instructable Mini Toyhauler Camper11 months ago
  • Fishbum Frank commented on BruceP28's instructable Mini Toyhauler Camper11 months ago
    Mini Toyhauler Camper

    Nice job! Where did you get the water jug and holder?

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  • Fishbum Frank commented on Fishbum Frank's instructable Teardrop Trailer Aluminum11 months ago
    Teardrop Trailer Aluminum

    Thank you so much for the compliments.

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  • Fishbum Frank commented on Fishbum Frank's instructable Water Photograghy11 months ago
    Water Photograghy

    My camera's lowest ISO is 200.

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  • Fishbum Frank commented on Fishbum Frank's instructable Teardrop Trailer Aluminum11 months ago
  • Fishbum Frank commented on Fishbum Frank's instructable Water Photograghy11 months ago
    Water Photograghy

    Correction made, thanksFrank

    Your right. I usually multiply the time. I'll redo do the calc when I arrive home later. I should not have done this late at night.

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  • Fishbum Frank commented on Fishbum Frank's instructable Teardrop Trailer Aluminum12 months ago
    Teardrop Trailer Aluminum

    And sometimes it's the skunk.

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  • Fishbum Frank made the instructable Teardrop Trailer Aluminum1 year ago
    Teardrop Trailer Aluminum

    This might help visualize the curved piece.

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  • Fishbum Frank commented on Fishbum Frank's instructable Teardrop Trailer Aluminum1 year ago
    Teardrop Trailer Aluminum

    DavidL138 Thank you. I am always interested in other builds please post your pics. With canvas and or nylon watch for moisture build-up in the galley area from water penetration.

    Thank you. Since the teardrop will be exposed to the elements I used all rigid insulation. The floor is 1 1/2"= R7.5 and 3/4" plywood and vinyl flooring plus 4" foam mattress. The walls are Aluminum exterior-5/8 plywood-3/4 "=R2.89- 1/4 birch on the inside. The FrontRoofRear is a combination of 1 1/2" and 1"=R5.0 thicker on flat areas and thinner or shaved down where I had to go around corners. I made a hot wire cutter to do this, much easier than trying to cut with a saw. The high reflective properties of the aluminum and the insulation help keep it cool during the summer also.Yes. I do winter camping and have a small ceramic heater inside the Teardrop that I keep on low when I'm hooked up to electric. The inside of the Teardrop is just over 132 cubic feet...

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    Thank you. Since the teardrop will be exposed to the elements I used all rigid insulation. The floor is 1 1/2"= R7.5 and 3/4" plywood and vinyl flooring plus 4" foam mattress. The walls are Aluminum exterior-5/8 plywood-3/4 "=R2.89- 1/4 birch on the inside. The FrontRoofRear is a combination of 1 1/2" and 1"=R5.0 thicker on flat areas and thinner or shaved down where I had to go around corners. I made a hot wire cutter to do this, much easier than trying to cut with a saw. The high reflective properties of the aluminum and the insulation help keep it cool during the summer also.Yes. I do winter camping and have a small ceramic heater inside the Teardrop that I keep on low when I'm hooked up to electric. The inside of the Teardrop is just over 132 cubic feet, I actually leave the window and vent cracked open to help vent the moisture. I do have a good North Face sleeping bag that I will be replacing in the spring when the sales of winter stuff happens.Hope this answers your questionsFrank

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  • Fishbum Frank commented on Fishbum Frank's instructable Teardrop Trailer Aluminum1 year ago
    Teardrop Trailer Aluminum

    Sorry my project did not meet with your expectations. When I built this I was not thinking of putting it on this site. I was very focused on the fabrication and thinking ahead of myself. This is the first project that I have done and that I thought worthy of this site.I do have the diagrams of the wiring, because this is standard and must conform to that standard. Other drawing are concepts of what I needed in this unit. Most of the fabrication is customized to my unique situation. Since posting this I have been inundated with emails from around the world. People with many questions about appropriating materials and techniques and I have answered all of them the best I could.If you were to build one of these units, you would have to change everything but the basic materials and wiring. ...

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    Sorry my project did not meet with your expectations. When I built this I was not thinking of putting it on this site. I was very focused on the fabrication and thinking ahead of myself. This is the first project that I have done and that I thought worthy of this site.I do have the diagrams of the wiring, because this is standard and must conform to that standard. Other drawing are concepts of what I needed in this unit. Most of the fabrication is customized to my unique situation. Since posting this I have been inundated with emails from around the world. People with many questions about appropriating materials and techniques and I have answered all of them the best I could.If you were to build one of these units, you would have to change everything but the basic materials and wiring. I believe that most people understand that each build must be customized for the trailer and or situation. I thought that this would be evident by the many pics that I posted. The unit has passed my states safety inspection.I spend 30 years as a firefighter helping people that were having a bad day. I continue to do this in my person life as well and will contribute to this site in the future. I will document my projects better in the future and keep in mind that they may go on this site.

    I may have misunderstood your question. Here is the bit that I used to trim the aluminum around the the body.http://www.homedepot.com/p/Diablo-1-2-in-3-Flute-Flush-Trim-Bit-DR44100/202585369

    Thank you. Once I started I realized that there would be parts that I would have to make many times. So I made patterns out of 1/4" MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard). I would clamp or screw the pattern to the plywood, rough it out with a jigsaw and finished up with a flush trim bit in my router. Perfect every time. I could then screw and glue different thicknesses of the plywood to get the thickness of the laminated beam that I needed. I lastly contact glue a piece of white formica and trimed it off with the router.Than screwed to the outer walls. This part needed to be thick to tighten up the hatch opening and because the long screws that hold the hatch supports are under a lot of pressure.http://www.homedepot.com/p/Diablo-1-4-in-Top-Beari...My first attempt at heating and steaming ...

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    Thank you. Once I started I realized that there would be parts that I would have to make many times. So I made patterns out of 1/4" MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard). I would clamp or screw the pattern to the plywood, rough it out with a jigsaw and finished up with a flush trim bit in my router. Perfect every time. I could then screw and glue different thicknesses of the plywood to get the thickness of the laminated beam that I needed. I lastly contact glue a piece of white formica and trimed it off with the router.Than screwed to the outer walls. This part needed to be thick to tighten up the hatch opening and because the long screws that hold the hatch supports are under a lot of pressure.http://www.homedepot.com/p/Diablo-1-4-in-Top-Beari...My first attempt at heating and steaming the plywood met in miserable failure. Yes this is wiggle wood, wacky wood, or whatever they call flexible plywood in your part of the world. This stuff is great so easy to work wit, I wanted to use 1/4" but used 3/8" because a availability. There is a flat section in the front of the camper that I was able to use regular plywood. Flexible plywood is expensive about $40 a sheet, I used 4 sheets.

    Thank you so much for the compliment. I can't make every one happy all the time, I take it as constructive.I'm glad that you enjoyed my project. If I can help in any way please feel free to ask. Good luck with your build.Frank

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  • Fishbum Frank made the instructable Teardrop Trailer Aluminum1 year ago
    Teardrop Trailer Aluminum

    Thank you.Here you go, the product is sold by Home Depot its .025 Polished Diamond Plate. I clamped it down under a straight edge and scored it with a utility knife 5 or 6 times then bent it slightly back and forth, This way it will break free without distorting the metal. I used it to cover some of the flush screws on the body. I used polyurethane sealant/adhesive and clamped it to the body and bumper under licence plate holder.Hope this helps you.Frankhttp://www.homedepot.com/p/M-D-Building-Products-3...

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  • Fishbum Frank commented on Fishbum Frank's instructable Teardrop Trailer Aluminum1 year ago
    Teardrop Trailer Aluminum

    Thank you. I met an Aussie while camping this year.While showing him the trailer, over a few beers, he said the exact same quote. "Bloody marvelous"!Thank again

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  • The Cicada, we call them Locust here in NY are big and creepy looking. We have a large harmless bug here that is like a praying mantis. Its called a Walking Stick Bug. I love showing them to my grand children.

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  • Fishbum Frank commented on Fishbum Frank's instructable Teardrop Trailer Aluminum1 year ago
    Teardrop Trailer Aluminum

    Triumph? Had a Norton Commando when I was younger. Does your leak oil? LOL

    Thank you. Had to go with the heavy duty trailer. some of the off road places I fish are to rugged for a light duty

    Thank you. Articles are much better with as many pics as possible. Many people that would like to do a project cannot conceptualize from an explanation. Pics say a thousand words. Because I was so focused, remembering to photograph the project every day was harder then I thought.

    I know the feeling. My wife always says" I don't think you can do that" and after its done ""Wow thats better then I thought". My wife has low expectations. LOL It took 5 months of planning, hunting, and scrounging parts and 24 days of wiring.fabricating and assembling.Good luck on your future project. I love pics.

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  • Fishbum Frank commented on Fishbum Frank's instructable Teardrop Trailer Aluminum1 year ago
    Teardrop Trailer Aluminum

    Yes it is customized just the way I want. All in with trailer and scrounging around $2800

    Thank you. I may not fully understand the question? Do you want the over all measurements of the trailer or just the camper part? i will post more pics tonight so you get a better look at the front. My concern was also space for me. The mattress is a temperpedic knock-off and is a queen size. The stickers came from a trailer parts place you can buy them here.http://www.mirageinc.com/caution-not-a-step-sticker

    Since the original trailer was made for hauling ATVs. The balance is terrific. There is just enough tongue to keep it rock steady when driving. The job boxes are aluminum and plastic, very light.

    Thanks ShawnAs Hal I also have a small screen room and a Noahs Tarp from Kelti. These products come in handy on the road. I also have 5 gal container with a spigot. I scrounged it from a bakery that contained liquid sugar, its the best.

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  • Fishbum Frank commented on Fishbum Frank's instructable Teardrop Trailer Aluminum1 year ago
    Teardrop Trailer Aluminum

    I would have made longer so I could bring the galley all the way down to floor level. This would add space for a cooler and possibly water storage.

    Sorry Grand kids needed some attention, they are sick today. I expect the life of the trailer to be 12-15 years. Added savings is that these units are considered a tent by campgrounds, so rent a tent site with electric.$20-30 a night.

    The cost after the trailer was between $1200-$1400. This excludes the hatch and side doors, I scrounged them from other sources. It does includes all electronics and building materials. With the aluminum skin I expect the life of this trailer. The pre-made doors will cost and extra $300 and I would have built my own hatch, maybe $100 more.

    It took me a little planning and still wife said she didn't think I could do it. This from a woman that has watched me build houses stick by stick when I was younger. AHH! Yes the older I get the better I was! LOL. The build was a learning experience in it self and I learned a lot. If you need advise that I can give post it here and I will try to assist you or any one else that I can.

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