Small, Modular Teal Camper Shelter For Sale - Tiny House Blog

Small, Modular Teal Camper Shelter For Sale


by Dax Wagner


I’ve been a long-time fan of the small housing movement. I just bought this modular 5×10 Teal Camper but have to sell because my nosy neighbor had a problem with it. It’s literally 3 months old! Practically new and completely modular for easy assembly and portability. Can be used on the ground or on a 5×10 trailer for travelling.

I paid over $8000 for it and am pricing it to sell quickly at $5000. Due to the shape of the walls, it actually has 60 sq. ft. of usable interior space. Includes all amenities: king-size bed/dinette with bench storage. Sink with hand-pumped fresh water reservior, shelf, 2 storage cabinets, lighting, plumbing, integrated electrical system (both A/C and DC compatible if you want to use a battery/solar). I’m even including the curtains, solar shower, Thetford Curve porta potti (this is the “cadillac of porta pottis” and it has NEVER been used… still in box) and extra flooring to make it cozy and comfortable for long term living. Extremely strong an well designed.

You can learn more about this larger Teal Camper here:

Contact daxwagner (at)  gmail (dot) com and mention you saw it on the Tiny House Blog.

Location: Santa Clarita, California
Weight: 600 pounds shipped on pallets. (See photo below)



sink and windows


camper bed

camper on pallets

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Donnag - September 4, 2013 Reply

That trailer looks pretty cool. My self, I would get rid of the neighbor instead !!

jeff davis - September 4, 2013 Reply

That’s a cool little trailer…….with some beautiful scenery!

    Dax - September 4, 2013 Reply

    Thanks Jeff. Yes, our lot has absolutely beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. It’s in Pacific Palisades and also up for sale. MLS #13-695495.

AC - September 4, 2013 Reply

Your neighbor is a straight up jack*ss.

Rick Negus - September 4, 2013 Reply

Before giving in to the neighbour I would check your local zoning regulations. Where I live if it is under 100 sq.ft. you do not need a building permit and also if it is not a “permanent structure”, you might have to put some wheels under it. Don’t give up easy to one inconsiderate you know what.

    Dax - September 4, 2013 Reply

    Rick, I already looked into it. Unfortunately for my city, this is considered an accessory structure and required a main house on the land first before I could put this up next to it. To get around that, I could have filed for a conditional use permit, but my city charges $7000 for one and that’s almost as much as I paid for the whole thing. My loss is definitely someone else’s gain. And to answer another poster, yes, my neighbor is a jerk. 🙁

Mary - September 4, 2013 Reply

Where did you plan on using the camper?

    Dax - September 4, 2013 Reply

    You can set it up on the ground or put it on a 5×10 trailer which is what it was originally designed for. It’s very versatile.

carolyn - September 4, 2013 Reply

I have a neighbor like that too ! He calls the city if the field over the fence gets too high and calls over anything else he can think of. When I think of the field as n animal habitat it breaks my heart that the city bows to his wishes. There are beautiful wildflowers and all kinds of animals there ( deer,rabbits, ground hogs and many other kinds of precious wildlife ) I don’t even want to get started on the dangerous sprays that kill butterflies, birds and all other living things.Why do we do this to our beautiful world ?

    Steve - September 4, 2013 Reply

    If the field get over a couple of feet tall, then dries out due to a drought If is considered an fire hazard to the neighborhood.

Terrie - September 4, 2013 Reply

Where are you located?

    Dax - September 4, 2013 Reply

    The Teal Camper is already disassembled and ready to pick-up in my garage in Santa Clarita, CA.

Edward Thompson - September 4, 2013 Reply

Because of circumstances beyond my control, I no longer have $5k. But that is a very good looking “shed” you have there. and in most states you can build a shed of that size without a permit. and store the trailer elsewhere. As to the Fool next door, I would be inviting all my Biker buddies to camp and party every weekend until he moves. make sure they are gone by the time he can do more then call the cops.

I lost everything I owned due to a rich fool, and a fool of a mechanic. I for one wont go down without a fight anymore.

    D. Whit - September 5, 2013 Reply

    ” As to the Fool next door, I would be inviting all my Biker buddies to camp and party every weekend until he moves. make sure they are gone by the time he can do more then call the cops. ”

    That is precisely the train of thought that is the reason why the powers that be are so hard about the zoning rules.

    Stop and think about it a moment and forget the class warfare…do you want to live in a beautiful location or spot and have to live thru the all night time parties and weekend blowouts by some that will just pick up and move on when any rule or consideration for others gets in the way ?

    That, in a nutshell, is what worries the authorities about tiny homes. It doesn’t take but a few bad apples to ruin it for all.

Joy - September 4, 2013 Reply

Such a clever structure! As for gun toting, we usually tend to be for smaller government…the extrapolation of that point should be clear. 🙂

Patty Snyder - September 4, 2013 Reply

I saw your teal camper on “Tiny House”!

I love it! Is it still available? Where do you
live? (for transport reasons)…..I have a piece
of land I will be building on, but not for another
year or so……I would love to place this on that
land for now, and use it as a small guest quarters
after the house is built…….hopefully, we can
connect! Thanks!!!!!

    Kent Griswold - September 4, 2013 Reply

    Hi Patty, please email Dax above, I’m sure he is checking the post but it would be best to contact him for all the answers. -Kent

    Dax - September 4, 2013 Reply

    Hi Patty,
    The camper is now ready to pick-up from my garage. I live in Santa Clarita, CA. Yes, it’s still available. I’ve already received a dozen inquiries so far in a matter of hours. It’s crazy. You can pick it up yourself or maybe get a bid from if you want cheap delivery.

Susan - September 4, 2013 Reply

Nutty neighbour! You should fight this. It’s quite a tidy looking little thing. Are they the lords looking down from the heights I see in the photo?

    Dax - September 4, 2013 Reply

    I have, believe me. I even tried to sweet talk him a bit. He’s a famous TV doctor here in L.A.

Carl - September 4, 2013 Reply

Wow, I had not heard of these previously… what a great idea! If this one weren’t over 3000 miles away, I would be sorely tempted. Have been looking for a lightweight travel/camping trailer and this is a great alternative to what I’ve seen. Good luck with the sale… bet it won’t last long!

    Dax - September 4, 2013 Reply

    Road trip? You could drive it home on your own trailer. 🙂

Mary A - September 4, 2013 Reply

Just out of curiousity, what is the r factor?

    Dax - September 4, 2013 Reply

    The walls and roof are insulated, but I have no idea if they have an R-rating. The walls are 2″ thick and the roof is insulated with a car-grade fabric lining.

steve - September 4, 2013 Reply

I know this will probably tick a lot of people off, but this isn’t entirely the neighbors fault. It is the zoning laws. The neighbor is just asking that the laws be enforced. It isn’t easy, especially in elite high dollar communities, but you can fight to have the laws changed, but good luck with that. Fact is this is a lot like buying a house in a development that has silly Home Owners Association rules, for example, no clotheslines, can’t leave the garage door open, no RV’s in the front of the house, etc. Best solution is to research before you buy your land, know the rules or fight to change them. It sounds like this Doctor was there first, probably has a nice Mac-Mansion and doesn’t want a temporary shelter next door and the laws support him. I once lived on a chicken ranch in southern California and “LA” people moved in next door and complained about the rooster and the sweet essence of chicken poop. It was zoned for ranches and they were out of luck.
The chickens stayed.

BTW Teal Campers rock. If she put that on a trailer I bet she could put it there on weekends and enjoy the land until she could build.

Grace Iurilli - September 4, 2013 Reply

HI Dax,
Here’s my unsolicited 2-cents on this:
work within the zoning laws to get them changed. May not be as hard as you think. Ask Gloria Allred to assist. There’s some compelling pieces to this situation. Its been defined as either/or. Room for some sensible, community-honoring discussion and changes. And of course, the bigger picture is: everything on the planet is shifting, right?
Try talking to the neighbors and see how they feel. The rules have to make sense for everyone, not just the elite. Signatures make the case.
Or..come to Hawai’i with your beautiful camper and live in it out here.
Much aloha, Grace

TomLeeM - September 4, 2013 Reply
I think one can get creative with these panels. It is like the trailer version of Lego’s and one can make a trailer or a shelter in one of many shapes.

What did they have a problem with the trailer? Inquiring minds want to know.

If it is a trailer (or put onto a trailer), then it would be a camper. Would the neighbor have an objection to that?

    Dax - September 4, 2013 Reply

    Hi Tom,

    This one was never on a trailer. It was on the ground as a “shelter” which apparently ruined this neighbor’s view (even though it totally didn’t even come close to blocking anyone’s view). If someone wants to buy it and use it on a 5×10 trailer, they can be bought on Craigslist for under $1000.

    And yes, these are like legos for grown-ups! The shelter you see in the pictures is only one configuration that you can do. The possibilities are endless thanks to the modular design. Larry (the inventor) really designed a winner with the Teal/Tail Feather campers and shelters. He’s been great to work with too… I was one of his very first customers.

Ralph Sly - September 6, 2013 Reply

This is another example of check before you buy, build or park. I do not blame a neighbor for complaining if they themselves conform to building and zoning codes or requirements. (by the way, that is a good looking little building) I have a great neighbor who I fringe on giving an easement on my property where implied right of ways are law. I do not want to imply and have it put on title but will not make this neighbor park on the street because I own an extra few inches of a place she has parked for years.

As it turns out, when she is parked there I have to allow feet for her to enter and exit her vehicle I could use that few inches (or should say feet) for the project I am working on but will work around that until she sells, I will start to charge her rent for the spot of a few cents a month (to void any implied rights) until she sells and then fence it off. This, at times has been a pain to me when others live with her take a little more liberty than she does and do crowd me a bit but when I was absent from my land, I allowed them all the parking, they did the snow removal from the front of my building and watched my place for me. That was great remuneration for a bit of incontinence and she really is a great kid.

Thupten - November 9, 2018 Reply

i want to buy this but where is it?

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