Thursday, May 16, 2013

On Making a Teardrop Trailer

There's something really cool about the process of putting something together - of having an idea in your head and thinking and planning about it long enough that the thoughts come together to create something that turns out to be just like you imagined it. I've had the experience myself on a small scale - making quilts or mini-books requires some forethought and planning about the order of things and how the whole thing will look when it's done.

Today I want to share the story of my brother-in-law Michael's teardrop trailer.


Doug's brother, Michael, is a carpenter by trade. He's a smart and creative guy, and he's been known to design and build a few things over the years that require that creative thought process - planning and figuring out what needs to be done to reach the end goal.


An avid hunter and camper, Michael decided a few years ago that he'd build his own teardrop trailer. He spent hours searching through information on teardrop trailers - how they were made, specs on measurements, designs that worked well or didn't work so well, wiring, molding, making the thing... And he took all those bits of information and worked them over in his mind and then he made his own teardrop trailer!


Last month was the first time Michael's trailer was brought along on a family camping trip. The trailer holds a queen-sized mattress, and Michael and his wife {my SIL, Janet} enjoyed a cozy night's sleep inside while the rest of us slept in tents.


The back of the trailer is designed to open up, creating a counter top for a cook stove if needed, and also some handy storage in the rear. Michael made his own curtains too, and the trailer has all kinds of handy little features - vents, windows, storage spaces, and even solar powered lights.


I can only imagine what a sense of pride and accomplishment Michael feels when he looks at this trailer. And he should! We're all pretty proud of him too.


How wonderful to have an idea, think it through, and make it happen.
Do you know someone who can do this?
And I don't mean build a trailer!
Michael's the only one I know who can do that. ;o)

11 comments:

Cheri said...

I wish I had a carpenter relative - I have a great idea for a counter height craft table with storage, but no idea how to execute it.

Barbara@Sweet Serendipity said...

Michael's idea is brilliant and he must be very skilled to pull it off! What a labor of love! I think of my impatience with my little crafty projects..,..hmmm! What I Reslly llove is how you documented this for him! So nicely done!

Ruth said...

How fabulous! I love it!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

wow! that is amazing!

scrappyjacky said...

That is some achievement.

Carrie Rosalind said...

I totally want a teardrop trailer of my own. I love this picture of the trailer too: http://instagram.com/p/JLHM9YgZ-r/. :)

Amy said...

I am NOT showing TE this post ... that is exactly the sort of thing he would love to make!

Sian said...

That is so nifty! Yep, there'd be plenty of fans for one of those round here too..even if we only ever slept on the front drive in it! He's very clever

Lisa-Jane said...

I'd never heard of a tear drop trailer until I read this but I think it is inspired! It looks so cute but so practical too and to have been made by someone by hand is just amazing.

Irene said...

WOW! I bet he gets a lot of compliments. It looks very functional and cute too. (I mean the trail of course.) LOL

Gail said...

It looks great. We have/had 2 master carpenters in the family but I know they never did anything like that. One did make all their bedroom furniture by hand and boy was it gorgeous and the grains were perfectly matched and we don't have a picture. (:

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