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.