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Old 12-11-2014, 09:25 PM   #57
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The hard part is that it's new enough that there aren't many reviews by folks that have actually owned them.

FWIW - I found this on the Honda element forum:

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We are the owners of that E and the (Tailfeather) camper. We love it and have taken it all over the country in the year that we've had it. We put it on an aluminium utility trailer so total weight we tow is less than 1000 lbs. Its been one of the best purchases we've ever made including buying our E.
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Old 01-06-2015, 07:56 PM   #58
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I went up to Loveland this afternoon to talk with Larry Drake and take a look at the Tailfeather in person. Thought I’d write up my visit for those who have expressed interest in hearing from someone who has actually seen the product.

Larry is a super-nice guy - very down to earth & open about his stuff. The shell I looked at was one of his later pre-production prototypes, designed to fit a 5’x10’ utility trailer, it has the newer roof design rather than the pop-up. We also went to his workshop to see some of the parts that are currently in production.

Yes, it’s plastic - really, really tough double-walled ABS plastic. The kind of plastic molded for really good public playground equipment, picnic tables, boat hulls, car bumpers, etc. The seams are sealed with rubber gaskets, like those used to seal car doors, and there are two on each panel. They are offset so that when the panels are put together, one runs along the outside of the seam & the other runs along the inside. Given the amount of wear & tear car door seals are routinely subject to & their very low failure rate, this seems like a pretty viable solution. Also, easy to replace if it did fail.

Larry keeps this one set up, uncovered, in his backyard, when he's not using it for camping. It’s been there a couple of years & is showing no signs of wear on the outside and no signs of leakage inside. It also felt very sturdy & solid. There are tie down brackets on the inside & outside of every panel AND every panel also has two attachments for L-brackets to bolt to the floor.

I’ve addressed cost in my earlier post. It isn’t anywhere near what some estimates make it. And the modular nature means one can buy only what is needed, with the option of adding on later.

Larry said production may be moving out of state soon, which makes me sad. I liked that it was local. Still, it’s more shippable than anything else.

Admittedly, I never was as skeptical as some of you, but I tried to go in with an open mind & look for the kinds of things that might fail. All-in-all, I was impressed with the workmanship. I think the outside looked somewhat better in person than it does in pictures & the inside was much roomier & more comfortable than I had expected from viewing the pictures on the web site.

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Old 01-07-2015, 08:43 AM   #59
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Thanks for the report Andrea.
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Old 01-07-2015, 07:01 PM   #60
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Were there gaskets at the bottom edge of each panel as well, to seal against the floor? I've been wondering how they keep water out at the bottom, since it mounts on a flatbed trailer.
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Old 01-08-2015, 06:02 PM   #61
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Were there gaskets at the bottom edge of each panel as well, to seal against the floor? I've been wondering how they keep water out at the bottom, since it mounts on a flatbed trailer.
No, not on the bottom. Waterproofing inside is provided by the floor liner, which looks kind of flimsy in the pictures. Larry had an inexpensive indoor-outdoor type rug over it. The assembly instructions also mention the option of putting down weatherstripping tape under the bottom edge of the panels. From what I saw in person, the liner seemed to be working fine. - Andrea
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Andrea, someone mentioned there are tie downs to hold it on the trailer. Did Larry mention how it would stay on traveling at 60 mph?
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Old 01-09-2015, 01:21 PM   #64
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Andrea, someone mentioned there are tie downs to hold it on the trailer. Did Larry mention how it would stay on traveling at 60 mph?
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There are tie down brackets on the inside & outside of every panel AND every panel also has two attachments for L-brackets to bolt them to the floor. If one used every option for attachment, they would have the best secured camper out there - commercial or otherwise.

Anyway, these are pretty standard & time-tested as far as attachment methods. It's worth noting that long-distance truckers use tie-downs pretty extensively to secure all kinds of loads. I know for a fact that Larry and several of his customers have towed these cross-country with no problem. (See my post above with the quote from the Honda Element Forum).

Larry's used four of the outside tie-downs & some of the L-Brackets inside & the shell doesn't even shift, much less go anywhere while being towed.

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"Larry said production may be moving out of state soon"
There is always turtle in Ft. Collins. kinda neat and about the same size.
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Old 01-22-2015, 12:35 PM   #66
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"Larry said production may be moving out of state soon"
There is always turtle in Ft. Collins. kinda neat and about the same size.
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Thanks! I was looking at that a couple of weeks ago & I think it's beautiful. It is close in size, but the Tailfeather is just enough bigger that DH wants to go with it.

We've actually put a deposit down on the Tailfeather shell & I got our Jeep hitched this past weekend. Now to get a trailer to use as a chassis. Production is moving, but it doesn't sound like Larry is going anywhere & we may still be able to pick it up from his place.

I'll keep you posted, for those who are interested.



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Your Jeep got hitched? I guess that would be a non-traditional marriage!

I think you'll have a great time with your Teal.
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Old 01-23-2015, 11:32 AM   #68
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Your Jeep got hitched? I guess that would be a non-traditional marriage!

I think you'll have a great time with your Teal.
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I am nearing completion of a whole new concept in small trailers. The prototype is completed and production is scheduled for early summer. You can learn more about the Teal Camper, including how it was conceived and how the prototype was built at www.TealCamper.com
Hey Larry How bout a mail list (email that is on your website)???? then we can get some updates. WAIT I found it .. never mind..
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I received an email from Teal in August (but didn't think to post until now) saying that they've entered into a deal with Porta-Kamp of Houston TX. Porta-Kamp is taking pre-orders for these modular units and will produce them if/when they have 20 Tail Feathers ordered.
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