Solidly Built Teardrop Trailers
The PeeWee ECONO model, is basically a Half Pint without the galley. It is built on the same assembly line as the Half Pint so, like the Half Pint, it is one of the most solidly built teardrop trailers in the industry. The ECONO is custom built and from the frame up, it is built for strength, rigidity, and durability.
The ECONO, weighing less than 750 pounds, is lighter than the Half Pint because it does not have the extra galley wall and the cabinetry. But, like the Half Pint, in all other respects, it is built with the best materials in the industry.
The ECONO is NOT the lightest trailer in the industry.
And there's a good reason for that.
Teardrop trailers that are too light bounce around on the highway so much that, in many cases, structural components separate or crack, resulting in a trailer that literally tears itself apart over time.
Trailer Frame Construction
PeeWee Campers is not one of those manufacturers that saves money by scrimping on the trailer frame.
We do NOT use a bolt-together frame kit with a straight tongue available from a discount freight outlet.
Because these trailer frame kits are flimsy and will not hold up over time.
All our trailer frames are built in compliance with the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers, and are manufactured specifically to our design. Made of 3/16" channel and welded angle steel with six cross members and a heavy-duty Dexter axle, they will support 3,500 lbs. (NOT 2,000 lbs. like most teardrop trailers). We know that's a pretty heavy-duty axle for our lightweight unit, but it makes your camper tow like a dream!
Other features of our trailer frame include:
- High lift springs (For maximum ground clearance)
- A rectangular, upright steel frame that is welded to the base of the trailer in the rear. This provides additional rigidity for the walls and for the rear double-door system.
- An A-frame tongue (NOT a weak straight-line tongue) made of HD channel steel. the tongue also has a steel shelf that gives you more room for additional accessories, like batteries or a generator
- 2" ball
- 3/4" thick floor with 6 cross members
- Rotating, stabilizer tongue jack with wheel
- Heavy gauge safety chains
- 7 flat-pin wiring harness
- 15" wheels (many teardrop campers use 13" and 14" wheels)
- 6-ply tires (many teardrop campers use 2-ply or 4-ply)
- Running lights, tail lights, and stop lights
Bolted to our sturdy frame is our sturdy box, the actual "body" of the camper. Like the bodies on all our campers, the ECONO body is custom built. For strength and rigidity, flat 2x4 and 2x2 wooden studs are screwed together and then bolted to our steel trailer frame. Additionally, the roof is braced all the way to the floor. It's NOT just sitting on a flimsy sidewall rail.
Other features of our box include:
- Rubber coating on the underside of the floor
- Insulated walls
(Our 1-1/2" wall frames are covered on both side with 1/8" ACP panels, making a 1-3/4" wall. This thickness combined with 1-1/2" of styrofoam insulation results in the highest R-value insulation in the teardrop industry.)
- 14" x 14" roof vent
- 12-volt wiring from deep-cycle battery to 12-volt outlet(s).
- Slanted nose for better aerodynamics, which results in better gas mileage.
The walls are covered on the inside and the outside with 1/8" Aluminum Composite Panel (ACP), which is a type of flat panel that consists of two thin aluminum sheets bonded to a solid polyethylene core. (See photo.) This fantastic product is frequently used for external cladding of buildings, and is often used by the aerospace and aircraft industry due to its strength, rigidity, and lightweight.
Its thickness and rigidity give the ECONO a beautiful, smooth appearance and provide more strength than other products (even those that weigh more). For example, the outer skin of some teardrop campers is made with a thin sheet of aluminum that is attached to 1/8" luan. This type of skin weighs a lot more than ACP, yet it is not as strong and is prone to leaks and warping. ACP does not warp. So when you look down the side of a PeeWee ECONO, you will never see any ripples!
For you science geeks, here's the science behind this product. The inner and outer components handle different types of stress under flexural load to provide rigidity. The core handles the shear loads and creates a distance between the skins, which handle the in-plane tension on one skin and the compression on the other skin.
If the technical mumbo-jumbo is of no interest to you, then just enjoy the pretty picture and take our word for it - this is some pretty, doggone good stuff !!!!!