A DIY Teardrop Travel Trailer

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Roof Rack

Ok, it's been a cold winter.  Polar Vortex cold in Wisconsin.  Nothing done on the Teardrop lately.  In addition, I'm still recovering from back surgery, so I probably wouldn't have gotten much done anyway.  I decided to pull the trigger on the roof rack.  I've seen some pretty suite old-school racks on teardrops, and I have been thinking about what I would do for a long time.  I like the idea of being able to put extra gear up top, but I also wanted something that I could remove easily if I was traveling light.  I've been a long-time customer of Yakima roof racks way back to when I windsurfed heavily.  I've had a Yakima rack on every single one of my vehicles, including my current Toyota Highlander.  What I like about using the load warrier cargo basket, is that I can put coolers and miscellaneous gear on top and out of the way.

I can also remove the entire rack and go with a naked roof for better fuel efficiency.  I'll mount the tower brackets directly to the roof, which will keep a low profile when not in use.  This gear will rot in my basement until the teardrop is finished, but I got a big discount so I bought early.  I will probably replace the front fairing with a custom wood panel to match the tear, but that is a low priority.


  1. Is the clearance of the rack enough to clear the curve of the tear profile?

  2. Yes, there will be plenty of clearance.

  3. There are Hard Roof Top Carriers and Soft Top Carriers. Each has advantages and disadvantages so choose based on your requirements. One way to see if the carrier dimensions will accommodate your needs is to make a string measurement on the floor of the unit size and place the items you plan to have it hold inside the string area. Click here to see

  4. While it is true that some homes last for very long ties, even more than one hundred years, those are exceptions and constructed differently than most, and they too require recurrent roof replacement.A great website