Teardrop campers are one of those practical things that make camping life so much easier. If you love the great outdoors and discovering the world around you the simple way and wish to stay dry in a storm, teardrops are definitely more than worth a closer look.
These attractive camping trailers are small enough to be towed almost anywhere by almost any vehicle. A camper van, truck or even a motorcycle in some cases. As long as you have a hitch, you can tow them.
They are an excellent companion for camping or fishing trips and of course they can be used for any other kind of your favorite outdoor activities. Combined with roof racks or front mounted metal platforms, you can carry with you just about anything that you need for your adventure.
And it does sound so much better than a leaking camping tent in the middle of a stormy night, doesn't it? So what are teardrops anyway?
They belong to the family of small camping trailers that were very popular in the 30's, 40's and 50's. The popularity regained in the 1990's, when the first "DIY" plans appeared on the internet. The name naturally comes from the streamline design of a human teardrop.
Today these camping trailers come in a variety of designs, but they all keep the same practical philosophy. A comfy bed for two people (and a small child) and on larger models even a couple of kids using a double bunk bed. Cabinets and other gear compartments will keep most of your camping gear neatly tucked in on board of the camper.
So, let's take a look at some of the most common teardrop designs and options available around.
The basic models already include more than enough for a comfortable camping trip. But if you need a little bit more comfort, you have a wide range of options and accessories to choose from...
The kitchen unit option is under a lid and all the way in the back. Lifting the outside cover, exposes enough room for a neat galley with a gas stove, sink with running water and even a cooler or a camping refrigerator. Here you will also find cabinets, drawers and other types of storage compartments to store your camping food and cooking supplies.
Optional kitchen/galley unit
Cozy homemade teardrop camper
Some models can even have amenities such as air-conditioning, multi media players, heaters and solar panels
to top up the auxiliary battery and so on. But the basics always stay
the same. A nice and cozy getaway keeping you dry and warm on your way.
Most of the teardrop trailers today are built on tough utility or cargo trailer chassis, something you get to see on the road all the time.
While the basic design follows the same path from the early years, the materials and the finish in general is far from that era. Most of the manufactures today would not even think of building teardrop camping trailers using cheap materials used in most recreational vehicles of today.
So in most cases, you'll get long lasting quality. Marine grade
plywood finish on the inside, quality insulation and aluminum exterior
shell combined with stainless steel additions, such as the fenders,
hinges and other accessories.
These are mainly small production custom build trailers so the price range varies. Expect to pay anything from a few thousand and well over $20.000 for a heavily personalized teardrop.
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Teardrop campers is still camping down to the basics. Spending the day outside and enjoying a good nights sleep in the camper. In case of a few rainy days you can always get an awning to cook under it and still be able to sit around outside.
And don't look for showers or toilets here. You can of course always use the comfort of portable toilets and portable showers if you wish so.
It all really ads up to a unique camping adventure, the simple way camping should always be.