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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby byrdz1 » Sun Apr 01, 2012 12:24 am

In the winter I have a barn to store mine in. Really nice, until I forgot which way the barn door slid, and took the door off the slider. So there I was out in the middle of "above the washboard section of that road?" and no where, holding up a 15 foot piece of aluminum door, wondering how I was going let go without hitting the car with the teardrop attached, or me (really I was more worried about me, but hoping not to have to explain a flatter car to my husband).... I got lucky and found a rope to tie the thing up, but when I went back the next day with the barn door guy to get it back on the slider, he said "geeze lady, you are lucky to be alive", I said, "well I suppose its the luck God gives drunks and fools, and I wasn't drinking".

Anyway now it is time for the rig to come home for the summer, and I called pha que, and they said "you need something that breathes" well that's nice, I figured that part out from reading posts here, but I couldn't quite get a definitive answer to "if I buy one of these, will my woodie be "safe" outside for the summer?" I am totally willing to pay for a custom cover, if I know that the woodie sides of my rig will not delaminate under one of these covers. I KNOW tarps are bad, but what about other RV covers on a woodie?
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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby Txbum » Tue Apr 03, 2012 1:31 pm

Mike, ...a big foamie box, with one end hinged like a galley. You can slide the teardrop/trailer in/out as needed. Probably light enough for two people to carry the foam teardrop/trailer cover off/on as needed. Thick foam cover might also protect against hail . Think also of making a folding version, just thinking and thinking. :thinking: Txbum
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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby mikeschn » Tue Apr 03, 2012 3:46 pm

The big foamie box is a good idea! :thumbsup:
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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby mckenney56 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:55 am

Somewhere on here was a build a guy in the UK did where he built the teardrop inside a larger travel trailer. Will the village let you store a travel trailer in the back yard?
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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby canned o minimum » Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:15 pm

I loved that build !
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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby Dan & Julie CO » Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:41 am

How about this? https://www.convertiblegreenhouse.com/ tried to post video.
I think this would be great! 8)
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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby mikeschn » Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:01 pm

That's cute!



BTW, to post a youtube movie, just past the number of the movie... e.g. fEaaTZK6lWk and then put youtube tags around it.

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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby canned o minimum » Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:06 pm

What a concept ! Grow yer own... teardrop !
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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby Dan & Julie CO » Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:11 am

Thanks mike, I think on a bigger scale and with canvas instead of plastic it might work it's collapsible
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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby byrdz1 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 12:04 pm

I heard someone talking about using pool noodles to keep a tarp off the teardrop and allow air to move around under the tarp. The idea is to string the pool noodles (or pipe insalators) on a rope and then have rows of them with some over the sides. Then the tarp is not in full contact with the treardrop and air should be able to circulate.
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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby GPW » Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:46 pm

If you’re using a big Foamie box to protect your trailer , why not use it AS the trailer ... :thinking: Your tarp , built in ... ;)
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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby Dan & Julie CO » Sun Apr 15, 2012 10:36 am

byrdz1 wrote:I heard someone talking about using pool noodles to keep a tarp off the teardrop and allow air to move around under the tarp. The idea is to string the pool noodles (or pipe insalators) on a rope and then have rows of them with some over the sides. Then the tarp is not in full contact with the treardrop and air should be able to circulate.

That would take oodles of noodles :lol:
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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby Wobbly Wheels » Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:00 pm

One thing that's been used forever to drive off moisture in boats is to screw a lamp socket to a piece of plywood. screw in a 40W bulb and put a big coffee can over top of it. The air inside the trailer is more still than the outside air, so it can't hold as much moisture and the water vapour condenses on the inside surfaces - that's how mildew problems typically get started in boats, as opposed to actual water leaks. The warm coffee can keeps the air warm so the water vapour can't condense and pool inside.
For the volume you'd have in a little tear, even a 25W bulb would be lots. And of course, ventilation is king: don't let that air stop moving.
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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby jonw » Sun Apr 15, 2012 10:54 pm

Wobbly Wheels wrote:And of course, ventilation is king: don't let that air stop moving.

Good advise. I always leave my roof vent and windows cracked a little to let air flow through.

Over the winter a kept a "bucket" of DampRid (I think it's called) inside and it absorbed some moisture. No mold come springtime...
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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby mikeschn » Mon Apr 16, 2012 3:40 pm

Wobbly Wheels wrote:One thing that's been used forever to drive off moisture in boats is to screw a lamp socket to a piece of plywood. screw in a 40W bulb and put a big coffee can over top of it. The air inside the trailer is more still than the outside air, so it can't hold as much moisture and the water vapour condenses on the inside surfaces - that's how mildew problems typically get started in boats, as opposed to actual water leaks. The warm coffee can keeps the air warm so the water vapour can't condense and pool inside.
For the volume you'd have in a little tear, even a 25W bulb would be lots. And of course, ventilation is king: don't let that air stop moving.


I've never heard about that trick before. Would that be enough for all winter long?

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