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4 Things to Incorporate in a Custom Trailer Build

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When it comes to camping, nothing beats the freedom and flexibility of a custom trailer build. Small off-road teardrop campers, in particular, have seen a resurgence in popularity due to their ease of use, lightweight design, and ability to be towed by just about any vehicle. 

However, while basic teardrop trailers can be great, they may lack certain features that make them an even more functional option for camping. That’s where customization comes in.

In this article, we’ll explore four key things that you should consider when building a custom off-road teardrop camper with So-Cal Teardrops. Whether you’re planning a weekend camping trip or a long-term adventure, our tips will help you create a trailer that meets all your needs while ensuring comfort, convenience, and safety.

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So-Cal Teardrops Can Do a Custom Trailer Build

So Cal Teardrops XS511 Towing 2 Rotated

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So-Cal Teardrops has a rich history of re-engineering the original teardrop trailer with modern materials and technologies, while maintaining a hand fit and finish. They have a wide range of teardrop trailers, including road models, crossover models, off-road models, and extreme off-road models. 

Each model comes with a basic set of features, but customers can also choose to add various options to create a custom trailer build that perfectly fits their needs. Today, we’ll highlight four things you should definitely incorporate in your off-road teardrop camper from So-Cal Teardrops to take your camping experience to the next level.

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Their off-road models are designed to handle rugged terrain and harsh conditions, making them perfect for adventurous campers who want to explore off-the-beaten-path locations. So-Cal Teardrops has an extensive range of options to upgrade their basic teardrop models, making them even more functional and comfortable for camping.

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Custom Trailer Build: Add Easy Power Generation 

Renogy 100 Watt 12 Volt Solar Suitcase With 20 Amp Charge ControllerOne of the biggest challenges of camping is staying powered up. Traditional off-road teardrop campers often come equipped with basic battery systems, but if you want to go off the grid for an extended period, you’ll need to invest in a power source. Enter the Renogy 100-Watt 12 Volt Solar Suitcase with 20 Amp Charge Controller. It is an entire solar power system incorporated into one small package. 

It includes two 50 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panels, one 20 Amp Voyager Charge Controller with an LCD Screen for power regulation, one 10ft tray cable with alligator clips for easy connection to the battery, one temperature sensor, one battery voltage sensor, and a protective casing for safe portability. 

The Renogy 100 Watt Solar Suitcase is an excellent choice for campers who need a convenient and portable power solution.

Include a Top-of-the-Line Fridge in Your Custom Trailer Build

50 Qt. ARB Refrigerator

Food and beverages are a crucial part of any camping trip. If you plan to spend more than a day or two in your teardrop trailer, you’ll need a reliable way to keep your perishables fresh. The 50 Qt. ARB Refrigerator is an excellent option for off-road teardrop campers.

ARB fridge/freezers are the ideal way to keep your food and beverages chilled or frozen on your Teardrop adventures, regardless of ambient conditions. Not to be confused with less effective 12-volt coolers, the ARB unit is a true refrigerator/freezer. 

It can be installed in a locking slide that allows for complete access to the fridge when it is extended out from the galley. The SCT Sideways Fridge Slide is an ideal choice for securing the ARB Fridge.

Your Custom Trailer Build Needs Protected Outdoor Space

ARB Awning 2000One of the best things about camping is enjoying the great outdoors. However, sometimes you need a little protection from the elements. The ARB Awning 2000 is a perfect solution for off-road teardrop campers who want to create a covered outdoor space quickly and easily.

The awning is waterproof and UV protected, and it takes just 30 seconds to deploy. It can be mounted to the side of most roof racks or roof bars and comes with pegs and guy ropes for securing legs, mounting nuts and bolts, a spanner, and comprehensive instructions. 

The awning is secured in a heavy-duty nylon-reinforced PVC bag and is specifically designed for harsh outback conditions. The awning height is adjustable with telescopic legs, and it measures 78.74″ wide x 98.43″ extended.

Hot Water is a Must for Your Custom Trailer Build

Triton Water HeaterIf you’re building a custom off-road teardrop camper for outdoor activities, having hot water is a must-have feature. One great option to consider is the Triton Water Heater, which produces more hot water per minute than any other unit in its class.

With a capacity of 1.5 gallons per minute of on-demand hot water, this heater is perfect for everything from washing your pets to showering off at the beach. It features fully adjustable heat and water flow, as well as a 4-settings shower head with options for off, mist, shower, and jet.

The heater comes with a 6.5-foot water hose and an easy-turn brass garden hose connector, and the heating unit automatically ignites when the water is turned on. It runs on 2 D batteries (not included) for ignition and can be self-standing or hung using the included brackets. It also includes a regulator hose for a bulk propane tank.

To make things even easier, the Triton Water Heater comes side-mounted in an SCT Aluminum Box with a lockable swing-out door. This will keep your water heater safe and secure while also making it easily accessible when you need it. Overall, this is a great option for anyone building a custom trailer who wants to ensure they always have hot water on hand.

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