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Pop Up Trailer to Teardrop Camper Project

This Pop Up Trailer to Teardrop Camper Project is a guest post by Ryan Parks


After following your site and much pressure from my wife and friends I thought I would go ahead and send you pictures of our tear drop camper build.

It was built on top of a salvaged pop up camper trailer that I was able to acquire from a friend (his wife was grateful to see it gone). We cleaned up the old trailer and painted it up nice.

We opted to draw out our own plans after looking at multiple drawings on line and looking at different types of tear drops.

Almost all materials were acquired from RV salvage yards (door, side window and roof vent). We initially wired it up and installed a breaker panel for use in camping facilities that provide electricity but after more thought we went ahead and bit the bullet and set it up to use solar power as well if we decide to park it in a primitive camp site.

The interior was finished using cedar from a sauna that I had removed from a house.

We also have it set up for water. Again we tried to use as much salvaged and recycled materials as possible. We used an old stainless mixing bowl for a sink!

Your site is an excellent source of ideas and information. I almost wish I hadn’t built this one because my wife and I would love to build a “bigger” tiny house!

Again, thank you for having this site available for all of us that enjoy the smaller things in life.

Ryan and Debbie Parks
Davenport, IA


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  • CathyAnn December 31, 2014, 7:03 pm

    Well done! I really like how you arranged the galley, and that you can use solar power when you need it.

    I’m wondering about that antique trunk… is it weatherproof? It sure will hold a lot.

  • Lisa E. December 31, 2014, 8:35 pm

    It’s really heartwarming to see what DIY-ers come up with when they decide on a project. I love reading the TH submissions just to see what folks are up to out there. Fabulous!

    The author says he’s sorry he didn’t build a THOW instead of this teardrop. I say, sell the teardrop and build that tiny house on wheels; you won’t regret it and you will make some new teardrop owner very happy in the process!

  • JJ December 31, 2014, 11:00 pm

    Nice work! Thank you for the detailed photos. My question is about weight, given the (I think) 3/4″ plywood and 2x4s. Have you ever weighed it or estimated the weight? THANKS again.

  • Rick August 4, 2015, 6:39 am

    I would have appreciated more photos of the inside completed, Congrats on a fan-tas-tic project completed, & regarding the THOW, just see this as a learning exercise, I will anticipate your THOW !

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