Friday, August 19, 2011

The Anatomy of a Teardrop Camper

The teardrop camper so popular in the 1940's and 1950's is making a comeback in a big way. Some people are on the lookout for vintage teardrops, but most want their own modern trailer equipped with modern amenities. Owning a teardrop is a great way to camp on a budget. They are light enough to be towed by almost any vehicle and they’re easy on the vehicle's fuel economy. With the variety of options available on modern teardrop campers it's easy to get away with convenience and style.

Most teardrop campers sit about 4 feet tall and approximately 9 feet long. Larger and smaller versions are available, so weight and capacity will vary depending upon size. One of the most important components to consider when shopping for a teardrop is the cabin. Generally speaking, the cabin is large enough to sleep one or two adults. Though it is not large, it is nonetheless comfortable as many options are available. Heat and air conditioning can be added to most teardrops to ensure comfort no matter the weather. Most models are also equipped with side windows and may even feature a moon roof to enable some late night star-gazing or to accommodate a refreshing breeze.

Due to its compact size, the teardrop camper makes excellent use of every square inch of space. Cubby holes can usually be found at the head and foot of the bed. These storage areas are suitable for keeping a wide variety of useful items like flashlights, alarm clocks, books, and anything else that makes camping easier and more enjoyable. The foot of the bed extends into the galley at the rear of the unit, making some nice counter space in the kitchen and giving plenty of room for the cabin's occupants to stretch out at night. Some teardrops even feature a storage chamber under the mattress. This provides an extra secure place to put valuables or it may simply provide a little extra convenience for storing camping equipment.

Today's teardrops can be equipped with modern touches like televisions, DVD players, and stereos. Camping in a teardrop definitely does not have to mean roughing it! In addition, many options like side awnings, tables that can be attached to the exterior of the camper when not in motion, and a water tank can be added to increase space and convenience.

One of the best teardrop camper innovations on the market is the galley in the rear of the unit. Usually a lid flips up on the back of the teardrop to reveal a compact, efficient kitchen space. There is almost an endless array of options that can be added to the galley to make it as user friendly as possible. Most have a two burner camp stove and plenty of storage cubbies to hold condiments, utensils and other tools. Some owners choose to also add extras like a refrigerator to their galley to make it almost like home.

Some teardrop campers also accommodate a sink that can be attached to the side of the exterior of the trailer. Connect the sprayer to a garden hose to supply the necessary water. The sink is typically drained into a bucket, but it may also be drained through a gray water hose. It makes cleaning up after a meal a snap.

Teardrop campers are enjoying a well deserved renaissance. Their compact size and affordability make them an excellent choice for campers on a budget. Design and technology innovations provide teardrop campers with convenient amenities. With so many great options from which to choose, it's not surprising more people are discovering teardrop campers.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Rent a Travel Trailer - Teardrop Style!

So you were thinking about renting an RV for your family vacation?  Then you saw the movie "RV" with Robin Williams? Then you thought better of the idea, right? Well that's silly. Renting an RV doesn't have to cause your family the problems it caused these characters - especially if you don't rent one of those monster RVs. You don't need something that big! You just need a place to sleep and maybe cook some meals under the stars and the sunshine. And wouldn't it be nice to use your own car on your vacation?

Well the answer is a lightweight travel trailer. Just about any vehicle can tow these small campers and they have all the ameneties of the big campers - storage, beds, water, kitchen, stove...some even have AC and bathrooms.

Missouri Teardrop Trailers has three small trailers available for you to rent starting as low as $40 a night! The 5X10 Teardrop Trailer and the 5X10 Teardrop Trailer are perfect for couples or families with little ones. The Bak-Pak Travel Trailer has room for four. If you want to be close to your family on vacation, these snuggly little campers are just what you need. If you need a little extra space or privacy, set up a tent right outside the camper for the kiddos.

Rent a lightweight travel trailer from Missouri Teardrop Trailers this weekend. And have fun out there!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Teardrop Trailer Tee Shirts

If you have a teardrop trailer, then you know how crazy people go when they see them, right? How many times have you been approached at a campground or in a parking lot and been asked to show off your teardrop? Maybe it's the nastalgia. Maybe they're just that cool!

Well have you ever wanted to show off your love of Teardrop Trailers . . . even when you're not pulling yours?!  If so, these teardrop trailer tees are for you.

Several designs are available:
"Happy Tears" - features a silver shadow teardrop trailer by the campfire.
"Put it on my T@B" - features a truck, pulling a T@B teardrop camper.
"Tiny Teardrops" has an SUV towing a teardrop camper
"Tears of Joy" features a couple of teardrops near their campfire

All designs are available with or without Missouri Teardrop Trailer branding.

And here's the best part. You can customize these teardrop tees any way you like: size, color, style, men's or women's - you can even get these images on post cards, a coffee cup, or a hat!

Check out our Teardrop Trailer shirts here.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Teardrop vs Popup Camper

If you are ready to take the big leap from tent to camper but don't want to invest in an SUV or pickup truck, you are probably trying to make the choice between a teardrop camper and a popup camper. Both are easily pulled and compact, and both offer far greater comfort than a tent, but the teardrop has some clear advantages.

Teardrop campers date back to the 1930s. They were very popular during the '30s and '40s, but lost some of their popularity as more intricate campers became more common. Teardrops have had enjoyed a comeback recently, however, as cars and SUVs get smaller and less powerful. Teardrops are fully enclosed hard-shelled compact pull-along campers. Popups typically have a hard top that can be cranked or raised by hydraulic lifts to room height, exposing soft sides and floored tents that pull out from each end.

Although both models are lightweight and easy to pull, teardrops have a sleek aerodynamic design, while popups are square and boxy. Both types of campers have roomy sleeping areas and kitchens of varying complexity depending on the price level of the unit.

Teardrops have a huge advantage over popups when it comes to setup and tear-down. Although most popups no longer require hand cranking to raise the top, they are practically useless until they are leveled, "popped up," and the insides are arranged. Upper cabinets may need to be folded up and the tent-like pull-outs must be slid out and raised before the camper can be used for anything. When it comes time to move the camper again, the process must be reversed; cabinet must be emptied, pull-outs must be folded and pushed in, and the top must once again be lowered.

Teardrops, on the other hand, are ready to use almost from the moment they are freed from the trailer hitch. Unless you have used it as roomy storage space, the sleeping area is ready for a good night's sleep with only minimal setup. The kitchen, which is accessible from the outside of the camper, is ready to cook a meal wherever you stop. The sleeping area is fully enclosed by a hard shell, not a soft side, so even heavy rains won't disturb your sleep.

Quick and easy setup, protection from the elements and an aerodynamic design make the teardrop a classic whose time has come again.

The Teardrop Trailers

Teardrop trailers were first made in California and became popular after they were promoted in magazines such as Mechanics Illustrated that provided plans for these trailers in the 1930s. Affordable, practical, and not too difficult to build, families used them for road trips after World War II. They remained common into the 1960s when their popularity seemed to dwindle. Still, their novelty and functionality make them delightful camping facilities that are easily pulled behind an automobile.

In the 1990s, the plans for these attractive trailers were made available on the internet, and the camping industry has seen a resurgence of these miniatures. The teardrop shape and style is eye-catching and almost whimsical, but the shape is also aerodynamic and that along with its lightweight characteristic makes the trailers eco-friendly.

Today, people are looking for economical travel and often choose nearby road trips instead of air travel. Since these lightweight, teardrop trailers are easy to hitch behind cars, are economical to pull, and provide cozy accommodations, they are the perfect choice for camping trips and road tours. Additionally, retro-mania has its ardent following and these trailers are charming examples of the "retro look."

A teardrop camping trailer is great for a couple or for small family camping. No need to book expensive hotel rooms and abide by a tour group's itinerary. People can come and go as they wish during their getaways. Their accommodation and transportation is with them. They can travel independently and at their leisure.

These convenient miniature homes on wheels measure between four and six feet wide, eight to ten feet long, and four or five feet tall. Inside, the trailer has room for a bed that will sleep two adults and storage for clothing and personal belongings. The rear contains a drop-down hatch that can be raised and secured. Inside this area under the hatch is a galley with room for a sink and mirror, a stove and maybe some storage space or area for a small cooler. For electricity, some units run on battery and others via standard RV hook-ups.

Teardrop trailers are functional and charmingly cozy. They make camping a delight and provide convenient sleeping arrangements for car trips. Almost any vehicle from high-powered motorcycles to most cars can pull them. These trailers will not strain engines or significantly raise the fuel usage. Individuals, couples, and families can enjoy these come-back teardrop trailers.