Chris Coles

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Chris & Sue Coles - Triking Teardroppers

The thought of getting a new camper trailer to replace the very old but well cared for trailer came about 12 months after taking delivery of our shiny new Panther Wildcat Trike. We looked around for possible replacements but never really found anything that we liked, most were too big and needed a lot of setting up which if you have to put up and take down every day or so could become a bit of a hassle.

Then we saw a fellow triker with a teardrop and thought, "How easy is that?" A bed and kitchen on wheels and everything in the one small unit that can be towed by the trike.  After some Internet surfing I came across Aussie Teardrop Campers, so I rang Reiner and arranged a visit. Well Reiner agreed to build the chassis and supply various bits and pieces for us.

At first I told Reiner that there wasnít any rush but as I got into the building of it, the more I seemed to be on at him for more parts to keep the build moving. During the build Laurie, a friend of mine, would come around after work and on weekends to lend a hand and check up on progress, in fact he was round at our place so much we thought he was going to move in.

Our teardrop was finished and registered in early January 2009 after being completed in only about 3 working weeks with plenty of long days and many cups of tea. << Reiner's Comment:  Even for a carpenter, that's seriously fast for a first teardrop... and it is beautifully finished too.  That must be great tea!>>

We did our first trip to Toowoomba and the Teardrop and trike performed very well. The teardrop towed very well and set up was a breeze.

We hope this was the first of many more trips to come in our Teardrop and I urge anyone who is thinking of building a teardrop to have a go and donít be frightened to ask questions or ask for help because itís worth it in the end.

Teardrop Camper Specs

  • Size 1200mm x 2400mm
  • Weight approx 360kg
  • Outside clad with aluminium sheets
  • Double skinned and insulated to help beat the heat
  • 15mm Exterior Ply for side walls
  • 12mm Exterior Ply for floor
  • 15" x 8" mag wheels
  • 2 x Euro security doors
  • 400mm x 400mm roof hatch
  • 12v and 240v power
  • Microwave oven
  • Radio/DVD/CD with drop down screen and 4 speakers

Building Our Teadrop Camper Trailer

Let's start at the very beginning...
then we added some walls...
and the fiddley bits.
Then we dress it...
ok, so that was the fiddley bit...
...and we are pretty proud of the finished product.
Chris had so much fun building the first teardrop, and did such a good job he is now helping Reiner build Aussie Teardrop Campers.  So what does he do in his spare time?  Build another teardrop, of course.  This one is built for sale (check out our 2nd hand teardrops page.)   

Chris & Sue's teardrop, built in Brisbane, QLD 2008  Email Chris


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