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    Fridge with digital temperature control?

    I think Dometic and Waeco are the same brand now? I had an old Engel and a new Engel (and have seen a REALLY old Engel) and from the outside at least the control system hasn't changed. There's a dial and clockwise is colder. I generally set it to 0.5 overnight and 2 or 3 during the day and hope...
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    Fridge with digital temperature control?

    Multiple Engels. You can't actually set them to a temperature, just a dial which I assume is duty cycle so I don't think it's an issue with the fridge, it's an issue with the design. I actually found a test of a variety fridges which shows the issue I'm talking about. Looks like opposite lock...
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    Fridge with digital temperature control?

    Thanks for the suggestion, that’s not a terrible temperature swing, definitely better than my not low budget Engel. I’m not too fussed about power draw just want my food to stay cold but not frozen! ARB was what I was thinking, but can’t go look at them at the moment and hard to tell online how...
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    Fridge with digital temperature control?

    Hi all, Anyone know if any 12v fridges have a proper digital temperature control system to hold a reasonably steady temperature? Would prefer upright but would be happy with chest options as well. I've had Engels over the years but I'm sick of constantly adjusting the dial to stop warm or...
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    Teardrop Camper Layout Design

    There are two doors on the larger one, just from head to toe on the rather than side to side. I think I've switched to this on the little one too. We do the same in the swag though mostly from a single door with one person and it's not terribly hard to do, just have to crawl around a bit. It's...
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    Teardrop Camper Layout Design

    Having a door straight to the bed would actually make the layout a bit easier, and save some length, but it would mean the door is very high if it has ~33" tyres, would definitely need some variety of fold down step, preferably right where the wheel is. Maybe something like this: Or a custom...
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    Teardrop Camper Layout Design

    Just for interest I drew up the mini camper concept. This has a body length of only 2m, although that could be less especially with smaller wheels. It still has room for the Dometic kitchen, a drawer fridge and a queen bed. The A frame is a step to comfortably get in and out. A 270 degree awning...
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    Teardrop Camper Layout Design

    Cool trailer you're building. How much did you pay for the military trailer? I wouldn't mind getting one but the ones I've seen are so expensive compared to the US ones. You make a good point, and I think the priorities for me are: Instant bed Instant fridge and kitchen Close to instant...
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    Teardrop Camper Layout Design

    Good coverage except over the kitchen where it is needed the most :( I am quite liking this new layout though. Added the bed base and double drop down tables, so one door is still usable. With adjustable hinges the tables turn into a single bed. The main bed base lifts up for storage access...
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    Teardrop Camper Layout Design

    Interesting, I've just looked into the weather here. We get about double the rainfall, spread over about 40% more rainy days. Our record maximum and minimum is 44°C (111°F) and -6°C (20°F). We're in a relatively cold and dry area. We have no where near the altitude of the Rocky's, the highest...
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    Teardrop Camper Layout Design

    Taking this concept a bit further, I've got it down to a 2.8m body length. Width is a little wider than I'd like at 2.1m, but that is the total width including wheels. I could "cheat" a little and put a slightly smaller mattress in, a double bed would bring it down to 1.95m. Height is 1.5m at...
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    Teardrop Camper Layout Design

    Something like this would give me the weather coverage I want to have. The original goal was to try and stay away from setting up canvas though. Out of interest, what's the weather like where you're from? I've always wondered why teardrop (and similar) campers never really took off in...
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    Teardrop Camper Layout Design

    I've even read a study that horses who have decreased stress in transport perform measurably better in a race. If we can prove that's true for our trailer the market could be huge! Another day, another camper idea though. Putting the bed sideways above the wheels makes the body width...
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    Teardrop Camper Layout Design

    I've added a door on the other side. I guess I was thinking of it like a tent and crawling over one another, but you're right for the sake of a second door it'll be worth it. No, crash testing isn't mandatory (we only have to comply with regular trailer standards), nor has anyone else done it...
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    Teardrop Camper Layout Design

    To be honest, I'm leaning more towards the composite panel as it'll be less time consuming to build for a one off, plus the main benefit of moulding is how much more complex the shape can be but I've reduced it to simple flat panels anyway. I can post some pictures of the horse trailer once the...
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    Teardrop Camper Layout Design

    Bit more of a Trax Trailer look to get an awning sitting right. Lose some storage height but it is smaller overall, looks neater and is probably a bit more aerodynamic. I don't mind the idea of a legless 270° awning, but the issue is they come out on an angle, and actually don't give that...
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    Teardrop Camper Layout Design

    There's a few options for construction. The first would be a steel box at the front, and a composite panel rear. The second would be to make a rotational mold with a single layer front and a triple layer rear, similar to a space case and an esky. I haven't seen a rotational molded camper but we...
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    Teardrop Camper Layout Design

    Okay, new design. I've reversed the layout with the kitchen at the front and the bed at the back. The wheels can go further back now and all the weight is at the front which should fix the weight distribution issue. The front and rear are separate pieces which means only the rear half is...
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    Teardrop Camper Layout Design

    Exactly why I want one! My aim is maximum comfort and usability, with minimum size and setup time. This isn't just about the end result though. What I'm designing may not be entirely necessary (or even feasible), but I like to challenge myself and try to do things a little differently. For...
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    Teardrop Camper Layout Design

    Probably...I haven't drawn enough to look at the weight distribution yet, it was more of a mock up. I am restricted on how far back I can put the axle with the kitchen there but I don't see it being a big problem. Worst case I'll have to extend it a little and put some more of the heavier items...
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