I have a Hunter Long Shadow Teardrop Trailer. It's been great, and I love it, but there have been times when it just gets to hot and stuffy! I am eager to hear ideas from Teardrop owners - specifically those with Hunter Shadow Teardrops who have actually made the modifications. I tried contacting Phil, the man who made the Teardrop in Idaho, but the number I had for him is no longer in service. Also, it seems from some internet chatter I have read that Wiltrek is no longer making the Hunger Shadow Teardrops. Does anyone know different or have a contact for me? If so, please write to me at fitzsimmons_mike at hotmail .com
Yes - I did purchase the trailer with the fan/timer ventilation system. But I have some problems with it:
1) Power. The Dayton Electric Model 4WT36 fan runs on 12V and draws 0.57 and therefore dissipates 6.8W. Although that doesn't sound like much, I don't carry a car battery in the trailer as Phil suggested. In fact, I swapped out all the high wattage light bulbs in the cabin and hatch compartments with LED strips. I am now able to go weeks, reading every nite for hours, with a small 12V 12Ah SLA (Sealed Lead Acid) battery. This battery is less than 1/3 the size and weight of a car battery. My lighting is also significantly improved over the high wattage bulbs that came with the trailer.
2) The fan works only when you set the timer and turn it on. That is, during the day if the trailer is out in the sun, the fan does nothing for me. Same when you are sleeping.
3) The fan will draw air through the windows and the doors (if open). There is still a large area inside the cabin, toward the front ceiling, that doesn't really seem to get recirculated.
So, as you can see, I don't really use the fan and I am somewhat surprised this was sold as a "solution" to cooling the trailer.
I don't really want to modify the doors/windows as they lock, are nice, and I guess I just want to leave well enough alone. I did make some screens to cover the doors and often sleep with those open. However, where there are bear problems (quite often where I camp) I am getting less and less comfortable with leaving them open at night. Even when open, they don't seem to cool off the ceiling area which seems to collect not only heat but also the used air (CO2) I expel while sleeping.
While I have seen some nifty small air conditioning solutions (the best was a small AC unit that swung over on a manufactured arm to cover a window opening), I don't really want to have to haul an AC unit, a generator, and extra gas - none of which I need to mess with today.
I also don't want to rely on any solution involving ice. I have enough trouble just keeping my coolers in ice while camping for days and sometimes weeks in the wilderness areas.
So What's left?
One helpful idea might be to get a tarp to cover the Teardrop in those campsites where the sun hits it. This is a good low cost solution, although I do worry about wind when I am not around if it blows like it did this summer in Colorado.
So it seems what is left for me is to put an air vent (locking hatch type) in the roof of the Teardrop and possibly an inlet in the bottom as well for increased convection. I have located the support cross beams in the ceiling by examining the staples on the wood trim. The cross members are 12" apart, so I could make a 2x2' square hatch on top. It would need to be curved to fit the existing roof-line. I am dying to talk to anyone who has successfully accomplished such a modification! Please send me an email: fitzsimmons_mike at hotmail. com
Thanks in advance for any helpful ideas!