is a Teardrop Trailer? A teardrop is a small camping
trailer with a sleeping area for two, and a compact galley (kitchen)
The neat thing about these campers is sleeping off the ground in an
insulated cabin, and, the galley is self contained, not much to set up!
You can put it on a very small campsite, and tow it with any vehicle,
some even use motorcycles!
The trailer originated in the late
1930's, with it's greatest popularity in the 40's and 50's.
there has been a revival of interest in these great little campers. The
trailer gets it's name from the "teardrop" shape of the cabin.
I found many sites that deal with restoration of classic designs. I
decided to build a new camper based on a classic shape.
These pages document my experience with the construction of four
See the links
page for other info on tears.
my first project,I lurked around the internet, checking out everything
that I could find on the subject of Teardrop Trailers. I first got the
bug while checking out a post on the Kayak Forum
offering a link to the Desert Tears Site. Well, just
one look and I got hooked!
The main area that anchors my research into the Teardrop world is
Teardrops and Tiny Travel Trailers a discussion group with a
section of builders, designers, restorers, and folks who just enjoy
Open to any type of small camper trailer.Teardrops
and Tiny Travel Trailers says
There are different styles of Teardrop. The classic style is the Kit,
or Kenskill. These
trailers are the clasic "egg-shaped" or airfoil profile. More
recently is the Benroy, a boxey shape, more vertical in the front.
I like the airfoil shape best, so I settled on a plan package from Kuffel Creek Press.
I got a CD rom with all the plans and detailed drawings and lists to
build a classic camper. The CD is well done, actually a PDF file of the
printed version of the plans book. Kevin Hauser did a nice job in the
design and execution of this Teardrop.
There are many ideas that I "borrowed " from the other GREAT builders
that I have visited on the internet.
In my recent projects, I have developed some new techniques, of my own,
to make the
process easier and quicker. In fact, as of this update, I have produced
a Builder's Manual. This is a CD which covers building a teardrop
trailer using my methods. This CD also includes a comprehensive list of
suppliers of tools and materials to build a nice Teardrop Trailer.
There are three classic Teardrop profiles included to start with. These
are measured drawings that can be used, along with the manual, to
construct your camper.
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be time consuming. Space for these journals is expensive. If you feel
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