Build Out These Teardrop Camper Kits For Less Than $2,500
On American highways since the 1930s, the teardrop trailer is one of the original RVs. At that point in time and over the next few generations, the diminutive camper was actually built out of scrap airline parts or leftover pieces of plywood.
Until only about 10 years ago, the teardrop trailer was usually a homebuilt project. They were rare to see on the road and most of them had been constructed by intrepid individuals on secondhand trailers.
In the last few years, the teardrop market has exploded. Not only in quantity, but also in price. The basic teardrops that used to cost around $4,000 are now pushing $14,000. Teardrops with advanced amenities such as solar, high-end appliances, and lighter materials can go as high as $30,000.
According to the blog, Teardrop Guide, there are several reasons for the price increase. One is that most teardrop trailers are custom made with higher quality materials. They are not mass-produced with lower-cost materials like some larger RVs. In addition, because there are relatively less companies building the tiny campers, there are less options to choose from.
So we are now coming back to the OG way of building: DIY. One way to save money on a teardrop is to build one yourself. Unfortunately, not everyone has the tools, skills, or a weather-protected machine shop to build their own teardrop trailer.
Teardrop Camper Kits from Birch Campers
This is where kits come in handy. Having an already cut set of materials, well-written plans, and online help from the fabricator is worth its weight in gold. Or less than $2,500.
Birch Campers sells two types of teardrop trailer kits. Their smaller SPRIG camper is a retro design, but with a log cabin feel. Made of Baltic birch plywood and weighing around 400 lb., the teardrop is a classic 4 feet wide.
Each piece of the kit is CNC cut and comes with everything needed to put it together. This includes the hardware kit, fenders, seals, trim, and window with a screen. For anyone who has traveled in a teardrop trailer with a partner, the kit also has two doors that come standard.
What you’ll need
The 40×48 utility trailer does not come with the kit, but these can be purchased at locations such as Northern Tool or Harbor Freight for about $500-$600. Builders can also choose their own wood stain and how the interior will look.
To construct the camper, builders need a cordless drill with drill and bits, carpenters square, tape measure, socket set, SAE hex wrenches and bits, small hand and bar clamps, a caulk gun, and standard painting/sealing supplies. Birch Campers also recommends a brad nailer, 60 inch bar clamps, and a small unibit.
Birch Campers delivers the kit anywhere in the U.S., but builders can also pick up their kit from the factory. In addition, Birch Campers also has a password-protected area on their website for current customers where questions can be posted and and building information can be found.
For more information on their teardrop camper kits, visit their website at BirchCampers.com.
For more tips on building out a DIY camper, check out this video from Youtubers Wander Tears:
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