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Old 02-09-2020, 12:07 PM
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My tear drop trailer I had years ago.

Damn I had fun camping in this "Tear Drop" trailer. It was 10 feet long unlike all others of the era that were 8'. It was made of aluminum by an aircraft mechanic after WWII. I was told this when I got it, I knew that to be the truth when I was at a B-17, B-24 walk through and saw that the handle on the door of my tear drop came from the crew hatch door on a B-17 and the light you can see inside came from a bombay of a B-24! NO KIDDING! I towed this thing up to Oregon camping along the way, over to Memorial park across the SF bay many times, it was pretty darn cool. It had a bunk going across it that my two little kids slept on, while my wife and I were on the matress that filled the whole thing.


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Way COOL!!! Recently I've seen a couple of new ones in that style. Looks like someone is making them again.....
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The original 8' design was from a popular mechanics issue I believe. It was a brilliant design using five sheets of 4x8 plywood. Each side was a sheet, the floor was a sheet, the roof doing down to the front of the floor was a sheet and then the chuckwagon lift gate was a half a sheet!

I remember coming across an original all wood one (Tear drop went to metal covering the wood in '39) in a barn near a drive-in theater I used to go to on my bike for the fleemarket on Sundays. It had original fenders and all on it!

This one I had I got just the body, forget from who. I put it on a boat trailer that we had around the yard for years. Used it with the little wheels that were on the trailer then I got the dropped axle from a shop in town and made it as you see it. It was originally satin green, I think it was owned by a hunter.



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Old 02-09-2020, 01:15 PM
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I will never forget coming home from a camping trip many miles away up in the California Sierras and I walked out from my house to unload it and the front of the trailer seemed lower, hmmmm, I walked up to see that the tongue of the trailer had a weld that broke on both sides and only the weld across the top was holding it! And the "safety chain" was attached to the tongue so it wouldn't have saved the trailer!

Wish I had a photo of that!

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Old 02-09-2020, 01:27 PM
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Thats a nifty setup, I bet it was a ton of fun using it out there back then too.
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Old 02-09-2020, 02:17 PM
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Yep, my wife when we were dating would take some wine and pre-made spaghetti or the like dinners and a little "boom box" (it's how out in my garage/man cave) with some beautiful music and have such a great time.

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There are a number of "tear drop" trailers made now and you would be amazed at how they are outfitted now... go do a search. Oh, and they cost many thousands of dollars too...

https://www.bing.com/search?q=tear+d...ZI&form=MOZLBR
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They are too small for my wife and we "need" a toilet with us. Ours is a modern reproduction of a 60's "canned ham". 18' with a Queen bed, refrigerator/freezer, wet bath 2 burner cook plate, microwave, sink and A/C.

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Right on!

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Ours is a '68 Rancho el Rae that I rebuilt from the frame up. It would be nice to actually be able to use it this season...

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I had an 8 footer I bought in Montana when I lived there - gutted it and turned it into a drag bike hauler
that was back in the 70s - wish I had it now in its original state - live and learn right? - jaxx
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I have been finding a bunch of photos of us camping (going through photos thinning them out, I have THOUSANDS)

The Boler was an awesome trailer! It's now built by Scamp. This Boler was made in Canada and was 13 ft, slept 4, had a fridge, what a great trailer. I used to have people at camp grounds want to take a look inside. I remember one lady turning to her husband and saying "It gets BIGGER when you get inside." LOL I bought it for $1200 and when I sold it around 2014, it had became a "thing" with the millennial's and a guy gave me $4500 which was more than what it was listed at in Craigslist!

I have a lot of great memories in them that's for sure.

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I came across this one in a shop yard a number of years ago, pretty cool huh!

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Very COOL!!!
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I have a friend who built one the same as your one Brian, about 10 years ago, he used to take it to hot rod shows, behind his t bucket. (Never liked his t bucket, powered by a rover V8) he passed away 2 years ago, I wonder what happened to his tear drop?

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