Teardrop Camper

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Project by JTS posted 02-25-2013 12:31 AM 4457 views 10 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started building this Teardrop Camper after a friend of my built one then talked me in to it. The frame was built December 2011, i didn’t weld it but i did design it. I did a bunch of research online through 2011, I started building the first week of January 2012 and it took me about 3 months. I didn’t use plans ended up designing it as I went, It’s 5ft wide and 10ft long and weighs about 1400lbs. Check out the link below to see a complete build album with notes. I built this at the same friends warehouse that talked me into building one. There is no way I could have built this in my small shop.

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#1 posted 02-25-2013 01:23 AM

Lookin’ good! I’ve built a few trailers and remodeled hundreds of RV’s. I have always meant to build a Teardrop but just haven’t gotten to it.
Maybe after the summer work is over I can get started.


-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 02-25-2013 01:38 AM

That is pretty slick! Nice job.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#3 posted 02-25-2013 01:54 AM

That is a sweet camper. Well done. And kudos on the photo blog; you can actually watch it grow up.


-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#4 posted 02-25-2013 02:17 AM

Great build….nice looking S-10…..thanks for sharing

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#5 posted 02-25-2013 03:17 AM

That is so cool! I want to restore an old one similar to that for my girlfriend and I when we want to winter camp or camp in the dead heat of Arkansas summer. That’s awesome!

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#6 posted 02-25-2013 03:36 AM

That is a nice tear drop. I built one 6’ by 10’ finished it last spring used it several times thru the spring and summer. They are really nice to have and easy to tow.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#7 posted 02-25-2013 05:13 AM

Really nice…! Road Trip…

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#8 posted 02-25-2013 05:28 AM

I haven’t been able to get my hands on a Yuengling in forever!!! Nice build!

-- Ryan, FRMR HMM165 - HMX1 01-10

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#9 posted 02-25-2013 03:12 PM

Very cool! This is at the top of my build list!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#10 posted 02-25-2013 06:15 PM

My nephew just bought himself a popup camper just last weekend off of Craigslist and I figured that I’d have to hurry up and build one of these to keep up with him. Whereas he bought his, I could say I built mine, but it doesn’t build itself so I go to hustle. Anyway, nice little camper you built there. The build pictures were nice too, learned a couple of tricks there. Might I ask the final cost of the project? Is it really roughing it when you have cable TV? Really cool camper.

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#11 posted 02-25-2013 10:22 PM

I’m inspired to try and build one of these myself now. I hate the idea of “camping” in an RV, but this is roughing it enough that it still interests me. Great job.

-- ~ Dan, North Carolina,

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#12 posted 02-26-2013 04:20 AM

looked at the build pictures, really nice set up, thats the way to go camping…and save lots of bucks from not staying in hotels…maybe you could get some kind of shower unit that mounts outside and folds in and out…heck there has to be something,,,lol…well i guess staying at a hotel once in awhile is worth a good hot shower….did your friend make his out of wood..i could see just a part of it, if so how did he protect it, did he glass it…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 02-26-2013 07:23 PM

Thanks Everyone for the comments.

Dan, the cost was about $4500.

Grizzman, my friend used marine polyurethane, there is about 5-6 coats.

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#14 posted 02-27-2013 06:45 AM

Nice set of pictures and a great project!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 03-02-2013 12:38 PM

JTS, I saw in the pictures of the build that you didn’t have anything to protect that pretty aluminium from getting dinged from rocks, road debris, etc. I have a suggestion if you want to hear it. What brought it to mind was the picture where you were wondering what you were going to do with the gap in the front piece of Aluminum. A nice 3 ft. wide piece of Aluminum diamond deck from a big box store would protect that nice finish. A very nice build and a beautiful teardrop.

Me build one? Nope, I bought a 24 ft toy hauler so’s I can take my Valkyrie Interstate with me.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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