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Phil, a professional woodworker, was going to archery competitions where he would camp in a tent. It was always a bit annoying setting up camp, but the nail in the coffin came the day his tent got entirely flooded by the rain at an annual event. After that, he decided to challenge himself and build a teardrop camper with his son. Because everyone kept asking, “How long will it take?” and “How much will it cost?”, he started keeping track of the man-hours and money spent. In the end, they spent 26 days (all weekends) and $3K on the project.

Most importantly, they got it done before the anniversary of the fateful annual archery event where he got rained out! The teardrop has an awesome hobbit door, a unique plexiglass window across the front, a back hatch with organized storage shelves, and an impressive outdoor kitchen set-up. What a fun father-son project!

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Father-and-Son Build Amazing Camper w/ Hobbit Door

He spent 26 days and $3k on his teardrop 7

Images via Tiny Home Tours

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This is how two brothers Luke and Cole Thill built their own DIY teardrop camper in 13 months. They could have built it faster, but they were busy with lots of other things too. Originally Luke’s brother, Cole, started the build, and then halfway through Luke jumped in to help finish.

So in this post, you’ll get to learn all about it. Enjoy! Also you can subscribe to Luke Thill’s YouTube Channel for more updates like this directly from him (and you can explore his other videos too).

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Twin teen brothers build their own Micro Camper!

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This is Cosmo’s Tiny Vacation Teardrop Home on Wheels.

The little Vistabule trailer has been Cosmos’ bed for 52 nights over the past year and he uses it as a “step-up” from a tent as he takes in beautiful nature views. You can watch his entire video tour below, where he explains all the amazing features of his little home away from home. Enjoy!

Related: Teardrop-Inspired Tiny Camper

Screenshots via YouTube/Cosmo Weems

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This is Daniel Mohr’s DIY Zen Den Micro Camper.

It’s a micro traveling camper built from recycled materials.

I built my Zen Den from scratch to travel to remote destinations and have a solid secure and warm structure. I wanted it to look good too. Check out the photos of the construction and final product on my website.

Daniel’s DIY Zen Den Micro Camper

Daniels Zen Den Micro Camper 001

Images © Cobravision Collective

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This is a 1947 Teardrop Camper for sale that was originally built in 1947.

It was recently restored from the frame up and is now available in Onalaska, Texas through Craigslist.

It’s a Sportsmaster Teardrop Kit built by Kit Trailer in California. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

1947 Teardrop Camper For Sale in Onalaska, TX

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This is the ultra-lightweight HC1 Happier Camper that you can tow with most cars. It offers 70 sq. ft. of space and about 42 sq. ft. of walkable space.

It features Adaptiv™ modular interior for maximum utility. The multi-functional interior platform comes standard (see below) along with features like a large rear hatch, wide entry door, classic wheel fenders, honeycomb fiberglass floor, large panoramic windows, and more.

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70 Sq. Ft. Lightweight, Fiberglass Camper

70 Sq. Ft. Lightweight Happier Camper

Images © Happier Camper

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Here is a guest post by Steve Whelan on his DIY Teardrop Trailer.

It took $2,000 and about 5 months to build part-time. Why build it? I was bored and needed a project! I am an artist as well, “targeting” my work as “Urban Art” with a twist. The military aspects of my work bring on a different feeling of peace. It’s 4′ wide, 8′ long, based on “Big Woody” plans with my customization. It features all the basics to survive. Gas, propane, water

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He Built A Military Style Teardrop Trailer For Only $2,000 USD


Images © Steve Whalen

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I had to share this amazing DIY micro camper that doubles as a boat with you. It’s called the Mini Camper Cruiser. And it can even sit up to four people. I guess we can even call this one a micro houseboat!

This boat/camper was originally designed by Craig Titmus of Australia. Right now there are PDF plans you can purchase and download to build it yourself on DuckWorks Boatbuilder’s Supply. The plans cost $35 as I’m writing this. Check it out below and let me know what you think about it in the comments.

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DIY Micro Camper That Doubles as a Micro Houseboat!

DIY Micro Camper that Doubles as a Boat - The Mini Camper Cruiser

Images © PortableBoatPlans.com

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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

Pop Up Trailer to Teardrop Camper

Images © Ryan and Debbie Parks

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