My First Tiny Camper Build

Last year I started building my first tiny camper. The design that I used is very much like a teardrop camper except no clam-shell rear hatch. Many of those rear hatches tend to leak, so I wanted to stay away from that. Basically, I wanted to follow the format of (seller: pissygaz). I went to Tractor Supply and purchased a 4 x 8 Carry-On trailer for about $300. It is welded together, not bolted.

Then I built a 2 x 4 frame with treated lumber for the floor. I secured aluminum flashing to the bottom side of the floor and cut 2 inch thick foam insulation panels to fit into the frame and then used spray insulation around all the edges of the foam panels to help keep any cold or hot air from coming up through the floor.

I bought 2 sheets of Birch plywood and free-handed the curves that I wanted to make the two long outside walls. It took me several attempts to get the exact curve that I thought looked best.

Here you can see a different view of the outside walls and where I cut out for a large window.

I purchased another sheet of Birch plywood and cut it to make the front wall and the back wall for the main cabin. My plan was to make the space behind that a storage area that would be accessed from the outside rear of the trailer.

I used 2 x 2s to make rafters every 16 inches. The roof vent is just laying there so I could see how it would look.

You can see here that I was trying to get an idea of how the door was going to look and then where I ended up putting it.

Hopefully, you can see where I was going with this. It took me about a year to get to this point, but I was in no hurry. If anything I took my sweet time doing research, thinking about how I wanted it to look, and then finally building it. After all this was my first tiny camper build. In the end I decided to sell this tiny camper and then I immediately started building my second tiny camper with a whole new concept.

As of right now while posting my first tiny camper build I am about 90% complete with my second tiny camper and yesterday I order the trailer for my 3rd tiny camper.


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    Mike said,

    The little camper idea is excellent as is your work! Seriously, very cool stuff! I just found your site today and saw you had my blog linked on your blogroll, very much appreciate it! I will add your link to our site as well. Can’t wait to see how your latest camper comes out 🙂

    97 Roadtrek 170P “Taj Ma Trek”

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    Tim said,

    Looks great so far. Wish I could see more. I’m thinking of doing the same and would love to know where you got the door, window, vent etc. Any trouble getting the sheet on top to bend? What thickness sheet was used on top? Thanks. Tim

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