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    What you are building is not Tiny any more, this is a Tiny Teardrop :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike N View Post
    What you are building is not Tiny any more, this is a Tiny Teardrop :-)

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    Nice, not quite. but width wise i'm not going to be far off.
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    Wonder if the teardrop shape actually helps behind a tow vehicle? Or are you just sacrificing space for 0.001L/100km fuel saving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiksilver View Post
    Wonder if the teardrop shape actually helps behind a tow vehicle? Or are you just sacrificing space for 0.001L/100km fuel saving.
    No idea, but I'm sure it will get 50 points for attitude!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiksilver View Post
    Wonder if the teardrop shape actually helps behind a tow vehicle? Or are you just sacrificing space for 0.001L/100km fuel saving.
    From what I understand that was the original reason for the compact design and also for towing behind a normal passenger vehicle.. so has to be lightweight.
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    Last night I was thinking about composite material the pro's and con's. But at the end we decided to stick with wood for now as we know how to work with it and also seeing that the interior will be used as room we really like the feel and touch that it 'wood' bring.

    We will be using high quality birch ply not the builders Warehouse ply.
    Also this camper will be too small for a galley and for now we don't want to battle with sealing and sourcing of things like hurricane hinges.

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    I had to play around with Fred in 2d to make sure that we have enough space, and by saying enough I mean barely enough. Enough to sit up and enough to lay down.

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    Next:

    1. Enough with these 2d sketches lets do some 3D modelling.
    2. At the same time we will start looking at all the items that's required for this project.
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    Maybe chat to some of the Yachting crowd. They can recommend suppliers of materials like Marine Ply, epoxies and other light weight ''off-the-shelf'' materials, fittings and accessories. I would imagine keeping precipitation out while getting durability are high priorities for you and no better place for materials than the boating world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ViperR View Post
    Sounds interesting, and yes that might be the better option. Do you know how the price compares to plywood and how flexible these panels are. Also is something like that readily available up here in joburg.

    I have looked at other composite's but at this stage I'm more comfortable with wood.

    But if you have details of a local supplier please share. I 'wood' like to investigate other options.
    I have a Jetstream and a friend I have has been toying with the idea of building a teardrop - sticking to the basic dimensions of the Jetstream but with a different build process, the modern composites are fantastic but admittedly relatively expensive, most caravans and boats have very little wood these days and utilise different types of composite board (fiberglass/aluminium/plastic honeycomb) - Google Coosa
    Simply put the design is based on an aluminium frame bent and riveted together with s/s cross members and the board is then glued in...........windows and doors can be bought online...
    Personally I would stick with slightly larger dimensions than what you are considering, its more usable and the cost difference is negligible.....once you have used a teardrop you will never look at anything else - its just so easy!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ViperR View Post
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    (Calculated / modeled) static weight on tow bar?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PieterOos View Post
    (Calculated / modeled) static weight on tow bar?
    Did the following, now the axle is not cast in concrete as yet. Does this seem like it falls in the ballpark?
    This is just a thumb suck for now, until we get a better understanding of the weights that we going to work with.

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    Did I read it correctly, 94lb? Yes looks good. (I haven't check the rest but I presume you want to come in with GVM < 750kg, for a B licensed driver.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PieterOos View Post
    Did I read it correctly, 94lb? Yes looks good. (I haven't check the rest but I presume you want to come in with GVM < 750kg, for a B licensed driver.)
    It's in kg although it says Lb(N). Yes the idea was to get it to fall within the 750kg mark, but with a tongue box and RTT I believe we will be well over a ton. We'll just make sure we use a higher rated axle and keep revisiting the calculation until we have better idea of what we working with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ViperR View Post
    It's in kg although it says Lb(N). Yes the idea was to get it to fall within the 750kg mark, but with a tongue box and RTT I believe we will be well over a ton.
    Maybe consider releasing two models as you might find a market for a <750kg model?

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    I mentioned at the start of the thread that we wanted this build to be unique in it's own way. And how do you do that, well we started with the tail lights. I looked at all the mainstream trailer, camper manufacturers and they all had one thing in common lights, tail lights. I can't believe that in this day and age we still only user two designs, the good old brick design that comes from nineteen voetseks and the round light that is just as old, but I'll give it to them at least it's an LED light now.

    Anyway can't believe that something like a tail light can get under my skin like that, so I started searching far and wide and ended up with this! I think it's unique and a little different.
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    After my little tiff with the tail lights I ask Fred and his twin sister, that is actually also quite bulky to lay on a mattress so that I can measure them It will be a tight fit so lets call it a space for a cosy couple or maybe like I mentioned earlier for swambo and the little one.

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    I also asked Fred to sit up for me Fred is very good with taking orders.

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    It seems like his twin sister has the ability to levitate. Not sure how many of you can sleep like this but nonetheless the idea is there.
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    Sleep on the right mattress and it feels like you float on air

    One small little detail that Fred did not let you in on is sleeping on a pillow one hardly ever sleeps with your head right at the top of your bed, usually about 250 - 300 mm away. Seeing as you are a tall Fred it might interfere with a good night's sleep.

    The birch plywood is a great choice and I don't know if you are aware that it is also available in 1500 x 3000 sheets with a lot that is impregnated in resin, genuine good stuff, I have had off cuts in water for more than a year and no sign of delamination. It is expensive though a sheet of 10mm will set you back about R1.6k

    Another option is to contact this member https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...hp/20445-Wedwo he is in to composite sheeting that might just change your mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hbannink View Post
    Sleep on the right mattress and it feels like you float on air

    One small little detail that Fred did not let you in on is sleeping on a pillow one hardly ever sleeps with your head right at the top of your bed, usually about 250 - 300 mm away. Seeing as you are a tall Fred it might interfere with a good night's sleep.

    The birch plywood is a great choice and I don't know if you are aware that it is also available in 1500 x 3000 sheets with a lot that is impregnated in resin, genuine good stuff, I have had off cuts in water for more than a year and no sign of delamination. It is expensive though a sheet of 10mm will set you back about R1.6k

    Another option is to contact this member https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...hp/20445-Wedwo he is in to composite sheeting that might just change your mind.
    True forgot about the pillows. Yes I'm aware of the larger sheet. I think the plan will be to try and fit everything on the smaller sheets for now and then If it's a good build sell and build a bigger one.

    The birch is definitely high quality stuff but very pricey. What I would have liked but I can't seem to fine any is the sheets that they coat with protective film layer. Unfortunately I can't find a local supplier, so we will have to coat the interior ourselves. Something I'm not really keen on doing.
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    Porch Light x2. Tick that box. See you can set them to yellow so that's a plus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ViperR View Post
    Porch Light x2. Tick that box. See you can set them to yellow so that's a plus.

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    Following your build as I'm doing something in a similar line...although I'm just DIY'ing it together.

    Where did you get these specific lights? I've seen them somewhere but now can't find them again...
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    Quote Originally Posted by avk View Post
    Following your build as I'm doing something in a similar line...although I'm just DIY'ing it together.

    Where did you get these specific lights? I've seen them somewhere but now can't find them again...
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    Gas Stove have arrived.

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    Playing Around with Surface finishes. I've used some Danish Oil, believe that has a low or no VOC.
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    Not sure if it is visible in the image but on the right the coating looked rough, gave it a fine sand on the left and think that is the look that we will be going for. A semi sheen finish.
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