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#4529702 - 09/29/17 07:01 PM Cant believe I never posted this - Eclipse camping
Anduril Offline


Registered: 02/19/07
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Wife and I went up to the Priest Hole recreation area on the John Day River in central Oregon to view the eclipse last month. This was the first "real" test of our homebuilt teardrop trailer I made over the winter, and apparently I never posted the pics here.


Just getting there, the traffic was horrible. Took 5 hours to go the last 30-ish miles because everyone was trying to get to some music festival we weren't even interested in going to, but it backed up the road for miles. Finally got there at about 11 at night; we unpacked the trailer and went straight to sleep.


Set up our campsite the next day.



The kitchen. I guess we're roughing it with style?


A guy in a motorhome smelled us cooking and said we brought more stuff in our little teardrop than he had in his whole motorhome.


What campsite is complete without a lounge?


Despite its small size, we have pretty much everything we need inside the trailer.



And right over the hill is the river.


Saw this hard core teardrop while out exploring the town of Fossil.


This must be where all the western movies are filmed.


John Day National Monument - Painted Hills



John Day National Monument - Clarno Formation







John Day National Monument - Sheep Rock. There is a very cool paleontology museum here, but I forgot to take any pictures.



We ate very well. Cinnamon rolls...


...and bacon...


...are part of a complete breakfast!


Slow-cooking beef with solar power, because we can!
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#4529706 - 09/29/17 07:01 PM Re: Cant believe I never posted this - Eclipse camping [Re: Anduril]
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We had to eat the stew we made in our truck, though, because there were so many bugs outside.


We also used it for BBQ shredded beef sandwiches.


Yes, that's Korean BBQ. In the middle of nowhere.


And fried chicken sandwiches.


But of course the main reason we were here was the eclipse. The best seats in the house were inflatable, and in the back of our truck.


Watching the moon slowly block out the sun, listening to Dark Side of the Moon. Like a boss.


Almost there.


Getting very dark, and a little chilly.


Totality!


Twilight in the middle of the day.


While everyone else was packing up to leave, we had one more day so we finally decided to enjoy the river.


The H.M.S. Inflatable-boat-with-a-plywood-floor-and-a-trolling-motor!







I thought it was dead, but apparently that's just the skeleton they leave behind when they shed their skin.




Of course, the night before we're going to leave, I'd get a flat tire...


Patched it up and decided to make one last stop on Mars before heading home!


Edited by Anduril (09/29/17 07:08 PM)
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#4529733 - 09/29/17 07:29 PM Re: Cant believe I never posted this - Eclipse camping [Re: Anduril]
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That looks awesome!

Is that a homemade evap-cooler for the trailer? What's your solar and battery setup?
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#4529752 - 09/29/17 07:39 PM Re: Cant believe I never posted this - Eclipse camping [Re: Anduril]
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Wow! very nice setup you have made there. I like the inflatable chairs. We like to keep it a bit simpler but I can see a tear drop trailer in our future. My wife in now googling the grill for your korean bbq though, that might be an addition.
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#4529754 - 09/29/17 07:41 PM Re: Cant believe I never posted this - Eclipse camping [Re: Nick1994]
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Originally Posted By: Nick1994
That looks awesome!

Is that a homemade evap-cooler for the trailer? What's your solar and battery setup?

It is. I made it out of an ice chest, a cut up swamp cooler pad, bilge fan, water pump, and dryer duct. We weren't in the trailer much during the day but it worked to cool it down a bit.

Solar is 3 100 watt panels (2 mounted on top of the trailer, one on the ground), a 225 amp hour battery, a cheap PWM controller, and a 750 watt inverter. The only time the battery wasn't fully charged by sundown was the day we used the crock pot.

If you're interested in a trailer build journal I have one here


Originally Posted By: IndyIan
Wow! very nice setup you have made there. I like the inflatable chairs. We like to keep it a bit simpler but I can see a tear drop trailer in our future. My wife in now googling the grill for your korean bbq though, that might be an addition.

Yeah, we love our Korean BBQ but it costs $40 a person from the restaurant and we have to cook it ourselves anyways so why not do it at home? We have a heavy cast iron grill and an electric burner (so we don't set the house on fire) to use at home, but the little nonstick one and propane burner work great for camping, especially now that we can keep meat frozen in the fridge.


Edited by Anduril (09/29/17 07:48 PM)
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#4529765 - 09/29/17 07:48 PM Re: Cant believe I never posted this - Eclipse camping [Re: Anduril]
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Pretty neat! More electrical stuff than I'd expect, great setup to make everything work!

Thanks for the photos too, lots of nice shots!

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#4529800 - 09/29/17 08:21 PM Re: Cant believe I never posted this - Eclipse camping [Re: Anduril]
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Just read that build journal. You did an incredible job, looked like a ton of fun! I'd love to build something like that, but I really don't have time at the moment.

I'll probably buy a camper already built someday.
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#4529804 - 09/29/17 08:33 PM Re: Cant believe I never posted this - Eclipse camping [Re: Nick1994]
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Originally Posted By: Nick1994
Just read that build journal. You did an incredible job, looked like a ton of fun! I'd love to build something like that, but I really don't have time at the moment.

I'll probably buy a camper already built someday.

Yeah, it took me 4-5 months of working on it pretty much all day after work to the point where my wife had to tell me to stop working on it, lol
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#4529815 - 09/29/17 08:43 PM Re: Cant believe I never posted this - Eclipse camping [Re: Anduril]
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obviously, a lot of thought went into this.that's why I can't believe that you forgot the most important thing -- A BEER FRIDGE.

good work, man.
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#4529819 - 09/29/17 08:45 PM Re: Cant believe I never posted this - Eclipse camping [Re: Anduril]
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You didn't see the pics of the kitchen in the OP? We have a freestanding mini fridge with freezer running off the solar.
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#4529851 - 09/29/17 09:25 PM Re: Cant believe I never posted this - Eclipse camping [Re: Anduril]
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That's cool and I bet you spent weeks if not months planning it all out, which can be 90% of the fun.

You brought solar panels to an eclipse? laugh

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#4529862 - 09/29/17 09:42 PM Re: Cant believe I never posted this - Eclipse camping [Re: Anduril]
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I like your stainless plates.
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#4529942 - 09/29/17 11:59 PM Re: Cant believe I never posted this - Eclipse camping [Re: Brybo86]
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Originally Posted By: Brybo86
I like your stainless plates.

They're actually burner covers for a stove, but they make the perfect plates
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#4530009 - 09/30/17 07:20 AM Re: Cant believe I never posted this - Eclipse camping [Re: Anduril]
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Beautiful pics!

Thanks for sharing!

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#4530033 - 09/30/17 08:27 AM Re: Cant believe I never posted this - Eclipse camping [Re: Anduril]
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Registered: 11/14/13
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Loc: Chicago, IL
Thanks for posting the pics and the build log! I've wanted to build a teardrop for a long time. Have you weighed the teardrop? How does the 4x8 trailer feel? Does it feel tight, especially with the insulation and inner skin layer taking up space? I've been debating whether I'd want to start with a 4x8 or 5x8. 4x8s are much more common, but I'd be worried it would get cramped in there. I'd been thinking about going with a 4x8 with no insulation in the walls to squeeze out as much interior volume as possible.

I see you have a 2.7l Taco, how does it handle the towing? Ideally I would build a light enough trailer for my Element to pull, and probably a much simpler build, no running water, no heater, no plumbed propane, maybe even no 120VAC wiring. Basically a sleeping quarters and a kitchen counter in the back with a 12V cooler.

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