This is an Anonymous Reader Submitted Guest Post: DIY Tiny Camping Trailer (Submit)

The trailer is 5X9.5′, weighs 1280 lbs. empty but can still be pulled with a 4 cylinder vehicle. It took about 6 months to build and is super comfortable. I can’t wait to start using it.

It has a TV, DVD player, digital tuner, Stereo, Microwave, 2.4 cu ft Refrig, on board 30 amp RV charger, and deep cycle battery.

2 TV outlets, 6 110 outlets, 2 12 volt outlets.  Storage compartment in the front and another storage compartment at the foot of the bed.

All LED lighting except for the kitchen area, which has a 40 watt florescent.  Under cabinet lighting as well. Also has 15″ wheels…..

DIY Tiny Camping Trailer I Built

diy tiny camping trailer 001   DIY Micro Camping Trailer I Built for $2900

diy tiny camping trailer 002   DIY Micro Camping Trailer I Built for $2900

diy tiny camping trailer 003   DIY Micro Camping Trailer I Built for $2900

diy tiny camping trailer 004   DIY Micro Camping Trailer I Built for $2900

diy tiny camping trailer 005   DIY Micro Camping Trailer I Built for $2900

diy tiny camping trailer 006   DIY Micro Camping Trailer I Built for $2900

diy tiny camping trailer 007   DIY Micro Camping Trailer I Built for $2900

diy tiny camping trailer 008   DIY Micro Camping Trailer I Built for $2900

diy tiny camping trailer 009   DIY Micro Camping Trailer I Built for $2900

diy tiny camping trailer 0010   DIY Micro Camping Trailer I Built for $2900

diy tiny camping trailer 0011   DIY Micro Camping Trailer I Built for $2900

diy tiny camping trailer 0012   DIY Micro Camping Trailer I Built for $2900

diy tiny camping trailer 0013   DIY Micro Camping Trailer I Built for $2900

diy tiny camping trailer 0014   DIY Micro Camping Trailer I Built for $2900

Construction Photos (NEW Photos Added So You Know I Built It!)

diy tiny camping trailer 0015 600x337   DIY Micro Camping Trailer I Built for $2900

diy tiny camping trailer 0016 600x337   DIY Micro Camping Trailer I Built for $2900

diy tiny camping trailer 0017 600x337   DIY Micro Camping Trailer I Built for $2900

diy tiny camping trailer 0018 600x337   DIY Micro Camping Trailer I Built for $2900

diy tiny camping trailer 0019 600x337   DIY Micro Camping Trailer I Built for $2900

diy tiny camping trailer 0020 600x450   DIY Micro Camping Trailer I Built for $2900

Building this trailer wasn’t difficult at all, had looked at tons of trailers and had a really good concept how they are put together.  Had the frame made, and from there the assembly was pretty easy.

Related: Couple Living Tiny in Micro Camper & A DIY Aerodynamic Tiny Home on Wheels

If you enjoyed this DIY micro camping trailer you’ll LOVE our Free Daily Tiny Housing Newsletter with even more!

Share ==>facebook   DIY Micro Camping Trailer I Built for $2900twitter   DIY Micro Camping Trailer I Built for $2900email   DIY Micro Camping Trailer I Built for $2900
The following two tabs change content below.
   DIY Micro Camping Trailer I Built for $2900

Alex

Alex has been living in small spaces for more than 7 years, he's the founding editor of TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter, and has passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. Send in your story and tiny home photos so we can share and inspire others towards simplicity too. Thank you!

Facebook Comments

comments


{ 28 comments }

  • hunter July 3, 2014, 7:13 am

    Sorry i don’t think this was DIY build. #1. It has a logo perfectly painted both sides like a factory did it. #2 i think i saw a video of this on You tube. The guy was showing what he bought $ 7-9000. #3 If he’s so proud of it why not give your name and show photos of the build. Something just smells like dead fish ??? what does any body else think???

    Reply Link
    • Greg July 3, 2014, 9:08 am

      I love it, when you think its commercial, but its not. Its a home built.
      Guess I should have sent some pic’s of the building process. This is a nice compliment. This is the only place that has, is showing this trailer. I built this as a prototype, thinking maybe building these in the future, but since have changed my mind.

      Reply Link
      • Alex July 8, 2014, 9:07 am

        I believe ya Greg :)

        Reply Link
      • Steve August 27, 2014, 6:13 pm

        Hello Greg!

        Actually, it woul be an AWESOME idea to send the pictures of the building process. I’d love to make one of these on my own, with my own hands.

        Also, can you tell us approximately how much it would cost to make one of these babies? I have basic carpenter skills, but I know lots of guys who can weld ;)

        Reply Link
        • Alex August 27, 2014, 7:15 pm

          Hey Greg & Steve if you guys send me the pics to alex at tiny house talk dot com and the URL to this post (http://tinyhousetalk.com/diy-micro-camping-trailer/) I’ll easily be able to add them for everyone else to see too :)

          Reply Link
        • Greg September 4, 2014, 4:47 pm

          Hi Steve,
          I sent Alex some pic’s of the building process, think I have well over 200, but to give a general idea have only sent a few which if you scroll down, you can see what it would entail.
          Have started another build, and hopefully it will only weigh about 600lbs. Learned alot on the first one. Am planning a removable power pack, solar charged and should run my 12v system for days. The cost on the first one was about $2900. The second one should be about $1700 to $1900, maybe less, hopefully. There is a ton of info on the net, and alot of free plans. Personally I like to
          design my own, and the thrill of seeing it on paper to the actual finished product is super gratifying.
          These are pretty simple to make, if you decide to build one, I’d be more than happy to help.
          Greg

          Reply Link
          • Alex September 4, 2014, 4:52 pm

            Thanks for the update Greg. Can’t wait to see your second one!

            Link
    • Alex September 3, 2014, 5:25 pm

      Hunter- just added some pics Greg sent in of the construction photos. My bad for adding them in so late.

      Reply Link
  • hunter July 3, 2014, 7:24 am

    Oh, another thing, built in laminated table in back, really??? INDIANA LICENSE PLATE just readable in one snapshot. the rest of the photos show areas whited out. Paclite logo? in three distinctive spots like a manufacturer placement,Really, home made, ? I don’t think so. Maybe a joke? the tent fits so perfectly? Just don’t buy it, sorry. If it looks to good to be true??? It probably is. If I’m wrong, I’ll apologize, till then not buying it at all!!!!!!!

    Reply Link
    • Greg July 3, 2014, 9:33 am

      Yes, really homemade. Built this in my back yard and a dirt floor barn that
      leaks. A friend has a sign shop and made the logo for me. The tent was
      bought on Ebay and used for an SUV, it fits perfect on the trailer. All the
      laminate was done by me. Guess my skills are pretty good, if you have doubts on my build……this is the only one that I have ever built.
      Why waste the money, if it would be a sub-par job.

      Reply Link
      • Alex July 8, 2014, 9:08 am

        Thanks Greg. You built an amazing little camper and I really appreciate you sharing. (don’t worry what others think..)

        Reply Link
  • Comet July 3, 2014, 1:00 pm

    Did a web search for PACLITE and did not find a trailer in current listings. But I agree—this is way too “perfect” and “polished” for a back yard build–and WHERE did he get those graphics? I know the vinyl cutting machines can do things that can then be adhered but this one looks like the regular old gel coat decals we see on most RV panels.

    And yeah–what are the ODDS of all of this stuff fitting soooo perfectly etc??? Some one needs to be vetting these posts MUCH closer—

    Cute but-for $3200 you can get a tow-behind-a-motorcycle or small–even TINY—CAR—that comes with the trailer section; deep storage well into which folds a LARGE structurally supported TENT with an AIR CONDITIONER and the trailer part makes into a BED–full sized–with it’s own MATTRESS—and there is room in the storage section for other items also. I was majorly impressed with this when I saw it at AMERICADE this past June.

    Laugh if you must but the idea of having a tiny AC unit that goes into it’s own “window” and then plugs into “Shore Power” is a serious comfort issue —esp if you travel with people with lung issues like I do. There was also plenty of room in the tent section for a sleeping bag or cot or two for the rest of your family. There were several models of these on display and they def turned heads among serious bikers.

    A “plain old” motorcycle trailer–nothing more than a vinyl or gel coat covered box with some sort of covering inside; lights etc–can cost MORE than this all-in-one camping tent cabin. And if you were traveling with a few bikes than you could divvy up the various needs–food etc—and have one bike tow the tent. Would love to see a Smart Car tow one of these!

    And BTW—it’s not ness the total weight of the trailer–it also has to do with TONGUE WEIGHT and balance as to what you can and cannot tow.

    More of the real “Look What I built Ma” please–and less of the fake posts.

    Reply Link
  • Carrie July 7, 2014, 11:12 am

    This trailer is a celebration of my dad’s life!!! A few years ago we almost lost him but the strong man we all know him as bounced back full of life and had his heart set on building this trailor from the ground up! My dad is a perfectionist and this is the result. Dad I am so proud of you!! And I am so excited to go camping!!! All of us know u spent months putting ur heart and soul in this dad!!! I love u!!

    Reply Link
    • Alex July 8, 2014, 9:09 am

      That makes the story even better. Thanks Carrie!!

      Reply Link
  • Paul July 11, 2014, 9:10 pm

    Oh my, all the doubting Thomas’s eh? Tell you what, why don’t you go down south in the Philippines where you will find guys manufacturing hand guns out of crude junk type steel, with foot operated lathes, forges out in the open fields etc… that when finished are every bit as good as what you would buy from a retail gun shop, then tell me someone with good practical skills can’t make a trailer like this in their, probably exceptionally well laid out, home workshop.

    Youse guys, grapes, sour, sounds like.

    Reply Link
  • Alex September 3, 2014, 4:44 pm

    Hey all, I just found some more pics that Greg sent me in my email of the construction process for this so I’m adding them here in a minute so the non-believers can believe :)

    Reply Link
  • hunter September 5, 2014, 10:07 am

    Well I’m taking back my words of criticized comments. Now that verification pic’s have been added, proving what a good job this build was, I’m satisfied no one pulled a fast one on us tiny houser’s. GOOD JOB on this build. IF the build pic’s were shown in the beginning, I and others would never have said anything only what a great job you did Greg. I truly apologize to you and your family. Having been scammed in the past i am critical of any photos with out back up proof. Sad that we have become jaded towards life and our fellow man kind, sorry.

    Reply Link
    • Greg September 8, 2014, 9:32 am

      Hi Hunter,
      Critical comments was what I was after, and must apologize for not sending construction photos in the original post. Didn’t think anyone would be interested. Lesson learned.
      Have started building another, but an off-road, jeep style unit. Promise I’ll include construction photos of that.
      Thanks for the warm comments.
      Greg

      Reply Link
  • Chelle September 5, 2014, 12:42 pm

    Hey! Like the tiny trailer, but I like it even more when I scrolled down and saw the tent extensions! I’m an outdoor lover so this made it complete. I would live in this! Love it! Thanks for posting!

    I was wondering about the tent off the back of the trailer that looks like it covers the kitchen. Can you just buy those things? Or, was this customized?

    Reply Link
    • Greg September 8, 2014, 10:10 am

      Hi Chelle,
      The tent on the back was bought on E-bay, made by Kelty and called tailgator IPA. Have since moved it to the side and have the canopy
      on the back which works better. Its a nice tent and very well constructed, it was made for an SUV. Works perfect for my needs.
      Thanks for the warm comment.
      Greg

      Reply Link
  • TB September 5, 2014, 1:24 pm

    Scumbags that can’t build anything on their own, so they come on here and try to say it’s not a homebuilt. Nice job, I think it’s awesome!

    Reply Link
  • Hell's Mechanic September 5, 2014, 2:21 pm

    Wow, I cant believe all the crap you guys gave him on a nice build. Very nice job! I am currently building a small camp trailer, hope its as good as the one you made. Question: what adhesive did you use to bond the skin to the plywood? Getting ready to just that, trying to avoid problems with “oil canning” when hot. Thanks and good job again,

    Reply Link
    • Greg September 8, 2014, 2:00 pm

      Hi
      I had planned on using Benders #618 peragrip but couldn’t find any in my area, so I used Weldwood contact cement with great success. No de-lamination which I was also worried about. Its been almost a year since it was applied and has sat in the sun and heat through this summer.
      Still looks as good as the day it was applied, just make sure all air bubbles are rolled out with a hard rubber roller.
      Would also like to see what you are building.
      Greg

      Reply Link
  • tegmapat September 5, 2014, 7:29 pm

    I find it difficult that this could be pulled by a 4 cylinder vehicle. I have a Chevy Impala with a 6 cylinder and the towing weight limit is 1,000 lbs. If this weighs more than that empty, it would weigh even more loaded up. I couldn’t pull it with my car, and doubt a 4 cylinder could without burning up the engine. However, it’s a nice camper, something I’d like to have for short camping trips. Nice job!

    Reply Link
    • Greg September 8, 2014, 2:15 pm

      Yes, I have to admit it is a little underpowered, but does fine pulling
      the trailer if I don’t really push it. No over heating or any other issue.
      The state park I’ve gone to is about 30 miles one way and have gone 3
      times this year.

      Reply Link
  • Comet September 5, 2014, 8:55 pm

    Thank you ALEX and GREG for adding much needed pics of the build. As HUNTER pointed out–too often we have been scammed with things that were NOT backed up by pics and info.

    As to those who are calling “Us” “scumbags”(Really Alex? Is THIS what you want on site???) I would be happy to defend the stuff we have built.

    Reply Link
    • Becky September 6, 2014, 10:17 pm

      And yet you don’t apologize, just change the subject.
      Awesome job Greg and congrats on your loyal loving daughter too. You go girl!

      Reply Link
  • Mike September 9, 2014, 1:36 pm

    To me it doesn’t even matter if it was homebuilt or not. The whole point is to spark the imagination, and you sir have done just that. A whole different perspective on the typical teardrop trailer. It seems roomy, rugged and doable. Thank you for taking the time to share! I am mentally building a new one right now!!!

    Reply Link

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: