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Re: teardrop camper

Posted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:28 pm
by tamnalan
Our final dinner was held at Fort MacArthur, at one of the old batteries above San Pedro. Neat place!
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Getting ready for dinner. It was very good.
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Our intrepid command team of Lt Dan and Janine McCluskey. Excellent job! They look very happy that their work is done. Thanks also to March Unit 5 leader John Gillich. He done good too, for an Army guy anyway.
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Re: teardrop camper

Posted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:36 pm
by tamnalan
I was fortunate to get UHaul support to get my MB from Dayton to Chicago and from Los Angeles back to Dayton. I just pulled over when I got sleepy and got some shuteye in my trailer on the truck. Thanks so much to UHaul for their great support to the MVPA!
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Re: teardrop camper

Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:21 pm
by tamnalan
Just back from some great jeeping in Colorado, at the Colorado Flat Fender Club's annual Fall Color Tour. I later joined my friend 3A Stev and his son on some trails from Ouray. Here's a link to the FCT thread. The trail pics start around page 28. https://www.thecj2apage.com/forums/colo ... 41521.html

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Re: teardrop camper

Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:13 pm
by tamnalan
I had a fun summer using the teardrop camper. My wife and I are moving to Oregon - we bought a fixer upper. Here's a shot of our MB on the beach and the camper. I also took the camper up on mountain trails for the first time, first in the Big Horn Mtns in NW Wyoming and then again in the Belt Mtns of central Montana. Here's a pic in Montana. I've never slept so comfortably that high in the mountains!! I also learned that the trailer needs brakes! It tends to push the jeep on steep, rocky downhill parts.

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Re: teardrop camper

Posted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:01 pm
by tamnalan
No new teardrop pix but a few other adventures.

Sep 2018 in Colorado

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Re: teardrop camper

Posted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:15 pm
by tamnalan
My friend Steve Reichert and me in the Yankee Boy basin near Ouray, CO. Steve's father was born at a mine above Telluride. Quite a story! I was able to join Steve and some other great folks at Moab for some jeeping over Memorial Day this year.

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Moab on the Poison Spider Mesa trail. This is the toughest trail I've ever done. I made it up and down in my MB without needing a tow but dang! It wasn't easy.

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Some pics on Hell's Revenge. Classic Moab slickrock. We all aired down to about 10 psi. I never had a traction problem with my open-diff axles.

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Re: teardrop camper

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:23 pm
by Chuck Lutz
Alan....

If you are in Oregon now, you should join some of those guys up there that come down to the MVCC Spring Meet in April. We have a Fall meet in September but it's a lot less well attended than in the springtime. If you check the MVCC forum, you can check out pics and the basic reports from those who attended this, the first year in the KOA in Plymouth, CA. We are too big a club and we also have too many visitors from other states and overseas who like to come scrounge parts, take a trail ride (not like the one you were just on!) and socialize.

If you have joined the Oregon chapter of the MVPA, you can ask those guys about the good, the bad and the ugly about it....beyond the long haul up and over the Siskiyou mountains that border CA and OR.

Re: teardrop camper

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:35 pm
by tamnalan
Thanks - I'll do that! I would like to meet you in person, and hopefully see some of the California guys I met on the Alaska convoy.

Re: teardrop camper

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:53 pm
by Marty, SoCal
Lots of fun you've had using the ole' G503 as it was intended!

Can't get enough of Utah!

The Plymouth meet was great last April, too.

12V electric brakes will probably work fine on 6V. I had to de-tune the electric brakes on my Teardrop using an old fashioned adjustable resistor block, they were too powerful to control with the normal controller at 12V even at it's lowest setting. The resistor drops the volts seen at the brakes to around 3V. I'm running 3500 lb 10" electric brakes so I can have the HD axle and the 5 on 5.5 lug pattern. The trailer weighs about 1600 lbs, with 33" tires. 7" brakes are the normal size for that load, but you can't get the hubs to match the wheels without spacers and they only fit the light duty axle.

I used this one:
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On 6 Volts, you might need it or maybe not. The electric brakes could be ran through this resistor alone, like they used to do back in the 60's. I think I paid about $25 for it on epay, in a Napa branded package, New, old stock.

e-pay search results:
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R ... itleDesc=0

Re: teardrop camper

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:41 am
by tamnalan
Thanks Marty. That’s a good idea for brakes. Agree on Utah What a beautiful state!

Re: teardrop camper

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:04 am
by Marty, SoCal
Another option would be to install the surge brake parts off a M-416A1 1/4T trailer! I saw a setup off one at the Plymouth meet!

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Re: teardrop camper

Posted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:04 pm
by Chuck Lutz
Alan, I camp with Paulie who went on the Alaska Highway trip with you so you'd be right at home. We have an April meet around the 3rd week each year!

Re: teardrop camper

Posted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:16 pm
by tamnalan
I’ll plan on it. I would like to see him again.

Re: teardrop camper

Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 5:29 pm
by pdqf
I have a axle for sale to build a camper $150.00 + shipping call 515 442 3126 pdqf