Teardrop Trailers Offer Space-Saving Comfort

Tow a compact teardrop trailer to your favorite campsite for a frugal, yet stylish, getaway.

| April 30, 2013

  • Little Guy's 4-wide platform teardrop camper
    Little Guy's 4-wide platform trailer shows the classic teardrop-shaped profile of a teardrop camper.
    Little Guy Teardrop Camper/Trailer
  • Kitchen galley on a trailer built by Big Woody Teardrop Campers
    Galleys opening to the rear are a standard feature on teardrop trailers, such as this model built by Big Woody Campers.
    Big Woody Campers
  • Big Woody teardrop trailer being towed by an antique car.
    Teardrop campers can be pulled by smaller vehicles, resulting in significant fuel savings over the standard recreational vehicle.
    Big Woody Campers
  • Sleeping cabin inside a Little Guy teardrop trailer
    The sleeping cabin inside a Little Guy teardrop trailer is light and bright.
    Little Guy Teardrop Trailers
  • Teardrop trailer built by Silver Tears Campers
    Teardrop trailers take their name from the teardrop-shaped profile, visible on this aerodynamic model built by Silver Tears Campers.
    Silver Tears Campers
  • Galley of a So-Cal Teardrops camper.
    A rear hatch opens to reveal the exterior kitchen galley on a So-Cal Teardrops camper.
    So-Cal Teardrops
  • Silver Tears Campers sleeping cabin
    Silver Tears' teardrop campers feature wood-paneled sleeping cabins.
    Silver Tears Campers

  • Little Guy's 4-wide platform teardrop camper
  • Kitchen galley on a trailer built by Big Woody Teardrop Campers
  • Big Woody teardrop trailer being towed by an antique car.
  • Sleeping cabin inside a Little Guy teardrop trailer
  • Teardrop trailer built by Silver Tears Campers
  • Galley of a So-Cal Teardrops camper.
  • Silver Tears Campers sleeping cabin

Sleek, retro teardrop campers are back in style among environmentally-minded travelers who want to maintain a small carbon footprint — even while on vacation.

Also known as teardrop trailers, these campers were popular in the 1940s and 1950s but took a back seat when motor homes came into fashion. Teardrops have an aerodynamic, teardrop-shaped profile — hence the name. A teardrop trailer's compact size makes it easy to control, and its low weight makes it inexpensive to tow. And teardrop campers are so well-suited to towing by medium-sized or small vehicles that some of the tiniest trailers can even be pulled by bicycles. The fuel savings are substantial, especially when teardrops are compared to gas-guzzling recreational vehicles.

Although petite in size, teardrop campers pack a lot of function into a compact space. Their efficient design typically places an interior sleeping cabin and an exterior kitchen galley into a 4-by-8-foot floor plan.

You can get onboard the teardrop camper revival by following these links to manufacturers' websites, or by downloading teardrop trailer plans to build a camper yourself.



Manufacturers 

Little Guy Teardrop
So-Cal Teardrops
Camp-Inn Teardrop Travel Trailers
Silver Tears Campers
Big Woody Campers
nuCamp RV

Bshane
7/15/2016 9:11:57 AM

Mother Earth's recycled articles, like this one from 2013, contain info that is still useful. Mother Earth might, however, wish to check the links at the end of the article to see if they are still valid before republishing. The first link I clicked on was for a site that, in 2016, no longer exists.


Cissy
5/10/2013 2:23:58 PM

These are cute as buttons, and placing the kitchen in back is pure genius!


Guest
5/10/2013 12:28:21 PM

As I mention in my book, 'Surviving Urban Crisis' (Amazon) "Lil' Guy" makes an excellent off road type teardrop that can follow your bug out vehicle anywhere a 4x4 wheel drive Jeep type vehicle can go.







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