Meet Mark

The Rockstar Build Team of Overland Trailer
Senior Management, The Cougar Bait, The Geek, and the Assistant to the Senior Manager
Our take on Vintage

My Story

Like most successful ventures, this one started by accident.

In the fall of 2007, I sold my old beloved Subaru Legacy with 327,000 miles on it for a Jeep Cherokee.  Once I had the Jeep, I started planning ways to camp with it.  I thought a DIY rooftop tent would be great.  My wife -aka Senior Management – disagreed.  I searched for an alternative and discovered the off road teardrop trailer.

At the time, I was a high school history and film teacher so I planned our build of the jPod for the summer break of 2008.  I also decided to blog about the build for my dad -who wanted to keep up with the process but couldn’t be around because he was raising money for a charity.

These simple events led to the formation of a company -Overland Industries, LLC – with a good friend of mine, Nathan.  Commercial production  of our take on the teardrop trailer – the 58 Heald- began in 2009.

Also in 2009, through a series of surprises and some work, pre-production began on a feature-length documentary about Teardrop Trailers (read more here).  Amazon published the film in 2011 after it played the film festival circuits.  

In 2019, Nathan and I decided to stop production of our commercial line of teardrop trailers.  Clearly our Teardrop Builder community is still strong and where I find most of my joy – a born teacher never stops teaching.

You can make a load of adventures too – Just Make Your Own Teardrop Trailer!

NEW! Off Road Teardrop Trailer Camp MUG!