Build a travel trailer

If you want to build a travel trailer, it's not as difficult as you may be thinking. Many teardrop camper plans are available as free PDF downloads. Just about anybody with rudimentary skills and a good dose of common sense (and a lot of clamps) can build a teardrop camper trailer.


Please note that most of these vintage plans are presented solely as historical documents, and without revision. No recommendations or claims are made as to the safety, suitability or accuracy of these plans. It is best to contact the local roads and traffic authorities in the area in which you live.

How to build a travel trailer

Build a travel trailer using these full sized CAD Pattern available for this Benroy style camper trailer.

Other teardrop trailers designs are also available.

This vintage plan features extensively detailed exploded view illustrations.

How to build a travel trailer

teardrop camper project

How WERNERRUDOLF (a man and his dog) recreates a 1930s-style teardrop camper trailer using the frame from an old dilapidated popup camper. Cost him about $2000 but worth every penny.

teardrop camper project

DIY camper trailer work in progress photos. How important it is to have an idea of how to build a camper trailer.

Willing and able to give it a go, but need a little boost of confidence? Teardrops and Tiny Travel Trailers is a great place to start, but there is a warning - clicking on the link will change your life forever. Without doubt, this must be the most comprehensive source for teardrop camper plans.

The first teardrop designs appeared in the 1930's and they became popular as more paved roads were being built. Magazines such as Popular Mechanics and Mechanix Illustrated published a range of do-it-yourself teardrop trailer plans, many of them forming the basis of modern teardrop designs.

Today there is a strong following of teardrop camper trailer builders.
Please note: These teardrop camper plans are for reference only. Please consult with your local authority for information on safety and road traffic regulations.

More Informatiion

Thinking of building your very own teardrop camper trailer? These are links to some of the many very active and helpful online discussion groups.

Teardrop Campers - a group based in Australia, very helpful advice and tips.

Teardrop Trailers - the American group, of course the climate and regulations are different in each country.

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