The Woodsman is build on a 4X8 trailer from Harbor Freight. It is rated for 1700 lbs and I reckon the fnished teardrop will come in well under 1000 lbs so it should be plenty strong. I painted all of the parts with primer before I assembled it. The primer should help to ward off rust and also provide a good bond for the finish coat. I did not assemble the fenders because they will not be used in the build. Painting and assembling the trailer took one Saturday.