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Old 04-01-2012, 11:30 AM   #21
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These were made by a company in Wenatchee, WA in the late 80's. Last year I came across a huge stash of parts for them at a tow yard in Chelan, WA I tried to buy the entire lot but the owner thought that he was mining gold with them. If you need any body panels, doors etc try contacting him by calling the Chelan, WA Visitors Bureau and ask about the tow yard that is located on the north side of the Chelan River, they should be able to help out.



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Old 04-01-2012, 11:35 AM   #22
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teardrop trailer

I also had one of these....great little trailer.....always ready to go, i towed mine with a restored cj7 jeep , did some off roading etc...and as someone else mentioned the gull-wing doors were a great eye catcher
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Old 04-01-2012, 04:29 PM   #23
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the doors are great but sure dont seal, style over function for sure.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:31 AM   #24
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I've removed all the weather stripping and will be replacing it. The door latches were missing and the previous owner was using bungee cords to keep them from flopping open. I think the doors warped a tad in the hot UT sun, so that's why the seal is worse on one side and not the other. I'm going to redo all the weather stripping, add locking door latches and then spray the thing down with a garden hose to test water proofing. If it leaks, I'll try again.
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Old 04-03-2012, 10:16 AM   #25
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Mike and I found the right storage bins to level out the bed platform.



I talked about it WAY too much on my blog:

Teardrop American Outbacker Restoration: Leveling The Bed Platform

I've included the info on the EXACT bins we used that fit nicely into the recessed area. I'd love to be able to build a nice platform like Gregg M. did, but that's a little out of my skill range right now. These will do until I'm better at woodworking.
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Old 04-03-2012, 10:40 AM   #26
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Since the teardrop is plastic, would some judicious application of heat be useful to counteract any solar warping and improve the mating of doors and doorways? Just wondering...
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Old 04-03-2012, 10:43 AM   #27
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Someone more talented than me could probably do that, but I'm not at that level. It's not warped THAT bad. The previous owner was able to keep out water by using bungee cords. With new weather stripping and a proper door latch, I think we'll be able to do the same.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:17 AM   #28
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We'd like to replace the Teardrop American logo on the side of our trailer. Do any of you have a picture of the logo?
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:15 AM   #29
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Hard to believe this thread is still going. I took my across county from Seattle to Washington DC and back in 08. It has been stored in the garage since then. The main problem I had was the latches. The back one I ended up bungee cord it back home and never did replace the back seal. When I got near St. Lewis I ended up taking motels all the way home as it was too hot to sleep in. Even running two fans in it. Every time I stopped I would check the door latches as the door ones would come lose. Other than that it pulled great with the van. Great little traveler for sleeping in.

Just before I left my son discovered why the egg part was bouncing around. There is a couple of nuts and bolts that attach to the frame. Put a metal strip across and reattached hardware problem fixed.

These travelers were sold in the USA and China but the company went belly up due to financially not making it.



lauramoncur: I don't know where you could get a logo from. I drove over to Wenatchee, WA and meet up with the production manager to get some spare parts. He didn't have any logo's.
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:06 AM   #30
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Welcome back Michelle... we thought you'd disappeared!

Maybe you can get a one-off logo made from this picture: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...tml#post299059
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:22 AM   #31
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Those teardrops were built in Wenatchee, WA back in the 90's.
As I mentioned in a much earlier post, a salvage yard in Chelan, WA bought up all of the left over parts and pieces and has had them sitting out exposed to the elements for years. If anyone needs body parts, or wants to try to build a new one, I will get the name of the yard at which they are located.
When I was there exactly a year ago this week, the owner wanted about $500 for enough pieces to built a complete rig (Minus the trailer part).
He also wanted to hit on my ex-wife, but that's another story.
BTW: The downfall of them seemed to be that the poly material they are made of isn't all that dimension stable and leaky door seals were endemic.



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Old 08-04-2012, 11:25 AM   #32
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Bob, My wing doors are warped so that is one of the issues to keeping the doors close. There are a few other things but not enough to not own it. I've been thinking about selling my since I haven't used it. I now slept in my van or get a motel on my trips. Advantage is just back from ND and I could drive 75 instead of 63 or so and I can't lock myself in it. One more thing is my is from there original production line. How you can tell is the hinges on the doors are made different. My isn't the Hydraulic ones. One nice thing is you can paint it. Best to you use car paint but house paint will work too per the guy I talked to. Donna, thanks for the link.
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Old 10-27-2013, 10:58 PM   #33
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I am looking for one of these to purchase. If anyone has a lead I would appreciate it.
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Old 04-10-2018, 06:51 PM   #34
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Looking for one of these

I realize this is an old thread.... I owned one of these about 10 yrs ago and stupidly sold it
If anyone has one for sale or a lead on one please let me know
I no longer live in so calif and now live in Denver Colorado
But willing to travel
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