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Can You Really Build Your Own Teardrop Camper from a Kit?

Can You Really Build Your Own Teardrop Camper from a Kit?

You’ve likely come across a few teardrop campers during your walks around your favorite campground. They stand out among the large RVs we often see. If these small but functional campers intrigue you, you may be interested in learning about how you can turn them into a DIY project by using teardrop camper kits. 

What Are Teardrop Camper Kits? 

Teardrop camper kits allow you to build your very own personalized teardrop camper.

New to teardrop campers? Find out what you need to know first.

A kit generally comes with a supply list and complete building instructions. You’ll be able to put together your perfect camper in no time! Some kits even come complete with supplies, so you won’t have to run around to different stores for tools and parts.

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Can You Really Build Your Own Teardrop Camper from a Kit? 

Sure, you might be handy, but can you build an entire camper from the ground up? Of course you can! While it may seem complicated, many teardrop camper kits walk you step by step through the process. Not only can you do it, but it can be fun. Tackle the project on your own or make it a bonding experience.

Did you know you can also build truck campers? Learn more here: How Do You Build a DIY Truck Camper?

Is It Hard to Build a Teardrop Camper?

That depends on your previous experience. If you’ve never worked with some of the required tools, there may be more of a learning curve. If you’re up for the challenge, anyone can do it, though.

With detailed instructions, you’ll be on your way to building your very own teardrop camper. Push through the few tough moments during your build, and you’ll make it.


How Much Does It Cost to Build Your Own Teardrop Trailer? 

There’s no set price for DIY teardrop trailers. The cost will vary based on the size and features you include. For example, a rear kitchen teardrop will cost you more to build than a bed-only unit.

The good news is you can dream for free! There are plenty of free PDF building plans available on the web to help you design the teardrop camper of your dreams at a price you can afford.

Where to Find Teardrop Camper Kits for Sale

Thankfully, a simple Google search will lead you to endless pages of teardrop camper kits for sale. It’s essential to do in-depth research on the kit you choose so you don’t end up spending your hard-earned money on a product that will leave you frustrated. 

First, decide what type of teardrop camper kit you want. You’ll find a wide array of options for teardrop camper kits. When deciding on a kit, look at reviews. Call the company and ask for references. You’ll especially want to know if the instructions were clear.

If the kit came with supplies, were they all there and cut correctly? Save yourself a lot of frustration by researching before you start.

What Is in a Teardrop Camper Kit? 

What you find in a teardrop camper kit varies from kit to kit. Some kits give you everything you need, including building supplies. The pieces are all pre-cut to make the process simple. It’s an open-and-go teardrop camper kit. 

On the other hand, some teardrop camper kits are simply plans. With these plans, you’re merely getting the instruction booklet and supply list. You have to shop for your supplies, make all required cuts, and assemble each piece individually. 

Of course, there are many options between these two extremes. Some companies, such as Teardrops NW, offer a la cart purchasing and require local pickup. Others supply some parts, and you have to fill in the blanks. 

How Much Is a Teardrop Trailer Kit?

You’ll find everything from free PDF plans advertised as a genuinely DIY kit to kits that cost thousands of dollars and include absolutely everything. 

Free PDFs can be excellent, but try to find someone who completed the plans to verify they work. You don’t want to start the project only to realize the plans were free because they were useless. It may be worth it to put down a bit of cash for a high-quality set of plans. 


Remember, with free or low-cost PDF plans, you must buy the supplies on your own. The building costs will vary greatly depending on the quality you choose. Sometimes the supplies come at a higher price than they would if you purchased a kit. Some of those kit makers can get discounts.

A complete kit delivered to your door costs the most. You pay for the plans, the premeasured and precut supplies, hardware, electrical parts, and shipping. Ultimately, you could pay upwards of $7,000 for a kit. 

Are Teardrop Trailers Worth It?

For many, the hassle of researching teardrop camper kits, choosing one, and building it from the ground up isn’t worth it. It’s much more appealing to head to a dealer and drive one off the lot.

We know building your own camper isn’t for everyone. However, those looking to create a more custom unit will love the sense of accomplishment and control they get from a custom-built teardrop camper. 

Does the idea of building your own camper from a teardrop camper kit intrigue you? Which type of kit would be more your style? Let us know in the comments!

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Paul Fahy

Sunday 5th of June 2022

Check out Chesapeake Light Craft 's tear drop trailer. It's a wood kit that has everything you need to build a neat teardrop trailer that can be towed with a subcompact car.

Mortons on the Move

Wednesday 22nd of June 2022

Sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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