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TEARDROP Camper Trailer Tear Drop RV Camp PLANS #2
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Sep 21, 2012
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Complete Step By Step Detailed instructions with drawing, demensions and phone numbers.


This is NOT old plans from OLD Magazines that tell you to build the trailer from a 1937 Ford car frame.


My finished Teardrop Camper costs me about $700. and weighs about 650 lbs.




You are bidding on PLANS and INSTRUCTIONS to build the camper trailer that you see in the pictures.  You get everything you need to build a complete camp trailer, including phone numbers and suppliers.  Lightweight only weighs about 650 lbs. easy to pull with just about any vehicle.  Pulls easy on winding mountain roads and 70 mph on the Interstate.  I pulled it with my GMC Yukon and there is no noticable difference in gas mileage.  It pulls well behind my 1987 Toyota truck too.  It pulls so easy you don't know its there.   Plans are 21 pages with 4 pages of instruction on paper.  This is NOT a CD.




I built this trailer 6' 6" tall  5' wide  10' long, interior sleeping area is 78" long and wide enough for a Coleman Queen Size Air mattress, which is exactly the same size as a real queen size mattress.  You have the option of having 1 Queen size bed or 2 Queen size beds.  Bed can be built to fold up to make room for a table.  The standard bed height of 24" will give you one bed with lots of storage space under the bed.   Raise the bed up higher and get 2 queen size beds bunkbed style.   One queen size bed will sleep 2 adults or 2 adults with 1 small or medium size child.  The other queen size bed will sleep 2 adult size teenage children or 3 medium size children or maybe 4 very small children.  You have the option to have bunkbeds or a single queen size bed.




The trailer tongue weight is about 45 lbs.  You can put paneling, wall paper, paint, varnish inside build it the way you like.  Build shelves, cabnets, TV stand, fans, sky light, fold down table, full size screen door, crank type roof vent with a fan,  if you want.  Wood is a very good insulator, if you feel the need to insulate your camper you can stick 1" styrofoam board to the walls with contract cement in about an hour.  I personally feel that insulation is a waste of time and money.   An electric space heater or electric blanket will keep you toastie warm but so will several warm blankets or quilts.   Build your own Teardrop camper as nice or as primitive as you like.  The PLANS show all the demensions, cut out all the pieces, then assemble the trailer.   If you are creative you can build a very nice trailer.  Popular Mechanics magazine 1940 called the 8 ft camper the Midget 2 Teardrop Trailer, the 10 ft version is called the Widget Teardrop trailer.  Other articals called this the Shell Teardrop trailer.




This is a very easy project to build.  I bought everything new and built this trailer working on it a few hours each day when I got home from work and on weekends.  I built the floor of the trailer Friday evening about 2 hours work.  I built both sides of the trailer and framed it in with ribs on Saturday about 8 hours work.   I covered the trailer with 1/4" plywood I worked on it 2 hours Monday and 2 hours Tuesday.   I built the bed area so I could have 2 queen size beds worked on it 2 hours Wednesday and 2 hours Thrusday.  I built the kitchen counter top, shelf and installed the door on Friday evening about 2 hours work.  I cut holes for all the windows and painted the trailer with exterior varnish another 2 hour job.  Saturday evening I sanded the trailer and put on the 2nd coat of varnish.  Sunday evening I sanded the trailer and applied the 3rd coat of varnish.  Monday after work I installed the windows another 2 hour job.  Tuesday evening I installed the tail and brake lights, installed 4 lights inside the trailer, installed 2 light switches and 6 electrical outlets.  Wed. I installed the fenders, aluminum trip around the doors, rain guard over the door, foam weather strip seal for the door about 2 hours.  It took me about 2 weeks to build this trailer working on it a few hours each day. 




I have a $29.00 hand held jig saw from Home Depot, an electric drill, electric screwdriver, electric sander, caulking gun and 6 clamps.  Straight ribs from one side to the other side works just as well as curved ribs and are a little quicker to build because there is no rib cutting required.  You can buy 1"x2" boards at Home Depot for 98 cents each for straight ribs.




I put Christmas tree lights inside the sleeping area and kitchen area.  Christmas tree lights make a very nice soft light that is not blinding.  I also installed 2 small fluorescent light in the sleeping area and kitchen area.   The lights can be run off of 120 volts AC at any campground that has electricity.  I also have a car battery and a 12-volt DC to AC inverter that will power the lights for 5 days including 4 other strings of Christmas tree lights around the camp area.  A 300-watt DC to AC inverter is $30.00 on ebay.  National Parks do not have electricity.  If you want a small refrigerator in your trailer it will run on an 1000 watt DC to AC inverter with a car battery or a small portable generator.




MATERIAL COSTS.  I bought everything brand new.  Tires $34.00 each, axle with springs and mounting brackets $120.00, 3/4" plywood $75.00, 1/4" plywood $96.00,  1"x 2" boards about $50.00, windows $60.00 each, varnish $25.00 per gallon,  glue $12.00, sheet metal fenders $4.00, doorknobs $7.50 each, trailer hitch $10.00, trailer tongue 2.5" tubing $14.00, nuts & bolts $5.00, door gaskets $2.00, hinges $6.00, wood putty $4.00, screws $6.00.




If you are one of those people that likes to build things you are going to love this project.   If you have any questions or need any help with the construction of your trailer feel free to email me.   When the weather is nice we plan to go camping every weekend.  If you do not get an answer to your email for a few days it is because we have gone camping.




I built my trailer with no metal frame.  The new axle comes with mounting brackets that I bolted directly to the trailer 3/4" plywood floor.  I also bolted the tongue to the 3/4" plywood floor.   If you would like to have a metal frame that is your choice build it the way you want.  Once your trailer is finished contact the Department of Safety in your State they will mail you a copy of Trailer Requirements.  Most States require lights, fenders, safety chains.  Call for an inspection, the inspector will come to your house and inspect your trailer for a $25.00 fee and give you a VIN number so you can get a Trailer Title and License Plates.   You may choose to buy a used flat bed utility trailer to build your Tear Drop camper on.  I have seen a lot of used utility trailers for $250.00 each.  Build your Tear Drop camper on a flat bed utility trailer that already has a title and there is no need for an inspection to get License Plates.




CHECK THIS OUT.  This was emailed to me.  You have to be very creative to do something like this.


NOTICE to the BUYER.  This is NOT a KIT and it does not include any precut wood parts.  You must be able to READ the DRAWINGS with demensions and use a tape measure and pencil to draw lines on boards and cut them with a SAW.  Cut out the wood parts and assemble them with glue and screws.  This is not a hard project but if you have absolutely NO building experience it might be hard for you.  Be your own judge.  There is no full size template.   If YOU need a full size template do not bid on this.   There are NO camera photos with the plans.  Plans are drawn on a drafting table not Auto Cad.  I can show better details with demensions on drawing.  There is no way to put demensions on photographs. 




Emails from people that bought plans and have built or are building a Teardrop camper trailer.


Jack Dover.  I built my camper a foot wider than the plans show so I could rotated the bed 90 degress.  This gave us more floor space for a fold up kitchen table.


Craig Parker.  I shortened the plans and build my camper 8 ft long. 


Arnie Rothman.  I extended the Plans by 4 feet so we could have a shower and toilet in front of the kitchen area.


Gean Allen.  Me and the wife are both short so we built the ceiling 10 inches lower than the plans call for. 


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