We heard you! There are a
lot of talented craftsmen out there who are accomplished
woodworkers, but cannot weld and are having trouble getting someone
to make the trailer undercarriage for them. Have we got some
plans for you!
The 8' Cubby is built upon a heavy-duty utility trailer
chassis. This bolt-together chassis is easily modified for the Cubby with simple
tools, and absolutely no welding is required. But no welding
does not mean that it is not strong ( a good bolt is far better than a
bad weld). All components interlock for a secure connection that
makes for a rigid and roadworthy frame.
Redtrailers.com also offers a 5'x8'
chassis if you need a little more width. The plans can be easily
modified to adapt to a 5' wide teardrop (the main thing is finding a local
supplier for the 5' wide aluminum, typically from a sign shop or truck
trailer repair shop).
Using a manufactured frame will
save you hundreds of dollars and countless hours of hard labor, not to
mention the danger of poorly-executed amateur welds. It often goes
on sale for around $300, and Harbor Freight will ship it free to mostly
The components are dipped-painted and go together in a day.
12" high speed tires, 2" hitch, light kit and certificate
of manufacture are all included.
The rest of the trailer is appointed
the way you've come to expect from Kuffel Creek. The Cubby has an
amazing amount of cabinet storage, all executed in the finest
methods. We show you how to craft a family heirloom that will bring
oohs and aahs from envious admirers. We combine the classic looks of
the traditional teardrop with the modern conveniences that make camping a
pleasure! To top it off,
a hatch in the floor lifts up to fit an
electric chemical toilet for handy
"pit stops" while traveling. No more trying to find a gas
The galley has a propane stove that uses standard
propane bottles, a built-in ice box, electric water pump with 7
gallon water tank, a flip-up prep table, drawers, and sliding-door
Fully insulated, this trailer complies with the most
stringent requirements when camping in bear country, as some parks require
you to have a "hard sided" camper (tent trailers are not
allowed). When you're putting all the time effort into building your
own teardrop, nothing but the best will do. Our
plans show you
explicit details on how to build this miniature home on wheels.
Although mostly intended for developed campgrounds,
we road-tested the Cubby down some mean washboard roads to ensure that it
can go where you want to go. (It seems anywhere worth camping is
down a dirt road). If your tow vehicle will fit, the Cubby will
fit. Don't try this with a regular RV!
Overall weight (as shown) 910 lbs. w/ 7 gallons of water in tank
Tongue weight: 180 lbs.
Interior cabin width: 45" (sleeps
Interior cabin length: 72"
(expandable to 80" with optional tongue ice chest)
Interior cabin height: 45"
Overall length: 11' 4"
Overall width: 5' 4"
Overall height: 5' 10"
Hub bolt pattern 4"- 5 bolt (can
accept 14" or 15" wheels with offset rims)
Suspension: slip leaf-springs,
1-1/4" axle, EZ-lube hubs w/ zerk fittings
Spare Tire (mounted underneath) 5.3-12 tubeless, 6PR
Water tank capacity: 7 gallons
Deep cycle battery (or optional ice
chest or motorcycle rack on tongue)
Propane stove (uses standard bottled
Ice box (18 lbs. of ice capacity)
Roof vent with Fan
Complete lighting kit
Estimated cost to complete: $2000
Cubby Plans page
Teardrop Trailers page