I am in the process of updating these teardrop camper plans and creating a modern 3D Sketchup version of each of them. If you want to learn how to build a teardrop trailer, you’ll want to bookmark this page.
These plans are provided as is, without any support or guidance from us if you decide to take on one of these projects. Many people have followed these exact plans to build their own teardrop campers, you will find examples of some of those builds along with each of the plans in downloadable PDF format below.
11 Free Teardrop Camper Plans
1. The Wanderer 8/10
The Wanderer design is intended as the largest trailer body that can be safely mounted on a Harbor Freight 4×8 utility trailer kit. The name comes from two designs that inspired it, the Wander Bug and Wander Pup, both in the T&TTT Vintage Plans.
Multiple Layouts Options
These plans include multiple layout options for both 4×8 and 4×10 foot trailers.
2. The Pico-Light (Suitable as a Motorcycle Teardrop Camper)
The Pico-Light design aims to be the smallest, lightest trailer that can sleep two people. It is even smaller than a ‘normal’ 8ftx4ft teardrop and doesn’t have a galley or any cupboards.
However its size and weight make it suitable for the smallest tow vehicles, including large motorcycles. A detailed weight estimate suggests an empty weight of 280 pounds.
This functional design was inspired by the Eis Piccolo made in Germany in the 1950s and that explains the ‘Pico’ in its name. Some may also recognise that Pico- is the prefix for a very small measure – it means 10^ -12.
3. The Ultralight Chassis
These are some designs for a simple home-made chassis suitable for the Ultralight and other very lightweight teardrop trailers. All have the same base frame of an angle A-frame tongue connected to short pieces of angle to which the axle and body mount. The designs use only rubber torsion axles as a leaf sprung axle would require more transverse strength.
There are four versions of this trailer frame to suit body widths of 48 and 60 inches, and to suit bolted or welded construction.
4. The Grumman 2 Teardrop Trailer Plans
The Grumman is one of the finest-looking teardrop designs and that would be reason enough to want to copy it. But it also is a very sensible design – with aluminum siding, the way the front and back curves are not too far from the vertical at the bottom of the trailer gives the trailer plenty of internal volume.
Rather than attempt to produce a perfect copy, this design follows the style of the original, but with a few differences: in particular, 5×10 and 5×8 plans are below.
5. The Widget
This design started out as a winter version of a previous design, but got modified to put the galley inside, became a bit longer and ended up as a different design. This set of plans comes as multiple downloads:
6. The Compact
This size of the Compact camper trailer is very handy – easy to store, easy to tow but spacious for two people – and several people have expressed an interest in building the versions of this design that have been on this web site. However there is a fair bit more to this size of trailer than to a teardrop, so the plans need to have quite a lot more detail.
7. The 2 + 2
Several people have described teardrop camping with their children – generally by putting them in a tent. Perhaps some might prefer to have space for their children inside their trailer, particularly when they are younger. This trailer design aims to do that. The trailer body is 12ft x 6ft x 4ft, and its profile is loosely based on the Cub/Modernistic. If camping without children, this version offers plenty of storage space.
8. The Campster 12
The Campster 12 is a design by Grant Whipp. The Campster sleeps two adults and two (large) children. It has a double dinette for eating inside and the upper bunk can be folded down to make a settee. A full-width dropped footwell gives 65″ headroom – enough for crouching – while still providing 9″ ground clearance. There is room for a small closet on the end of the bunks – or the closet can be dropped and the bunks made longer.
9. The Simple
The idea behind the Simple trailer was to design the simplest 4ft x 8ft trailer to be built on a Harbor Freight utility trailer kit. There are two alternative profiles shown with either a square back or with a partial sloping back like a Grasshopper.
10. The Rimple
This design is just the Simple with rounded corners – hence the ‘Rimple’. The radius of the corners is the same at both ends, so maybe this isn’t technically a teardrop!
11. The Lightweight New Cub
This is a new version of the New Cub design, intended for European use, so it’s as light as possible and has smaller wheels.
Hopefully you find these camper trailer plans useful. We may expand this page with more designs and build ideas if there is enough interest.
Your Questions about Building a Homemade Camper
Can I build my own teardrop trailer?
Building your own teardrop camper means you get all the perks of a custom build and features at prices that many people can afford. Of course, it’ll take some elbow grease, but building a teardrop trailer may be a lot easier than you think.
How much does it cost to build a DIY teardrop camper?
The estimated cost to build one of these models is between $2,000 and $3,000 depending on the camper, though there’s plenty of improvisation you can do to customize a teardrop to your liking and budget.
Is it easy to build a teardrop camper?
These small trailers are aerodynamic and light-weight, and can be easily pulled with a car, making them ecologically and economically friendly. They are also relatively easy to build for a minimal investment.
Is it cheaper to build a teardrop camper?
Building your own teardrop camper can cost less than half the price of the cheapest teardrop trailers on the market.
What kind of plywood do you use for a teardrop camper trailer?
The floor of the frame should be covered with ¾” plywood. It is best to use pressure treated plywood for this, as otherwise there is a great chance of it decomposing from water splashing up onto the bottom side while you are driving.
Do you need insulation in a teardrop trailer?
Yes. In any trailer, heat will be lost quickly if the camper is not well insulated. Insulation is measured by R-value, which is the term used for thermal resistance. The higher the R-value, the more thermal resistant the walls in your camper are. Fiberglass insulation is the best insulation for consistent temperature maintenance.
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