Tiny Trailer Camper from Casual Turtle Campers

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by Peter Pavlowich

Here’s a new model that I’ve been wanting to build for a while. It’s in the size and tradition of a teardrop, but in Casual Turtle Campers style – dead simple, cedar, domed roof, with lots of windows. In fact, it’s quite a bit roomier than most teardrops – and by leaving the entire trailer area as living space, the cabin feels damn near palatial! Not really, but it is a nice little space that two people and a couple dogs could be perfectly comfortable in.

As an unsolicited build, I had planned to insulate and finish out the interior myself – but then I thought it might appeal to someone looking for either a dead simple, lightweight little camper, or someone looking for a project. One could add nothing to it and have a very comfortable, capable, simple camper – or features could easily be added to their desires – storage, gear hooks, bed platform, etc. And I’m perfectly happy to discuss building out an interior for someone.

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Here are some of details… It’s built on a very nice, custom 5’x8′, fully boxed trailer frame with 13″ tires from a great manufacturer here in northern Colorado. The cabin’s frame is mostly western Hemlock (1.5″x1.5″), with Western red cedar siding. The bottom of the cabin has a 90 mil PVC membrane covering, and the roofing is a fully adhered, 60 mil, ivory-colored TPO membrane – thermally welded at the seams. It has four opening windows with screens, and two large fixed windows (forward bulkhead and door) for pretty good through-visibility. It weighs 840 lbs, with about 110 lbs of tongue weight. There are more specifications/details on the website -casualturtlecampers.com.

I really like this camper, and I can see using it just as it is – or with a more developed interior. Either way, its a great platform for someone looking to get into a very easily towed, comfortable, unique little camper. At 840 lbs, this model could work with a wide variety of tow vehicles. The forward bulkhead is short enough (66″) to tuck in well behind most crossover and small SUVs. I even towed it around town with our little Subaru Impreza.

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I’ve included a couple photos of the camper with my big ass in it for scale. I’m 6’2″ and 195 lbs. As a shell version, the walls and roof assembly are left open, showing the OSB roof deck’s bottom side – though it could easily be insulated and closed in. If anyone has any thoughts/ideas/questions please email me at casualturtlecampers@gmail.com. I’d be happy to discuss this camper or something similar/different that you might be interested in. And I’m also happy to discuss full or partial delivery from Fort Collins, CO for a rather nominal mileage-based fee.

Thanks for having a look – and please share it with anyone you think might find it interesting. I’m tentatively calling this model the Hatchling, but any other ideas for a model name would be welcome, too!

Price – $6,250

Peter Pavlowich
Casual Turtle Campers
casualturtlecampers.com

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Tiny Camper

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by Jane Price

I wanted you to know that we are delighted with our Aspen Ambassador mini-pop up camper. We were looking for something that could be easily pulled by our car and not degrade our MPG too much, we found the perfect solution as it is designed to be pulled by a motorcycle (it weighs less than 400 lbs). It can sleep 4, has room for a table inside and it wired for electricity. We have a 1998 model that was made by TrailMaster http://www.trailmasterinc.com/aspen/asphotos.html (they did not produce any in 2014 due to a supplier change though the company says they plan to restart production in the spring of 2015).

While doing my research, I found some very innovative options out there, I liked the TimeOut Deluxe that can also be easily pulled by small cars. http://www.timeouttrailers.org/Pages/TimeOutDELUXE.aspx

These tiny campers are the perfect solution for those who enjoy camping while sleeping off the ground and want to maintain a small footprint.

I love the Tiny House movement and the work you do!

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Little Green Camper

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In my profession, I deal with the un-pleasantries of human nature. While working in law enforcement stationed in a metropolitan area, I often find myself needing a break from civilization. Over the years, I have found that time spent in nature is where I could clear my head and find security in the world around me. I started backpacking which relieved the stress and rejuvenated the mind and body. However, I was missing someone, my wife! She was not the sort to venture into the wilderness away from modern conveniences.

So came the creation of my first camper. Living on a budget, I acquired a fiberglass motorcycle trailer from my neighbor. Within a few weeks, I had converted the trailer into a covert camper. It was great for a time. But as my curiosity grew about cleaver ways to make the most of small spaces, I began surfing the net.

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I came across the Tiny House Blog and was inspired from the start. The stories, pictures, videos, and products stimulated my latest creation “The Little Green Camper.” I wanted something that would be comfortable yet completely sustainable for a long stay away from modern amenities. With a bit of planning and quite a bit of trial and error, we finally have a product that can provide that peaceful retreat.

The camper is made of all lightweight wood and salvaged RV parts. The dimensions are 6’ width x 10’ length x 8’ high. It can be towed by a small SUV. It is completely solar powered and includes a 10 gallon water storage. It has ample storage and a table/couch combination that converts to a queen size bed. The overall cost of the build was about $4,000. It took approximately 8 month due to an extremely wet spring and summer. Now it’s ready for the beautiful North Carolina fall.

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I hope this how-to-video will inspire others to take a chance and create their own peaceful retreat. I also wish that others will find inspiration in solar power products and find solitude among nature.

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