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Old 12-01-2012, 06:47 PM   #29
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The funny thing about this discussion is:

There are TONS of trailer "kits" out there, and many of us have "assembled" them.
Um, disassembled would be more accurate in my case.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:50 PM   #30
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Um, disassembled would be more accurate in my case.

Can't make a good omelet unless you're willing to break an "egg"!

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Old 12-01-2012, 09:59 PM   #31
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:11 AM   #32
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Renovators, despite their best intentions, are a good source of "kits."
The words ". . . interior removed but have everything" and "I bought it with the intention of . . ." say it all. Life is what happens and you throw a tarp over it. Scratch-built that got scratched is even sadder.

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When I built my first little travel trailer I looked for a year for a particular one, a sunliner sunspot for sale. It was very light and I had a pt cruiser for a tv. The day I ordered $600 worth of lumber one came on the market and I was so pissed... well someone on my forum bought it and basically had to gut it and rebuild it.... glad I didnt buy it lol was easier to build from scratch then to rebuild one lol
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:49 AM   #34
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Did you build a teardrop, Deryk? Do you have all the "tools" in your box--welding and metal fab. skills, wood shop machine tools and skills? etc. The usual problem of scratchbuilt is you almost can't afford to build one-off given the investment of time and money in exploration and perfecting of build method and design, physical plant, fabrication tooling, raw material (the "ten shops in one" conundrum). If you manage to beat the "economy of scale" monkey and are happy with cost vs. kit or out the door retail, you're one of the lucky few. Building to a "proven" design and fabrication methods avoids some pitfalls; project cost isn't usually one of them!

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Well I built a small gypsy caravan, but in proportion size wise to a teardrop. I had access to a friends woodshop, trailer I purchased. I am pretty handy, so that might give me an edge over most folks. I also have alot of experience with fiberglass, did alot of work on the boats I have owned, includeing mostly rebuilding my fiberglass keel on my last boat. Sometimes sweat equity is a tradeoff when you dont have the cash to buy new... and if you enjoy puttering and tinkering then it is worth it... then you get to see the look on peoples faces when you say "I made it".

A friend said to me the other day, "You moved into an apartment and are thinking of buying a brand new trailer, what are you gonna do to fill up your free time lol"

Might take up stained glass...or brewing

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I built a glassed stripper canoe in a one-bedroom aptmt. in 1972. I ripped up western redwood 1x6s on a ridiculouly-underpowered 8" table saw in the basement laundry room. Somehow I got that cleaned up and managed to get out the ladder frame, station moulds, and stems; "planked" and glassed the thing inside and out; and moved out a year later without giving up the damage deposit. Tribute to good drop cloths. What was wrong with the neighbors' noses as well as the rental agent's, I'll never know! Styrene was strong enuf to wake the dead for six months. I still have the moulds hanging in the garage. I built a few small boats afterwards but that one was the craziest.

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Reminds me of the old joke. Guy says to his pal, "I can't believe you are going to build an airplane from a kit". Pal says, "What's the big deal, you built your own boat". Guys says, "Yea, but I can swim".
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