Love camping, but hate sleeping on the ground in a tent? A teardrop trailer for camping might be just the answer. Keep reading to learn all about our decision to upgrade to a teardrop camper here.
Our reason for purchasing a teardrop trailer for camping:
Our family has always loved camping. However, since 2009, when I ruptured a disc in my back, we haven’t been able to go camping very much. Sleeping on the ground in a sleeping bag was out of the question. We tried putting a cot in the tent for me, but it took up so much room and still resulted in an awful night’s sleep. So we either had to stop camping or explore other options.
I had always loved the retro look and history behind the teardrop tiny travel campers. So after much discussion, we finally took decided to take the plunge and purchased a retro-looking teardrop camper travel trailer from Riverside RV.
Teardrop shaped tiny travel campers – Build your own or buy one?
If you aren’t familiar with teardrop trailers, they are tiny campers that were first made popular in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Back then they were nearly all homemade. Constructing your own mini trailer camper is still a popular option today, and we definitely considered that route.
The benefit of building your own teardrop trailer for camping is a lower cost and the ability to have the exact layout that you want. The drawbacks to building your own include the huge amount of time it takes, the fact that you might not have the construction skills it takes to build one, and the difficulty in getting the camper watertight.
Ultimately for us, the worry about getting the trailer watertight and setting up the electrical wiring correctly scared us off. So we opted to purchase a small teardrop camper trailer from a dealer. We liked the look of the T@bs, but not the $20K price tag. We decided to go with the lower-priced, retro-looking teardrop camper from Riverside RV.
All about our new teardrop camper travel trailer:
We named our new teardrop trailer Nadia. When we were discussing names, my husband thought it would be hilarious to call her “Not a Tent”, which I promptly vetoed. So he decided to give it a foreign flair and suggested calling her “Nadia Tentsky”. Somehow the name Nadia stuck!
Most teardrop shaped tiny travel campers, ours included, are under 1000 pounds so they are light enough to be pulled by nearly any vehicle. We had a trailer hitch installed on our minivan and have been towing the teardrop trailer with no problems.
Teardrop trailers consist of a sleeping area and a galley (the kitchen area). The galley lid opens upward which allows you access to the kitchen for cooking. Our small teardrop camper trailer has 30 amp electrical or it can also run on battery – which will be nice for when we are camping in more primitive locations.
The sleeping area consists of a queen-sized mattress and 4 overhead cabinets. There is an overhead light and then additional reading lights mounted under the cabinets. We were happy to discover there is an electrical outlet in the sleeping area. I found some Rubbermaid car organizers that our phones will fit into and hung 2 of those near the outlet using Command adhesive hooks. So that way we have somewhere to charge our cell phones overnight.
The sleeping area in the mini trailer camper also has an air conditioner. Given that there isn’t a lot of air flow in the sleeping area with the curtains down for privacy, we will probably use the fan setting just to keep the air circulating. I can not sleep when it is stuffy!
The mattress that came with our teardrop trailer is pretty thin – think summer camp mattress thin! Given my back issues, we knew we needed to do something to make it more comfortable.
So we bought a 3 inch memory foam mattress topper. We figured we would give that a try and see if that would be enough, and if not we could always buy a regular mattress for the trailer. The memory foam topper worked out really well. I don’t think we are going to have to buy another mattress after all.
I want to go with a Route 66 theme for our sleeping area. I found some really cute Route 66 fabric at a local store. So eventually I want to use that fabric to make matching curtains, pillow cases, and a quilt for our teardrop camper travel trailer.
A mini trailer camper kitchen:
The galley in our small teardrop camper trailer doesn’t have a whole lot of storage currently, but we have plans to remedy that. Right now it just has a double cabinet. I already added some Command adhesive hooks to the sides to hang pot holders. (Command adhesive is my new best friend!)
We will be doing more customizing as we go along. The walls seem to be fairly thin, so we don’t want to screw anything into the walls and risk the screw going through into the wall in our sleeping area. So we are trying to figure out the best way to hang some things like a spice rack and paper towel holder.
Although I would have loved a bigger cooking area in our mini trailer camper, I do like the storage area at the bottom of the trailer. You access it via the door under the galley and it runs the whole length of the trailer. It is really nice for storing the spare tire, the emergency tool kit, camp chairs, and lawn games.
Decorating the galley lid of our small teardrop camper trailer:
I found the perfect vinyl decal on Etsy to go on the back of the galley lid. It is a compass with the quote “Not all who wander are lost.” I have always loved that quote. We plan on doing a lot of wandering with our new teardrop trailer ?
We were able to take Nadia out for her inaugural campout over Mother’s Day. We went up to Kelley’s Island (Lake Erie) to do some letterboxing.
These tiny travel campers only sleep two, so we still have to take along a tent for the kids. Our kids are older, so I feel comfortable with them sleeping in a nearby tent. Plus they all have cell phones if they need us in the middle of the night.
We got an EZ Up shelter to put over the galley, so we could still cook even if it rained. It’s a good thing we did as it rained cats and dogs the second night we were there.
We had a great time. I have missed camping so much. I am so glad we decided to take the plunge and get a teardrop camper travel trailer. I foresee a lot of fun trips in our future! While you are here be sure to check out the rest of my tips for camping in a teardrop trailer.
So tell me… Have you ever heard of teardrop trailers for camping? How does your family camp? Be sure to leave us a comment. We would love to hear from you!