New hobby found

Discussion in 'Free Zone' started by LLPoolJ, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ MTB Addict

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic and Stumpy
    Wood working. Never knew it could be fun.
    I had a 4x8 a trailer sitting in my yard for 10+ yrs used it sparringly for dump runs. Was looking to give it away then a video of a teardrop trailer came up on my Youtube. Idea born.
    I quickly started brainstorming. Found plans for one online. It has no rounded corners not ready for that. Been working regularly on it for 2 weeks or so.
    Got the floor almost ready to go and a wall. Spent yesterday using truck bed liner spay protecting the bottom.
    Hoping to have it done in a few months. Short weekend MTB gettaways are the plan as I have another travel trailer.

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  2. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer MTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    Agreed. What little I have done, I have enjoyed.

    Just be careful not to work with wood for too long at a time. (you might get blisters) :whistling:
     
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  3. Sidewalk

    Sidewalk MTB Addict

    Location:
    Unknown
    Name:
    Josh
    Current Bike:
    N+1
    Funny, I've been doing wood working lately too!
     
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  4. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Yeti ASR5c, SC Hightower
    That's cool!
    Post a pic of the plans so we can see the end product and watch the progession!
     
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  5. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ MTB Addict

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic and Stumpy
    Roughly what it will look like.

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  6. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ MTB Addict

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic and Stumpy
    Size is a sheet of plywood.
     
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  7. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Sell it to Elon. Use it to rescue Thai kids...
     
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  8. evdog

    evdog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    Serious question...wouldn't it be easier to just take a tent? Yeah yeah I know the point of this is to build out a trailer, but....

    Trailer will limit speed on freeways and what roads you can take, plus reduce fuel efficiency. The best part of camping for me is sleeping outside. This trailer won't do much that a tent doesn't do. It's not like we often deal with bad weather down here. In fact, this thing will be miserable to sleep in when it's hot out due to lack of air flow.

    FWIW I don't get those Tepui roof top tents that are all the rage either. Doesn't seem real smart using a shelter that you have to take down every time you want to move your vehicle.

    Interested to see how it turns out though. Maybe you can add a flip up window on each side or the front and back to get some airflow.
     
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  9. tortoise

    tortoise Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Trabuco Canyon
    Name:
    Tom
    Nice take on it Debbie Downer:cool::laugh::laugh:
     
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  10. doublewide

    doublewide MTB Addict

    Name:
    Mark
    Current Bike:
    Ride Life Ride Giant
    Derail...

    That is one of the downsides to the roof top tent. I've gotten pretty good at getting it set up and taken down, probably 10 minutes or so. But it is so nice to be up off the ground on a nice memory foam mattress looking out over the landscape. You just gotta plan accordingly...
     
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  11. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Yeti ASR5c, SC Hightower
    C'Mon, Javon!
    Let the kid have some fun! A tree fort on wheels. I hate tents. Hate is a strong word. Okay I really hate tents! Just that simple elevation off the ground with an air mattress makes life alllll better. Plus you can have some wall amenities that you can't have in a tent. like a big screen TV! o_O
     
  12. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD MTB Addict

    Location:
    La Verne, CA
    Name:
    Dennis (AKA Dio)
    Current Bike:
    2013 Trek Slash 9 (26er)
    Anyone wanna share a little tent with me!?
     
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  13. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Yeti ASR5c, SC Hightower
    :stop:No.
     
  14. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ MTB Addict

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic and Stumpy
    Lets go.
     
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  15. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ MTB Addict

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic and Stumpy
    You must have missed the roughly part. As I have told many a doubter. Life is short do funshit. This is a very fun moment for me just ask my wife when I walk into the house at 9pm glowing like I just had sex for the 1st time. If I were practical I would drink beer and watch TV like most others. That aint me.
     
  16. mike

    mike MTB Addict

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
    James, that thing is sweet :thumbsup: When you want to roll up and be set up already, a hard-sided trailer is awesome, double awesome in Sh!t weather. Get your propane, solar/12v/inverter in there and live large. A vent fan at top and don’t scrimp on the insulation, forget the AC. You could put an awning(s) on it. Easy for me to say... have fun building and using!
     
  17. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ MTB Addict

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic and Stumpy
    U are speaking my language.
     
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  18. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer MTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    That truck looks like a Nissan Titan. The tail lights are a dead giveaway.
     
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  19. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ MTB Addict

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic and Stumpy
    Lol. But I drive an F 150
     
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  20. mike

    mike MTB Addict

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
    You’ll be able to tow it with almost anything :thumbsup:
     
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  21. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ MTB Addict

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic and Stumpy
    S
    Should be less than 1000lbs
     
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  22. mike

    mike MTB Addict

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
    Motorcycle tow!!!!!?

    As long as I’m spending your money and time, I’ll add a hitch receiver in back for a bike rack :geek:
     
  23. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ MTB Addict

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic and Stumpy
    Probably on top. More secure IMO. Also an E Board(SUP) mount.
     
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  24. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ MTB Addict

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic and Stumpy
    More progress.

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    Driverside wall installed. Pasenger mocked up til I get the door. Working on support beams the skin the roof.
     
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  25. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Yeti ASR5c, SC Hightower
    I was a custom home builder for about 11 years and from the pics I can easily tell you are taking your time and building it very precise. Great job JJ!
     
  26. yvettessherpa

    yvettessherpa Well-Known Member

    Location:
    French Valley
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    08 Trek Fuel EX 8
    I see you are using a nail gun. I hope you are using ring shank nails at least. If not I would recommend screws. It's amazing how much tailers rattle and shake when on the road. I would hate for a normal nail to vibrate out...
     
  27. kioti

    kioti MTB Addict

    Name:
    Jim Jennings
    Current Bike:
    ibis ripley
    @LLPoolJ, will the rear roof/hatch swing open? I spent a lot of nights on the prairie under the shell of my truck, and it was great watching the sunset and stars with the tailgate window up.
     
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  28. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ MTB Addict

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic and Stumpy
    Glue, screws and brad nails. Aint goin anywhere.
     
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  29. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ MTB Addict

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic and Stumpy
    Planning that now. Probably a window placed above the head of the bed.
     
  30. kioti

    kioti MTB Addict

    Name:
    Jim Jennings
    Current Bike:
    ibis ripley
    :thumbsup:
     
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