DIY Teardrop Camping Trailer


From a certain age, camping directly under the moonlight seems a bit uncomfortable. Even a tent starts to become outdated after a bunch of uses in the wild, especially when you are accustomed to a cozy home. But if you have the opportunity and will power, try and make a teardrop trailer for your use. The 4 by 8 feet trailer began to be popular in the 30s. Its light weight and room for two persons sleeping in it and a small gallery or kitchen in the back made it a hit among nature lovers.



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  • John Stover on said:

    How can I get a copy of the plans and parts list for this amazing little jewel?
    Just what the doctor ordered for my roaming daughter and her pup……… Thanks

      • Clint on said:

        Check out Teardrop n Tiny Travel Trailers ( Lots of designs, including some very similar and maybe exactly like the one above. Most important is a helpful community that has designed, built, made mistakes and come up with innovative solutions.

  • Alison on said:

    I know people who built their own and after years of road travel the wood rots. Why don’t they install fiberglass or protection barriers on the bottom before building the floor? Maybe everyone lives down south but here in Canada salt and water and of course our salt air from the ocean is a killer on wood.

  • Paul Moser on said:

    Properly prepared surfaces can look amazing, provide excellent protection from the elements, and last decades of rough use with appropriate surface applications like paints, stains, and sealants.

  • I built a 4’x8′ that I bought plans from Kuffel Creek Press (online). I sealed the bottom with a tar like substance. Has lasted almost 10 years now and still going strong. Built on a 4’x8′ trailer from from Harbor Freight. Weighs in at almost 700 lbs. unloaded. Frame capacity is 1100 lbs.

  • I see that you started with the stock wheels but the finished product has significantly larger wheels. Did you obtain a new axle to accommodate?

    • Bruce McIntyre on said:

      Take a short peice of straight wood and curve the one side and put them between each upright and you will have a perfect curve.

  • Michael Bowman on said:

    I have a friend who is a cabinet maker by trade who is building BEAUTIFUL Teardrops at a FRACTION of the cost, and much higher quality than the factory builds. True “heirloom quality”! Some unique and custom designs. Custom “Gypsy Wagon”, “Surfer Panel Wagon”, “Guppy” (for motorcycles!) and even a “Teardrop for Four”! Nothing chinch or fake! Marine plywood and Aluminum and Stanless Steel fasteners. 110/12V systems, AC/Heat, Bluetooth Stereo and. DVD….. Feel free to email me for more information.

  • Mary Calder on said:

    Have that same trailer. Sat a cabover camper on it. Going to build a hatchback to cover the door. It will give a sheltered area for seating. A shower will be possible with a solar heated water container and solar powered trickle battery charger on that cover. Think about things, look at what others have done and go do it.

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