Teardrop Trailer

Have we Found the Ultimate Woodworking Hobby Project?

 

"When I stop at a gas station to re-stock the ice chest under the hatch, I just about cause accidents from people rubbernecking to see what on earth that was."

- Kevin Hauser


Kevin Hauser is a man with a passion. And his publishing company, Kuffle Creek Press, is testament to that fact. Their flagship offering is a CD with two complete sets of plans for building your own teardrop trailer (eight and ten feet long - the Cubby and the Comet). If the photo above doesn't look familiar, then you're obviously too young to have traveled Highway 212 to Yellowstone in its heyday before the arrival of Insterstate 90.  

After the war (what do you mean "which war", child?), those magnificent GIs from Tom Brokaw's "Greatest Generation" came home and created a whole new society - which for the first time included leisure time for ordinary Americans. They took to the roads in droves, fueling the growth of the automobile industry and the dawning of a new wheeled species, the RV.


The Comet, Kevin's 10 ft long trailer, is an adaptation of a 1947 Mechanix Illustrated design which was originally built by a Mr. Warren, in Riverside, California. This trailer has a sleek profile that is roomy and yet uses mostly stock materials. It is a time-tested design that has shown its mettle. Kevin's new version features a beefed-up chassis and torsion bar suspension. The battery is outside where it belongs and a state-of-the-art electrical system is described. You can finish the inside however you want, but directions are given to insulate the cabin and "build furniture-grade cabinets (shown above) that will make your wife forget all the hassles, time and money you've spent on it."

If you're already thinking about building this wonderful woodshop project - and then covering it in metal! - you should visit the Kuffle Creek Web site (http://www.kuffelcreek.com) and see what Kevin Hauser has to say. And if you decide to build your own trailer, please take lots of photos and tell us how the project went.


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