How to Build a Teardrop Camper – The Silver Eagle- Framing the Walls [Tutorial]

Video Notes

  • This could just as easily be accomplished with a 3/4 piece of plywood, with the middles cutout to lighten it and to accomodate the foam.  Or for that matter, you could also build a soild wall out of 3/4 plywood.
  • Biscuits can also be used for the joinery rather than pocket screws.
  • The doors can also be built.  I use pre-made doors, but you could very well build your own.
  • If you have any other accessories, or different cabinets,  be sure to add framing in the wall to have something to attach to.
  • Don’t let the lack of framing in the wall worry you. This is a stress skin framing.  The strength is in the sun of the parts.
  • My framing will sit on top of the trailer.  You could also build the walls so that they overhang the sides of the frame by the thickness of the frame.  This would give the appearance of the trailer being built “to” the frame rather than “on top” of it.  Just be aware of your width outside of the frame so that your tires don’t eventually rub it.

If you are planning your trailer, this is the point in the process where you really have to think far, far ahead so that everything will be where it needs to be when you get down the road.  If you have questions please feel free to shoot me an email and I will answer then as best as I can.  I am far from an expert at this, but I do have some experience what goes into planning and building.

Thanks for watching.

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5 thoughts on “How to Build a Teardrop Camper – The Silver Eagle- Framing the Walls [Tutorial]”

  1. I’m enjoying your videos. I’ve just started the planning of my teardrop and have built trailer chassis in the past. I’ll be using a torsion axel probably with brakes. I was hoping you could tell me where you found the best price for the axel, rims and tires. My local Dexter axel distributor quoted me 460.00+- for the axel with brakes. 360.00 +- without. Keep up the good work, and thanks for your help

    1. Sorry Gene, I just saw this for some reason.

      I bought my rims from Summit Racing, the tires from Walmart, and the axle direct from dexter (on my first build). This one is just the stock stuff that came with the trailer. I think the axle is well worth the money though, we just haven’t planned to do that here. That price seems a little high, I think mine was 300 without brakes, but I’m pretty close (shipping wise) to the dexter manufacturer.

        1. Absolutely torsion. The independent nature of it makes it tow like a dream. I watch it in my rear view when I tow it. When I hit bumps it’s barely even noticeable on the trailer end of things.

  2. ShaRon M. Kelly

    Hi…I am looking at building your teardrop trailer on the frame of a Harbor Freight 1720 lb. Capacity 48 in. x 96 in. Super Duty Folding Trailer due to a tight budget. I was planning on building the frame of your camper to 72 in. x 120 in. where it can slide on the Harbor Freight trailer, 4 inches higher than the trailer fender wells for more room inside the camper. I am looking at building the teardrop camper framework with 1-1/2 in. PVC Schedule 80 (which is stronger than schedule 40) to reduce weight. What is your thoughts on this kind of build with PVC framework, & have you ever used this trailer for this build or know anyone who has. Have you any printed or written schematics of your build to review for measurements?
    Our use of the Teardrop camper is mostly night travel sleeping accommodations (3-people & small dog) instead of a motel stop when we travel to family events across the USA. Most motels refuse pets or charge extra fees for a dog.
    Thank you for your time and response to my questions. I am looking at building this in spring 2017.

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