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    Off-road teardrop scratch-build

    :LOL: That's exactly why I took the picture! He was so pooped after our hike that I was amazed he'd sleep through the cooking. Normally he's outside when we're cooking, but the times when he's inside he's got his head out the window nearly licking the food off the griddle while we're trying to...
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    Off-road teardrop scratch-build

    We recently had our first trip of the year. Great success. We did a little bit of minor work beforehand, that I didn't document with pictures. We had some rusting exterior hardware in places where we used low-grade stainless, so that wasn't at all surprising. We got actually-graded-stainless...
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    Off-road teardrop scratch-build

    The finish is great! It hasn't spent a ton of time outside, just because there's been space available in the garage. But it's been through rain and salt and we haven't actually given it a wash yet. I haven't spotted any issues like paint peeling or flaking or wearing down, etc. at all, except...
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    Off-road teardrop scratch-build

    Sure no problem. Let me explain a little, because I forget how much detail I gave on pages back. I created a ring like you said, that basically mimics the shape of the door opening, but it is smaller on the inside edge by the width of the gasket, and then the outside edge is large enough for it...
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    Off-road teardrop scratch-build

    Yup. A lot of the time I find that more work up front results in less work down the line, at the point of use. Generally, it translates into more overall enjoyment. Less setup time and effort getting to and at camp means more time we can just relax and enjoy being out there.
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    Off-road teardrop scratch-build

    I was having some issues with the battery holding a charge in the unheated garage. I think the cold causes faster no-load discharging. As a temporary solution, I robbed a trickle charger from a different appliance to keep the battery from dying permanently. This wasn't a very elegant solution...
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    Off-road teardrop scratch-build

    Got everything taken care of in time before the weekend. Got a few hundred miles down with no issues. Here's a couple finished pictures.
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    Off-road teardrop scratch-build

    Lol I don't know what that means but extra points sounds good! I'll take it! The controls for the water system are right next to the opening for the grill drawer, if you remember. Finally got around to something that has been put off for a while last night, as part of our reassembly. I had a...
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    Off-road teardrop scratch-build

    So the trailer project took a back burner for a little bit, behind traveling/vacationing, and putting a new roof on the house. But we've made some recent progress, so I wanted to share. The propane fix above worked. I've not yet had a chance to finalize everything 100% (just need to secure a few...
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    Off-road teardrop scratch-build

    The original Coleman regulator is installed on the grill, you are correct. The grill requires 15psi; it says it right on the label. It was my own stupidity for not reading it. The regulator that I had installed at the large tank was the one that came with the water heater, which was set to 1psi...
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    Off-road teardrop scratch-build

    If you look really closely, you can see in the pictures we used a small 1lb. propane tank for the grill. I was trying to light the grill the night before we left, just be sure. Because, although I had tested each component individually - the grill worked on a small tank, the large trailer tank...
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    Off-road teardrop scratch-build

    It's wicked annoying. Takes like 10 minutes to fill the tank.
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    Off-road teardrop scratch-build

    This isn't really build-thread-related, but I figured some of you would enjoy to see a sort of "conclusion" (we're not totally done with the trailer yet), to give some meaning to the whole thing. So we spent late last week trying to decide on a place to go. We ended up pointing our GPS to a...
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    Off-road teardrop scratch-build

    Thanks! Not sure where we're going this weekend, but surely somewhere. It's been far too long. We're excited. Will probably end up bringing tools to tinker while we're at camp.
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