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.

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