"The X-II" is Z. Kaylor Design's latest creation. While at first glance it looks similar to the original convertible, its actually quite a bit larger and has a few additional features!
It is 62 inches wide, 10 feet long, and stands about 74" tall at the fan cover. The galley has enough room for three 50QT coolers and much more shelf space than the original 4-Wide Convertible.
In addition to the classic white top, there is a second brown top. Altough the brown top may not look quite right, it does serve a purpose. On a chilly afternoon the brown top will absorb sunlight and act as a solar heatsink, warming the interior to make an afternoon nap a little nicer..
The electronics on the 4-wide convetrible allowed for a 2 channel remote to control the interior and exterior lighting. The wiring schematic and design calls for a 4 channel remote to control interior overhead lighting, outside lighting, accent light strips, and galley lights.
There is be a queen size mattress inside, as well as plenty of shelf space for bags and clothing. The electrical components such as the circuit breakers and fuse panels are inside the trailer in a hidden compartment, but still accessible if a fuse needs to be replaced.
Although the X-II is finished construction, I have not yet completed a construction guide for it. Doing so is a very involved process - almost like rebuilding the X-II from scratch, but on paper. It is not a process that I want to rush, because I want to provide the best quality instructional guide that I can. Please check back later for updates.
Thanks for your patience!
A Teardrop is not a space ship. Its a box on two wheels. They are only as complicated as you make them. Some have very elaborate cabinets and woodwork, built-in sinks with water pumps, and LCD TV/DVD combos.
My convertible is pretty basic, and so were my tools. I used wrenches to assemble the trailer frame, and cut all the wood using a circular saw and a handheld jigsaw. The only thing that I didn't have was a handheld belt sander, which I borrowed from friend. All three of these power tools can be purchased fairly cheap at a discount tool store, such as Harbor Freight Tools.
As far as time is concerned, you can take as long as you want! The only deadline is the one you make. Some people start building in the early Spring in hopes of making Summer trips, while a few people actually take years to complete their master- pieces. Just build at your own pace!
Teardrops come in many shapes and sizes, and their options can vary just as much. Two of the most popular commercially built Teardrops are Little Guy Teardrops, and Camp-Inn Teardrops. A new Little Guy will cost you between $3000 and $9,000, while a Camp-Inn Raindrop 560 could set you back as much as $18,000!
Another other option is to buy a used camper. A search of Craigslist often turns up a used teardrop that is for sale. If you can't find a used one with the features you want, then you could search for a private builder who will collaborate with you and construct a camper to suit your needs. Your last option (and the most fun) is to build one yourself!
A teardrop is a small travel trailer which was popular back in the 30's, 40's,and 50's. The name is derived from the areodynamic shape that many of the tiny travel trailers employ.
They are an attractive option to a larger RV due to their cost, maneuverability, and minimal effect on gas mileage. Many teardrops weigh around 1,000lbs when loaded with gear, which makes it possible for almost any vehicle to pull.
Most are based on either a 4x8 or 5x10 trailer, and can comfortably sleep 2 adults. Some are as wide as 6 feet and can provide room for children as well.