Zach Engle built his own teardrop trailer a year and a half ago.

He calls it a convertible because you can open and close the roof.

Intro to Teardrop Trailers

Teardrops are great because they’re inexpensive, easy to store and great on gas.

They keep things simple and it’s a big upgrade from tent camping because you won’t have to worry about leaks and such. They can be as light as 600lb and some are even small enough to be towed by motorcycles.

This means the car you already drive is strong enough to pull one of these little recreational vehicles.

Update: SOLD

Details on this Homemade Teardrop Camper

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Photos Courtesy of Zach Engle

This little travel trailer is unique because it’s a convertible. This way you can open up parts of it for ventilation if you wanted to. You’ll find all the details for it below.

  • Built on a 1720lb Harbor Freight trailer
  • It has 12″ wheels
  • 3/4″ oak plywood used on the sides

The wood is sealed with CPES, protected with Kilz primer and top-coated with Rustoleum High Performance Enamel.

The roof bars that are exposed are red oak and sealed with spar urethane.

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Let’s go over the rest of the details below.

  • Weighs approximately 800lbs
  • Tongue weight is about 100lbs
  • Removable roof material is marine grade white vinyl
  • Factory style doors have sliding windows and are 26″ by 32″

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You’ll find custom LED lighting outside, inside, and in the galley. These lights can be remote controlled using a key-less remote just like some cars have.

  • 4″ memory foam mattress
  • Secret under-floor storage box
  • Lockable tongue box
  • 23″ tongue extension
  • Custom curtains all around

It’s wired for 12VDC to be powered by your towing vehicle or a separate deep cycle battery which is not included. In the main cabin and the galley the outlets are 110V.

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How to Build a Teardrop Camper just like this one!

Zach has created and is offering you a 44 page Teardrop Camper Construction Plans which details exactly how the this tiny travel trailer was built.

More Pictures

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All Photos Courtesy of Zach Engle

Zack’s Construction Plans

If you like his design Zach took the time to prepare a construction guide that shows you in detail how he built the convertible teardrop you see on this page.

Learn how to build a teardrop trailer just like this one using Zach’s step by step construction guide and plans.

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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!

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  • Robert September 9, 2011, 9:45 am

    Actually, it was the Saltire colour design that caught m’eye first!

    Well done; and good job.

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  • Alex September 9, 2011, 10:06 am

    Thanks for reading Robert!

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  • BigWarpGuy September 12, 2011, 7:21 pm

    At $2500.00, I think it will sell quickly, especially for such a cool little camper; IMO (target buyer might be some one who is down sizing and loves to go camping). :)

    I too live in an apartment and no place to store it; otherwise, it would be very tempting. :)

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  • Zach September 27, 2011, 10:42 pm

    Thanks for the comments about the convertible guys! Its actually been sold to a girl from Alabama who is driving 13 hours to come pick it up!

    Thank you to Alex as well, for featuring my convertible on this great website! Keep up the awesome work!

    -Zach

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    • TREY April 2, 2013, 2:53 pm

      Whats the cost in materials?

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    • Roy H. Drinkwater February 4, 2014, 9:33 pm

      What is the purpose of the 23″ tongue extension?

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  • Alex September 28, 2011, 11:18 am

    Thanks Zach. Glad you sold it. I thought it was a great deal. I’m sure she’ll be happy with it!

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  • Barb March 16, 2012, 6:42 am

    Saw the homemade tear drop trailer you made and have to say it looks well made. Realize that this one was sold; would you consider making another one to sell? Thanks, Barb. from New York

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  • Jessica March 17, 2013, 10:09 pm

    I would love a purple topless tear drop camper!!!

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  • Sammie February 4, 2014, 6:27 pm

    Very nice! It looks really well made and would be a ton of fun to camp in!

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  • Comet February 4, 2014, 9:50 pm

    To see the “Ultimate” hand built all wood and brass teardrop go to the ORVIS HQ in Manchester VT. Absolutely GORGEOUS and full of ideas for those who might want to build or commission one. I am not sure if they have pics on their web site but if you ask I am sure they would send you some.

    Too big to pull with a motorcycle–we know we asked!!!!—and pretty expensive but loaded with a full kitchen; plumbing; lights; bed and more. Fit and finish are better than most houses I have seen–real Master Craftsman stuff here.

    There are a few other newer teardrops being built that are lightweight and adorable for a weekender and come in bright colors—or you can build it yourself and use a 5 gallon pail with a spigot for water and a Coleman propane stove and a cooler for a fridge. Very do-able—there are Instructables on how to do this. Love the convertible aspect tho!!!!!

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  • Susan February 5, 2014, 7:04 am

    Yes! It is beautiful! Are you taking orders? Thanks, Susan in Asheville

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  • Jim Donahue August 3, 2014, 5:25 pm

    Alex or Zach,

    Most of these comments seem to be from wanna-bees like me. I’m finally free after 10 years of taking care of family responsibilities. Would there be any openings in your construction department so a serious wanna-bee like me could learn how to properly build his own tiny camper trailer?

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