2008 Homemade Teardrop Trailer

 

 

Here are some photos of my homemade cargo trailer project.  It started out as a project that someone else started.  I bought the trailer used from a fellow up in Cleveland, Tennessee.  He had already shortened the frame and axel and extended the tongue.  He installed a car-top carrier and he was finished.  He pulled it a few times and put it up for sale.  I bought it from him for $125.  Here is how it looked when I got it.

  After buying the trailer I pulled it on a 1500+ mile trip through five states.  It did all right, but I didn't like the way it looked.  It look too cheaply made, as do the majority of car-top carrier trailers.  I decided to strip the trailer down and rebuild it.  I enlisted the help of my father, the master craftsman.  If you would like to see some of his handywork, check out the 2008 Teardrop Camper Trailer he handmade. 

 

 

FRAME

The first order of business was to do away with the crappy looking car-top carrier.  We disassembled the trailer, did away with some nuts and bolts, done some welding, added some bracing and removed a spring from the suspension.  After the frame was back together it was sanded down and painted with automotive grade paint.  Here is how the trailer frame looks now:

Click To Enlarge

Click To Enlarge

Click To Enlarge

Click To Enlarge

 

 

CARGO BOX

After finishing the frame, it was time to start on the cargo box.  The box is made out of sanded plywood.  All of the joints were glued as well as fastened with two inch staples.  The sides were cutout and the lid was crafted.  The cargo box measures 48X27X16 which works out to about 12 cubic feet of cargo space.  It looks larger that that.  By the way, if you need a good on-line cubic feet calculator, click HERE.  Anyway, here is the cargo box and top:

Click To Enlarge

Click To Enlarge

Click To Enlarge

Click To Enlarge

 

 

CARGO BOX AND FRAME

After finishing the cargo box, we set it on the frame to see how it's going to look.  I believe that it is going to look just fine.  Its not too big and its not too small.  I believe that there will be plenty of room inside the trailer for all out stuff.  I am not into camping, so this should be plenty of room for luggage and what not.  Here are a couple of pics of the box with the frame:

Click To Enlarge

Click To Enlarge

Click To Enlarge

Click To Enlarge

 

 

COVERING THE CARGO BOX

The cargo box will be covered in sheet metal and painted with automotive paint.  The nose of the trailer will be covered in diamond plate aluminum.  The sheet metal was formed and channels were created to keep water out of the cargo box.  The channels will also have rubber gaskets to keep it water tight.  Liberal amounts of silicone were also used in various places on the sheet metal to seal out water.   

Click To Enlarge

Click To Enlarge

Click To Enlarge

Click To Enlarge

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned, there is more to come.  I've still got tons of work to do!