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.
Don’t miss other interesting micro-homes – join our FREE Tiny House Newsletter for more!
Gorgeous Teardrop Trailer by Chesapeake Light Craft
Images © CLCBoats
It’s so cool when wood shines like this, isn’t it?
Related: Tiny House-Inspired Pop Up Teardrop Camper
It’s a masterpiece!
With a roof rack ready to take your adventure gear on the road…
Where would you be taking your teardrop camper?
Related: Man Builds a Military Style Teardrop Trailer for only $2k
What easier way is there to travel?
Rear outdoor galley kitchen.
Images © CLCBoats
Video: Chesapeake Light Craft Teardrop Trailer
Learn more: http://www.clcboats.com/shop/boats/development-projects/clc-teardrop-trailer.html
Related: Dome-inspired Teardrop Camper
You can share this tiny house story with your friends and family for free using the e-mail and social media re-share buttons below. Thanks.
If you enjoyed this tiny house story you’ll absolutely LOVE our Free Daily Tiny House Newsletter with even more! Thank you!
More Like This: Explore our Teardrop Trailers Section
See The Latest: Go Back Home to See Our Latest Tiny Houses
Natalie C. McKee
Latest posts by Natalie C. McKee (see all)
- Their Vacation Skoolie w/ Epic Tiled Bathroom - June 4, 2023
- Stunning 2023 Tiny House For Sale: NOAH Certified - June 4, 2023
- Their $30K Bus Conversion with a Large Kitchen - June 3, 2023
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’.
What a little beauty!
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!
Awesome! Thanks for sharing, Nolan!
My new lithium powered EV trike subcar is going to look a lot like this. I set it up to sleep in also for living while traveling. It should be done in a few weeks.
Testing the chassis now as an EV trike pickup to make sure everything is working well before bottling it up.
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 !
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: talic.com
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
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
I love tears drop trailers! This ones beautiful!
Around the office, we wondered if the plans are scalable. A slightly-larger seven-foot bed would leave space for extra bedding and a place to store jammies.
We can see this on a stouter trailer with wheels and tires matching the tow rig. Pintle hitch for off-road flexing. Brakes, lights, tubbed so it floats crossing steams.
And no holes in the roof. Early on in our camping career, we came to the conclusion drips on the bed are inconveniently dampish.
Did we say gorgeous!
Absolutely gorgeous! And so clever, too. . .