First off, this is a cathartic post , not asking for any advice, just 'sharing' with my friends...
Despite my current shop-less status, I'm always thinking of other projects that I want to put 'on the list'...
Kind of my Bucket list, but not quite that 'intense'.
One which has been on the back back burner (back back back burner?)... has been to build a teardrop trailer. I figured that this would be a 'cheap' (relatively) way to get back into camping, while avoiding the whole tent situation, and yet still be affordable (as opposed to buying a larger RV). I found a pretty cool and very active forum about Teardrops : http://www.mikenchell.com/forums and am more than convinced that if most of the folks over there can build one, I ought to be able to with very few problems (welding being one of them... and yes Jim, Finishing the build being another).
I was surfing over there this evening, when Lori piped up with 'I don't see how you would fit in one of those things, and I"m claustrophobic... those would be too small. Well there goes the 'cheap to build' and get us out and camping part... I figured if i could live in a Semi 'comfortably' (70"s front to back with a bed taking up about 1/2 of that space... and two small cabinets in the rest... a teardrop would be no problem space wise)
We've got a ton of work to do on this house, plus the NY house too (if we're ever going to sell it for a reasonable price...), so this is NOT a priority of course, but my brain won't give up once it has something 'in' it.
My plan now is to save up and buy a smaller Hybrid trailer (stand up height, with fold out bed(s) which gets us 'real' RV amenities (teardrops are basically a bed compartment, and a hatch which is where you keep the food...), and 'space', as a stop gap plan. I'd rather have a skoolie or buy a used Wanderlodge (factory converted school bus/RV) and refit that. Not that I can afford even the teardrop at the moment... but it is still nice to 'dream' a bit.
I now return you to your regular forum viewing.