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Postby Dee Bee » Wed Jul 14, 2004 5:30 pm

Is the drawing showing a second hatch on the roof to give open air view to the teens in the bunk?

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Postby angib » Wed Jul 14, 2004 5:33 pm

Oh, and I forgot to say, I think if there is one thing that says class better than pink flamingoes, it has to be a cream-over-pink two-tone paint job, with portholes - it's like I've died and gone to 1960's heaven. All I need now is to work out how to fit tail fins on it.... :lol:

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Postby angib » Wed Jul 14, 2004 5:35 pm

Dee,

The only hatch shown is the one over the children's bunk - as well as air and a view, they can also use to get in and out independently.

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Postby mikeschn » Wed Jul 14, 2004 5:45 pm

angib wrote:All I need now is to work out how to fit tail fins on it.... :lol:

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Postby Shrug53 » Wed Jul 14, 2004 5:47 pm

Clever use of space on the 2x2. The only thing I would do is ad 6 or 12 inches to the height. Otherwise it would be a pretty tight fit.
When you add in the floor and matresses, lets say an inch for the floor and 3 inches each mattress and another for the top it only leaves you 40" of actual space. That means only 20 inches of sleeping space for each bunk. A 5' tall trailer would be much more comfortable I think.
Other than that it is a beautiful shape and the porthole windows are nice.
The outside access to storage is always a big plus.
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Design contest

Postby Joanne » Wed Jul 14, 2004 9:32 pm

Hi all,

I know how frustrating it is when people don't participate, so here's my entry into the contest. The image didn't render quite as nicely as I had hoped.

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Postby mikeschn » Thu Jul 15, 2004 7:35 am

It looks like the contest is going to be extended until Sunday when I get back. It seems we are going camping this weekend after all, Mystic no less!!! So have fun drawing, and I'll see you guys on Sunday!

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Postby R Keller » Thu Jul 15, 2004 1:05 pm

Here is my entry for the "Road Toad".

Since I've posted these drawings before here, along with some full-color 3D "renderings" (i.e. construction photos), some of you are already familiar with the trailer. I didn't have time to post more detailed drawings, so I'll just go with what I have:

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The Road Toad takes some design cues from the Grasshopper as well as more traditional-looking teardrop trailers. I believe I offers a huge amount of functionality for the size. It can seat up to 6 adults, and sleep up to 2 adults and 2 children (or three if one is in the main bed too).

The main body is 4 feet high by 10 feet long by 5 feet wide. There is also a 4-foot wide and 18" deep tongue box, the top half of which serves as interior storage. The main bed area is 58" wide by 80" long.

It has rubber torsion axles for a lower profile. There is 7" of ground clearance below the footwell and the top of the trailer roof has a 5'3" height from the ground.

The footwell is centered on the doors, and there is equal seating room front and aft. The trailer will seat up to 6 adults when the mattress cushions are folded up to expose the 7" deep footwell. The footwell width is 6" less than the interior width of the foor of the trailer. The 5" thick cushions can either be doubled up for a 17" seating height, or one from each pair used as a back rest (as shown in the drawing) for a 12" seating height. The interior table is the footwell cover folded in half (hinged); it will mount on a standard RV pedestal in the footwell and will swivel.

The childs' bed platform is above the 13.5"-deep cabinet at the foot of the bed. It folds out to become a 27" wide bed. When folded up (either fully or at 90-degree angle), the sheets and blankets from the main bed can be stored on it.

The hatch is full height. This allows for easy access to a slide-out cooler below the galley countertop. The design allows for galley cabinets above the countertop.

Although the trailer is more angular than a teardrop, the only "sharp" corner on the main trailer body is at the rear hatch hinge (alas, shown as rounded in the drawings). The trailer has rounded skirts on the body that overhang and conceal the chassis.

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P.S. A few people have asked for detailed measurements for the design. I have not forgotten you! I'll be able to work on those after I get the exterior skin and seals in place. I'll provide these to anyone else who asks too.
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Postby Chip » Thu Jul 15, 2004 2:41 pm

ok,,this is sort of a submittal but i dont have CAD or the computer savy,,so lets just say its a suggestion for the contest,,,,
take a traditional teardrop shape,,6" wide, 5' high and approx. 12' long overall,,form a frame out of box steel, etc to the outer shape of the tear with a tounge coming out of the top forwardsection of the tear,,mount the tires inboard and more to the rear of the tear than normal,,the top tongue is the hitch for the 5th wheel connection to a pickup or the roof rackof an auto with 5th wheel connector,,,the area under the high tongue is used for a shower/potty space,,subframing between main outside rails are of box steel with insulation and wood attached,,conventional jacks are used on the front of the tear for leveling,,

ok boys, girls and CAD freeks,,ya'll take over,,,if ya win just give me a high 5 in your acceptance thread

would like to see what yall come up with seriously

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Postby Shrug53 » Thu Jul 15, 2004 2:50 pm

Chip, I do not use CAD to do my stuff. I start out with a paper sketch and then turn it in to a claen design using photoshop. It sounds like you have an interesting ideas there (though the 5th wheel connector is somewhat limiting) Just do up a paper sketch, scan it and submit it.
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The Belvedere

Postby Shrug53 » Thu Jul 15, 2004 4:09 pm

OK, this is probably the last one for the contest. It is called "The Belvedere"
It has several great features.

1. It has no curves at all to allow for super easy construction

2. It uses a raised bed platform to provide lots of storage and a seating area for indoor dining

3. Galley pass-through with two-way sliding table allows you to prepapre and serve food outside and then just pull table through from inside. When you are done eating, if you do not wish to clean up right away just push the table back in to the galley and close the inside hatch.

4. 5' width allows you to have a queen sized sleeping area

5. Simple straight line design allows for maximum use of space and minmum weight because you do not have to have as many ribs as you would with a curved skin.

Trailer is 10'L x 5'H x 5'W

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Postby campadk » Thu Jul 15, 2004 4:54 pm

Guess I'm going to miss out on this one. Hey this is el primo camping time! No time for designing, were out 'in the field'... maybe there will be a winter contest???
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Postby tdthinker » Thu Jul 15, 2004 11:10 pm

It dosnt look I will have much time to enter more as I am very occupied, good luck to all, bye
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Postby mikeschn » Sun Jul 18, 2004 1:24 pm

Final call for designs...

The Design Contest will end at 6:00 pm today...

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Postby mikeschn » Sun Jul 18, 2004 5:09 pm

This is the last entry... it was just submitted to me by John Duprey... it's John's twist on the Retro Tear in a 4x8 format.

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