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Turtle Up Trailers: From a doggie sidecar to manufacturing teardrops

- by Bob Phillips -


As a boy growing up in Eastern Illinois, Andrew Kaufmann liked to tinker and build stuff out of metal at his grandfather’s welding shop. When he became acquainted with teardop campers, he knew that he had to build one. Now that has evovled into his own business, Turtle UP Trailers, based in Buckley, Ill., on I-57 about 100 miles south of Chicago.

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Kaufman started building his own teardrop camper in 2014 and finished about a year later. While camping, he came up with several changes and modifications, which started him thinking about a trailer manufacturing business. He sold that camper in 2016 and Turtle UP was officially launched in 2017 as a full-service shop of steel-or aluminum- framed treardops, trailer parts and accessories, and repairs.