Teardrop Trailer Build

I wanted to publish some photos of our new teardrop trailer that was built by Orama Teardrops in Tenino, WA from January to March 2013. Special thanks to Mike at Orama for taking care of our needs and creating an awesome trailer. Mike provided photos (via Facebook) throughout the process and those are the photos I’m sharing here.

Here are the details (from Orama web site) on what I ordered.

  • Custom welded tailer
  • LED tail and marker lights
  • Rolling tongue jack
  • 2″ rear receiver hitch
  • 13″ radial tires on alloy rims
  • 7 pin trailer connector (with charging circuit)
  • 2 locking doors with drip caps
  • White aluminum exterior with silver aluminum top
  • Beautiful custom pine, birch, and maple cabinetry
  • Two interior folding cupholders
  • Two interior coat hooks
  • Hurricane hatch hinge
  • Rear swing down stabilizing jacks
  • Interior folding shelf
  • Curtain rods over doors
  • Front mounted spare tire
  • 30 amp Converter/Charger
  • 25′ 30 amp cord
  • Two interior and one exterior galley 12 volt DC outlets
  • One standard interior 120 volt AC outlet and one exterior galley GFCI 120 volt AC outlet
  • Two (right and left side) exterior porch lights
  • One interior overhead 2 bulb light fixture
  • One interior dual light directional overhead reading light fixture
  • One exterior galley overhead 2 bulb light fixture
  • Deep cycle battery – group 27
  • 12 volt wiring is 12 gauge CL rated for in wall use
  • 12 volt AC wiring is 14 gauge marine grade
  • 13″ round stainless steel sink 5×8 trailer
  • Electric faucet/pump combo
  • Five gallon water tank
  • AM/FM stereo/CD player with remote
  • Two interior speakers
  • Two exterior galley marine speakers
  • Fantastic fan
  • Add a counter. Features matching laminate, aluminum edging, a folding leg, and a really nice useable counter shape. It simply slips onto a bracket permanantly mounted to the side of the trailer.
  • Rhino roof rack
  • Rhino sunseeker II awning

And the specs for my trailer are

Interior Dimensions

  • Length-78″
  • Width-58.5″
  • Height-46.5″

Overall Dimensions

  • Length-140″
  • Width-82″
  • Height-67″
  • Gross Weight-1240lbs (fully loaded model)
  • Tongue weight-lbs-175 lbs-14% of Gross Weight
  • Height to top of coupler ball-15.5″

Here are the photos from the build.

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Building the hatch.

More hatch

Preparing the floor

Priming the hatch

Floor layout

Priming the floor

Lines for galley walls


Wall base

Weather proofing bottom of floor

Starting the cabinet faceplates

More faceplates

Prepping cabinet door wood

Cabinet door frames

Butyl tape

Detail of cabinet door joins




Final doors

More doors

Interior electrical raceway

Skinning the hatch

Interior shelf

Hatch trim

Shiny hatch

Galley counter cut-out

Hatch locks

Galley light hole

Galley and interior faceplates

The trailer (sourced from a trailer builder in OR)

More trailer

Floor on trailer

Walls going up

Galley shelves going in

More interior work

Interior build-out

Galley floor

Galley laminate counter

Galley construction

Interior cabinets

Installation of parallax 30 converter

Overhead cabinets

Converter in galley

Starting the wiring

Galley coming together

Galley work

Laminate installed

Galley cabinet doors installed

Overhead cabinet

Interior cabinets

Overhead view

Overhead cabinet with roof on

Interior roof on with spars

Hole for fantastic fan

5 Gal water tank under sink

Kitchen coming along nicely

Front roof view

Hole for later light assembly

12V and 110V GFCI

Almost done wiring converter

Wiring to fan

Looks sharp

Close it up


Exterior wood and primer

Front area for spare tire

Attaching exterior ply

Adding aluminum skin

Fan installed

Spare tire holder

Interior view of fan

Skinning the side

Adding the doors


Hatch is on

Drip covers

Shore power

Galley with hatch open

Exterior lighting

Breakaway controller and diamond plate

Interior shot

Spare tire attached and group 27 battery

Electricity is flowing

Interior shelf

Plugged in

Exterior 12V

Top with Rhino Rack and Sunseeker II awning

Finished side view


Exterior table

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