Solidly Built Teardrop Trailers
We build PeeWee teardrops to be the most solidly built teardrop trailers in the industry. From the frame up, all of our campers are custom-built for strength, rigidity, and durability. Through the years our products have always had the reputation of being the best.
Many times, in the teardrop industry, “lightweight” is an excuse for flimsy materials and poor construction. Our campers are built to be lightweight, but not too lightweight.
It is NOT our goal to produce the lightest trailers in the industry.
Because teardrop trailers that are too light bounce excessively on the highway, causing extreme stress on structural components. In many cases, components separate or crack, resulting in a trailer that literally tears itself apart over time.
Trailer Frame Construction
Many teardrop manufacturers save themselves money by scrimping on the steel used in the frame and by using a weak, straight-line tongue. These frames make a weak and flimsy camper.
We do NOT use a frame kit available from a discount freight outlet.
Because these bolt-together kits are flimsy and will not hold up over time.
All our trailer frames are manufactured specifically to our design and are built in compliance with the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers. They are made of 3/16" channel and welded angle steel with six cross members, and have a heavy-duty Dexter axle. The Dexter axle supports 3,500 pounds (NOT 2,000 lbs. like most teardrop trailers). This seems like a bit of an over-kill for a trailer that weighs less than 900 pounds fully-loaded, but it makes the trailer tow like a dream.
Other features of our trailer frame include the following:
- High lift springs for maximum ground clearance
- Upright rectangular steel frame welded to the base of the trailer in the rear for additional rigidity of the walls and the rear double-door system.
- A-frame tongue (NOT a weak straight-line tongue) made of HD channel steel with steel shelf to accommodate additional accessories
- 2" ball
- 3/4" thick floor with 6 cross members
- Articulating, stabilizer tongue jack with wheel
- 2 stabilizing jacks in the rear
- 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
The actual box or "body" of the camper is just as sturdy as the trailer frame. It is designed with stylish aesthetics and aerodynamic efficiency.
We DON'T start with a utility trailer!
Because utility trailers have very thin walls, very thin roofs, no insulation, and no strong roof support. All our boxes are built from scratch. The walls in our Half Pint and Half Pint ECONO, the thickest in the industry, are made of wood framing. For strength and rigidity, 2x6, 2x4, and 2x2 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 1-3/4" walls (Our 1-1/2" thick walls with 1/8" ACP panels on the both sides of the wall combined with 1-1/2" of styrofoam insulation results in 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 outer skin of the Half Pint (and the Half Pint ECONO) are made of 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. The inner walls are made of the same identical product. This is a fantastic product that is frequently used for external cladding of buildings, insulation, and signage.
ACP is also used by the aerospace and aircraft industry due to its strength, rigidity, and lightweight. Its thickness and rigidity give the Half Pint a beautiful, smooth appearance and provide more strength than other products (even those that weigh more). For example, some teardrop campers have a thin sheet of aluminum over 1/8" luan. This type of skin is not as strong as ACP, yet it weighs a lot more and is prone to leaks and warping. ACP does not warp, and when you look down the side of a PeeWee teardrop trailer, you will never see any ripples!
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, just take our word for it - this is some pretty, doggone good stuff !!!!!