Travel in a Teardrop

Retro Camping Across America

Why a Teardrop Trailer?


Starry sky. L.L. Stubb Stewart State Park. Vernonia, Oregon. 

 

Why Travel in a Teardrop Trailer?

 

The classic tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears works well when talking about teardrop trailers.  There’s a big wide World out there, and an even bigger assortment of options for getting out there and seeing it. You can go as light as just a hammock while hiking deep into the wilderness, or as grandiose as a full motorhome with five slide outs, two bedrooms, six TV’s, built in full-size appliances including washer and drier and fireplace, and everything in between.

 

This doesn’t seem like camping…. This one is too big!

 

Looking at RV’s, we were blown away at the giant motorhomes, 5th wheels, and even Class C campers out there. Why take your home with you on the road, unless you were living on the road full-time? Does anyone really need three TV’s while camping, and/or an outside entertainment center? What’s the point of camping in an RV or motorhome if you don’t want to experience the outdoors? They were just too big and too much for us.

 

This is as minimal as it gets…this one is too small!

 

Camping is fine, and we have camping gear, but as we’re getting older, sleeping on the ground is becoming less and less appealing. We still have wanderlust, and want to see cool places, but we’re not going to be roughing it anytime soon. 

If you’ve tried car camping, it’s a step-up from backpacking, weight is not an issue, but it is a lot of work. There’s packing the gear in the car, getting to the campsite, unpacking the car, pitching a tent and adding the rainfly if the weather is bad, unrolling the sleeping pads or inflating the air mattress, setting up the camp kitchen, then you can eat. If you leave for your campsite after getting off work at 5 on a Friday, setting up camp usually means in the dark. When you leave camp you have to break everything down, repack it, load the car, etc… It makes an overnight trip a chore. Not to mention camping in the rain adds a whole layer of work in drying off your gear when you get home. Camping in Winter is cold, and sleeping on the ground is becoming less and less comfortable and desirable as we get older.

Our teardrop… this one is just right!!!

 

A teardop trailer is just right for us, and maybe you, too!

We love that in a teardrop trailer we have a bed, a real queen size bed, with four walls and a roof that keep us warm and dry and we don’t have to pack or unpack. We have a galley all prepped, with stove, cooler, plates, cutlery, utensils; to start cooking we simply open the back and pull out the slides. 

Overnight camping is simple because set-up and take down is minimal. 

Going away for an overnight involves hitching the trailer to the car and hitting the road. The moment we clean up camp and close the trailer to go home we’re repacked and ready for our next adventure. If we keep our driving radius to under 2 hours from home we can see a lot of our state and still have the rest of the weekend to do other things if we like.

Longer trips are made easier, and roadtrips are a dream with a teardrop trailer. 

If we have access to shore power, we can run anything off our trailer – not just electronics, but blenders, griddles, toaster ovens, and more. Without shore power, a solar panel system allows us to recharge the battery “off-grid” so we can still have 12v to run the fan, heater, lights, etc.. and keep our cell phones and laptops recharged. 

We don’t have to worry about “no vacancy” signs because our lodging is towed behind us, and because we have such a small footprint, we have many more options for where we can stop for the night. With a memory foam mattress and all the little extras we keep on board, our trailer’s cabin is as nice as any hotel room, and far nicer than a lot of motels we’ve stayed in. 

Unlike a tent, you can lock up a teardrop trailer

This is huge. You can go camping, bring your expensive camera gear, laptop, $800 dollar jacket handwoven by monks in the Himalayas, and just leave it behind at camp! If you want to go for a long hike, or play at the beach, or do anything other than sit around your campsite, you can lock your valuables in your trailer. You can even place a wheel lock or boot on the trailer, or with some remove the tongue and coupler, so the trailer can’t be towed away while you’re out having fun. 

Anyone can tow a teardrop!

With most weighing in between 800-1500 lbs, pretty much any vehicle equipped with a towing hitch can pull a teardrop trailer. You can have a more economical and environmentally-friendly 4 cylinder vehicle, have a smaller overall footprint when you travel and camp, and still travel in style and comfort! And we think the teardrop shape and retro look is pretty cool. Not to mention aerodynamic, towing a teardrop doesn’t have a big hit on your fuel economy.

 

Travel in a Teardrop is FUN!

 

To our way of thinking, if you need a full camper with washrooms, appliances, a home entertainment system, and all that stuff, why not just get a room? Teardrop travel is a perfect blend of camping/glamping/and road travel. You still spend most of your time outside, you’re still camping, you’re still surrounded by nature, you know, the whole point of leaving your home and exploring the wilder, less-traveled places, you just have a lot less work to do when you get back from exploring, and a much more comfortable place to sleep at night, regardless of weather. 

 

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1 Comment

  1. Sharon Romine

    I agree, and… you don’t have to worry about bed bugs 🙂

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