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Gorgeous Teardrop Trailer by Chesapeake Light Craft

This is a gorgeous teardrop trailer by Chesapeake Light Craft.

From the outside, you’ll notice a highly polished wooden tiny camper with a sturdy roof rack that can carry two kayaks. According to their website, you can buy the kit and build it yourself, even if you have little or no experience.

When you go inside, you’ll find space for someone up to 6 ft. 8 in. tall to sit up and lay down to sleep. In the rear, there’s a hatch that opens to reveal a small stove and plenty of storage space for your gear. All in all, it’s designed to be better than tent camping and can conveniently be pulled by almost any vehicle.

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Learn more: http://www.clcboats.com/shop/boats/development-projects/clc-teardrop-trailer.html

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Natalie McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Scotland.
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  • jerryd March 15, 2016, 8:23 am

    Very nicely done!! Kind of a solid tent.
    The first investment though is a good cover so sunlight doesn’t hit it except in use to keep it beautiful for decades.
    Exposed to bright sun for a yr would require refinishing, not hard but covering it up cuts it to 1/decade or more.
    Even inside dust, moisture if left a long time can effect the finish. That said most of my builds use the same finish as so easy to do the first time with great looks in either varnish or epoxy.
    As for the kayak arrangement you’d get far better gas mileage if you put them under the ‘tent’.

  • Elizabeth Rubio March 15, 2016, 4:45 pm

    What a little beauty!

  • Nolan March 16, 2016, 6:59 am

    Back in middle school, I built two of Chesapeake Light Craft kayak designs from plans (I didn’t cheat and use a kit). The Chesapeake 17 and the Yare 16. This was in the mid 90’s, while clc was a pretty new company and the designs were great and the boats turned out beautifully! I think a teardrop built the same way is a great idea and you have to love the beautiful woodwork. I haven’t visited their website lately but I hope they offer a slightly larger version as well, like they do with some of their kayaks. I could see building one in the future.

    For those not used to wooden boats, yes, there is considerable maintenance keeping varnished wood looking good, even if it’s coated in epoxy, but that’s the price of beauty. Garaging it or covering it will certainly extended the varnishing intervals but you’ll still need to do it at LEAST every other year or it’ll look like crap. If you aren’t into varnishing, you could just paint it and not have to worry about it nearly as often, but then, you know… It would be boring.

    Great job CLC!

  • Scott March 16, 2016, 11:30 am

    Nice design but I wouldn’t want the hassle of a wood exterior. Pretty to look at but highly impractical when exposed to the elements over short time. There’s a good reason trailer builders sheath their trailers in metal or aluminum .
    Still it’s a nice piece of craftsmanship !

  • rachel March 16, 2016, 12:21 pm

    Looks nice but again may need maintenance, i have seen similar others but they are made of fiberglass.
    If you are outdoorsy and like gear I just found this company offering gear hanging storage, perhaps for small/tiny home use: http://www.talic.com/product-category/home-storage/
    I am a kayaker and also get newsletters from http://www.paddling.net which deals with kayaks, canoes and gear. I am not affiliated with either site but they offer great information/gear. namaste’, rachel

  • John at Chesapeake Light Craft March 18, 2016, 1:00 pm

    Thanks so much for the good words!

    One clarification on the wood finish: You’re actually looking at the wood through two layers of 6-ounce fiberglass cloth set in epoxy. It’s better to think of this as a fiberglass teardrop with a wood core. Very strong and ding-resistant. Atop the epoxy and fiberglass we put a few coats of clear varnish to protect the epoxy from UV light.

    We build our boats exactly the same way. Epoxy-saturated fiberglass REALLY IS clear, so you get to enjoy the appearance of the wood, but long-term maintenance will be similar to an all-fiberglass camper.

    Here’s a photo of the two layers of fiberglass fabric being applied: http://www.clcboats.com/media_gallery/slideshow.html?boat_id=572&content_type=1&next=42

    And you can see the ‘glass turning clear here: http://www.clcboats.com/media_gallery/slideshow.html?boat_id=572&content_type=1&next=49

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