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Title: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on April 08, 2013, 11:47:12 PM
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After buying and pulling many different kinds of camping trailers, I have learned that they are all built "too heavy" for motorcycle.  I have meant that's not all cruiser can pull a camping trailer, except some big bikes, like Goldwing, Venture, Electra Glide.  Even so, pulling a heavy trailer will cost more (much lower gas mileage) and take the fun out of the trip (slower speed), in most case. It is impossible to pull a pop-up camper trailer with a Honda Shadow, or a HD Sporter.
With that in mind, I am in the process to build the lightest teardrop trailer that I hope its weight will be less than 200 lbs, and I've named it, Tu Compact Teardrop Trailer.

Here is the first step that I did yesterday.

Prepare an old trailer

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2635)

The first cut

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2636)
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on April 09, 2013, 06:25:07 AM
Now this is something I would like to see ;D My buddy wants a light weight trailer for his 750 Shadow.
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on April 14, 2013, 07:31:15 AM
If you missed it there is also another thread Nomad started about building your own trailer on the site.
http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/1019/home-made-trailers/ (http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/1019/home-made-trailers/)
Makes me wanna start pulling a trailer:-)
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on April 27, 2013, 03:43:04 PM
My wife doesn't like the original shape, so here is the reshapened version. :)
BTW. This is trailer is for me alone, why should she care?

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2637)
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on April 28, 2013, 07:06:55 AM
Actually I do like the second one better :)
Why should she care? She just wants you to look good hauling azz down the road ;D
Title: The third cut/modification
Post by: nomad on April 29, 2013, 09:22:29 PM
Thanks Bill.
Here is the third cut, as I want to look over the trailer while I am sitting on the bike. :)
I think this is the final version, in terms of size and shape for this trailer.


(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2638)
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on April 30, 2013, 11:42:10 AM
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(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2638)


This one is the winner of the three,a little longer and a bit more sleak.I like it.
Click on picture for a better look see:-)
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on April 30, 2013, 09:30:18 PM
Thanks Bill!
Actually, the third version is much lower and shorter, but I am short, so I make the trailer based on my height. :)
I hope I can finish it before the crossing country trip, but it is a lot of works. ;D
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on May 01, 2013, 12:00:27 AM
One thing I know about you Nick is that it will be done right!Building your own is just too cool.Take a lot of pictures this is a fun thread and hope you get it finished for your next trip west :)
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on May 01, 2013, 11:09:55 PM
Today, I think I have a little progress. After a long thinking last night, I decided to change the design a little bit, which I have to disassemble the whole bottom to redo it again.
Here is the latest floor frame

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2639)
And here is the "bed". :)   The length is 76 inches, so I have plentiful of room at both ends; I am 5'.9". :)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2640)

another look at the side for the door layout. It's getting late, so I called it quit for today.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2643)

BTW, as the set up in the above photo, the total weight is ~ 140 lbs, so I have another 60 lbs to spare. I doubt that I can keep this trailer below 200 lbs.
Let's see!  v-p
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on May 02, 2013, 05:50:10 PM
Looking good so far :) Showing your progress pictures to a couple of friends of mine and they had a couple of good questions you might be able to answer.........Do think side winds or trucks will present a problem with soo much side area on the trailer so far as wind is concerened?
I like what you are doing soo far :)

Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on May 02, 2013, 09:10:36 PM
It has been raining continuously in the last two days, but I try to get some works done, and here they are.
The side wall "skeleton".

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2644)

Here is how it goes

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2646)

I hate to cut these kind of "ribs", so I called it quit for today.  ;D
I go back to work tomorrow, so see you guys next weeks. :)
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on May 08, 2013, 01:21:08 AM
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Even though, I was too busy with house works, but I managed to get a few more "ribs", and started to get some progress. :)

Hopefully, more works to be done tomorrow.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2648)
Title: First Diaster
Post by: nomad on May 09, 2013, 01:03:26 AM
Today, I have made some progress, but I also made a first BIG mistake.  Without thinking, I bonded a "rib" to the part that supposed to be left alone. The lesson to learn is the result after I removed the extra piece.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2649)

What I have learned that the adhesive is so good that it literally turned two parts into one, which I really love it. :) Here it is!

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2650)

Finally, I think I have done most of the curve cuts.  The next thing is the hardest part, at least to me, the DOOR!
One wrong cut, I have to do the whole side all over again.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2651)
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on May 09, 2013, 01:12:53 AM
 8) Which side do you plan on putting the door?I think I would go with the right side.I like it a lot so far..looking good ;D
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on May 09, 2013, 02:19:59 AM
Thanks Bill!
That's the plan - Door on passenger side. :)
Title: Tu Compact Trailer - The Door
Post by: nomad on May 10, 2013, 09:44:16 PM
I feel so bad that the progress is so slow, as I am working night, so I don't get up until noon.  My trailer working shift is only few hours a day, even though I have tried to work on it until dark.  Anyway, here is the door cut, and there is no way to go back, unless I have to redo this side all over again.  I am running out of time!  ;D

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2653)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2655)

Actually, I spent most of the day in Home Depot to see what kind of materials that I can use for my door, and especially for the trailer.  Some may say that I can look these things from my computer, but it's just me, I want to see the materials with my eyes and hold them with my hands. :)
Even though, I have to go back to work tomorrow, but I will push myself to get up early enough to work on the door as much as possible.
Thanks for reading. 8)
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on May 16, 2013, 11:00:42 PM
Finally, I finished the aluminum molding around the door, but I want to put a window on the door. I still have to decide either to put a premade window, or a fabricated one by me. ::) on the other side, I already have a round window on the way.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2657)

BTW. while waiting for the parts, I start to put the top in "shape", as I know that I will have a very hard time to bend it later.  Hopefully, I can shield the bottom of the trailer with a aluminum panel tomorrow, and go from there.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2658)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2661)
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on May 17, 2013, 05:00:49 PM
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A little bit more pressure. I can hear the wood complaining!  ;D

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2662)
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on May 19, 2013, 01:15:11 PM
Yesterday, I was able to shield the bottom of the trailer with an Aluminum panel.  That should be good to prevent some debris damaging the nose and the bottom. :)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2664)

The door was tried out with duct-tape.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2666)

I will be back to work today, and I will be on the road for the Rolling Thunder on 05/23.  There will be no more works on the trailer in the next ten days. ;D
I hope I will be back in one piece, so I can get back on the trailer project.
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on May 19, 2013, 07:53:46 PM
Looking nice ;D See you used the good duct tape..Godzilla,made 1/2 from where I grew up :)
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on October 23, 2013, 03:18:42 AM
Sorry everyone!
After a long unintentional break, I will get back to my trailer project sometime next week.
Here again! Yep, like a repeating same old story, my goal is getting it done latest in July, and ready for the next year Sturgis and crossing the country trip. v-p
I really don't want to blame on any thing, but me for the delay!
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on November 25, 2013, 06:26:26 PM
Here again! I know that it doesn't mean much, but at least, I have forced myself to get back to the project.
I even try to shorten the project to late April, so hopefully, I can pull it to Washington DC for the Rolling Thunder 2014.

It was late in the afternoon and it was raining, so I decided to work on the door.
The last feature (window) on the door before I attach it to the left wall.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2817)

Cut the groove from outside side to install a Plexan panel.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2818)

.. and here it is.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2819)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2820)

I have to go back to work tomorrow, so more works will be done next week. :)
Thanks for reading.
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on November 27, 2013, 03:01:29 AM
It was a very slow process, but I managed to add the final touch to the window of the door.  ;D
Here they are.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2821)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2822)

Again, I have to go back to work tomorrow.  ::)
Hopefully, more works will be done next week.
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on November 28, 2013, 01:33:31 PM
Any ideas on how you are going to set up the inside? I liked your last trailer,it looked very comfy.
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on November 28, 2013, 03:22:16 PM
Thanks Bill,
I am not even close to that step yet.
Hopefully, I can start shopping for mattress at the end of March. v-p
Have another wonderful Thanksgiving buddy.
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on December 04, 2013, 10:25:11 PM
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It is a very slow process, but I am trying to push myself everyday.

I finally have the door mounted to the left wall, and I think it is the hardest step in this project.
Hopefully, I can speed up a little bit next week.  I have to go back to work tomorrow. ;D

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2826)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2825)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2823)
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on December 09, 2013, 07:01:56 PM
Today, I have done some more works, and finally, the trailer is getting its shape!
There is still much more works, but I hope the project will be done sometime in Feb. v-p

Below is a new window for the other wall, and the first few cross bars to connect both walls together. :)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2828)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2830)

Adding a venting fan on the top. I think this is the best location. :)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2833)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2835)

It was getting dark, and those bastard mosquitoes started to bother me, so I called it quit for today. ;D
I'll be back to work on the trailer tomorrow.
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on December 10, 2013, 11:44:05 PM
A little more work today.  As I have mentioned at the beginning that I want to keep this trailer to the maximum weight of 200 lbs. At this point, I still have not found the best material for the inner cover yet.
Cloth is one of the possibility, as it is almost "no weight". :)
Another issue is the insulation, and I will try the attic insulation foam at this time.
Below are all my  today works.  More works will be done tomorrow.
Thanks for reading.
Nick

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2836)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2837)
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on December 12, 2013, 09:34:21 PM
Today, I made a decision that the whole trailer can be trashed: install a 5k btu A/c to the trailer.
Actually, I decided yesterday, but the real work is applied until today, after I cut the left wall as shown below.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2838)

Another look from outside.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2839)

After hours of sitting and looking at the trailer, I was able to squeeze the A/C in that corner. :)
There is a lots of details that I need to figure out how to do it next week


I'll be back to work tomorrow! ;D

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2840)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2841)

Thanks for reading.
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on December 17, 2013, 02:25:05 PM
Been following your build,very nice with a lot of thought and skill involved.Looking at the a/c unit,are there smaller lighter weight units available?I don't think I would like something that heavy and bulky sticking out the side especially on such a small trailer which should be easy to cool down even a with minimal amount of insulation.
Mmmmm..if you go with that a/c unit could it be put on some kinda track to allow it to slide inside the trailer while riding so it doesn't get bumped or or ripped off if something were hit?Just a thought or two :)
Keep up the good work.


Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on December 17, 2013, 07:30:57 PM
Thanks Bill,
I wish there is smaller A/c with an affordable price, even triple the price of this one.  this is smallest standard a/c that you can buy in Walmart or any hardware store.  They make tiny a/c, but the price is out of my budget; you are talking about 2-3000 USD.
Without the A/c, there is no way I can survive with the heat during summer, especially in the desert. ;D
About the design, I am working on it. It is a PITA, when I don't have much room to work on. You will see a few photos in a day or two. :)
Thanks much for the input.  For sure, I need it.
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on December 17, 2013, 11:22:57 PM
It was dark, but I tried to modify the frame so I can push the a/c as far as possible toward inside the trailer so my buddy, Bill will not "complain". :)
So far, I can pull and push the a/c which is supported by a 12" drawer sliders.  Sliding the a/c in and out is the idea, and so far it is just ok, as it still needs a little bit more clearance.  ;D
I hope I can finish this step tomorrow.  Here is what I have done tonight.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2844)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2845)

Thanks for reading.
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on December 18, 2013, 12:13:27 AM
 ++
Perfect!!!! keep the weight straight in line with the hitch while moving.Try to balance that weight behind the axle with other stuff to keep about 60% or so of the weight of the trailer to be on your tongue of the bike.Too much weight behind the axle if you start to wiggle waggle a little will make things worse I would think..never pulled a trailer on a bike but just thinking..
 
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on December 18, 2013, 12:18:55 PM
You are absolutely right, Bill.
It will be hard as I try to keep the load as little as possible. We'll see!  v-p
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on December 18, 2013, 10:38:59 PM
I have the feeling that this project is never ended. One thing after another!  ;D
Beside, time is flying so fast that I can't hold my breath any longer.
Anyway, I manage to do the electrical parts as much as possible, before the next step.
Below is the Ac power inlet receptacle and a small vent.
I know it appears not so much work, but I had to go to see the doctor today, and that took half of my day off.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2848)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2849)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2850)

See you tomorrow. :)
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: gottaride on December 20, 2013, 04:46:34 AM
This is great!  Subscribed.
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on December 20, 2013, 09:29:28 PM
Again, same old story! Slow, slow and slow.
Here is what I have done today.  I am too tired with my work schedule, but I am trying.  Below is basically the 120v connection into the trailer.
Tested and it works.  Did you see the light that's plugged in the trailer ac outlet? :)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2854)

A look from outside, the power cord is plugged in the outside 120vac receptacle

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2853)

Thanks for reading.
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on December 20, 2013, 11:10:31 PM
Hey it is not going slow,it all takes time for a work of art and labor of love :D Looking good tho..question? left side of trailer..what is this,the little black thingie?
(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2850)
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on December 20, 2013, 11:32:27 PM
That should be the vent. It is a water and bugs proof vent, and it is black as I plan to paint the trailer to match my bike's color. :)
I didn't realize that electrical system has taken a lot of time out from me. ;D
I go back to work tomorrow, so hopefully I can finish the electrical part next week. I still need a 12vdc system tho. :-X
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Roadrunner on December 21, 2013, 04:32:10 PM
Hey Nick - long time gone from here. I saw where Bill posted that I should take a look at what you have done. It is absolutely great. I, myself would never have attempted a project so large!

You should be proud of your accomplishments.

I will keep watching for the completion.   ++


Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on December 21, 2013, 04:59:43 PM
Thanks much for encouraging me Jim.
My wife keeps asking me what if the trailer will fall apart while you are on the road, and my answer is, I will light a match. ;D
Anyway, I like to have my own bed on the road, as the way I am. Bed bugs have been in my haunting nightmare.  Luckily, I've never brought home any of them yet, but they are always in the back of my mind every time I stay in hotel/motel.
Hopefully, I can finish it before the Rolling Thunder ride next year.
Thanks for reading
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on December 26, 2013, 08:38:34 PM
When you paint it are you gonna try and do the two tone to match the lines on the bike at about the same level so you just kinda have a"flowing" look while moving?
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on December 26, 2013, 10:46:23 PM
That's the idea, but I've never painted anything like this before, so I am not sure about my knowledge and ability. ;D
I will try hard my friend. We'll see! :)
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on December 26, 2013, 11:16:37 PM
Gonna be hard...let me ask around to see if anybody knows how to paint bikes.
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Roadrunner on December 27, 2013, 06:35:54 AM
Why is it that I am not seeing all the photos...

What I see - and I am logged in - a big orange sign that tells me "Sorry, but you may have to sign in to view this file"



 



Paint? I am also curious about the outer skin - will it remain wood or do you plan on putting on a thin skin of aluminum for protection from the weather.
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on December 27, 2013, 06:53:33 PM
Why is it that I am not seeing all the photos...

What I see - and I am logged in - a big orange sign that tells me "Sorry, but you may have to sign in to view this file"


Paint? I am also curious about the outer skin - will it remain wood or do you plan on putting on a thin skin of aluminum for protection from the weather.
Hi Jim
Previously, you have probably viewed this thread without logging in, so your browser has recorded the "error images" in the "cache".
Restart your computer and clear all the cache in your browser, close and reopen the browser, that will solve the error.
About the trailer, it will not have a aluminum cover. I plan to shield the outside with waterproof explosive paint or something such. Hopefully, the painting step will start in the next a couple months. :)
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: KUB on January 01, 2014, 11:52:08 AM
My buddy pulls a small trailer behind his heritage classic and its pretty sweet for gear, cooler etc. I like the idea and this project looks great ! I have a street glide and wonder if the design of the rear  fender would prohibit a trailer ! Thanks and I'll follow the post to  see how the project evolves !

KUB

Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on January 01, 2014, 04:41:12 PM
Hi Kub, welcome!
Thanks for the comment.
I don't think there is any problem with your bike to prevent you from towing a trailer. All you need is right hitch. :) The trailer will add more fun and convenience to the trip.
I hope I can finish the trailer in the next few months. Work is my hurdle! ;D
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on January 03, 2014, 10:52:02 PM
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Not much works have been done today, as it was my first day off and I didn't get up until noon.  Working nights shift is suck! ;D
Anyway, here is the only light inside the trailer that I have added today, and a few electrical wire running for the brake and license plate lights.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2868)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2867)
Hopefully, I will more thing done tomorrow. :pr:
Thanks for reading.
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: KUB on January 04, 2014, 04:20:07 PM
Nomad
Did some searching and found several manufacturers of trailer hitches for the 2013 FLHX so not a problem ! Keep at it and remember the only way to eat an elephant is a bite at a time ! Cant wait to see more pics !
 
 
 
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on January 04, 2014, 06:29:44 PM
You are on the roll Kub! :)
Here is what I've done today. Not much, but I think I am very close to close up the internal part. :pr:

A shelf for miscellaneous stuffs.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2871)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2870)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2869)

Thanks for reading! O0
Nick
Title: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer - Electrical System
Post by: nomad on January 12, 2014, 10:52:26 PM
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This week, I spent the first day off to sleep. On the second day, I decided to ride to Sarasota, FL to have lunch at an Amish restaurant that many people have recommended, Yoder's Restaurant. Finally, today I was able to finish 99.99% of what I wanted to have in my trailer, 120vac and 12vdc.  Even tho, I didn't take any photos at this time, but I spent many hours today, to modified the A/c sliding base, to get rid of the fixed base, which would take away part of the sleeping area as you can see in the previous photos. I now get back 99.9% sleeping area that what I should have. Very happy! 8)

Tomorrow, I hope I can go back to get as much as sealing works. Turns out, this is the hardest part in the process of building a trailer. An unsealed spot may ruined the whole trailer to water or even moisture.

Below is a few photos of what I have done today. :)

AC - DC converter and 6 12vdc output terminal.  That's more than what I need.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2900)

Here is a few photos of my only LED light in the trailer.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2897)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2901)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2903)

BTW. This is not part of my work, but I'd like to share with you. The 10" hitch extender to lengthen the tongue.  I am very happy with this purchase.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2894)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2895)

Thanks for reading.
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on January 13, 2014, 12:47:56 PM
Now are you just building this from what you want or are you following some kind of blueprints?
Looking good 8)


Why did you extend the hitch?With a longer wheel base I suspect it would ride better and corner better.
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on January 13, 2014, 06:28:47 PM
Thanks Bill,
Yes, I do have a blue print embedded in my brain.  ;)
About lengthening the hitch, I will have to do some testing to have an actual feel. At this time, i just don't want the trailer too close to the exhaust.
But then, I haven't come even close to anything yet.
I'll go back to work tomorrow, so next week, I hope I can finish the sealing and install the wheel guard.
My "blue print" is blank sometimes. ;D
Take care my friend.
Nick
 
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: KUB on January 14, 2014, 08:01:58 PM
Nick,
Looking good ! Looks like you've got a date set for a test ride right along side the blue prints ! When you get done with this one want to build a few more (after following this post it's very tempting to give it a try) ! Just could not resist ! anyway great job !
KUB
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on January 15, 2014, 05:45:46 AM
Nick,
Looking good ! Looks like you've got a date set for a test ride right along side the blue prints ! When you get done with this one want to build a few more (after following this post it's very tempting to give it a try) ! Just could not resist ! anyway great job !
KUB
Thanks KUB!
Sometimes, I am not sure what I am doing.  Yesterday, I have to redo the main door and the A/c cradle for the third time.
I think I may rush myself and that's my problem. ;D
All I wish is BIG "reward" after I am done with this trailer which is what I've been dreaming to own one for a long time.
I have learned a lot on my mistakes while building this trailer. If I have to build another one, then I know exactly what I should do. :)
Why not! Make one for yourself!
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on January 26, 2014, 10:24:05 PM
Even though, I have a few sad moments in my family, my mom had been hospitalized and now she can not eat by herself anymore. The Doctor has to insert a PEG tube, so my mom can be alive. :'(
Anyway, All I can do is praying for her at this time.
In the meantime, I've forced myself to do something, and here is a few improvements on my trailer.
It's getting closer!

Inner layer

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2907)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2904)

Hopefully, I can do some more works tomorrow. :)
Thanks for reading.
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on January 27, 2014, 08:21:25 PM
Regardless of my mom's conditions, I am trying to be positive, as I know that sit there and cry will not change anything. :-X
So here is the "final" step before I put on the outer skin. I know it will be hard as the thinnest wood panel that I can find in town is 5mm thick, but I hope I can install it tomorrow.
Wish me luck!

Here is the insulation layer.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2911)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2912)

Thanks for reading.
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on January 28, 2014, 10:07:45 PM
This is my first trailer, and I have to say that I have learned so much from this project.
Today, the trailer finally had its own shape. Install the outer skin was the PITA. ;D
Even though, the panel was pre-bent, but I still faced with the stiffness at the nose and the top.
SO...! here is what I have done to make my life a little bit easier. I wish I have a pool then I will throw them in there to have a dip overnight. |-

Wet towels and Ratcheting Tie Downs            .

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2915)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2916)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2921)

After a few hours of continuous pouring the water on the towels to keep wetting the wood, I was able to finish the main part of the outer skin at late afternoon.  :-X
Of course, the skin was bonded to the frame with my favorite adhesive as I've mentioned in the third post, and here it is! :)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2917)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2919)

the panel is not long enough for the whole length, so tomorrow I will have to finish the last part of the outer skin, then go to the next step, finish the nose and the rims on both side.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2922)

Thanks for reading. O0
Nick
 
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on January 30, 2014, 07:51:47 PM
A lot of hard work but it is really looking sharp :)
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on January 30, 2014, 11:17:01 PM
Thanks Bill!
It has been raining continuously today and it's supposed to rain all day tomorrow, too. ;D
I've managed to finish the nose (99%) and patching most the nail holes. The tail's outer skin is done, but it still wet, so I have to wait until it's dry to be able to patch all the cracks.
I will be back to work tomorrow, so hopefully, more works will be done next week. :)
One bad news tho, even tho it is not official, but I think the weight will be around 250 lbs, as the A/c alone is 40 lbs. ;D
I hope I am wrong, but this issue will not be my top concern at this time.
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: KUB on February 03, 2014, 12:58:13 PM
Nick stay strong are thoughts are with you ! The trailer is looking crazy good ! I cant wait to see how you finish the skin !

KUB
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on February 03, 2014, 02:12:22 PM
Nick stay strong are thoughts are with you ! The trailer is looking crazy good ! I cant wait to see how you finish the skin !

KUB
Thanks much for your support KUB!
I hope I can go back to work on the trailer tomorrow.
The hard part for me is doing two things at the same time, learning how to build it and applying the information to the trailer. ;D
For instance, I've never waterproofed and painted wood before. Everything is from reading and researching. :) , but I hope I will finish it and give it a try sometimes at the end of this month. :pr:
Thanks again
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on February 05, 2014, 11:13:21 PM
I have been working on the trailer in last couple days, but there is nothing to record.  Even though, all what I've done in the last few days is time consuming, and I have to say that I am running out of patience with these details. Masking, sealing and sanding! I hate there steps. ;D
Anyway, I came to another progress, in terms of finishing the outer skin.  Hopefully, I will finish these trims tomorrow and move to the next project, A/c door and this is also not an easy tack.
I am on the full speed at this time. :)

Here is the progress of installing the edge trims.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2923)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2924)

Thanks for reading.
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on February 06, 2014, 09:51:36 PM
Damm! It's rained again today, but I managed to finish 50% of the edge trims.
I am not sure that I have made the right choice to go with wooden trim, instead of aluminum trim.  For sure, I've had one heck of the time to install these trims.
At least, I only have one more to go. ;D

Here it is!  The waterproof bonding adhesive is not an easy one to work with, but it is suppose to be good, 3M marine grade.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2926)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2925)

I am going back to work tomorrow, so see you guys next weeks.
Thanks for reading
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on February 10, 2014, 12:32:42 PM
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Not much going on in last week, except a new door for the A/c. :)
I will be off tomorrow, so hopefully, more works will be done.

Here it is

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2927)

Thanks for reading
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on February 13, 2014, 08:44:30 AM
Yesterday, I wasted half of the day in radiology lab for my regular chest x-ray check up.  Ironically, I saw one the technicians (and the nurse told me that even a doctor) was smoking right outside the window of the x-ray room. ;D

Somehow, I've managed to finish the remain edge trim of the trailer, and mounting the a/c window hinge to the trailer.  Again, working alone is a PITA, sometimes I wish I have an extra hand.  Filling and masking all the gaps and holes are not my favorite things to do.

I think I should be able to sand and put on the first coat of primer next week.
Here is a few things that I've done today.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2928)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2930)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2931)

Thanks for reading
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on February 21, 2014, 11:15:08 PM
Believe it or not, I have been working on the trailer in the last few days, but there is not much to show from outside.
Beside adding two locks to the main door, and a secure latch for the A/c door.  Actually, the mattress has arrived today and I have to say that they looks really good and very comfort. v^
Today, I was able to finish the sanding and patching a few minor "pot holes", these things pop up very often. ;D
Anyway, here is a couple pictures of the trailer, before covering with an coat of waterproof epoxy.
Hopefully, I can put on the first epoxy coat tomorrow.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2936)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2935)

Thanks for reading
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on February 22, 2014, 08:34:35 AM
It's looking great!!!! Can't wait to see it hooked up to the bike 8)


You can paint NOMAD on the side as a name plate:-)
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on February 22, 2014, 07:30:15 PM
Thanks Bill!
That's a good idea, but I've already had a name for it. You'll see! :)
Today, after redone the water flap on the main door, and adding a aluminum L-shape bar to the protect rear edge of the trailer, I put on the first epoxy UV coat.
I have to say that I need to learn to paint, as I have made a mess. ;D
Luckily, it doesn't turn out that bad. Below is a few pics, and I have to wait for the adhesive coat to dry.
I have to go back to work tomorrow anyway.
Next week, back to the sanding and one more epoxy UV coat, then sanding and it is ready to be painted.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2938)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2937)

Thanks for reading
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on March 01, 2014, 01:23:06 AM
Finally, I was able to put on the second coat of epoxy. I don't think water can get through this waterproof skin easily! :pr:

I confess that I've wasted too much time and money for many steps and materials that I've thought I need them, but I don't, in this project. I guess I can convince to myself that life is a learning curve! ;D
The plan is I will paint the trailer tomorrow, as I will receive the final UV protect coat today, and HomeDepot has called me in the morning to pick the order up.  Turn out, the shipping bastard from Homedepot has shipped to me a box that I can even open it. The paint has leaked, dried and turned into a solid block.
I could tell that they already knew the condition of the product when they shipped out, as they placed the cardboard box that contained the paint, inside a plastic bag and there was a lot of gravels, yes gravels, stuck to the outer side of the cardboard box, when I removed the plastic bag. It appeared they picked the paint out from a dumpster.  The bad part that they don't sell this paint in store, on line only and there was no one else carry this paint.  I really don't understand what kind of business that they are doing! ;D
Anyway, I have to return and reorder this item again, and of course, that throws my schedule aside! >:(
No matter what, I keep going, and here is what I have done today, adding a top vent with 12vdc fan and of course, the final epoxy coat.
Here it is!

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2940)

Tomorrow, hopefully I will finish all the electrical connections, hook up the brake lights and the license place holder. Final step will be painting and testing! :pr:
Thanks for reading
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on March 06, 2014, 07:36:01 PM
Heck! Even though there are still many things to be done, but I go ahead put on the first coat of paint to see how the trailer will be looked like. ;D
If there is nothing stopping me, like the storm that came about noon, today. I should be able to finish the color painting, at least two coats, and the protective cleat coat.  There is a pinstripe, but I don't care much.  I don't even care about smoothening the surface, as what I care is the quality of the trailer. :pr:
Anyway, here is a couple pix of the top paint coat.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2942)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2943)

Thanks for reading.
Nick
Title: Problem at DMV - Registration without bill of sales
Post by: nomad on March 07, 2014, 10:00:42 PM
Damn!
Today I went to DMV to register the trailer and i ran into a situation that I have never encountered before. After waiting for about an hour, the case worker told me that " even you have the certificate of origin of the vehicle, no receipt or bill of sale = no register.
WTF, I bought this trailer 10 years ago for about $180, what is the chance I still keep the receipt.
I ran to two HF stores, and they both told me that nothing they can do for me, as they only keep the the record for 30 days. After running back and forth for a few hours, I decided to go home to get help from Internet, no luck. >:D
Even though I didn't beleive that it would work, but it seemed like this was my last solution, call HF headquarter.  I guessed hope was still there, after 15 minutes of "nicely talk" to customer service, they promised that they will send me a bill of sale within a week. :pr:
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on March 08, 2014, 06:08:28 PM
Regardless the registration the trailer, I managed to put on the second color on the other half. :)
It took me two trips to home depot trying to match the color on my bike, but I don't think it will be perfect. ;D
The Home Depot people are not at this level to the color to match my bike. Oh well! I think it is close enough or at least, I've tried.
I hope that a gloss clear coat with glitters will bring it closer to the bike's color. :pr:
Here is a few pix.  What do you think? :fb:

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2944)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2945)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2946)

Thanks for reading.
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on March 18, 2014, 11:35:17 PM
I am giving this a big I don't know on the bottom color...Let me look at it some more but I think maybe a traditional HD color scheme(black over orange) might look better but I could be wrong for sure. Are you able to hook the trailer up to the bike to let us see the whole rig as one? That would make it easier to decide on the color.
No denying tho it is gonna look sharp behind your bike especially when you say "I built that"!!!!!
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on March 19, 2014, 10:42:12 AM
Thanks Bill!
I've tried to match my bike color style, but this is the best purple that Homedepot can mix. ;D
For sure, there will be no orange paint on this trailer.
At this time, I am still waiting for the bill of sale from HF.  Within another 10 days, if I don't receive anything, then I will go with plan B. :-X
For now, the last a few things that I need to finish is the license plate holder, the clear coat and the spare tire rack.  The reason that I am still holding off, because the problem of the registration part.  I want to make sure that I can get the motorcycle license plate size, rather than the standard size.
It's very nice to hear from you again my friend.
Take care.
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on March 19, 2014, 06:11:58 PM
I would go to an automobile paint store to have them match you up with the color they would get it right the first time,may cost a little more but quality is long remembered but the price soon forgotten. Any body shop around you should tell where to get the exact color you want.
Hope it is the small plate..it will look soo much better.
Is a spare tire really necessary? If you have a flat some Fix a flat and a plug should get you to a tire store to have it patched properly...just thinking about the weight.:-)
What a bitch about the registration..anything to make it harder |- and charge you more.To the state.. vv


Good to be back and feeling better..hope to be able to ride some more this year ;D
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on March 20, 2014, 02:03:48 PM
Thanks for the tip, Bill!
After a long period of time that I've spent on this trailer, I come the state of "good enough". :)
I may make the purple a little bit darker, but I am not sure what the outcome will be. ;D
I hope the trailer will be ready for the road test in the next two weeks. :pr:
Take care buddy
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on March 20, 2014, 06:46:55 PM
Don't go with the "Good Enough" do it right the first time.
Have you hooked up the trailer to the bike to make sure you have the bottom paint lined up with your bike?
That I think is important to give a really nice look while going down the road.
I know you have a name in mind for the trailer but maybe we could have a little contest or suggestion on names.. :)
Hope the first time on the road it handles how ya want it to.
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on March 22, 2014, 06:05:36 AM
Thanks Bill!
I think you are mixing the quality with the appearance. :)
I am very pleased with the quality of the trailer, and I don't care much about the look. Matching to the color of the bike is a very big effort for me. ;D
For now, I hope that HF will send me a bill of sale as they've promised.
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on March 25, 2014, 08:00:17 AM
Well I could be wrong about the spare tire as fellow member MABERHARDT has a picture from his trailer.
(http://www.hdvtwinforums.com/forum/media/sa/media/in/527/preview//)
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on March 25, 2014, 01:42:59 PM
That's scary!
It's time for plan B. >:D
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on March 25, 2014, 10:44:20 PM
After two weeks of waiting the bill of sale from HF as their BS promise, I decided to go with the plan B: buy another trailer. |-
I bought the same size trailer at my local HF store with a 20% off coupon, so it was not too bad. Surprising, the manager agreed to do a hand writing sale receipt for my old trailer.
I  "dashed" really quick to the DMV, and after about 30 mins of waiting, I got the old trailer registered.
For now, I still have a brand new trailer, untouched, but I have not decided whether I will return it or not. It's only $160 after tax.  Who knows? I may build another one for two persons next time.  v^

So here is the new license, and I think I will finish the trailer next week.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=3000)

Thanks for reading
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on March 27, 2014, 04:33:03 PM
A little bit change on the color.  What do you think?
I hope I will finish the trailer next week for a trial run. :)

Here is the new look and the old look, so you guys can see the difference.

NEW
(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=3001)

OLD
(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=2946)

Thanks for reading
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on March 27, 2014, 04:34:45 PM
Looking very nice...too bad FL doesn't have the smaller sized plate,would have nicer.
I am interested on how you are gonna finish the inside..your home away from home ;D
Still can't wait to see it all hooked up on your bike 8)

Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on March 27, 2014, 04:38:17 PM
Thanks Bill
They do have small size license plate, but I've decided to get the regular one. :)
You will see inside next week my friend.
I gotta go to work.
See you later.
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on March 29, 2014, 01:14:25 PM
I have been looking at other teardrops and..geeeze what some people do to them.Couple of things I saw were pretty cool,sky lights,a door on both sides and a few had...what I thought was great were car tires instead of the little trailer tires :)  I doubt if theses guys put on the amount of miles that you do tho..FL to Sturgis and then Ca and back home to FL...that is a lot of miles in a short time. What you are making is gonna be perfect for you I think.
Still can't wait to see it hooked up to the bike ;D
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on March 29, 2014, 04:02:11 PM
Yep!
I hope I can hook it up for a test ride at the end of next week.  It is not pretty, in terms of appearance, but that is not importance to me.
Another thing is coming up is my bike's rear brake; it needs new pads. ;D and probably a new tire if I want to pull the trailer to the next trip, such as Leesburg bikefest.
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on April 02, 2014, 05:41:33 PM
Here it is!
Finally, I was able to do a test run with the trailer on freeway, and I've thought I would not come home in one piece. ;D
I know that the tongue weight was low, only 10 lbs, but stupid as I am, I just wanted to try it. As I rolled through neighborhood at 30 MPH, I literally didn't feel the trailer in the back, of course I know it was there. Neighborhood to freeway, 45, then 55, no vibration or wiggling. :) In no time, I got up to speed limit, 70 MPH, smooooooth! and I was very happy. Suddenly, a semi passed me and got in front of me, my bike's front wheel wobbled violently as it was in the air. I knew immediately that the low tongue weight was the problem, and I shouldn't even pull the trailer on the road. >:D
I immediately let go the throttle and hung on to the handle bar with all the strength that I had in my grips and arms. It was about 10 secs until the semi made a far enough distance and bike speed was slow enough for it to get back to the normal rhythm.  That's the most scary long 10 seconds that I've felt in a long time. I've thought that I would crashed, and I was preparing! :pr:
45MPH all the way, until I got home! :-X
Any way, I am still alive and for sure, the tongue will be at least 30 lbs as the trailer weight is around 300 lbs. About the trailer's weight, I am not sure that the 300 lbs is accurate, as my method of using two bath scales is not scientific at all. I will have to find another way later.  For sure, this is a very light trailer relatively to my previous trailer (Lil-Bunkhouse trailer).  I am exciting to pull this trailer to Leesburg Bikefest next month. Let's roll baby! :)
Here is a couple of photos of the bike and the trailer.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=3008)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=3009)

So far, I love this trailer, light, compact, comfort (heater and A/c) and it's mine!
I don't mind to build another one, and I am the "expert" now. :)
Thanks for reading.
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on April 03, 2014, 09:32:04 AM
Glad you made it home safely..coulda been bad news. How much more weight will you put in once you load up for a road trip should give more tongue weight. The way you are weighing is fine,that gives you the weight on the ground.
You could also find a local commercial scale around,say like a junk yard,scrap dealer who can weigh it for you for a couple of dollars with or without the bike attached.
It's looks good tho..and as you say,it is yours and not another one on the road like it ><
Good job..you now have a new calling in life ;D
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on April 09, 2014, 12:54:35 AM
Finally, I was able to add a bracket for a cooler on the tongue, and also a spare tire. Adding these items will increase the tongue weight, which was low, as a 40 lbs a/c was located behind the axle. :)
I have a 24 lbs tongue weight at this time.
Here is the set up

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=3010)

I also did a water test the protective coat and I am very happy with the result. 8)

Water Test the Protective Coat of Tu Compact Trailer (http://youtu.be/g_e80MVEqNo)

Hopefully tomorrow, I can take the trailer out for another test run.
Thanks for reading
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on April 09, 2014, 01:46:17 PM
Nice..it looks a little smaller when hooked up to the bike than what I first thought.Nothing worse than a water leak :)
Would imagine the spare and cooler tray should help the weight distribution alot,make sure you throw something in the cooler on the test ride to get a real feel of how it is going to handle.
Looking good and happy riding ;D
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on April 09, 2014, 04:26:15 PM
Just came back for a test run, and everything was as I expected, smooth and almost no wobbling at the front end. It was very windy today, so I am not sure that the a-little-bit-wobbling, sometimes, at the handle bar was from the trailer or the wind. even so, I am very happy with the tongue weight at 22 lbs at this time.
I think the tongue weight will be around 30 lbs, after all the tools and stuffs that I will be put inside the trailer at the front end, of course. :)
I almost forget to mention that I've take the tongue extension off this time. ;D
Here is the new photo of the whole set up. There is still a few more details, but they can be done easily. I will have more photos later.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=3011)

Thanks for reading
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on April 09, 2014, 05:58:27 PM
Well I admit I have never pulled a trailer on a bike before  but I did have few thoughts about it. Are tire pressures increased to the max,rear shocks set to max or should air shocks be used and front fork oil weight be increased? I don't have a clue but I would imagine something to the suspension would have to be done to stiffen it up a bit...just a few off the wall thoughts:-)
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on April 09, 2014, 08:13:39 PM
No problem Bill, :)
All the things that you've thought are supposed to on the opposite order (that's what all the experts say), but I haven't tried to modify anything by myself either.  The trailer is working fine for me as the way it is. :pr:

Anyway, here is what I want to show you and everyone about my final touch on the trailer.

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=3012)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=3013)

Unless, someone may have question about the trailer, which is my pleasure to answer, this trailer building journal is coming to an end.  Maybe, a new, larger trailer is coming in a near future. :)
Thanks for reading.
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on April 09, 2014, 08:56:23 PM
Cool...good closure... ++
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on April 19, 2014, 01:23:25 AM
They've said, never says ending in any project, and I've found it is true. :-X
If you remember why did I build this trailer? Yes, it is for its weight, the lightest Tu compact trailer!
So here is the real weight of the trailer, ~300 lbs with the air conditioner, which is 40 lbs, which I have 60 lbs over the goal. The trailer by itself is around 260 lbs.
It is a little bit disappointed, but I still think it is a very light trailer that can be pulled comfortably with any mid size motorcycle.  My Harley ultra limited has made no effort to get up to 70 mph in no time. :)
So far, I am very happy with it. The real outcome will be reported after my trip to Leesburg bikefest, next week.
Thanks for reading
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: KUB on April 19, 2014, 10:51:38 AM
 v^  Bravo a standing ovation for you !! Have not been on the sight in a long time and it was great being able to read thru the whole post from start to finish ! Enjoy, ride safe and if I ever see the "storm" on the rode I give ya a holler ! Enjoy your trip.

KUB
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on April 19, 2014, 11:41:34 AM
Thanks much KUB
Please do.
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on April 19, 2014, 01:15:08 PM
Yeah from here on out we will just call you "The Storm" ;D
Leesburg..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGUj0FkftpE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGUj0FkftpE)
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on April 27, 2014, 10:13:38 PM
As Bill's request, here is a couple pix that shows my "luxury bed" inside the trailer. :)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=3071)

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=3070)

Thanks for reading, and I hope this is "really" the end of this legacy!
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on April 27, 2014, 11:02:33 PM
I almost forgot to add the info about towing the trailer.  ;D

Turned out, the 24 lbs tongue weight was not enough for my trailer.  After fifty miles or so, I still had a little wobbling at the front end, and I knew that I needed to add more weigh toward the front.
By moving the tools box to the front inside of the trailer, the tongue weight was increased up to about 35 lbs lbs.
There was no more wobbling at speed below 65 mph, but the movement was still there when there was a semi or fast truck past by when I was moving at a speed of 70 mph or more.
BTW, I don't know for sure whether there is a problem with my bike, in terms of the exhaust leak or not, but I cannot accelerate quickly as normal. If I try to twist the throttle forcefully, then there were some "metal clicking" sounds and I can smell the unburnt fuel. Someone has mentioned about this kind of noise, but I don't remember exactly how to fix it. I will have to recheck the exhaust seals, before the trip to Sturgis, for sure. ;D
Anyway, I could get up to 80 mph at some points, and the average fuel mileage was 30 mpg. I can live with that.
The trailer is running wonderful, and the next project is adding an awning for it!  :)
There you go, the project is never ended.
Thanks for reading
Nick
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on April 29, 2014, 11:13:28 AM
 ;D
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on July 11, 2015, 01:36:56 PM
Update!
Just added a spoiler to the trailer yesterday!

(http://www.ridingacrossusa.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=3369)

I took the trailer out for a running test and the verdict is, exceed my expectation!
Trailer condition in the test:  no tongue load (I still need to measure the tongue weight). ;D
First run (spoiler upper wing was at lowest position), smooth up to 60 MPH, the front wheel stared wobbling lightly, still rideable, but not comfortable.  ;D
Second run (upper wing was at highest position), smooth and solid upto 75 MPH. v^
I don't want to run faster than that.
Very happy!
I am ready for sturgis, baby.
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on July 12, 2015, 07:03:29 AM
Did ya throw any extra weight weight on the bike and trailer to kinda simulate when you are packed and ready to ride?
Sounds like you ready to get on the road again ;D
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on July 12, 2015, 01:42:07 PM
I am ready buddy! :)
The plan may be a little bit different this year, but seeing you is still in my plan.
Take care.
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: Steppenwolf on July 15, 2015, 01:02:42 AM
You figure how you are going to and from and I can meet you in my cage.Just need to know city and campground.It does not have to be near me like last year,I can drive there.
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: nomad on July 15, 2015, 06:19:04 AM
I'll let you know buddy. :)
Title: Re: Building the Lightest Teardrop - Tu Compact Trailer
Post by: 007 on June 13, 2017, 07:19:41 PM
Good looking set up