DIY ‘Baby Boomer Teardrop’


Flip Putthoff reports in the Northwest Arkansas Morning News about Myles and Deborah McDaniel of Rogers, Arkansas, who are ‘Travelin’ Light’ in their home-built ‘compact camper’ that is “bigger than a bread box, but smaller than a pop-up camper.”

Myles ordered plans from a company in Michigan and built his teardrop camper from the frame up in couple’s home.

The article goes on to state that “A hatch in the rear opens to reveal a kitchen with a counter, pull-out table and a slide-out tray that holds an ice chest. There’s lots of drawers and cabinets for storage. Hot meals are fixed on a camp stove.”
Read full article here.

More information about teardrop campers can be found at

Do-it-yourselfers can find plans and building tips at

Photos: Top: Myles McDaniel of Rogers built this teardrop-style camping trailer as a winter project. The compact trailer pulls easily, features comfortable sleeping quarters and an outdoor kitchen. The teardrop design was popular in the middle 1900s and McDaniel patterned his after a 1940s model. Bottom: The rear hatch of the camper opens to reveal a kitchen with countertop, pull-out tables and a pull-out tray for an ice chest . Drawers and cabinets provide storage space. A camp stove is used to prepare hot meals. Flip Putthoff/The Morning News.

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