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Old 09-26-2019, 05:42 AM
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I'm wanting to build a small teardrop trailer / camper. Just a 4" by 8" and preferably out of aluminum. Is there anything particular I need to know about getting it registered other than proper lights.
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Old 09-26-2019, 05:48 AM
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I'd like to watch your progress.
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Old 09-26-2019, 05:51 AM
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You'll need to first get a VIN plate for it. I did this way back in the 80s and I had to take the trailer to a state inspection station for it to be inspected and they had to sign the application for the VIN, indicating that the trailer was road worthy.
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Old 09-26-2019, 06:08 AM
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The site link above has tons of information about teardrops, including building them. Teardrop trailers have an apparently growing interest.
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Starting the same with a 5x8, lots of google info out even some plans!!!

I am not 100% sure I will go full tear drop. Might make it a tad more square so it can sleep 4.

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Would love to see the logistics of sleeping 4 in a 5'x8' space.
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No offense but a 4x8" trailer is a waste of your time. A teardrop no less, LOL. That'd ridiculous. Tents are bigger than that. If you really want to do this buy a cheap used cargo trailer, fix it up and convert it. You'll come out ahead.
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Old 09-26-2019, 06:36 AM
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Cargo trailer conversions, teardrops

Go here for teardrops, foamies, and cargo conversions. I am in the cargo conversion camp. 6’x12’ sleeps 4 or 2 adults and 3 kids.
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id get a cargo trailer and call it done!
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Old 09-26-2019, 08:07 AM
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Would love to see the logistics of sleeping 4 in a 5'x8' space.
might work if they’re really friendly
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Old 09-26-2019, 05:43 PM
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I made several utility trailers and all I had to do was take it to a Certified Scale, get a weight slip then go to tag agency and register it as homemade.
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Check with your local authorities.
Some states want lots of receipts if it is home made, for axle, metal, all the materials used to build it.
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Old 09-27-2019, 08:01 AM
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Florida: Homemade Trailer (built from parts purchased or parts already owned at the time of construction)
Provide:
  • Year constructed
  • Certified weight slip
  • State-issued photo ID
If the trailer is under 2,000 pounds, a Trailer Identification Number will be generated by the computer. It is advisable to have this number die cut or affixed to the trailer. If the trailer is over 2,000 pounds, call the Florida Division of Motorist Services at 941.755.4551 to arrange for an appointment and upon inspection a Compliance Examiner will assign and affix a Trailer Identification Number. Sales tax, if applicable, registration fees and title fees will be collected.
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Old 09-29-2019, 07:53 PM
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Thanks for all the replies and helpful information guys! You all rock!
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Old 09-30-2019, 05:55 AM
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Would love to see the logistics of sleeping 4 in a 5'x8' space.
Rough plan is to add "wings" off each side making the trailer closer to 7' 6" this would allow each side to have roughly a 32"-34" wide bed, small space between them, add a second set above like bunks. This is not intended to be a sit and chat in the trailer. just a place to get out of the weather.

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Lots of projects and pics over at expeditionportal.com
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