Handmade Teardrop Trailer: Design and Build a Classic Tiny Camper


Matt Berger’s book The Handmade Teardrop Trailer: Design and Build a Tiny Camper from Scratch hands you the keys to craft your own great road trip adventure. The American road trip is a century-old tradition celebrated by families, friends, and individuals for as long as there have been roads. This obsession with the road has propelled an industrial revolution in the camper, trailer, and RV industry.

More than 150 step-by-step photographs illuminate every detail in the design and build process and inspire you to get started on your own build. Plus, interviews with teardrop trailer builders, including Mark from Overland Trailer, of all shapes and sizes from around North America help you make the right decisions (and avoid the wrong ones) before you build.

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"Historic Camping and Teardrop Trailers" Documentary Film (Director Signed)

Travel across the United States with educator and Co-Founder of Overland Trailer, Mark Janke, on a quest to discover the roots of historic RVs and Teardrop Trailers. This 46 minute journey features original interviews with experts, owners, and historians, original footage of historic & contemporary home-built camping vehicles, primary source photos, film clips, and articles. Journey into a forgotten part of American history!

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Matt Berger likes to work with his hands.  Overland Trailer is excited to be part of this project.  You’ll see exclusive photos and highlights from Overland Trailer within the pages of Matt’s book.  Plus, his trailer (on the cover) is a unique design and certainly worth reading more about.

The Handmade Teardrop Trailer guides readers step-by-step through the journey, from sketchbook to first road trip. It will prepare you to design and build your own pull-behind tiny trailer (or at least consult with someone who can). And you don’t need too much space, just a garage or shared workspace, with basic tools and materials available at your nearest hardware store, or specialty online retailer.

Because we all have our own road-trip fantasies when it comes to comfort, style, and purpose, The Handmade Teardrop Trailer will train you up like a pro on the basics of teardrop trailer design, backed up by deep research, sketching, and hands-on experimentation. Hand-drawn illustrations provide measurements and construction details that are easy to adapt to variations in size and configuration.

Weight 1.6 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 8 × .5 in


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