Look around any campground and one thing stands out among the dozens of cookie cutter motorhome mother ships; the teardrop trailer comeback is in full swing.
Perhaps this new appreciation for living small is the result of a lingering hangover caused by excessive consumption of the early 2000s, or maybe it’s just that growing numbers of aging gearhead backpackers aren’t quite ready to make that massive leap into a full-sized RV, but for many campers who love getting away from it all, the teardrop trailer offers the ultimate blend of style, comfort and access to nature’s most scenic spots.
Why a Teardrop?
Ease of Use and Simplicity: Teardrop trailers can weigh as little as 750lbs and can be towed by just about any type size of vehicle, including a Mini-Cooper. At Northern California’s Vacations In a Can teardrop rental business, nearly all you need is a car with a Class 1 hitch that can tow at least 2,000 lbs or higher to pull away with one of their three swanky, stocked teardrops with all you need to stay warm and dry in the great outdoors:
The added attraction of getting back-to-basics is appealing to modern campers who want a break from our materialistically overburdened society. As Vacations In a Can describes on their website:
Picture this. We pull into a beautiful campground in Oregon. It’s late, the weather is wet and we’re tired. We back the teardrop trailer into our space, unhook it and maneuver it by hand into position. We climb into the cubby for the night. Next to us is a large trailer desperately trying to maneuver into the long RV space. After several attempts and a half hour later, our neighbor’s trailer is finally in place. But he’s not done. Next, he levels the trailer, hooks up the water and sewer and finally, climbs into his trailer.
I don’t know about you, but we want to spend more time relaxing than working when we camp. How about you?
The Vintage Appeal. First made popular in the 1930s as Americans hit the highways in record numbers, traveling in the teardrop’s flashy retro style is an undeniable statement about one’s appreciation for simpler times; the allure of starring in our own version of Lucy and Ricky in “The Long Long Trailer” is undeniable.
Many die-hard aficionados will spend endless hours restoring old discarded vintage teardrops, but most modern campers really do want a teardrop that can accommodate modern creature comforts and outdoor pursuits. As a result, custom teardrop manufacturers like Utah-based Moby 1 Trailers are inventing innovative ways to carry everything from kayaks to mountain bikes, all in a traditional tiny teardrop footprint.
These tiny trailers are enjoying a revival but they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. With so many cool ways to accommodate all types of camping lifestyles, there’s no better way to leap from sleeping on the ground to a comfy bed, than old-fashioned teardrop trailer.