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Build Your Own Travel Trailer, Tiny House, Or Mini Cabin

You can buy just about anything on Amazon these days, even plans and kits to build out your own travel trailer or small cabin.

The seller DIY Plans offers a variety of blueprints on how to build a tiny home, teardrop trailer, and more. All of the plans come from Ben Stone, a retired engineer in Canada who has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, as well as experience studying engineering in the 1980s.

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He uses the latest AutoCAD software to design his plans and sends builders hard copies on 8.5 by 11″ paper in the mail. If you have any questions while building one of his projects, Ben is always a quick e-mail away.

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Ben has three teardrop trailer plans ranging in size, including 15 feet, 12 feet, and the Little Lite, which can be towed by a motorcycle or small car. The two larger trailers are designed to be spacious enough to sleep two people comfortably.

He also created plans on how to build a queen-size Murphy bed, which can fold up and out of the way during the day. These wall beds are ideal for those building out camper vans and tiny homes, or for those renovating a room in their house and want to get more use out of the space.

Plans for wooden row boats and kids wagons are also available. If you want to improve your backyard, you can build a Cedar Wood Outdoor Hot Tub, which can be powered by a propane or gas heater, or make your own car garage, kids playhouse, storage shed, a ship-themed treehouse, chicken coop, and more.

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Build your own teardrop. Photo by Steve Cyr

Not only does he offer plans to build travel trailers, but also tiny houses on wheelsA-frame cabins, and cabins with lofts. The plans come with supply lists and step-by-step directions, but they do not include the materials you’ll need to get building.

If you want a more complete package with both the directions and supplies, there are several tiny house/cabin kits on Amazon from various sellers—a couple of the most popular brands including Lillevilla and Allwood.

In addition to the building directions, these kits come with floor and ceiling boards as well as nails, screws, and other hardware. However, the kits vary on what is included; some do not come with toilets, showers, or final roofing materials.

They range in price and square footage, starting at about $5,000 up to $50,000. If you want something small and simple, the Lillevilla Escape is only $5,350 and about 113 square feet inside. For larger cabins and families, you might prefer the Allwood Avalon kit which has double the square footage (at 540 square feet) and even a loft.


See also: Tiny Houses vs. RVs: Which One Is Right For You?


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