DIY Overland Camping Trailer

DIY Overland Camping Trailer

Adventure is the best way to learn, and you can make the experience memorable and comforting with the right equipment and gadgets. With a reliable and durable camping trailer for great off-roading, outdoors, and Overlanding adventure, you can enjoy a hassle-free camping trip with your loved ones.

To make your camping trip budget-friendly, create your overland trailer if you don’t already own one. You can also upgrade your existing trailer.

Let us learn how you can build your own trailer from scratch.

How To Build Your Own Camping Trailer?

Creating a trailer from scratch is time-consuming, but it is worth the effort. You can stay under budget and be able to do overland camping. Your DIY trailers do not have to be very big. Instead, the ideal size will be a trailer accommodating two persons.

How To Build Your Own Camping Trailer

Regardless of the size you choose, you can build your camping trailer with the following steps;

1. Collect Your Resources

Search for inspiration from online sources or other people’s trailers. Take pictures of other trailers, search the models online, and create a hypothetical image of what your trailer will look like inside and outside.

2. Construction Material

For your DIY trailer, you can use FRP fiberglass for the structure to get waterproof properties and create a second layer of plywood underneath the fiberglass. Plywood will provide high impact and impact resistance and increases stability. Use aluminum for the trimming and base structure. It is strong, lightweight, and durable.

3. Window Materials

For windows,use laminated glass for safety. Laminated glass costs a little more than ordinary glass, but they are worth the investment inthe short and longrun. Try searching websites like eBay for low prices.

4. Install A Mini Kitchen & Outdoor Shower

Install A Mini Kitchen & Outdoor Shower

You can add the kitchen and shower tent at the back or side of the trailer.  Eccotemp’s Portable Tankless Water Heaters are a great option for supplying hot water for hand washing, cleaning dishes, and hot showers. No electricity is needed for their Portable Tankless Water Heaters - simply connect to a standard 20 lb. propane tank and incoming/outgoing water hoses. For low-flow situations, the Eccoflo 12V Pump and Strainer are great for pulling pressurized water from your water source—either a barrel or nearby river or lake. You can also add custom cabinets in the mini kitchen to optimize storage space.


Following these steps, you can create a DIY overland camping trailer under budget. Try to build the frame after fitting the equipment. You do not want to be in a situation where things don’t fit. Complete the structure, add the equipment, connect everything, and give your trailer a test drive.

The adventure awaits!

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