Skinning the Exterior | How to build a Teardrop Trailer #13
Total time: 8-12hrs
Total cost: $500+
- 2 sheets of 4×8 0.32 clear coated natural aluminum
- 2 sheets of 4×8 0.40 clear coated black aluminum
- LOTS OF TRIM
- 24′ of flat trim
- 32′ of roof trim
- 1 tube of TREM PRO Sealant
- 1 tube of aluminum safe silicone
- 50′ Roll Butyl sealant tape
I have to admit, this is probably one of the scariest but most rewarding parts of this build. I was mainly concerned about the time it took to get the aluminum sides in. It took almost 4 weeks, so if I made a mistake here, then I would have to wait even longer! Luckily, nothing major happened.
After I attached the bottom trim and taped all the edges snug, I took the plunge and cut the side using a flush trim bit in my trim router. Another trick I did with the door was add a larger bearing to the flush trim but to give a “lip” on the aluminum and the door seal. This is not a must but it’s something I wanted to do to feel better about the seal.
After the sides were cut, I carefully slid the top into place. I lucked out and my roof fit perfect so I didn’t have to trim it! The top sat just over the side aluminum almost perfect! #dumbluck After taping the roof on, I started on the trim, working my way from the rear bottom to the front, alternating sides. This is very important to reduce buckles in the roof. I am very happy how it came out!
Now I have to think of a cool design for the side! This was a mock up of what I am currently thinking but that could always change!
I didn’t want to cut more holes in the side of the teardrop so I chose to use 3m outdoor double sided tape. These lights can with incandescent bulbs that I later changed out to LED’s and the outer shell of these lights were white. I used 3 coats of plastic paint, sanding in between and took my time. They turned out great!
The final thing I did after everything was done, was to put a coat of wax on the roof and sides. You don’t want to get fingerprints all over your hard work!
Hope you enjoy the progress so far, feel free to watch all the videos up till now in the Teardrop Trailer Build Playlist – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRo2-oLCRSD7-HwKlRXiUfhlfzdDJjTWE
I am using PureBond plywood, see more details here. http://purebondplywood.com/ or http://www.columbiaforestproducts.com/product/columbia-radius-bending-plywood/
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