Mike, how did the teardrop pull with a lifted TJ? Plus, I know their not heavy, but how is it without having trailer brakes? (I believe that they don't have brakes.)
Also, if you were to buy another one, would you step up to the next size, 5x8?
Thanks for your input. It's just a wife and I, so we still have the back of my TJ for packing stuff. I'm starting to dislike sleeping on the ground, plus the back my TJ is overly full for trips!
The trailer pulled very nicely. The tongue was a little long (greater than 3' but don't recall exact measurement) which helped track the trailer behind the TJ. For its size and design, this was a very basic teardrop. There was really no galley like in the traditional design td. So I had to carry a kitchen box. The inside was a little tight with my son and I camping 1 time, but I guess kids will always 'roll' around. So yes, I would step up to a wider one for sure.
Biggest things I could complain about are the 'packing' for a wheeling weekend was inside and you had to unpack to use the inside. Second, it sat a little low when you wanted to enter it. 3rd, no location to place your boots, weather gear, etc. when you go to sleep.
I would suggest you pack what you would normally for a camping wheeling trip and place that on the garage floor looking to keep things as tight as possible. Put tape down on the floor around your packing for the walls. Setup a test camp and add to the tape area where needed.
The traditional td is a good thought, but layout and packing for enroute is not what I like best about it. I would build it also rather than buy something built. 5x10 would be better and I would enclose the tires into the wall. The bed floor would be raised to clear the wheelwells. You could have sliding drawers underneath the raised floor. With the frame a little taller, the wheelwells won't be so tall into the floor.
I'd also build it tall enough to be able to kneel in it to get dressed.
For braking, I have an disc'd 8.8 and never thought I had a problem braking.
Have you checked out the teardrop and tiny travel trailer
forum? Lots of builders there. Was the td you looking at the one from Little Guy?
That was the plan I had also, but as plans go, things had changed. I do think the bigger you go, the better you will feel and be more comfortable. I really don't think you will need brakes, but for the cost of knowing and spreading it over couple years of ownership, it's not that costly. Also check aftermarket axles for swapping in rather than purchasing from the mfr. My Dexter axle I have under the trailer frame I put together has a parking brake as well as electric brakes and was made to my width. A parking brake would also help you keep the camper still in rough terrain. Then look at stabilizers at corners. This stabilizes the camper when you go in/out and shift weight.
Last spring I put together a trailer frame for an idea for a camper. I used a slide-in Quicksilver camper on the frame. It weighs 440#s. Its a very small box as well as camper. I wasn't satisfied in its use.
Now looking to adapt a base for the truck shell, add a couple slideouts that would hold a kitchen and extending bed outwards, mod an area within the door area for standing/getting dressed. I did get it really cheap at $90.
If this shell doesn't work out, I plan to build a Compact III