A DIY Teardrop Travel Trailer

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tongue Box: ClimateRight A/C - Heater!

I've been waiting to pull the trigger on the air conditioning unit for the teardrop, as ClimateRight was going to be releasing a model with heat in addition to A/C.  I pre-ordered my CR-5000 ACH today, and it should arrive in late May!  Perfect timing as I plan on ramping my build back up after a long winter.  This combination heater / A/C unit will be housed in the tongue box in front of the teardrop.

Here are the specs on the CR-5000 ACH:

Cooling BTU  -  5000
Room Coverage  -  Up to 12'L x 12'W x 8'H Room
Volts  -  115V
Cooling Capacity (Room Enclosure Size)  -  Up to 1200 Cu. Ft.
Amps  -  10.0A (Max)
Watts  -  1150W (Max)
Dehumidifying (pts./hr)  -  1.1
Thermostat  -  Digital w/ Infrared Remote Control
Control Panel Features  -  Digital Temperature Display, IR Remote Control Sensor
Remote Control Features  -  Temperature, Fan & Mode Control, Auto On/Off Timer, Sleep Function
Case Dimension (Boxed)  -  24.3"L 17.2"W x 16.5"H
Unit Dimensions  -  18"L x 14.1"W x 15.1"H
Unit Weight (lbs.)  -  55.0000
Shipping Weight (lbs.)  -  62
Assembly Kit (Required)  -  Quick Connect Hose and Flange Kit Included (For Most Walls)
Refrigerant  -  R410a
Air Filter  -  Removable Nylon Mesh Air Filter

As you can see, there is plenty of room in the design of the tongue box to accommodate the ClimateRight.   I plan on adding a removable shelf right above the top of the AC unit for additional storage.

Here is the box staged with the AC unit, possible battery location, and hoses.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Roof Rack

Ok, it's been a cold winter.  Polar Vortex cold in Wisconsin.  Nothing done on the Teardrop lately.  In addition, I'm still recovering from back surgery, so I probably wouldn't have gotten much done anyway.  I decided to pull the trigger on the roof rack.  I've seen some pretty suite old-school racks on teardrops, and I have been thinking about what I would do for a long time.  I like the idea of being able to put extra gear up top, but I also wanted something that I could remove easily if I was traveling light.  I've been a long-time customer of Yakima roof racks way back to when I windsurfed heavily.  I've had a Yakima rack on every single one of my vehicles, including my current Toyota Highlander.  What I like about using the load warrier cargo basket, is that I can put coolers and miscellaneous gear on top and out of the way.

I can also remove the entire rack and go with a naked roof for better fuel efficiency.  I'll mount the tower brackets directly to the roof, which will keep a low profile when not in use.  This gear will rot in my basement until the teardrop is finished, but I got a big discount so I bought early.  I will probably replace the front fairing with a custom wood panel to match the tear, but that is a low priority.