Saturday, April 23, 2016

Teardrop Camper Awning Reveal

Teardrop Camper Awning

I love the adventures I am having in my teardrop trailer, Mary Beth.  I have attended 3 gatherings so far this year, and each time I walk away with another idea of things to change or add to my campsite.

At the Wolf Creek Spring Rally of the Texas Vintage Trailer club, I left with the idea of adding a canopy to my teardrop.  I am really pleased with the results of my efforts.

This campout was with the group at Beavers Bend State Park in Broken Bow, OK.

I will create a tutorial with my next awning.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Hallway Makeover Progress

I love the board and batten treatment in my bedroom so much, that I decided to incorporate it in the hallway and both bathrooms.
So I began by prepping my surfaces to protect the floor, and to tape off for the area I am painting,

 I also removed all of the switch plates and electric plug covers.
 Next I painted the walls with white semi gloss paint, the same color as my trim paint.  This required 2 coats for good coverage.
 It already looks lighter in the hallway.
 Next I went to Home Depot and purchased 1/2" MDF for my trim.  I had boards cut to 6"for the upper boards, and the upright boards are 2" x 48" with a 45 degree angle cut on the bottom.  After a light sanding to clean the edges, I primed each board with a flat white paint.

And now the fun begins.  I attached the upright boards to the wall with liquid nails and my handy dandy, cordless Ryobi nail gun.
 The uprights are spaced 17" apart.

More later... stay tuned for the great reveal.

Monday, April 27, 2015

First Camping Trip

My first camping trip as a gathering at Tyler State Park in March 2015.
Mary Beth was not 100%, but close enough to make the trip

My second outing was a driveway setup, just to setup all of my gear to ensure that I had everything, and it all fits inside the camper.

Teardrop Trailer Part 8

The trailer is still very tall for a woman of my height.  I was talking to a friend who is well versed on suspensions.  He suggested that I use a 4" drop under slung axel.  This would drop the trailer height another 4".

After searching the internet for several days, I was not finding an axel that would fit my trailer with 46.5" spring centers.

My friend offered to cut down an axel he had in his shop to fit my trailer.  He came to visit in February and brought the axel.

I now have a 3000# 4" drop, Dexter axel.

Second axel Placement
Original axel placement
Final axel placement

Final installation includes shackles on the front eye bolt.

Teardrop Trailer Part 7

The instructions for assembling my trailer have the axel overslung.  
 By moving the axel to the top of the spring (underslung) I cn bring the height of the trailer down about 2", hopefully making it easier for me to get in and out, and bringing down the galley counter without reducing the amount of storage I have in the galley.

I needed to ensure I had space for the spring to travel when I move the axel

Underslung axel


Teardrop Trailer part 6

To seal the wood sides I am using Helmsman Spar Varnish.
 My plans call for 7-9 coats on each side. Sanding with 400 grit paper between coats.
 So I have taken over every inch of usable flat space in the garage.  I really was going a little crazy and needed a break from the varnish, so Kevin helped me to put the walls up on the frame to see how well everything fits.

I am only 5'3" tall.  Those giant tires bring the bottom of the trailer to 18".    This will place the galley counter top about mid chest for me if I do nothing to change it.
me and the hubbs checking to see how well we fit inside

Shelves , bulkhead and galley counter top

The fun is over... back to work.. I have a lot of varnish to add.

a fresh coat of varnish