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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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    Off-road teardrop scratch-build

    Thanks for the kind words! Marine grade plywood is supposed to be pretty well protected, based on my research. Like you, I don't have much experience with it either. Some people suggest fiberglassing and epoxying the exterior when making boats. Some suggest it is fine to leave as is. We're...
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    Off-road teardrop scratch-build

    That's good to know about the coiled cables. That sounds annoying. I will freely admit this was a case of user error. I didn't properly assemble the hitch to the ball. The "fingers" that hook underneath the ball when you flip down the latch were actually smushed inside the ball cup above the...
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    Off-road teardrop scratch-build

    I could get some better pictures of what we had setup, but i can probably explain it fairly well. There was no issue at the trailer side, regarding the safety chains. The ball receiver bolts through the tongue tube with (2) 1/2" grade 8 bolts. I put the last link of each 3' safety chain around...
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    Off-road teardrop scratch-build

    What we have is obviously getting replaced. I'm thinking about going with a cable instead, something like this: And ditch the threaded chain links. I'll just bolt through the cable eye, with an oversized washer. I like that these would stay off the ground when not hooked up to a truck. Any...
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    Off-road teardrop scratch-build

    We worked until about 11pm Friday with a friend helping out as well. This is about where we started off, So we pulled the rear wall off to work on it. It seemed there was an endless stream of detail things that needed to be done to get it roadworthy. I had to pass the towing lights harness...
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    Off-road teardrop scratch-build

    Agreed! The panels make so much power it's great.
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    Off-road teardrop scratch-build

    I've been making a lot of progress this week, but not really taking any time for pictures. Here's a few crappy ones I got yesterday. Sorry they're not that great, I'm just hustling. Current status is the roof is on, sealed, insulated and interior-skinned. The exterior of the rear wall is...
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