Hand-Built Teardrop Camper Trailer with Solar Power & Running Water – Perfect Mini RV


In this video, we take a tour of a 5’x8′ teardrop travel trailer that was built by a family-run business in Ontario, Canada called The Teardrop Trailer. The founder, Steve, found out about teardrop trailers when he was searching online for hotdog carts he could buy to become a beach bum but he fell in love with teardrop trailers instead. Since they were so expensive to buy, he decided to build one for himself and his wife, Mandy. But when he lost his job shortly afterwards, he was forced to sell his teardrop trailer and in doing so, ended up generating enough interest in his design that he started building them in his own backyard, and just a year later, they’ve moved to a shop so they can build their tiny trailers on demand.

Their teardrop trailers have a 100 Watt solar panel on the roof to power electronics, fans, an electric cooler, and a water pump. The interior is cozy and comfortable and has ventilation from the side door screens, and the screen at the back to keep fresh air flowing in. In the back of the trailer, there’s a full kitchen with a sink, cooler, dishes & cutlery, a cooking element, kettle, and more.

These mini RV trailers are so lightweight that they can be pulled with most small cars which is pretty neat because not everyone has a big truck or SUV to tow a camper behind them. While most people would probably be interested in a teardrop trailer for their vintage cachet, or for shorter camping trips, Mat and I had fun imagining if we’d be able to live in a small space like this for an extended period of time and I think we could probably make it work for a few months at least 🙂

Steve, Mandy, and his Mom build these trailers by hand and they really inspired us with their passion for these tiny hand-built structures, and for the outdoors that they’re always exploring in their own trailer.

To find out more about Steve’s trailers, and to follow their day-to-day production, check out:


Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle


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Music & Song Credits:
All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.

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