Solidly-Built Best Teardrop Trailers
We build all models of our PeeWee teardrops to be solid. From the frame up, all of our campers are custom-built for strength, rigidity, and durability. That's why we think we have the best teardrop trailers in the industry. Through the years our products have always had the reputation of being the best and our teardrop campers are no different.
Many times, in the teardrop industry, “lightweight” is an excuse for flimsy materials and poor construction. Our lightweight teardrop trailers are light enough that they are economical to tow, but they are 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, which causes 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
The best trailer frames are welded, but just because a manufacturer says it has a welded trailer doesn't mean it's a sturdy trailer. Many teardrop manufacturers use steel tubing and channel that is way too thin to save money. Thinner steel make a weaker frame. All trailers flex, but the thinner the steel the more they flex.
We use a combination of 3/16" and/or 1/4" welded tube and C-channel in all our camper frames. For added strength, all 5x8 and 5x9 frames have six cross members and our 4x6 (Small Fry) frame has four cross members.
All our trailer frames are manufactured specifically to our design and are built in compliance with the DOT and the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers.
For axles we use only the best - Dexter axles. Our 5x8 and 5x9 campers use the heavy-duty Dexter axle that supports 3,500 pounds (NOT 2,000 pounds like most teardrop trailers of this size).
We use the 2,000 rated Dexter axle on our small 4x6 Small Fry model.
Using such heavy duty axles might seem like a bit of an over-kill for trailers in the teardrop weight category. But, because of we use these axles, we have no concern that our customers will overload the campers that we build.
Other Frame Features
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 BOTH the front and 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 a welded mesh steel shelf that adds even more bracing and provides storage space on the tongue.
- 2" ball receiver
- 3/4" thick floor
- 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)
- Marker lights, tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals
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!
We don't use utility trailers because they have very thin walls, very thin roofs, and no strong roof support. All our boxes are built from scratch.
The actual walls of the camper are not only bolted to the base frame but are also bolted at all four corner to the upright steel frames that are welded to the base frame in the front and back. The front wall and rear doors are also bolted to the upright steel frame top cross members. This makes the walls and the frame a totally integrated system that will never shake and rattle apart like many teardrops.
The wall thickness and wall rigidity of the PeeWee camper gives it a beautiful, smooth appearance. Many small campers are made with a single panel of fiberglass or a flimsy aluminum that is laid over a thin piece of luan - which always warps. The PeeWee camper has both inside and outside factory baked-on painted aluminum panels that are then factory bonded to a specially treated wood / polyurethane composite. So, when you look down the side of a PeeWee camper, you never see any ripples - just a smooth, quality look.
Other features of our box include:
- Rubber coating on the underside of the floor
- Slanted nose for better aerodynamics, which results in better gas mileage.
- Proprietary, 3-phase waterproof sealing method at all edges and corners.