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    Default Tiny Teardrop Camper Design & Build

    I'm creating this thread to keep a record of progress after the idea me and a colleague had of building a small teardrop camper.

    Idea

    The idea came to mind towards the end of January 2019 after watching and reading about minimalist living and seeing how people globally achieve this. After this idea settled in I started thinking about how people in south-Africa live in security estates with limited space, that usually don't have large areas available to store all their out and about toys. Then I read an article about the new Suzuki jimny, and thought to myself wow that is a pretty cool little car. I have a jeep XJ that is also actually seen as quite a small 4x4.

    So I want you to keep this image in your mind throughout this build.
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    NB. The build would also need to cater for the those with the B license. Although for this build we will go all out and the weight of the camper will end up well over the 750kg tow limit.

    Problem No1.

    The problem I was facing was that I'm not short 1.9m to be exact and I have a wife and two small children. For me to make this built to work I would need to make provision for all of this.

    The Concept.

    We like the outdoors so the design will focus around an off road type design. It must also be unique as far as possible but functional at the same time.

    We will be using high a quality plywood so hence that we will be trying to keep the design to fit with in a 2440 x 1220 envelope.

    I've done a basic autocad sketch too see what we can accomplish within this envelope.
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    Next I'm going to see if I can get my man Fred the manikin, that measures my height to see If he can fit comfortably within this coffin.
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    Default Re: Tiny Teardrop Camper Design & Build

    @ 1.9 and a family, I would consider the pull out concept. Seems to be the way to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stranger View Post
    @ 1.9 and a family, I would consider the pull out concept. Seems to be the way to go.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fCTfkFa1s4
    That is quite something.
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    have a look at the Tiny sherpa caravan range.
    All three models come in under 750kg.

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    Default Re: Tiny Teardrop Camper Design & Build

    Perhaps build 2 so the second one can be sold to pay for the 1st one ?
    Seems like a nice project indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by duncang View Post
    Perhaps build 2 so the second one can be sold to pay for the 1st one ?
    Seems like a nice project indeed.
    That is sort off the idea but instead of building them side by side we will be building one learn from our mistakes then only attempt to build number 2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stranger View Post
    @ 1.9 and a family, I would consider the pull out concept. Seems to be the way to go.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fCTfkFa1s4
    I think its a bit late for the pull out concept, considering he already has the kids surely? I kid

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    Yes it would be way to small. Like I mentioned it needs to be compact super compact to say the least, but bold. We looking at it from the point of view where swambo and baby will sleep inside the coffin and myself and big brother will sleep on top in a roof top tent. This is off course the short term solution, but there are plans.... If this one works out the big brother Teardrop concept will then be born. But enough of that we don't know what the future will bring so we will only concentrate on the here and now.
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    Have see. This one overseas

    http://www.droplet-trailer.com/
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    Let's get back to business.

    Meet Fred the manikin. He is a bit short so I will have to make some alterations so that he can match my profile more closely.
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    Another local option for inspiration.

    https://jetstreamtrailers.co.za/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiksilver View Post
    Another local option for inspiration.

    https://jetstreamtrailers.co.za/
    Yes I saw that one, hence the reason we building our own. Man there's nothing wrong with that but I want something a little more modern if I can call it that. Something that awakens my spirit and tells me hey we need to go and Explore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ocin View Post
    have a look at the Tiny sherpa caravan range.
    All three models come in under 750kg.
    There is the local Sherpa and then there is this one
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiksilver View Post
    I think its a bit late for the pull out concept, considering he already has the kids surely? I kid

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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    There is the local Sherpa and then there is this one
    Ya ya now we talking!! and I had that exact same orange in mind. Or maybe it's just the dutch heritage talking But the thread is already going south with the pull out jokes
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    Default Re: Tiny Teardrop Camper Design & Build

    I really like this "extended" teardrop version from a Australian based company. There some really nice ideas for maximizing space but I would personally move the solar panels to the roof additional charging on the move.

    PS: Looks damn robust!


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    One word

    KISS
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbief View Post
    One word

    KISS
    Exactly!!
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    I would rather look at composite board/Coosa, its lighter, stronger, waterproof etc...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtshark View Post
    I would rather look at composite board/Coosa, its lighter, stronger, waterproof etc...
    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.
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