DIY Teardrop Trailer Frame Plans


Weld up your own quality DIY 5′ x 8′ Teardrop Trailer Frame teardrop camper with these plans.

The 5′ x 8′ Teardrop Camper Frame Plans contain everything you need to know about building your own DIY Teardrop Trailer Frame.  These plans are also tested on many teardrop trailers since the beginning of Overland Trailer in 2007.  These are the exact plans and methods that we use at Overland Trailer when we build our commercial 5′ x 8′ trailer frames.

These plans include:

  • Government Guidelines – VIN numbers, Inspection Information, The Important Legal Stuff
  • Builder’s and Operator’s Safety Information – Everything you need to know to stay safe building your trailer frame and towing it too.
  • Required Tools List – Everything You’ll need and ways to save money on tools
  • Cut lists – All steel components cut out efficiently
  • Drawings with dimensions and angles and explanations
  • Hole drilling  – Predrill all holes for wiring and body mounting.  Fits the Overland Trailer 5′ x 8′ Teardrop Body plans exactly.
  • Welding Guide – All of the how-tos and considerations when welding your own teardrop camper trailer frame.
  • Paint or Powdercoat Finish – pros and cons of each as a trailer frame finish
  • Linked information and demonstration video to help you get a great result.

This is a physical guide that lays flat on a workbench for easy shop use.

Availability: In stock (can be backordered)

Sample Of The DIY Welded Teardrop Trailer Frame Plans

These DIY Welded Frame plans are exactly what you need when making your own Teardrop Trailer. Build it Right, Build it Once!


When I made my DIY Teardrop Camper, I wish I’d had these Welded Frame Plans. After welding my first teardrop trailer frame in 2007, I wanted a better set of plans to use for the trailers I built for my customers. This teardrop trailer frame is the result of that effort. The resulting trailer is quality, tough, affordable, and efficient to build.

In 2020, more and more DIY builders wanted great (not just OK) plans to use for a teardrop trailer frame. I took our internal manufacturer’s plans -that we’ve used since 2009- and made them easy to understand for someone who doesn’t work at Overland Teardrop Trailer. All of these cut lists, tool lists, safety concerns, and (most importantly) the best processes and sequences to weld the trailer together are exactly our process at Overland Trailer. Now you can DIY the same teardrop trailer frame design that is manufacturer tested over 10+ years with numerous commercial builds.


  • 34 Pages of:
    • Cut Lists
    • Processes
    • Finishing Options
    • Hole Guides
    • Safety Advice
    • Government Inspection and Approval Advise
  • DIY frame book is spiral bound to lay flat on a workbench.
  • Embedded QR codes and website links to videos and additional web content that offers helpful tips and products.
  • The frame is custom design to allow a 60″ wide Teardrop Body to slip down over it – hiding the frame and making more mounting points between the frame and body.

Frame Specifications in These Plans

Total Frame Lenth 11 Feet 6 Inches
Trailer Bed Dimensions 96 Inches X 58-3/8 Inches
Tongue Length 3 Feet 6 Inches
Frame Weight (without Axle) 190 lbs.
Frame Capacity 1800 lbs
The Welded Teardrop Trailer Frame Plans for DIY Builders

Shipping and Materials

The Plan’s cover is 80 lb durable card stock that is tough enough to last your build.

The pages are 32 lb white paper.

This book is spiral bound to keep pages from tearing out and to allow easy use of the guide in your work area.

All plan books (not included in kits) are shipped via USPS in a padded envelope.

Weight.25 lbs
Dimensions12 × 9 × .5 in


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