TEARDROP AND OTHER TRAILER DESIGNS

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Improved Tongue Strength Page

 

Here is my addition to the coverage of teardrop and other small trailers on the web.  I'm no expert, so I won't attempt to give you the background.  For discussion on teardrops, go to the Teardrops and Tiny Travel Trailers Forum discussion board. For a photo gallery of teardrop types and makes, go to Nick's Teardrop.

 

Current Designs

The Wanderer 8/10
A tiny ’standy’ on a HF trailer


The Pico-Light
A small, ultralight teardrop


The Ultralight Chassis
A simple home-meade frame


The Grumman 2
A new design in the style of a classic teardrop


The Widget
A 10ft winter version of the Midget


The Compact
A 10ft 'square' with lifting roof

The 2 + 2
A 12ft teardrop with extra berths
for two teenage children


The Campster 12
A 12ft family teardrop


The Simple
The most basic square 4x8ft body to go on a Harbor Freight trailer


The Rimple
A rounded version of The Simple


Lightweight New Cub
A European version of the New Cub


Hall of Fame
Pictures and links to trailers
built using these designs.

 

Design Tools – Information to help you with your own design

 

Download Profiles
Lots of profiles in one place!


Drawing Ellipses
How to draw ellipses
for absolute beginners.


Trailer Balance
How to calculate hitch weight and an estimating spreadsheet to download


Tongue Strength
How strong does it need to be?

 

IVA Tools – Information to help Brits get their trailer through the IVA (Individual Vehicle Approval) test

 

 

The Trailer IVA
under development

 

Tongue Strength
to ISO7641-1

 

Superseded Designs – These older designs are included here for completeness and may give you some ideas for your own design.

 


Trailer for Two
The original 'Trailer for Two' from
1947 Mechanix Illustrated.


New Kampmaster
A lightly modified design for contemporary materials.


'Square Teardrop'
What happens if the classic
teardrop profile is squared-off.


Harbor Freight Trailer
The Trailer for Two redrawn to fit on the popular 4x8ft trailer kit.


New Cub
The most beautiful teardrop shape there is?

The Roswell
A mythical trailer?


Mini-Hopper
Another squared-off mini trailer.


Jim Dandy Sportsman
A version of this unusual 'wrong
way round' teardrop


Superleggera
An ultra-lightweight trailer for the
very smallest cars, in 2D and 3D.


The Amazing Trailerboat
Is this madness or what? A trailer with an integrated dinghy.

Dink Carrier
A small trailerboat


Canoe-Carrying Trailer
A square trailer designed for
carrying a canoe.


Motorcycle Camper
A fold-out camping trailer
design for motorcycles.


The Dinette
A 10ft 'square-ish'


The Scotty 12ft
A rear-door trailer with interior galley from 1959


Pop-Up Truck Campers
Not trailers at all!

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