About

The Wyoming Woody Teardrop Trailer is the product of 1 year of thinking, 6 months of designing, 7 months of construction, and the help of some good friends who provided tools and workshop space. I also have to mention the invaluable advice/ideas/inspiration from countless members at the tnttt.com (the Teardrop and Tiny Travel Trailer) forum! Thank you all!

This site was created to document my own build and organize my 1500+ pictures and plans so that they can help other builders down the road.  On the site you can find my Build Journel, Wyoming Woody Teardrop plans, 3D models, and links to builder resources and parts manufactures. My build journal on this website has been designed to be a step-by-step guide to document my teardrop build process. With this build journal used in conjunction with my detailed plans and SketchUp model you should have the tools to recreate it or cherry pick from the design and technical details to design your own teardrop creation. Whether you are just curious about teardrop trailers, planning your own build and looking for ideas, or you want to get a better idea on how to go about a specific part of your current build, there should be plenty of info here to keep you busy.

This project has taught me a great deal about woodworking, cabinetry, electronics, wood finishing, and dozens upon dozens of other areas of expertise for which I had little or no experience before starting this endeavor. It is proof that no matter your skills you can build one of these Teardrop Trailers if you put your mind to it! More importantly than all of that, it was a blast and now we are out there enjoying it!

Now for the disclaimer: I do not claim to be an expert in woodworking, electronics, or other any other technical aspects in this design. I made this project in my spare time and for fun. This project requires tools and components that can be dangerous if not handled correctly. Become familliar with the safe and proper usage of all tools before starting. Be safe and have a great time!

Cheers,
Ryan

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  • Mach3

    Informative and interesting website

  • Eric Mikowski

    Hi Ryan,

    Would it be OK to use some of your photos in an article on DoItYourselfRV, summarizing your build? I think many of our readers would be interested in your teardrop design and website. Of course I would provide full credit and link to your site.
    Thanks,
    Eric

    • ryan_teardropbuilder

      Absolutely!

  • Aaron

    Hey Ryan. Congrats on a great teardrop! I’m in the final stages of my concept design for the build I’m doing this March. I’m curious to hear if you would go back and change anything about your design? Looking forward to delving into the site more, looks like I’ll definitely use it as a resource!

    • The only thing I would do differently is make the hatch a bit lighter, as the struts I am using are maxed out and struggle to lift it when it is cold outside.

      Good luck on your build!

  • Nice teardrop and nice backdrop! I’m in WY as well and am just starting in on a restore/build of an old Kenskill.

    • Thank you! Wyoming is beautiful country to camp and explore. Good luck to you!

  • Kevin D

    Ryan,
    You have inspired my son and I to tackle the Wyoming Woody as a father-and-son project (will be a NC Woody). We have started assembling materials and plan on tracking our build much the same way you did.
    We were wondering how your roof seams (and edges) have held up over the years. I have built several stitch-and-glue kayaks and boats over the years and we were considering a light layer of fiberglass cloth at each of the seams and edges (works incredibly well in the boatbuilding world).
    Again, awesome job on your build and thanks for the inspiration.

    • That’s awesome!

      The seams have held up great and they look like new. I made a big effort to cover the edges completely and evenly during the epoxy/varnish application. Unlike a boat they don’t get any abrasion just the occasional rain shower so the water protection is going to be your biggest concern.

      In my honest opinion glassing the edges might be overkill and from everything I have seen. Unless you are very experienced at it the fiberglass it shows through the epoxy and may end up compromising the clean look of the edges, but that’s just my 2 cents. The great thing about these teardrops is that you can build and customize them in any way you can imagine.

      Good luck on your build, have fun, and send me some pictures!

      Cheers,
      Ryan

  • joel ehrlich

    Ryan,
    I have been looking for a design for many months and am very encouraged by the Wyoming. My question is that I am 6’2″ or 74″ tall I noticed that the interior is only 78 inches what would it take to make it 80 inches which would also accomedate an 80″ queen size mattress.

    • HI Joel,

      First off mark off a zone on the floor in your house with the exact interior mattress and lay down in that area, find out exactly how much space you will need. A full queen will not fit because it is also an inch to narrow so you will have to cut down the foam mattress anyway.

      If you want 80 inches you could make a couple customizations. First you could remove the lower portion of the front cabinets. Second you could reduce the depth of the lower cabinets in the galley, however the trade off here is that you have a tighter fit for any cooler you will be storing. Either cases not that dramatic of a change and would get you the space you are looking for.

  • Joel

    Hi Ryan, I have been building a Wyoming Woody since March. I will be posting some pictures on tntt.com soon but I had a question for you. It is about the hatch profile matching the main body profile. In the plans the hatch ribs are made by using the template. When I did that and then clamped them to my trailer and offset them 3/8 inch up and back then the rib looks good across the top until it makes the curve around the very backside. The gap turns into 1/2 inch. I noticed, after close examination, that it looks like you had a similar issue and the hatch has varying thickness of weather strip. Does this seem to work with keeping rain out? I am trying to think of a way around this and it seems like the answer is making several ribs until you get one that matches the contour better, but maybe I am overthinking it.

    Thanks for posting this detailed design, I have been having a lot of fun making my teardrop.

    • I’m glad to hear that I could help and that you are having a great time! When you are done send me some final pictures and I’ll post them to this site!

      The rib should match exactly since the sidewall and rib are made from the same template. However since they are made from plywood and are rather narrow they are not completely rigid and can flex a bit as you are mounting them, this is not a problem.

      The main problem you will encounter is once you apply the inner skin to the hatch frame it will want to deform it a bit, pushing the frame outward. I countered this with tie down straps until the glue dried and the skin accepted the profile shape. This is the reason why there is a slight variation on the hatch curve. The bottom line is the closer your ribs match the profile to begin with, the less of a problem it becomes later.

      As far as the weatherstripping effectiveness, I haven’t had a drop of rain make it into the galley yet!

      Good luck on your build!

  • Jeff

    Hi Ryan, Love your trailer build. I’m planning to make one using your design with some modifications. I was wondering about your doors and windows. Did they have a 3/4″ trim ring or a 1″ to fit over the inner and outer skin? Planning to get mine from Vintage Technologies and I want to make sure they will fit properly.

    • Thanks and good question! I used the 1″ trim ring for my build, 1/8″ (inside skin) + 3/4″ (wall) + 1/8″ (outside skin).

  • Eddie Stephens

    Just finished mine and took it camping for a week last week. Worked great!

    • Fantastic! Congratulations! Where are the pictures?

      • Eddie Stephens

        Here are a few from the campsite. I do have more showing the construction and I still need to do the cabinet doors and a couple of odds and ends but over all pleased! You can see I bought the side tent to use for my 2 daughters. Yes, it has a room air conditioner. They insisted! It was near 100 all week but the lake water was refreshing!

        • Very nice work on the aluminum, I love it, it looks very sleak! Thanks for the pics!

  • Maximilien Weinstein

    Hi Ryan,

    I’m Maximilien from SFG Media Group. We own several media properties including Mobile Adventurers and other websites.

    We periodically feature trailers on our website, and would like permission to use photos of your Wyoming Woody Teardrop Trailer in an article on our content websites.

    We can’t provide monetary compensation for the photos, but can offer you exposure to our audience by linking back to your website and driving readers to it!

    Let me know how you’d like to be credited if that sounds acceptable.

    Best,
    Maximilien
    SFG Media Group

    • Sounds great, if you link back to the source that’s all that I ask.

      • Maximilien Weinstein

        Will do, Ryan, thanks so much!

  • Hey Ryan,
    First off, thank you for such a wonderful resource. I’m in the planning stages on my end and there is so much great information here. I wanted to ask if you’d ever heard of anyone trying to use the aluminum NT trailer rather than the steel one. They look identical, but thought I’d ask. I think I’m going to give it a try.

    http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200660344_200660344

    Thanks,
    Hudson

    • I’m glad the website is helping you plan your build. Good luck!

      I wasn’t aware there was an aluminum version until you mentioned it. I don’t see why you would have any problems besides the cost. It is more corrosion resistant and probably lighter.

      • Yep, about $200 more but 100lbs lighter. I’ve read a few places that aluminum trailers tend to tow a little better as well, but I’m not sure to the accuracy of that statement. I’ll be sure to post pictures as I progress. Thanks!

  • Steve & Cyndy Watson

    Ryan

    Thanks for posting this treasure trove of construction info! I really appreciate the work you have put in and it is helping me immensely as I plan for my build. I am planning a somewhat different layout (e.g., more Benroy-esque profile) but following the same construction approach used for the Wyoming Woodie. Having spent a fair amount of time on the TNTT site I was assuming that I would have to relocate the axle on the NT trailer further to the rear to compensate for the heavier back end (due to galley cabinetry and contents). From your build journal, however, it appears you went with the stock location. I would really prefer to do the same – I’m not too keen on drilling more holes in the trailer frame. How did your weight balance turn out? I’m particularly focused on getting about 10% on the tongue to match the specs for my towing vehicle.

    Thanks,

    Steve

    • Sounds like a solid plan, I’m anxious to see pictures of it! I didn’t modify the trailer and the tongue weight is 160 pounds of a total of 1000 so about 15% dry. When I have a loaded cooler in the back that drops even further. The battery in the tongue box up front helps the weight distribution a lot. With a trailer this small you could probably throw some weight up front if you are worried about it, even if you plan on doing a slightly heavier rear design.

      Good Luck!

      • Steve & Cyndy Watson

        Thanks for the info! Those numbers are very encouraging – I am shooting for 900 lbs or so with about 100 for tongue weight. My design should be a tad lighter than yours as it’s only 8 ft long overall and will have somewhat less cabinetry. I also plan to have a tongue box which will house the battery, plus a spare tire under-mounted near the front. So I’m feeling pretty confident that I will be able to meet the weight goals and fine tune the balance without relocating the axle.

        Thanks again,

        Steve

  • Doug W

    Thanks so much for what you’ve done with this site. I’m just starting with my plans for a build.. I am really pleased to see you have been using SketchUp and have your plans available. I’ve been using the program for quite awhile and all my projects start out there.. some of them end there as well. 😉 I’m sure as my plans unfold, I will be seeking some input from you. Thanks again for what you have done and are doing. ~Doug

    • My pleasure Doug, good luck on your plans!

  • Kirk Farrell

    Ryan, Many thanks to your hardwork and this site…I just completed a variation of your trailer. http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/166843-The-Alpine-Teardrop-Build?p=2220261#post2220261

    • Congratulations on your build, it looks fantastic with the aluminum! You are all set for some fun and trailer you built it on will get you anywhere you want to go!

      I had a good laugh at your line ” if you’re not single now you might be when it’s done”. My wife would have to agree as she put up with my crazy schedule during the 6 months of my build.

      Thanks for sharing!

  • YVONNE

    DOES ANYONE HAVE A SUPPLY LIST AND MATERIAL LIST, PLUS WHERE TO PURCHASE INDIVIDUAL ITEMS

  • Ray Carson

    I cannot find the sources for things like the doors, vent, or skylight. Can anyone tell me where this information can be found? I am not having much luck with the doors especially. I have tried the Components menu without any luck. Maybe it is the “little Bear” who is out of business.

    • Hi Ray,

      The doors from Vintage Technologies: http://teardroptrailerparts.com/Windows___Doors.html

      I ordered my window from an RV surplus dealer on Ebay, others have had luck but it requires searching and a bit of luck for a specific size. Vintage technologies has a nice stargazer window that will work as well.

      The vent is a fantasitc vent from the manufacturer: http://rvvent.com

      Don’t be thrown off by their website, they have some amazing customer service.

      Good luck to you!

  • Tom Majewski

    Ryan, I want to thank you for the great design you did. I made my trailer from your plans and we’re on our 2nd year camping and just love it.
    http://schmuckipedia.com/blog/uncategorized/building-a-teardrop-camper/

    • Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!

      I love the cedar and the custom doors you built. The tongue box looks great and really matches the teardrop body. Excellent job on the finish work, you can’t go wrong with that gloss on your freshly varnished wood! Like you it’s time for me to put a couple more coats of varnish on the Wyoming Woody and maybe knock out thouse last bit of brush strokes I have been obsessing about.

      Cheers and Happy travels!
      Ryan

  • David Howard

    Hi Ryan, Wondering what size of wheel/tire did you use? Any issues using something as large as 15″?

    • The trailer ships with 12″ wheels and that’s what I use. I have heard you can bump them to 13″ but any larger the fenders and suspension will probably have to be overhauled. I haven’t had any issues with the standard size.

  • Bob T

    Thanks for all the information from this thread. I downloaded the plans from this site, modified the length of the trailer to 9.5 feet, ordered parts from Vintage Technologies. I loved the color of cinnamon so that’s the same, trailer frame with torsion axle was made for me locally. We took it on a road trip, did quite well, but helps to make sure your windows are closed all the way in a rainstorm. a little fine tuning necessary for wiring but the trailer worked out well. The doors are always a concern for leaking, so unless you are a good woodworker, it might be good to order the doors ready to mount with the window. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/baeb10eadd1e336ee4ae8a0e011e96f7f4309dd03626ea9790cbafdbd7d73636.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c69f4fd29318ac94da4862a9f1d628c5f033cd284bd81ad54b1b08257d470760.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4f1752940df620b2265c75851e92e3d8c23f5add7bc130044c63ced54b9ea645.jpg

    • Great job, love the port hole window! The trailer looks good and sturdy with the larger wheels. Do you have some more pictures of the inside or the galley? I would love to add a nrw post for your trailer!

      • Bob T

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f0aa87903a886d11e71a2b47c62e1e9691eda3f3dbeae9b09d6a19fda60e6691.jpg Hi Ryan,
        Here’s a bunch of photos, it was a great project. A few mistakes, I would add another 110 volt outlet in the front and a 12 volt in the front as well having them in the back of the cabin and in the back. Another change I need to do is to increase the bottom lip of the door frame as I think that would keep any water from getting in when you are driving down the road in a rainstorm. The lip of the door is also made of okume plywood, just 3 mm thick and covers the top, back and bottom of the door. A fridge might be a nice option instead of the yeti cooler for a longer trip. The LED lights don’t take much wattage so the battery is ample for what we use it for. No sink other than a basin which comes out, keep it simple, no plumbing. The cubby hole under the stove holds one gallon water containers. A metal surround on the stove would be good to keep the wind at bay as well as a curtain on that side to keep out wind and rain.

      • Bob T

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        this is the back galley, a basin for a sink, just saves on plumbing.

      • Bob T

        the galley with a yeti cooler in place and stove drawer pushed in. a electric refrigerator would be a nice option, 110 V AC/12 V DC. I believe there are some that would fit the dimensions.

      • Bob T

        I not doing well uploading pics

  • Todd Whelan

    Thanks for your plans. I had never touched a tool in my life, but spend over a year plotting to emulate your design. I put this together in 10 weeks with some modifications to install a bunk bed for my kid. Instread of finishing it, its wrapped in fiberglass and painted. It needs refinishing, but I was in a rush. Save that for the summer of 2021 🙂

    I also took out of the cabinets because, a), I’m not that skilled, and (b), I had to significantly reduce weight.

    I’ll spare you the build photos but I took a few other shortcuts, like blocking it with spare wood and putty and using cheaper insulation.

    It remains a work in progress. thanks for your, design, plans and journal, without which I never could have pulled this off

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