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The Beginning10 months ago my wife brought home a box from Harbor Freight Tools. Inside was a kit to build a 4 x 8 collapsible trailer frame. She shared this grand idea of building our own teardrop trailer, to take on a cross country road trip we have always talked about. With her research and a little of my own we altered the collapsible frame design into a rigid base. Then built a wooden floor base. Within a few weeks of occasional weekend work we insulated and waterproofed the base, but then we abandoned the project for the winter.
1. Dry fit the trim, bending along the curves and cut to length 2. Pre-drill 2-3 holes per piece and install screws to hold in place for step 3 3. Pre-drill the rest of the holes 4. Remove trim and apply sealant tape 5. Attach trim with all screws 6. Remove every other screw and apply roofing/flashing sealant to each screw hole 7. Replace screws 8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 for the other half of the screws
At dawn we hit the road, stopping for a walk around the town of West Yellowstone before entering the park. We dropped the trailer at camp and headed straight for Old Faithful. We stopped at a few small geyser fields along the way, including one that formed less than 30 years ago during an earthquake.
We headed east well before dawn, regrettably missing Grand Teton National Park in favor of a faster route through the Wind River Canyon and Casper. It was over 800 miles to our next camp and the 80 mph speed limits were taunting with a trailer that's only rated for 55. When we reached the edge of the Rockies, the plains ahead stretched on out of sight.
I was optimistic about the 30% chance of scattered thunderstorms until I awoke at 4 am to a torrential downpour. We bagged the planned 4:30 am start and got some more sleep. The south trail head was empty when we passed by. We reached the end of the 4wd road at 7am and parked just passed the only other vehicle and hit the trail in full rain gear a few minutes late. The 4wd trail and the first mile of trail is surrounded by aspen trees, the leaves of which had recently turned a brilliant yellow and began falling to the ground.