Teardrop Camper Rebuild #4: Canopy is up!

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 04-26-2010 09:06 PM 4471 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Progress: shelf and the beginnings of a canopy Part 4 of Teardrop Camper Rebuild series Part 5: Last post on this project. Nearly finished »

I know a lot of this is getting away from woodworking. I started the blog so I’ll try and finish it in a few big chunks as some people are still following it.

I managed to finish the electrical conduit frame and put up the canopy. It will rain tomorrow and will be windy so we’ll see how it fairs. I expect it will do fine. It’s pretty sturdy.

As you can see the pipes fit together like an erector set. I welded four posts on the front platform that will act as a fenced in area when I string a rope through the eyelets welded to them. The conduit slips into each of these posts. The rear of the camper has posts welded on at an angle so that when I open the galley hatch in the back it will be covered for cooking.

I put some plastic tubing on the ends of the pipe so that the canopy wouldn’t be torn. I also plan on having a smaller 10×10 tarp that will attach to four of the pipes for a quick overnight setup.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#1 posted 04-26-2010 09:34 PM

Looking good! I think you will have a very comfortable camper when you are finished. Should serve you well in the months/years to follow, allowing you to enjoy being on the road without towing a huge mobile home.


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#2 posted 04-26-2010 09:59 PM

You are doing a spectacular job on this project! It looks really sweet!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 04-26-2010 11:38 PM

Get out the Dutch ovens.

Where’s the Maple Apple Dumplings and Polish Trainwreck?

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#4 posted 04-27-2010 11:17 AM

it realy does look ingenious , but I´m little conserned about
those tip , I think it wuold be better if you made some
rounded ods on the end of the pipes , I think the wind cuold
easely make the pipes go thugh the canopy as it is now
just my two cent


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Craftsman on the lake

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#5 posted 04-27-2010 01:50 PM

You may be right Dennis. I’m looking at it set up in the yard and so far so good.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Mark Shymanski

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#6 posted 05-24-2010 10:56 PM

You realize that you have added another thing to my list….

I think I’ve even got Jenn thinking about one of these :-)

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#7 posted 05-24-2010 11:00 PM

I’m surprised you don’t have a telescoping pole mounted to the side for a pop up, big honkin umbrella. It wouldn’t have to be that big to work. 8)

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#8 posted 05-25-2010 03:26 AM

Thats alot to do

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#9 posted 05-29-2010 02:22 AM

Nice canopy.

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