Here’s an overview of our collection of teardrop trailer information. These little trailers have always intrigued me and we’ve been planning to build a small trailer similar to the teardrop. We’ve “camped” in just about every other way over the years but haven’t had the opportunity to use one of these little mobile shelters yet so we can only speculate on their pros and cons.
We’ve considered buying a van instead. For about the same expense we could trade into a plain-jane work van and convert it into a camping van but I am extremely reluctant to give up my Jeep with it’s 4WD and 4×4 vans are scarce as hen’s teeth around here.
These trailers may be just the ticket for an evacuation shelter, especially if you have a smaller vehicle incapable of towing a full size trailer. In our case, we drive smaller SUVs with limited space. We can sleep in them if necessary but they would have to be unloaded first.
They are simple and relatively easy to maintain compared to tents and campers. Just pull into a suitable area, lock up your car and go to bed. There’s no set-up or canvas maintenance like a pop-up camper or tent. No septic tanks to empty. No tent to put up in the dark or during bad weather.
They’re light enough to be hauled by very small cars and moved around easily by hand. If necessary they could be detached and parked easily out of sight. They are small enough to store just about anywhere. We figure that we could use ours as a “guest room” for the grandkids during the summer and between camping trips.
Here’s a few of the models that caught our eye. We are not affiliated with any of these businesses:
We plan to start this project later this year when we have the spare time and funds. The basic design has been settled and all that is left to do is price out the components. Most of the online designs have incorporated a space for cooking supplies. We plan to use that space instead for comms gear and battery storage. Our teardrop will literally be a portable solar/wind generator with an attached bedroom. We have plans to include extra cargo space in our teardrop as well.
The foundation of our build will most likely be a pre-made trailer available thru the farm supply stores or this one available through Amazon:
We’ve built many custom trailers in our fabrication business and can tell you that these are about the best deal out there. We pay more locally for the individual components like steel, axle parts, suspension, tires and coupler than the cost of one of these trailer kits.
After the rolling foundation is acquired, the cabin area needs to be designed and built to withstand the weather, wind and the vibrations from being towed. It also needs to be lightweight. It always helps me to see what others have done with their builds. Using that info along with some of our own ideas, we’ve come up with a unique design to fit our needs.
A Google search will bring up more than a page full of sites offering free plans or detailed plans for sale.
UPDATE 5/12/15: My wife and I have decided to buy a camper instead. I was just not going to be able to devote enough time to this project to make it happen. I will be posting multiple articles on Bug Out Trailers and Tow Vehicles in the next few months. You can read the first article by clicking this link: BUGGING OUT: Choosing Our Camper Trailer and Tow Vehicle