The Terrapin

by Peter Pavlowich

I just completed the Terrapin a couple days ago and its a really neat little camper. It’s built on a 5’x8′ trailer frame with tons of natural light, a really comfortable interior, and weighs in at 1,360 pounds.

Similar in style and size to the small trailers of the 1950s and 60s, these campers are a great platform for road trips, car-camping, or to haul to the lake. They offer a little more room than is typically available in the bed of the truck, and can be disconnected to set up base camp. When mounted to a trailer frame, the possibilities for small custom campers are nearly endless…

The Terrapin

Devastatingly cute, yet just enough attitude to let you know it means business. Perched on a custom 5’x8′, fully boxed trailer frame, this camper is ready for the road. With seven windows all around the cabin, this camper has the views of a lookout tower and the feel of a ship’s cabin. The 6″ memory foam dinette-to-bed conversion is extremely comfortable for both sitting and sleeping. Beetle kill blue-stain pine flooring is not only attractive, but will wear well with years of use.

The Terrapin interior

Sitting inside this camper is unlike any camping experience you’ve had. The five opening windows let in not only the light, but the breezes and the sounds – in other words, the reason you’re there. A cup of coffee or a glass of wine, even in unpleasant weather, is made that much better by still being able to experience your surroundings. This camper looks and feels different than any other – and of all of our Turtles, this one has made the biggest splash.

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The Terrapin table

The Terrapin exterior

Tortoise Shell Home Update

Bill Kastrinos from Tortoise Shell Home contacted me recently to let me know that they have officially moved to Southern California. So a loss for us here in Sonoma County, but a real plus for people in Southern California looking for a great tiny home builder. Their new location is in Cedarpines Park and you can get their contact information at the contact page of the Tortoise Shell Home website.

Bill wanted to let me know that they are now offering bare trailers for sale. Here are the details:

  1. 15,000# G.V.W.
  2. RV axles, 3
  3. 6 leveling jacks
  4. Removable tongue
  5. Emergency break away kit
  6. 8 inch channel
  7. Cross members on 4ft centers
  8. 8ft wide outrigger to outrigger, and the bed is 28ft long

Tortoise Shell Home is selling these for $3,900. I have put a couple of pictures below so you can get an idea what they are like.

If you are interested contact Bill either by phone at 707-206-7581 or by email Let Bill know you heard about them at the Tiny House Blog.

Thanks for the update Bill and good luck at your new location.

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Teardrop Trailer Gatherings

Throughout the year, owners of tiny trailers will gather together for rallys or gatherings, in order to show off their designs, bargains or builds. The best way to get ideas for a tiny trailer is to go to one of these trailer gatherings. You will also end up meeting a wide range of really great people.


I recently went to a teardrop trailer gathering outside of Austin, NV. This was my third gathering and while there were only about 20 trailers, it was a wonderful way to see what other teardrop enthusiasts are capable of building and creating. Most gatherings will have over a hundred trailers. Continue reading