Teardrop camp trailer

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Project by Airspeed posted 03-22-2013 03:24 PM 13364 views 41 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed and built this a few years ago. It’s fairly self contained including a fridge, stove/oven, 20 gallon on demand water, the stove and sink slide out of the galley for use, the faucet is connected to an on demand water pump. It’s solar powered. Inside is a queen size bed, fold down TV, DVD, cd, xm, direct TV. It weighs only about 800lbs so I don’t even notice it behind my truck. The rear hatch is held up by gas struts. I insulated it with 1.5” foam. I built the frame from an old frame and axle I found in a field, I had to cut it down a re weld it but it was free so I didn’t care. My wife and I have camped in it about twenty times over the last few years. I used to have a big fully self contained trailer but it was a pain to drag around, this is so much more fun! I had to learn how to anneal the aluminum trim that holds the aluminum sheeting on. I used 1/4 plywood for the exterior base and luan door skins for the interior.


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#1 posted 03-22-2013 03:47 PM

Looks nice…love to see pics of the inside

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#2 posted 03-22-2013 03:56 PM

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#3 posted 03-22-2013 04:53 PM

WOW that is really nice, Does it pull like their is nothing their. I would like to attempt something like that. Not shure the wife would go for somthing like that. She has a messed up back. We have a 27’ Sprinter and it’ s a dog to pull. Even with a Dodge Ram with hemi it kills us in gas. Wondering? Could that be upsized a bit to fill in the profile of my truck from behind. Making the truck and trailor “as one unit” more aerodynamic? hum interesting!

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#4 posted 03-22-2013 04:56 PM

awesome job

-- Joel

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#5 posted 03-22-2013 05:18 PM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 03-22-2013 05:20 PM

That’s brilliant!

-- “Don't yet rejoice in his defeat, you men! Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again.” —Bertolt Brecht

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#7 posted 03-22-2013 05:42 PM

Hey thanks for sharing the link, great photo history of the build…impressive!!

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#8 posted 03-22-2013 05:50 PM

This is by far the nicest camping trailer I’ve seen. When I was a kid in 1946 we had one parked across the street which had a similar shape. It was all aluminum covered like yours, but not nearly as nice overall. Great work and something to be proud of. I’m also impressed with all the other stuff you’ve got installed. Sounds like a great getaway camper.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 03-22-2013 05:53 PM

Awesome job. I like the galley layout. I haven’t seen one in that configuration before.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#10 posted 03-22-2013 06:23 PM

Thanks all! It was a fun build, I actually designed it when I was 18 (50 now) but didn’t have time or $ to do it then. I built it in my basement shop and could only work on it an hour or two a day because I have the spine of a 189 year old. It’s very fun and very comfy to camp in. I can’t get away from a gas station without a crowd wanting to check it out. I don’t miss my full size camper in the least! It’s 5’ wide and 12’ long. The front box holds the battery, solar controller and propane tank. Thanks again!


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Wood Studios

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#11 posted 03-22-2013 09:36 PM

Wow you are a highly skilled craftsman; I hope you are training some young people to do the things you can do. I think if I see you traveling down the highway I am on, I will flag you down so I can check it out and chat about the building process. Thanks for letting us see such a fine project.

-- I read it but I wasn't listening!!

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#12 posted 03-22-2013 11:23 PM

Nice trailer, an inspiration for many like me!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#13 posted 03-22-2013 11:37 PM

Beautiful! Great job on this camper. I guess this is an Air Speed travel trailer??

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#14 posted 03-23-2013 12:56 AM

Great trailer. Some day I will post mine on here.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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