Build Your Own Teardrop Camper in a Class!

CLC Teardrop Camper Class

Watch a time-lapse of a Build-Your-Own Teardrop Camper Class here.

Would you like to build CLC's Teardrop Camper, but you're apprehensive about doing it solo? Or lack the right shop space?

Since 2017, our two-week build-your-own classes have produced more than two dozen completed CLC Teardrop Campers. We will continue offering the popular class in 2020:

At the end of the class, you'll have an assembled camper shell, bolted onto a trailer ready for road travel. At home you'll do the final finish-sanding and coating, and add a galley and storage box if you want. While not ready to LIVE IN at the end of two weeks, all of the major assembly tasks will be complete on your Teardrop Camper. 

The cost is $6927. The Build-Your-Own-Teardrop-Camper class is a package deal, and includes tuition for two people, the base Teardrop Camper kit, and a pre-assembled Trailex trailer with 12-inch wheels, designed specifically for CLC's Teardrop.

How does the class work?

You will show up on Monday morning at 0800 on the first day. We have a dedicated air conditioned classroom at CLC where the class will be held. Led by a team of professional instructor-builders from Chesapeake Light Craft, you'll work eight-hour days Monday through Friday, and a half-day on Saturday. While you'll do most of the work on your own camper, you'll benefit from a skilled instructor hovering at all times to help. Occasionally the entire class will work as a team to make things go more smoothly. No one will fall behind.

Can I take the class by myself?

Some have, but we strongly prefer that you bring an assistant. This could be a family member or a friend. There's a lot to do in 11 days! Tuition for the class covers TWO people per camper, but of course you may bring additional helpers. (There is a nominal additional fee for three or more people on your team.)

CLC Teardrop Camper KitI'm a beginner. Is this class for me? What are the requirements?

You do not need any prior experience in carpentry or epoxy-composite work to take this class. You just need good energy, a willingness to learn, and the ability to stick with the project for two weeks. You'll also need a vehicle with a trailer hitch so you can get the Teardrop Camper home.

Will I need to bring my own tools?

We'll provide a list of basic tools we'd like you to bring, things like a cordless drill, spring-clamps, and eye protection. CLC's classroom is extensively equipped and you'll be using our equipment for many steps.

How much does it cost, and what do I get?

The package price of $6927 covers tuition for two people, the base Teardrop Camper kit, and a road-ready Trailex trailer. This cost also covers consumable supplies you'll use during the class, such as sandpaper, mixing cups, brushes, and so on. We will be doing some pre-assembly of parts before the class begins, so that you hit the ground running on Day One.

Is there a tuition discount if I attend the class alone?

No, as we will need to provide a staff assistant during your stay if you are working solo.

Where is the class?

At the Chesapeake Light Craft factory and headquartes, 1805 George Ave, Annapolis, Maryland, 21401.

Where do I stay during the class?

Here's a list of accommodations near Chesapeake Light Craft. Room and board are not included in the class package.

How much of the construction will be done at the end of the class? 

You'll get the camper built, the doors and hatch hung, and the camper bolted to the trailer. At home you can expect to finish the last of the epoxy coating, do quite a lot of sanding, and apply the final finish (varnish or paint). At home you'll also assemble and install accessories like a galley module, storage box, ventilation, and an interior liner. After two weeks you'll be an expert wood-epoxy builder. So the camper will be assembled, but not ready to sleep in on the last day.

This is about where you'll be at the end of class:

CLC Teardrop Camper

What's a typical day like during the class?

Class starts at 8am and runs until 5 or 6pm, always with an hour off for lunch. The syllabus has been made up with great care so that epoxied assemblies cure overnight, allowing you to move on to the next step each morning. The first and second Saturdays run from 8am to noon and will be used for catch-up and miscellaneous chores. Saturday afternoons and Sundays are for rest.

Each class will be limited to five Teardrop Campers to maximize one-on-one time with the instructor.

I've already started a CLC Teardrop Camper. Can I bring it to the class and finish it?

Alas, no. The success of the class rests on intricate choreography worked out in advance by the instructors. (Chesapeake Light Craft has been teaching these build-your-own classes for 23 years and has brought the art to the highest pitch of refinement.) It would be nearly impossible for an instructor to run a successful class in which the builders are all at different stages in the construction process.

What is NOT included in the class that I'll need to purchase?

Some basic hand tools if you don't have them already. Your room and board. Options and accessories such as the galley (kitchen) module, storage box, ventilation system, and interior liner. A trailer hitch on your car.

How do I sign up?

You'll register online or over the phone. You'll be charged for the tuition at registration, and the balance 30 days prior to the class. Unless a serious emergency or a lack of enrollment causes the cancellation of the class, tuition will not be refundable after the 30-day mark.

What's the cancellation policy?

If WE have to cancel the class at any time, due to lack of enrollment, weather emergency, or some other crisis beyond our control: We will refund 100% of your kit and tuition. (We have never canceled a class less than 30 days before the start date.) 

If YOU have to cancel the class (30+ days prior): We will refund your tuition/deposit if you alert us at least 30 days prior to the start of the class. 

If YOU have to cancel the class (LESS THAN 30 days prior): At the 30-day mark, you are charged for the balance of the class. At this point, your kit has been manufactured, the Trailex trailer ordered, and pre-assembly has begun. For this reason, we are unable to refund class expenses after the 30-day mark. We can ship your kit to you at your expense, but we will not be able to refund tuition, kit, and trailer costs after 30 days.