DIY Teardrop and Compact Trailers

Teardrop trailers, an idea that dates back to the 40’s, provide the ultimate in compact and practical camping.  They offer a bed and cooking facilities in a really small package.

This page provides links to DIY and kit teardrop trailers and to other compact and efficient trailers.

When hooked to an efficient tow vehicle, these teardrop trailer setups can come in as high as 35 mpg.

The emphasis is on build stories that have a lot of design and construction detail.

 

If you are doing a build or know of a good build and are looking for a place to tell the story — drop me an email — Contact Gary.

 

 

 

COTDCoolTearsMaga

Cool Tears Magazine

A magazine dedicated to Teardrop and other compact trailers.

Its free (no strings) and lots of back issues are available for download.

Lots of unique designs and construction detail plus lots of Teardrop stories.

Nice!


COTDNicks

Nick’s Teardrop Trailer Page

Nick’s great collection of data on teardrop and similar compact trailers.

Extensive set of links to teardrop sites and resources.

A history of teardrop offerings.  Teardrop lifestyle and events.  Lots of pictures.


COTDBigWoody

Big Woody Teardrop Campers

Big Woody provides plans and kits for Teardrop campers.

Several levels of kits — some show some very nice craftsmanship.

You can buy kits for the whole works, or for just parts (eg Electrical).


 

COTDHappyCamperRentals

Happy Camper Teardrop Rentals

We happened to see the Teardrop in the picture at Chico Hot Springs, MT the other day — had not thought that you would be able to rent one, but there it was.  And, if you do a Google on Teardrop Rentals there are several places.

Renting would be a great way to see how you like the Teardrop lifestyle.


COTDSylvanSport

The Sylvan Sport Multipurpose Camp TrailerCOTDSylvanBoat

A very compact trailer for camping that also accommodates hauling bikes, boats and boards — I’d guess you could even
haul 2 by 4’s with it.

Folds down to a nice low aero drag profile.


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Very Clean Teardrop Trailer Kit From Boat Builder..

A very streamlined and attractive Teardrop trailer kit from boat builder Chesapeake Light Craft.



COTDCricket

 

The Cricket 

This is an aero space engineers design for a very compact trailer that has just about everything you could want.

Lots of clever ideas, well thought out, well built, not inexpensive.

Youtube video showing the Cricket in detail…

Magazine review of Cricket…


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A 35 mpg RV – Honda Insight with Teardrop Trailer

 

The Honda Insight hybrid pulling a Little Guy tear drop trailer achieves an amazing 35 miles per gallon, while still providing full sleeping and cooking facilities.  This one is also equiped with a combination AC and heater as well as a portable shower!

 


COTDDIYAlum

Teardrop Trailer DIY for $2K

Good detailed description of designing and building a Teardrop trailer in 31 days (with only 3 hrs a day) and for $2,000.

Good, detailed, day by day description of the construction.


COTDTheTearDropTrailer

The Tear Drop Trailer

The Tear Drop Trailer offers completed teardrop trailers as well as several levels of kits, and parts.

Lots of good information, pictures, …


COTDHallOfFame

Collection of Interesting Teardrops 

This site has a dozen or so interesting designs for teardrop and compact trailers — some very unusual.

Some level of pictures and plans for all of them.

 


COTDTrailerBuild

Detailed Trailer Build

I included this trailer build because its very detailed and goes through the whole process from a bare trailer chassis to a completed trailer with finished surfaces, plumbing, a galley, …  — all with good construction detail.


 

 

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