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Scooter 05
01-09-2007, 09:57 AM
Had some time off between Christmas and New Years, so hit the road out west. The E performed great, getting an overall 21.2 mpg pulling the 850 lb teardrop. Here's a few pics.

TN rest area. Gotta luv how the whole rig fits a standard parking space. :D
http://www.truckwithaheart.com/parkingspace.JPG
Open road west of Pecos, TX.
http://www.truckwithaheart.com/westofpecos.JPG
Seirra Blanca mts of west TX.
http://www.truckwithaheart.com/sierrablancas.JPG

Scooter 05
01-09-2007, 10:00 AM
Camped at Rockhound State Park near Deming, NM.
http://www.truckwithaheart.com/eveningapproaches.JPG
Next morning.
http://www.truckwithaheart.com/rockhoundmorning.JPG
Picacho Peak north of Tucson, AZ.
http://www.truckwithaheart.com/picacho.JPG

Scooter 05
01-09-2007, 10:03 AM
Nestled in camp at Joshua Tree Natl Park in southern CA.
http://www.truckwithaheart.com/campsite1.JPG
Rainbow first morning at JT.
http://www.truckwithaheart.com/rainbow1.JPG
http://www.truckwithaheart.com/rainbow2.JPG

Scooter 05
01-09-2007, 10:08 AM
One of my favorite pics from Joshua Tree.
http://www.truckwithaheart.com/56b.JPG
Town of Twentynine Palms way down in the valley.
http://www.truckwithaheart.com/twentyninepalmsview.JPG
Shower moving across the desert.
http://www.truckwithaheart.com/desertrain2.JPG

Scooter 05
01-09-2007, 10:13 AM
Little specks in the distance are trucks on I-10. Luv those long desert views.
http://www.truckwithaheart.com/valleyview2.JPG
HAD to get Herbert's pic by this sign. :D
http://www.truckwithaheart.com/friedliver.JPG
Oceanside, CA.
http://www.truckwithaheart.com/oceanside1.JPG
http://www.truckwithaheart.com/oceanside3.JPG

spdrcr5
01-09-2007, 10:42 AM
great pics and looks like an awesome trip! Thanks for sharing.

lizzurd
01-09-2007, 11:00 AM
great pics...the E and tear drop make a sweet looking combo.....

fas2go
01-09-2007, 12:39 PM
Does your teardrop freestand if you un hitch it from the E? What kind of accomodation are inside? Price?

StumpjumperDave
01-09-2007, 12:55 PM
great pics... thanks for sharing...

Scooter 05
01-09-2007, 01:20 PM
Does your teardrop freestand if you un hitch it from the E? What kind of accomodation are inside? Price?Yes there's a folddown tongue jack for when we're unhitched. Inside there's room for two to sleep or watch DVDs with a little shelf/cabinet storage space, but it's too small to stand up inside and has no bathroom. On the back under the hatch is a galley with cabinets and a foldout table for Coleman stove, etc. I built it myself for about $3100, but several companies sell them new anywhere from $4-8K. Teardropping is a fun, cozy way to camp. IMO, it's way better than tent camping but far short of the space and comfort/luxury of some larger travel trailers. The Teardrop and Tiny Travel Trailers forum (http://www.mikenchell.com/forums/) is a great place for more info.

Here's my teardrop's website (http://www.truckwithaheart.com/teardrop.htm) with pics showing inside and during the build, etc.

Box4Rox
01-09-2007, 01:37 PM
Great Job Scooter !! :) :) :)

We're going to have to get our E's and TD's together someday . . .

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b91/Obi_the_dog/Teardrop/ElCapitanSB2.jpg

Scooter 05
01-09-2007, 01:46 PM
Youbetcha! Love those wheels. :cool:
Some folks on the teardrop forum are planning a midwestern gathering somewhere in west/central IN in May. Check it out, maybe it's within range for you. Midwest gathering thread (http://www.mikenchell.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=13281)
I'm undecided whether to do that one, or wait till mid June for the big international gathering in Nebraska. Probably can't get the time off work to do both. international gathering thread, Minden, NE (http://www.mikenchell.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=13047)

OShow
01-09-2007, 01:58 PM
Good to see you make it thru my neck of the 'woods'... Or should i say 'shores'.. Hope Oceanside welcomed you well.. I like you teardrop.. Might have to get one for me and the wifey.. WAY COOL!!!

-O

JusG19
01-09-2007, 09:40 PM
Scooter, I love your teardrop. I went to your site, do you have any plans for building it or a parts supplier for your parts? I've actually been to your site a long time ago before I bought my E. I saw one at the "pumpkin show" in ohio for $500, so it peaked my curiosity. Where did you get your axles? those aren't from harbour freight are they?

JusG19
01-09-2007, 09:41 PM
box4rocks, what size/kind rims do you have, those are beautiful. Great looking combo you got there.

jackb703
01-09-2007, 09:43 PM
I LOVE the pics. You could make postcards. LOL! The rainbow shots were great.

Scooter 05
01-09-2007, 10:36 PM
Thanks for all the good words. :)

I started with Cubby plans from Kuffel Creek (http://www.kuffelcreek.com/teardrops.htm) but it morphed pretty drastically early on. I would occasionally sketch out various components the way I wanted them and that's what I used in the way of plans. The Kuffel Creek plans are an excellent reference guide and does have a parts and supplier listing for the Cubby. My axle is a torsion type (not Harbor Freight).

There are several great teardrop plans available on the T&TTT forum. You might want to look at the generic Benroy (http://www.mikenchell.com/images/GenericBenroyPlans.pdf) because it's very popular on that forum and the plans are free.

Scooter 05
01-09-2007, 10:43 PM
Good to see you make it thru my neck of the 'woods'... Or should i say 'shores'.. Hope Oceanside welcomed you well.. I like you teardrop.. Might have to get one for me and the wifey.. WAY COOL!!!

-OOceanside is a neat place. Always like Ruby's on the pier (except their prices seem to have increased in the last year or so!) and Oggi's for their in-house brews. ;-)

Rocket Dog
01-09-2007, 10:52 PM
Scooter you're living the DREAM my man!!! I love your rig and your pictures are fantastic. Thank you very much for sharing.

ADAMLSTL
01-09-2007, 11:01 PM
Incredible pics!:) Thanks for those.....:cool:

PopUpSteve
01-09-2007, 11:05 PM
WOW! Great picts, thanks for sharing.

monkious
01-10-2007, 02:08 PM
really nice photos ! I was going to get an aliner when I had my pilot, but opted to get an REI stand-up tent (hobitat4) and an element instead. We plan on sleeping in the back of the E sometimes. I had seen the teardrops before but dismissed them as too small. Seeing your pics has made me think about reconsidering them as another option for road trips... very cool look with the element!

Box4Rox
01-10-2007, 02:17 PM
Youbetcha! Love those wheels. :cool:
Some folks on the teardrop forum are planning a midwestern gathering somewhere in west/central IN in May. Check it out, maybe it's within range for you. Midwest gathering thread (http://www.mikenchell.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=13281)
I'm undecided whether to do that one, or wait till mid June for the big international gathering in Nebraska. Probably can't get the time off work to do both. international gathering thread, Minden, NE (http://www.mikenchell.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=13047)


Thanks for the links !! :) I was just starting to miss my old West Coast camping gang (Miss Ellie, Eleric, Ferrum) and was thinking about looking into joining a tear group. Perfect timing .

I just signed up for the Turkey Run (Indiana) get-together on May 18,19 . . . I'll keep looking into the Minden gathering.

Box4Rox
01-10-2007, 02:20 PM
box4rocks, what size/kind rims do you have, those are beautiful. Great looking combo you got there.


Thanks - :)

Wheels are ARA FR-1's 17x7 +42 mm

Box4Rox
01-10-2007, 02:25 PM
Scooter -

Did you add a tranny cooler ? I'm still with the stock set up but have adopted the routine of draining and re-filling after a long trip. :confused:


Had some time off between Christmas and New Years, so hit the road out west. The E performed great, getting an overall 21.2 mpg pulling the 850 lb teardrop. Here's a few pics.

TN rest area. Gotta luv how the whole rig fits a standard parking space. :D
http://www.truckwithaheart.com/parkingspace.JPG
Open road west of Pecos, TX.
http://www.truckwithaheart.com/westofpecos.JPG
Seirra Blanca mts of west TX.
http://www.truckwithaheart.com/sierrablancas.JPG

Scooter 05
01-10-2007, 02:53 PM
Nah, no tranny cooler. The teardrop's 850 lbs is far within the E's recommended 1500 towing maximum. Plus the car is still practically brand new. I do plan to check the shop manual for trans oil procedure and will probably do it long before whatever interval Honda recommends (my guess is 50-100K miles??).

I was careful not to use cruise control in areas where the trans wanted to downshift, in general just tried to remain aware and not over-tax the transmission if I could help it.

IMO, frequent trans oil changes like you're doing should be sufficient.

uukbar
01-10-2007, 04:48 PM
Nice pics!! Looks like it was a fun time. another trip in an E w/ success :)

ORANGEE
01-10-2007, 05:03 PM
Nice Pictures - now you need to somehow figure a way to paint it to match your Elelment!

GreenElement13
01-10-2007, 07:31 PM
Very nice, I never knew such hardware existed! I'm going to check that teardrop site you suggested, hopefully they are long enough to fit someone who is 6'4" tall!! Thanks for sharing the pics!

Box4Rox
01-10-2007, 08:32 PM
Very nice, I never knew such hardware existed! I'm going to check that teardrop site you suggested, hopefully they are long enough to fit someone who is 6'4" tall!! Thanks for sharing the pics!

:) Here's a couple that are in the 11 ft range - mattress dimension is 60" x 80" but on the first one (So Cal Teardrops Cal Deluxe) it feels larger because you also get an extra 6 inches at the head due to the curve of the front (that's where the pillow rests)

:arrow: http://www.socalteardrops.com/511.html

another one -

:arrow: http://tinycamper.com/

Don't let the prices scare you - they can be found used (usually "hardly used") for a lot less or built as Scooter did, for a lot, lot less.

Rocket Dog
01-10-2007, 08:47 PM
They seem kind of pricey for what they are, but then I've never really shopped for a rec trailer. I guess a lightweight fiberglass costs much more.

Scooter 05
01-10-2007, 10:47 PM
Very nice, I never knew such hardware existed! I'm going to check that teardrop site you suggested, hopefully they are long enough to fit someone who is 6'4" tall!! Thanks for sharing the pics!
I managed to get 76" of sleeping length in my 8 foot teardrop, but I'm only 5ft10 so it works well. There are some good bigger designs where a tall person would have plenty of room.

GreenElement13
01-11-2007, 07:09 PM
Thank you for the links:)

jedi
01-11-2007, 07:25 PM
Awesome pics!!

Sounds like a great trip too. Glad you had fun.

Post more pics!

Rocket Dog
01-11-2007, 07:43 PM
...I'm only 5ft10 so it works well...


Show off! (I'm 5ft 6...but I'm not bitter)



...at least I'm fat. :rolleyes:

habamock
01-17-2007, 03:45 PM
where can I get a teardrop? how much?

Scooter 05
01-17-2007, 09:57 PM
Here's a few links to teardrop manufacturers. Probably pick one up in the $5-10K range.
Camp Inn (http://home.centurytel.net/edevold/)
So-Cal Teardrops (http://www.socalteardrops.com/)
Little Guy (http://www.golittleguy.com/)
Cozy Cruiser (http://www.cozycruiser.com/)