The classic teardrop trailer is making a strong comeback in the camping scene. It is a smaller trailer that can be pulled by most any vehicle. It is lightweight and aerodynamic. Most teardrop trailers consist of a small sleeping unit with a little storage and an outdoor kitchen that opens up from the back.
Tom was asked to fabricate this small trailer frame for a guy who is going to build a custom teardrop on the top. Tom started with some 2″ square tube for the main metal frame. He added 2″ X 2″ X 1/8″ angle for the cross bars. He also used a 2 1/2″ X 1/8″ piece of steel for the tongue. The customer wanted a heavier axle, so Tom went with a 3500 lb. axle. This leads to a little bit heavier spindles and wheel bearings. The customer also didn’t want a rough ride, so Tom added 2000 lb. leaf springs. The leaf springs are light for the axle, but will work great with the weight of the trailer.
Tom attached some bent diamond plate to serve as fenders. He fastened the fenders by fabricating basic flat strap metal and welded them to the frame of the teardrop trailer.