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The Complete Benroy: Bennet Petersen and His Remarkable Trailer

The new book from Kuffel Creek

Built between 1954-1955, the "Benroy" is the most beloved Teardrop Trailer and the brainchild of Bennet Peterson. 

Collectors still find them and restore them, but there aren't enough of them to go around.

We tell the story of the late Bennet Petersen, from his service in WWII through the days of the Benroy factory, and subsequent experience in the RV business.  In 2002 we were able to sit down with him and interview him, and have transcribed that interview. 

Bennet also provided the historic photos of the early days at the Benroy factory and advertising flyers.  We include dozens of other photos of two original Benroy trailers that have been lovingly preserved and restored.

You may not be able to find or restore an original Benroy, but don't be discouraged, we also show you how to build your own teardrop trailer, based on measurements and specifications of the original Benroy. 

This trailer is a dream to tow, not bothered by gusty winds.  You can't even see it in your side mirrors.  It is light enough to push around the driveway and fits inside a standard garage.

The cabin is sized to accept a 4" thick foam mattress.  When used in conjunction with flannel sheets, a down comforter, and feather pillows, it sure beats sleeping in a tent, especially on a rainy night! 

The galley is designed with three full-depth drawers, and a cabinet door that folds up to become a work surface.  The sink is fed by a gravity 6-gallon water tank, and a 20 lb. propane tank supplies the two-burner stove. 

Our teardrop trailer plans have been the "Gold Standard" for years, and this book does not disappoint those who have waited years for it.  Included are a complete set of detailed measured shop drawings of the chassis, body carcass, cabinets and shelf, water system, electrical system, trailer lights, and the gas piping system for the stove.  Also included are exterior elevations for the paint scheme and a water tank order form.  We give you a complete material list and where to find these materials.

We also take you step-by-step through a complete build, with lots of photos and helpful shop tips. 

This is not an easy or beginner project; you need to be a serious craftsman with a well-equipped shop to even consider taking it on, as it entails welding the chassis, woodworking, and metal working skills.  But we provide you the best set of plans to successfully complete this rewarding project.


Weight: 800 lbs.

Tongue Weight: 120 lbs.

Overall Length: 11'-0"

Overall Width: 70"

Overall Height: 59"

Cabin Width: 46"

Cabin Length: 72"

Cabin Height: 40-1/2"

Tires: 15"

Cost of materials to build: about $2,500

 (106) 8.5 x 11 pages with full-color photos, drawings, and diagrams.  Offered in a .pdf download version that you can copy, save, and print just like any other file; 100MB file size.
Book download $59.95


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