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.
Details on this Homemade Teardrop Camper
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.
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″
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.
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.
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.
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