Aaron Cox

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This all started after seeing one of Reiner’s creations tripping around Stradbroke Island. Originally I laughed and thought, "Jeez, that’s a little van". It was only when I saw Reiner having a little nap on the barge trip home that I was sold on the idea. I enjoy woodwork so I decided to make one of my own. 18 months down the track and considerably lighter in the pocket and here it is. The LITTLE GYPSY CAMPERS “HOBO 3010”. On the home builders website it says that although building a teardrop is a relatively simple concept (which I managed to complicate at every turn), there are many unfinished projects in sheds all over the place. I now understand why, but as painful as it was at times, it was well worth the effort.

I'd like to say a huge thanks to my Brother and Dad for giving up their weekends to help me out and to Reiner for the initial inspiration and the ongoing advice. I loved building this teardrop and encourage anyone else who wants to have a go.

I’m currently helping my brother to complete his project the LITTLE GYPSY CAMPERS “VAGABOND 4010” so keep your eyes out for that.

Happy building.

SPEC's FOR THE LITTLE GYPSY CAMPERS “HOBO 3010”

  • Size: 1500mm wide, 3200mm body length, 1900mm high
  • Chassis: 50mm x 50mm welded together by Chris Cox AKA Dad
  • Springs: 3 leaf slipper springs
  • Wheels: 4 bar spinners
  • Tyres: 215 x 65/14
  • Guards: hand built
  • Walls: Double thickness 15mm ply (Fijian cedar cut from 1500mm x 3000mm sheets, possibly a little bit of overkill in hindsight) with timber veneer interior walls
  • Roof: 4mm bracing ply cover with 10mm high density foam and waterproof vinyl
  • Floor: Double thickness floor of 9mm ply and 2mm gal
  • Doors: Timber with casement windows
  • Extras: CD/DVD player 13” LCD screen with 6 speakers, 60l water tank, full kitchen, fans and reading lights
  • Lighting: Stainless steel kitchen and porch light, side markers and hand cut taillight shrouds
  • Kitchen: Brass handles, interior finish golden oak stain, slide out propane BBQ and the kitchen sink
  • Exterior: Coated in SPAR marine exterior varnish

First layout and construction...

     

...Interior design...

     

...and finished product

Aaron Cox's "Hobo3010", built in Brisbane, Queensland, 2007. Email Aaron


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