Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Tear Jerk Journal - This and That

Hey Kids! I know it’s been a long time since I rapped at ya, but my computer died, and I was surprised to find out that my replacement from Dell was going to take 6 weeks to get here. Good grief dude! 6 weeks! So, basically I am forced to use the wife’s laptop since I don’t really have the time to wait before this next blog post.

“We gotta long way to go, and a short time to get there” – Jerry Reed

I looked at the calendar yesterday and realized that time is quickly running out. We only got 2 more weekends until the self-imposed deadline of April 2nd. So, if we are going to have the teardrop done in time for the first camping trip, we are going to have to get crack-a-lackin’.

Let me bring everybody up to speed. Since I last posted here, we put a counter top on the footboard wall, put in the studs that make up the wall between the galley and cabin where we plan to put all the electrical wiring, and we put the entire roof consisting of 1/8 inch panel inside and 3/8 inch “wacky board” outside with all the foam insulation between those 2 layers. We also got the hatch door built and ready to hang on the back. Now all we gotta do is put wood filler over the screw heads on the roof, then sand, stain, and urethane the entire camper before we can get started hanging the doors and attaching the trim.

Building a Better Mouse Trap…err…Teardrop Camper

A few months ago I got fed up with all the mistakes and half ass stuff from the teardrop building instructions we got from the internet and I decided to scrap those plans and go with my own. That was clearly the best decision I made during this entire project. Luckily, I figured this out in time before the whole project was scrap. Unfortunately, there was a lot of additional effort and wasted time as a result of this company’s apparent ploy to sabotage any home builder’s project as a way to acquire more sales of their finished campers. As a service to every homebuilder out there that is thinking of getting plans from a company whose primary business is selling campers, I am going to provide a free set of my beginner level plans here at this site in hopes that people will get these instead of buying the worthless ones. These will, hands down, be the best teardrop building plans anyone has ever seen.

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