The Terrapin
April 29, 2014

The Terrapin

The Terrapin exterior

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 exterior

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scotth - April 29, 2014 Reply

I have a 72 boler (Canada, eh). same kinda feel. love the name Terrapin, saaaweeet.
blessings, scott

Georgia Constantine - April 29, 2014 Reply

Wow! What a good looking lil guy, love it! We camp in a vintage Shasta Compact 7’x11′ but Ilove the wood, and simplicity of yours.GreatJob!

Tom - April 29, 2014 Reply

very nice build

CURT H MOORE - April 29, 2014 Reply

What was used for the roof? Are the walls, floor and roof insulated?

Swabbie Robbie - April 29, 2014 Reply

That is really nice. I love the inside layout and would love to have such a camper to move around on my property as a “hard tent” retreat.

The only thing I am not fond of visually is the aluminum skirting. It already shows some dings. I think I would find something to replace or cover it. Maybe stick with wood to have a consistent look. Eye appeal.

    Juanita - April 29, 2014 Reply

    I agree that metal skirting looks out of place. What if you just get some Rustoleum in a black matte finish on that?

      DeWhit - May 2, 2014 Reply

      I would have the lower metal sprayed with rhino liner that would last forever and not show any dings.

Kelly - April 29, 2014 Reply

Very nice!! What do ppl do for “facilities” I need to shower everyday and use the restroom a few times during the night….how difficult would it be add a small bathroom??

curt - April 29, 2014 Reply

Hey Peter, Well done! You might consider a folding brise soliel or shutters for the front window, since I would hate to see it taken out by a rock on the road.

Jessie W - April 29, 2014 Reply

Well done! It looks so bright and spacious.

tinyhousetom - April 29, 2014 Reply

I like the contrast between the removalable wood cabin part and the aluminum of the custom utility trailer.

Plans for the homebuilder would be cool. Maybe a tie down hardware package available for purchase.

Ginger PIper - April 29, 2014 Reply

Saaweet! At 1,360 lbs.. I could fit my Papillon & kittah in there and still pull it with my 4 banger… didn’t see any costs to buy one pre-made..

    David Remus - April 30, 2014 Reply

    This one sells for $11,800.

john - April 29, 2014 Reply

Would look nice @ “Terrapin Station”! 😉

Steve Pitchford - May 1, 2014 Reply

Oh ya! Wood good…. Did you do any in progress shots? If so post ’em.

Happy trails, Steve

DeWhit - May 2, 2014 Reply

I think it appears to be a capable small trailer but the price takes it out of the league of reasonable.

I have a 7X14 dual axle heavy duty Kodiak trailer with ramp that is 7 foot tall with lights and side door that could hold a fullsize bed and table and chairs and sofa and toilet and kitchen and other furnishings. It was $6500 new.

Still a nice trailer here, but too pricey for the dimensions.

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