Is tent camping beginning to be a hassle? Here are 5 great reasons to make the switch from tent camping to teardrop trailer. We bought our teardrop camper 3 years ago and have no regrets!
We were tent campers for over a decade and had so many fun family adventures through the years. I loved tent camping! Then in the blink of an eye all that changed. We were out hiking and I had a bad fall that ruptured a disc in my back.
With that, at the age of 35, my tent camping days were over. There was no way on earth I could sleep on the hard ground anymore. So we began exploring other options.
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We have always liked the look of teardrop trailers. So we began looking into our options for making the switch from tent camping to a teardrop trailer. Ultimately, we went with a vintage-inspired 10 foot teardrop camper. We are so happy that purchasing a teardrop has allowed our family to continue to have memorable camping adventures.
Thinking of upgrading from tent camping to a teardrop trailer? Here are 6 great reasons that you might want to consider making the switch too.
#1 – Get a better night’s sleep in a teardrop camper.
One advantage a teardrop trailer has over a tent? You get to sleep on a real bed! Sleeping on the hard ground in a tent might be fine when you are in your 20’s and early 30’s. However, let’s be honest… The older you get, the less appealing sleeping in a sleeping bag on the ground really is.
Our teardrop trailer has a queen-sized bed. I can spend all day hiking and know that I get to sleep like a baby in a comfortable bed!
Another thing that helps me sleep well in our teardrop is the air conditioner. I know, I know – you are probably yelling at your computer screen right now that sleeping in air conditioned comfort is not real camping 🙂 Does it make you feel any better that most nights we just use the fan setting and sleep with the windows open?
The big thing for me is air circulation. Even when I was a lot younger, I never slept well in a tent because it got so hot and stuffy. Having a bit of air blowing in the teardrop helps me to sleep a lot better and I wake up refreshed for the next day’s adventures.
#2 – A teardrop trailer makes it quicker to set up and tear down camp.
Because so many of our camping essentials have a permanent home in the teardrop, it has made setting up and tearing down camp sooooo much easier. If you make the bed before you leave, you can pretty much just pull into your campsite, plug in the electric cord, and you are good to go.
We will often leave for a weekend trip after Kevin gets home from work on a Friday. There have been many times we’ve pulled into a campground as the sun is going down. Having a teardrop means that we don’t have to mess around with setting up a tent in the dark.
We like to take our teardrop on long road trips (like our trip to Niagara Falls) and sometimes we just need to camp at a campground one night before continuing on to our destination. With a tent, that is such a hassle as you have to pack everything up in the morning. That is not an issue with a teardrop trailer. Just unplug the electric cord and hitch it to your towing vehicle. You can be on your way in just a few minutes!
#3 – The teardrop galley is convenient for cooking
Although I love a good meal cooked over a campfire, sometimes it’s not convenient. Maybe you have been out exploring all day and are hungry and don’t want to build a fire. Or maybe the weather is bad and you can’t build a campfire. Or maybe you are just stopping at a campground for one night and got in late so you don’t want to take the time to build a fire. The teardrop galley has all your cooking needs right there making it easier to cook a hot meal.
The galley lid provides some cover for cooking in inclement weather, but we put an EZ Up over the back end of our trailer to ensure we always have a dry place to cook, no matter the weather.
#4 – The teardrop sleeping area provides protection in a storm
Another reason to make the switch from tent camping to teardrop trailer is that the teardrop sleeping area provides a secure place to escape bad weather and stay dry.
Over our years of tent camping, we have endured plenty of thunderstorms. I never felt completely safe in a tent during bad weather. With rain beating down, thunder booming, and lightening flashing all around, it can be unnerving and sometimes downright scary to ride out a storm in a tent. In the sleeping area of a teardrop camper, it is much easier to feel safe in the midst of a storm.
Last summer when we were staying at a KOA near Niagara Falls, we had a really awful storm that dumped several inches in only a couple of hours. When we got up the next morning, we had standing water in our campsite, our shoe bins (that we keep under the camper) had floated 20 feet away, and there was grass and debris 3 inches up the tire walls.
The thunder woke us up a couple of times, but we got a good night’s sleep for the most part despite the bad weather. We were both grateful that we were able to ride out that storm nice and dry in the teardrop, instead of having been in a tent.
#5 – A teardrop camper is a great conversation starter
We have met so many nice people at campgrounds all because they came up to talk to us about our teardrop. One of our complaints about modern travel trailers is that they all look the same. They all have the same brushstroke design in the same neutral colors. So a teardrop camper tends to stand out and people want to come over and take a look at it.
Getting to know your neighbors at a campground is a good thing and that can come in handy when you find yourself in need of some help. Like two summers ago when we had a flat tire up at Kelley’s Island. When our camping neighbors saw my husband struggling to loosen one of the lug nuts on the tire, they were quick to come over and offer assistance. It was heartwarming to see so many willing to help a complete stranger.
If you are shy and an introvert like me, owning a teardrop trailer can be a great conversation starter and help you to meet your fellow campers.
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I am so glad we made the switch from tent camping to teardrop trailer. I would have missed out on so many amazing adventures over the last three years if we hadn’t. If you have any questions about owning a teardrop trailer, be sure to leave us a comment below. We love our teardrop and would be happy to chat with you! Happy camping!