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Teardrop Caravan “Bubble” - Les & Sandy Cridland

We are planning a trip from Orange to Perth for the Austin’s over Australia Car rally in 2009 and we intended to camp as we went. Friends from Melbourne sent us photo’s of a teardrop that another antique car enthusiast had made and our son had a long interest in teardrops, which convinced us to make our own teardrop. We searched the web to see what information was available and we contacted Reiner for parts, drove to Brisbane with trailer and purchased a quantity of materials from Reiner and returned home.

I drew a rough sketch of the shape that we wanted, then drew a drawing of the chassis. The chassis was built first. I prefabricated the sides and internals, then pulled them to pieces and had the chassis and wheels powder painted (powder painted and mattress were the only jobs subcontracted). The internals were then finished off as modules and the veneer glued to the sides then all parts reassembled. Lastly, outside cladding and trim were added.

We had the mattress made in Dubbo by Makin' Mattresses. Doona cover, pillowcases, sheets and curtains were all made by Sandy.

The teardrop “Bubble” (so christened by an Orange friend) was completed and registered (interesting exercise) in mid June 08. The “Bubble” took 6 ½ months to build and has had its successful test run from Orange to Broken Hill and back in the second half of June 08.

The annex will be the next project.

Teardrop "Bubble" Features:

  • Body length 9 ft, width 4 ft, height 4 ft
  • Weight 340 kg
  • Two doors, roof hatch
  • 50 litre refrigerator on drawbar
  • Pole and fishing rod tube on drawbar
  • Radio, TV with set top box, DVD player
  • Built in Wardrobe with mirrored sliding doors, two internal cupboards
  • 60 Litre water tank with pump
  • 100 AH deep cycle battery, 8A battery charger, battery connects to car alternator for charging

building a teardrop camper

finishing a teardrop camper

Les and Sandy's "Bubble" Teardrop, built in Orange, New South Wales, 2008. Email Les and Sandy


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