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Details, Details, Details: Adding a Side Grill to our Teardrop Trailer

This week, Mark added a side grill to our home-built, custom teardrop trailer, because, you know, he can! (I LOVE this man!)

When we initially designed our teardrop trailer, which really was a bit more like winging than designing (check out my blog post:  Building Our Teardrop Trailer From Scratch: Learning by Doing) we made note ahead of time of some key features we wanted to include.

One feature, right off the bat, was to install an extra deep stainless steel sink that could easily hold a large spaghetti pot.

Another was to install rails all around the rear of the trailer to accommodate table tops wherever we might need ’em. Our thought on this was to stay modular in our design, ready to accommodate future needs.

Well, this week, a need (really a “want”) arose when Mark decided he wanted to add an extra grill besides the neat slide-out, cast iron, double-burner grill we already enjoy.

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As you may note in the picture above, besides the rear-right rail being used by our fold-out table, there’s also a rail on the right side panel of the trailer near the electric socket. We have the same exact two-rail configuration on the left side of our teardrop trailer as well.

So when Mark decided he wanted to make use of an old barbecue grill, we talked about a design for making it safe and stable so our 80-lb Lab/Shepherd couldn’t accidentally knock it over. All said and done, we came up with this:

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“Is that grill smoking,” you ask?

Why, “Yes, it is!”

How can one set up a grill and not fire it up?

Salmon burgers, here . . . we . . . come!

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We love our ever-morphing teardrop trailer! We especially love all her details, details, details!

Make sure to have fun with YOUR teardrop trailer! Even if you buy it new or already customized by a previous owner, make sure to add those details that make it your own!



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Weak for Sweet Details

I admit it; I’ve been known to sway from my own beloved, custom teardrop trailer when I see another teardrop displaying beautiful details such as this sweet baby. There’s no hiding my affection when I impulsively whip out the camera and begin a mini photo shoot.

WILLIAMS_07042015_032Check out the detail on her rear hatch:

WILLIAMS_07042015_031And those beautiful fenders and rims:

WILLIAMS_07042015_032AOh, I just melt when I see yet another lovely teardrop. And the details here sure do it for me.  (This one was seen at the 2015 4th of July Teardrop Trailer Gathering in Northern Arizona.)

What? You haven’t picked up your own teardrop trailer yet? You know you want one. What are you waiting for?


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A Lincoln Log Cabin on Wheels That Would Make Lincoln Blush

Wonder what Lincoln would be thinkin’ about this tricked-out Lincoln Log Cabin on wheels. I think, even six feet under, Lincoln might actually blush with pride.

We spotted the miniature,  rolling Lincoln Log Cabin on our 4th of July weekend teardrop trailer gathering in Williams, Arizona. This thematic teardrop trailer is all about the details . . .

She’s a beauty, no doubt . . . INSIDE and out!


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Promises to Keep and Miles to Go Before I Sleep

“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, / But I have promises to keep . . . ”

–Robert Frost, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”

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Alas, the year is ending and I’ve fallen short of sharing with you all of the adventures this past summer on our three-week-long teardrop trailer trip to some of our country’s most unique national parks. I’ve been lured toward other deep projects, including several editing projects and most recently, planning a move to another state in the very near future. But, I did make a promise to deliver the goods and deliver them, I will. Stay tuned for coverage about our day trip to a hidden gem, Capital Reef National Park, and then to my personal favorite, Bryce Canyon National Park.

Happy New Year, y’all. Let’s make some New Year’s resolutions and stick to them this time!

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