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Wayne’s Awesome $1000 DIY Wooden Teardrop Trailer

This is Wayne’s Awesome $1000 DIY Wooden Teardrop Trailer that he built in Wisconsin.

Wayne owned an old aluminum trailer he had previously constructed, and decided to transform it into a portable bedroom that he can pull with his Corvette. Now that’s fun! It runs off solar panels. Because he had a lot of the materials on hand already, Wayne only spent about $1,000 on the whole project. Practical and inexpensive — perfect!

Related: Teardrop-Inspired Tiny Camper

Wayne’s Awesome $1000 DIY Wooden Teardrop Trailer

Images via Wayne

A peek at the framing.

Finishing it up in the workshop.

Oh now it’s shiny 🙂

Teardrop pulled by a Corvette. Fancy!

Check out the inside of this teardrop on the next page!

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. 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 Massachusetts.

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  • Shirley March 22, 2017, 10:39 am

    I really like this. How about selling the plans?

  • Liz March 22, 2017, 5:14 pm

    Wow! Gorgeous! You could be a luxury boat builder! Your build looks much more solid and luxurious than factory built teardrops. The Corvette looks nice too.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee March 27, 2017, 9:14 am

      He did a stellar job!

  • Tim & Susan Johns March 22, 2017, 5:52 pm

    Awesome Wayne! Hints! Hints!
    Tell us more!!

    Tim & Susan
    Sunny Port Orange, Florida

  • ZACHARY E MOHRMANN March 22, 2017, 7:29 pm

    Nice job Wayne…!

  • jerry March 23, 2017, 12:11 am

    As a wood builder, very nice and a better shape than the original ones. As an EV person by putting gentle curves in the roof, sides it could be actually aerodynamic.
    And tuck in those wheels under it or put aero wheelpants on them and bend alum in an aero shape over the axle.
    Doing these would cut the power/gas needed to pull it by 50%.
    As for plans there are so, so many online for free, just google tear drop trailer.
    They are very simple to make and by leaving the rear ending a lot higher, makes the aero better as the original angle was too steep.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee March 23, 2017, 9:11 am

      I also liked that different shape!

  • Glenn McKee April 8, 2017, 8:16 pm

    You can buy the trailer frame that these teardrops are built on at Harbor Freight for about $300.00.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee April 10, 2017, 5:06 am

      Thanks for the tip!

  • Joyce Rader May 17, 2018, 7:00 pm

    This is nice. About how high is the interior? Interior photos create the impression trailer is wider than 4 feet but wheel wells say otherwise. The builder must have used many recycled materials as certain parts alone (vents with fan, power inverter, solar power) could easily surpass the $1000 mark if purchased new. Resale value my guess $4000 to $5000 to start depending on options. I say this because I purchased a teardrop built on a Harbor Freight trailer that was not so nice for near $3000.

  • Bill Lawson May 17, 2018, 7:20 pm

    Is the tear drop trailer still for sale for 1.000
    Bill Lawson

  • Marsha Cowan May 18, 2018, 11:30 am

    Wow! What a beautiful exterior! The whole camper is amazing, but the kitchen is great with that cooking arrangement and vent for the gas. I love it. Wish there could be more pics of the inside, like where you sit to watch TV. I am guessing those pillows would be moved to the other side. That is another great idea, to have pillows that can be arranged how you need them instead of one huge mattress. I love this!

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