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Homemade Tear Drop Camper With a Solar Panel Storage Unit

Hey everyone, this homemade tear drop camper comes courtesy of Leon, a DoItYourselfRV reader.

Leon made the camper from a 4′ x 8′ Harbor Freight trailer.

He worked on the trailer as time allowed, and finally finished after three years of off and on work. I think you’ll agree that he made a solid trailer that will last for many years.

The interior lighting is all rechargeable battery-powered, and the large black cabinet you see in the pictures is a storage case for a portable solar panel. The case contains the battery, inverter, and outside lighting.

Inside you’ll find a Queen-size 8″ visco foam mattress that Leon cut down by five inches to fit into the trailer.

The back end contains the galley area with a two burner cook top and storage cabinet for a small 10 pound propane tank.

Besides having to re-do the doors with some custom-made ones and replace the rear galley hatch, everything has worked well. He’s enjoyed the trailer for two summers now.

Leon says that overall the trailer was fun to build with his wife and grandkids help.

Next on his list: painting the trailer and adding a new air vent.

Here are some pictures of Leon’s custom tear drop:

using a jig to set the sheet metal siding
Using a jig to set the sheet metal siding
tape holding the sheet metal on
Tape holding the sheet metal on during construction
lots of insulation in this tear drop
There’s lots of insulation in this tear drop
great job installing insulation
Leon put insulation in the rear of the tear drop as well
cut out for the door to the tear drop camper
Location and shape of the door cutout
tear drop camper kitchen
Neat kitchen in the back
nice and cosy on the inside
Nice and cosy on the inside with an 8″ memory foam mattress.
it even has a solar panel storage box
Completed tear drop with the solar panel storage units in front.

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