Teardrop Campers That Are Small But Very Spacious
These miniature trailers, the teardrop camper category, named after their drop-shaped design, are probably the simplest form of mobile living after the sleeping bag and tent. Basically, they offer nothing more than a small roof over our heads, a kitchenette, and a wet bath in some cases.
The earliest teardrop camper RVs were built in the United States in the 1930s, mostly homemade or produced by small RV manufacturers in a make-to-order basis. These teardrop trailers are experiencing a renaissance and are becoming increasingly popular in the United States and the European Union as well.
They look cute, compact, and are yet spacious enough. Here I have selected some of the best teardrop camper vehicles that money can buy, and what you need to know about them.
Travel trailers come in various sizes for different budgets and needs. The teardrop camper category is among the compact versions of RVs (recreational vehicles). It means that they are not very harsh on your budget, and still, they provide enough conveniences for a comfortable outing.
They are called teardrop due to their particular shape, and not for any other reason. Just like water or teardrop, they are bulky at one end, while slimmer at another end. When people think about them, they are wary of the space and limited floor plan that they offer. The biggest concern for most prospective buyers is whether they would have enough of space for a relaxed stay and some dismiss for this reason, the teardrop camper category from their purchasing scope.
When traveling on the wheels, people still want to carry most of the homely comforts with themselves. They want something with ample sleeping space, a place to cook, and toilet. With teardrops, one may have to make certain compromises regarding amenities, as they are not very spacious. They have small floor space with most of them little above five feet in height and longer than 10 feet, but many people may not find that enough.
However, it does not mean that you cannot dream of comfort in a teardrop. Experienced travelers understand the importance and benefits of traveling light. Carrying too many things while RVing can itself be troubling, and you may spend more time taking care of your equipment, instead of enjoying the vacations. Compact size means that teardrop trailers are affordable, they are available for every budget. In recent year designs have improved, and there is an enormous variety to choose from.
With the modern designing approach, many teardrop trailers would amaze you. Some of them have an outstanding and spacious floor plan. Here we tell you about some of the most well-known models with adequate space for most families. These trailers are manufactured by some of the very well-known manufacturers like Winnebago, while some are made by lesser-known manufacturers, but nonetheless, they are equally impressive. All the teardrop trailers mentioned here are so remarkably designed, that they will change your attitude towards them forever!
1. Winnebago’s Winnie Drop: Winnebago Also Present In The Teardrop Camper Category With This Hybrid
Not a classical teardrop camper, but an hybrid, a teardrop camper with some travel trailer attributes, compact from the outside, but palatial inside. It would be difficult to believe, how much, and how well, things can be fitted to a teardrop camper of this size. It is indeed the magic of modern designing approach, which is the result of years of experience in designing compact travel trailers and even very large motorhomes.
If Winnebago also is entering this category, this means that the new trend of the teardrop camper category is here to stay, and not a depeche mode. We still have to see other RV manufacturers such as Forest River, to adventure themselves into the category.
When you start learning about all the amenities it offers, you would feel as if you are reading about Class A RV and not a teardrop camper. This one is really going to amaze most with just the sheer number of facilities it offers in such a small space. We know that it is difficult to believe.
What if we said that this teardrop camper can offer even a queen size bed for sleeping! Yes, it is one of the trailers (WD1710 floor plan) that come fitted with 60*74 size standard queen size bed. Every available space in the trailer has been craftily utilized, thus below the bed is spacious storage. Surely it has a kitchen, and it can even be fitted with an RV microrefrigerator. There are for example, many Dometic and Norcold models that can fit easily
The kitchen is comfortable enough to cook on the go, with stove, sink for washing, and has its dedicated storage for food products. Winnie Drop comes with a toilet or bathroom. It even has a mini-living living room with TV and sliding seating.
Winnie Drop offers several models with various floor plans. WD170S is truly spacious. It comes with one of the largest bathrooms in this category of trailers, fitted with a sink and toilet. Along with the shower, it also has a pantry. It has extra overhead storage in the kitchen to store more things.
But what if you are traveling with your kids? Where would they sleep? Well, Winnie Drop WD170K layout has the answer, as it comes with a thirty x seventy-four bunk bed instead of a king size or at least queen sized bed. It has well-fitted shower space along with the toilet. It also comes with a very large dinette, incredible spacious for this teardrop trailer categry, so that everyone can eat together.
2. MyPod, from Little Guy Trailer’s: A Very Small Teardrop Camper
Sounds like iPod, MyPod may have at least one similarity to the famous electronic device, it is beautifully designed and it is incredibly small. It is quite compact and lightweight. With 640 pounds of dry weight, and a tongue weight of 120, it is really the lowest value in this teardrop camper category. This means that the towing capacity of your vehicle can be very low in order to tow this trailer
Quite like the electronic devices, this small camper is fun to own, it can be customized, one can buy it in various colors from red, white, silver, to black.
MyPod is little more than five feet high from outside, and almost five feet in width, and in this space, you can get 52*76 inches bed. It has been named MyPod as it is quite modern looking in design, it would remind you of some mobile phone or iPod. Though small in size, it can be fitted with TV and video game console to keep your kids busy.
Although you cannot install many things inside this teardrop camper, you may fit some extra items above the container- on its roof. One of the attractive features of MyPod is that it is equipped with an air conditioner unit and a three-speed small, but powerful, fan.
Further, this “little guy” as the brand name tells comes with lots of accessories and options. It means that there is always a way to increase its functionality. You can buy some of these accessories with it, or sometime later. It is a good idea to purchase a side-mounted room tent.
Do not be deceived by its compact looks, it is still functional enough for extended vacations.
3. FronTear From Oregon Trailer: One of The Most Sold of The Teadrop Trailer Category
FronTear is not just beautifully named, it is also one of the bestselling teardrop trailers. The reason why so many people love it is simple- it is perhaps one of the few highly customizable trailers, you can customize so much of it. Many people like the idea of customization, as it means that it can be changed according to the personal preferences. Customized trailer always feels more own. Some of the individuals have come up with beautiful design ideas and colors.
So now let’s look at the specs of this amazing thing. According to the manufacturer weight of the basic model is 1000-1300 pounds, depending on the configuration. While tongue weight is generally not more than eleven percent of the aforementioned weight. It is one of the tiniest trailers, with body eight feet long, five feet wide, and four feet high.
Nonetheless, spacious enough to fit most necessities of the typical user of a teardrop camper.
When you read about its compact size, your next logical question may be about its floor plan, and what is fitted inside it? Well, here the manufacturer allows the prospective customer to choose from a number of options. The basic model of the FronTear teardrop camper may come for as little as $ 1600, it means that the customer is left with enough money for customization opportunities that he will actually need.
There are two ways of customizing it and make it more bespoke, either choose from the options offered by the manufacturer and let them do it, or you can just buy a base model and do all the customization by yourself.
So what are the commonly available options for this teardrop camper? We can enlist the following:
Customized hooks for the keys, Lightning options as backup lights for prevention, battery options, RV air conditioner, portable RV fridge, holders for folding cups, curtains, larger doors, digital audio system, an intelligent fan for comfort, led lights and other aesthetic items, base mattress (perhaps a necessity, right?), propane based cooking system, additional storage options that can be fitted.
4. Diamond in the Rough Teardrop Trailer: A Trending Teardrop
One of the largest trailers in the teardrop camper category, with a smart and exciting name. There are two words in its name that say a lot about its design, that is “diamond” and “rough.” Diamond means that it has a checker plating surface, which provides it with rugged looks, and strength. With five by eight size, it is opulent for this category. Apart from diamond checker plates, it has chromium rims, that make it look quite sturdy.
This teardrop camper is rough on the outside and soft inside fitted with comfortable mattress, curtains, and 3000-watt inverter to provide ample power for various needs. It is also equipped with a solar panel, which makes it entirely self-sufficient.
Self-sufficiency and better safety of this trailer mean that one may even leave trailer parked, not worrying about power, theft and so on. Powerful inverter implies that it can be equipped with many gadgets like ice cooler. It can be fitted with a fan or heater in the sleeping space. From outside it looks so compact that it is difficult to believe that it could have so much of sleeping space inside.
Although sleeping space and comfort is not an issue with this trailer, nonetheless, one has to choose the accessories that go with this camper carefully. It is quite compact so you would have to plan appropriately what to take in this RV. This teardrop camper cannot store too many things.
Apart from sleeping space, it has a portable kitchen. There is a panelized surface, quite large, that opens up to reveal the kitchen space. When the panel is closed, various kitchen accessories can be safely stored inside it. If needed one can also fit it with a small oven.
Like any other teardrop trailer, it comes with many fitting options. As with many RVs in the teardrop camper category, this model is highly customizable. Some of the items commonly considered while ordering this trailer are extra plugs included (twelve volts), customization of the kitchen (especially regarding the storage space), sink, water arrangement, and small mezzanine beds suitable for children.
5. T@G XL From NuCamp’s: A Teardrop Camper From A Niche Manufacturer
If you want more space, good looks, than this bulkier model from lesser known manufacture T@G is for you. It is their bestselling teardrop camper. Its design and colors are attractive, it is a beauty that stands out, attracts attention, and is comfortable from the inside. There are several design and color options available combining white color with other colors: in their case, you can find combinations with black and with yellow.
It has decent specifications for a teardrop camper of this size. Two people can comfortably sleep inside. It is more than 9 feet long and 6 feet wide. Exterior height is 6 feet while interior almost 4 feet. The dry weight of the trailer is 1210 pounds, with axle weight is about 2200 pounds. It is fitted with nineteen-inch television and can carry twelve gallons of freshwater for most of your needs.
With its size, it is comfortable enough for an even tall person. One can walk inside the trailer more efficiently in comparison to other teardrop trailers. Best of all, it is fitted with a bed of actually king size dimensions (70*78). There is enough space for storage in the trailer, it has compartments in all the sides of the camper on all four sides of the trailer, like cubicles or cabinets. It is fitted with a cubicle suitable for an air conditioner. It has a microwave, and also an oven with stove. So cooking space in this teardrop camper is enough to fulfill the needs of its passengers.
We have already mentioned that its exterior design makes it stand out from the rest of the trailers. When it comes to inside, beautiful wood paneling is something that would appeal to most. Although living, sleeping and cooking space is clearly ample, I find the lack of toilet and sink. In the case of a sink and toilet, this is an important issue for this trailer. Therefore, this trailer is not included in our list of small campers with bathroom.
Another way of extending the storage is using its outback package. You can use its roof rack to carry your gears. While diamond plate tongue box can be used to store spare parts and other equipment.
6. Teardrop Camper With Lots Of Customization Options: The Timberleaf
This teardrop camper is manufactured by Timberleaf, and they are proud in manufacturing lightweight teardrop trailer vehicles. This Timberleaf product is characterized as “featherweight” RV by them. The dry weight of this RV is of 1300 pounds, so not the lightest in this category. The maximum tongue weight of these teardrop trailers is one hundred and forty pounds. It is a bright looking sleek trailer that falls into the category of trailers offered by MyPod and the FronTear already visited above. It means that this teardrop camper comes in various color options, has modern looks, and is compact. It gives a choice of a number of exterior colors to choose from.
However, unlike its competitors what sets apart this teardrop camper is the sheer number of customization options offered by the manufacturer. From tens of colors to an infinite number of options for interiors. It’s base model also comes fitted with many goodies, and many may not require any customization at all.
The base model of the trailer comes as follows:
There are plywood details Baltic style (Baltic Birch) covered with acrylics of low level of volatile organic cozy and elite looks. There are other vehicles in the teardrop camper category that offered also this Baltic birch finishing.
Cooktop shelf to store various utensils and essentials for your cooking needs.
It can hold twelve gallons of water for a sink, that would be enough to meet most of the daily requirements.
Gallery cabinet with sliding doors, retro style laminate flooring, soft and cozy mattress from Colorado queen, roller shades, vent windows, fantastic fan so that you sleep well, sides built with good quality and good-looking aluminum, and a roof with excellent R-11 rated insulation. All this mean that sleeping space in this teardrop camper remains safe and comfortable even in sub-optimal weather conditions.
However, this is not all, the company has taken care of all your comforts while traveling and offers a really fantastic range of high-quality accessories like roof rack, extra tenting, a twenty two stove with windscreen, customized 45 liters cooler, exterior shelves that can be detached, and much more.
Other goodies you may think about for this teardrop camper are rear trailer jacks for stabilizing in camp or even lifting trailer when on a flat tire, an ample box that fits in the tongue area for storage, manufactured with aluminum, various types of solar panels for self-sufficiency, shower cord, and finally exteriorly fitted air conditioner unit.
7. The Vistabule Teardrop Camper Model
This is another teardrop camper that comes with elite looks and high comfort. It is lightweight, with dry weight being at about 1220 pounds. Its aerodynamic design means that it is rather easy to tow, so the towing capacity of our vehicle will not be an issue, generally speaking.
Vistabule proudly declares that it is not your typical grandpa’s teardrop camper despite its retro design, and we agree with their claim as the company has made many bold efforts in improving the design.
Vistabule differs in a way from another teardrop trailer that it provides the better view of vistas due to its grander windows. Huge windows not only mean better view; they also create an illusion of larger living space. Moreover, when camping you would like to enjoy star gazing. Further, pass through opening provides a clear view from a car’s rearview mirror, which means safety and comfort while driving. One can clearly see what is happening behind the vehicle.
Although Vistabule is quite comfortable, it is not very big with a width just less than five feet, and length of the trailer is about 14 feet, and 10 feet that of the body. With two tanks of water (one drinking and one greywater), propane, and other gears it may weigh more than 1500 pounds.
This teardrop camper is fitted with a queen size bed that possesses the ability to be converted and folded into a couch. It is useful as during the day couch may be a better option, one can sit, relax and read a book. Once the bed is converted to the couch, there is room to play with, a small platform for observation, it can work as a dining place, and much more.
Side walls of the Vestibule provide hanging storage for caps, clothing, bags, keys, and much more. Likewise, the headboard, is perfect for storing clothes and valuable items. And when it is time to sleep one can just pull to convert the couch into a bed. This bed is actually a queen size type bed.
The kitchenette is another attractive point of this trailer, it is well designed. Thus there is plenty of room in it for pots and utensils. Furthermore, there are separate cabinets for spices, soaps, paper towels, and other such necessities. On the right side is the cabinet to store wine, utensils, and so on, while on the left side is a neatly fitted sink with running water. The cooking stove sits in the center, and it has two burners; two burners in the stove is what I see always in a teardop camper. Between the kitchenette and main cabin is the pass-through window for easy sharing.
8. 560 Raindrop Teardrop Camper From Camp Inn
Camp-Inn has a long history of making camping trailers, and this experience visible in a way that their teardrop camper vehicles are quite practical and easy to use. The 560 model has a width of ten feet. Hefty, right? Camp-Inn trailers have all wood interiors, very homelike. Usually, they would weigh between one thousand to 1400 pounds depending of course on the options selected and how you load it.
It has a large number of attributes and details for a trailer of this size. It comes with a comfortable bed that is convertible to couch. It is a double door cabin with a panoramic front window. It is among the easy to tow trailers. A fold-up jack and level jacks are included in the standard version of this teardrop camper.
For your cooking needs, it has a LPG tank, for propane gas, as it is common in these cases. Another selling point of this trailer is two separate tanks for greywater and freshwater, with each capable of storing eight gallons of water. However, propane and water tanks will add to the overall weight of your teardrop camper.
As with most of the teardrop trailers, you have to get used to cooking outside as the kitchenette expands outdoors. Cooking outdoor itself be an enjoyable activity for most users of a teardrop camper. In the small kitchenette, you get dual burner stove, a sink manufactured with stainless steel, with running water and sprayer hose. It has enough storage space to store spices and other items, along with a range of cookware. When the food is ready, you can bring food to the dining table, or can just enjoy it outside.
Although the Camp-Inn teardrop camper has classic wooden interiors, it comes with lots of conveniences too, thanks to its modern design. Various cabinets and under-floor storage can be used to store essentials. There is a fantastic fan to keep you comfortable. Hooks can hold many other smaller items or clothes. You will prefer, nevertheless, a mezzanine bed (called also bunk bed) if you happen to travel with children. In short, Camp-Inn provides enough of customization options. However you have noticed in the article that most of the manufacturers of teardrop camper vehicles offer a plethora of customization options as an upsell.
9. Mount Massive From Colorado Teardrops
Often the name of teardrop trailer may give you a hint about what manufacturer is trying to offer. And Colorado teardrop camper is “Massive” (but because of Mount Massive!). This teardrop camper is larger than many other teardrops, heavier, and with more living space. It has firm suspensions to carry its 1430 of dry weight. It is not made just for two, you can even take your kids along with you.
However, due to its size, the company recommends using a minivan, or SUV, or truck as a towing vehicle for this teardrop camper.
This teardrop trailer boosts of a window that allows us to watch the sky, as if you were just laying on the grass outside your RV; this type of window is called “stargazer window”, and modern design with classy looks. Classy in a way that it uses lots of plywood (covered with a coating for extra life and protection), along with diamond pattern plates and chrome.
Massive inevitably means more space than other similar sized trailers. It means that it is fitted with bed of size Queen, along with mezzanine or bunk bed for children. Bunk bed can be folded during the day to create a couch, whereas the queen size bed is still available for lying down. So during the day, you have a well-lighted cabin with a bed and sofa. Interiors look good and are well insulated for your comfort.
As with most teardrops, the kitchenette is compact but still practical enough for your cooking needs. It has cabinets for storing paper towels, spices, and other necessities. It also has space for the water cooler. There is a place for storing plates, utensils, and other kitchen items.
It is always wise to explore various accessories at the offer, though at an additional cost. Teardrop trailers often need these additions for more comfort. So think about extra power pack to charge your gadgets, provide lightening to your campground. The solar add-on can help to make your teardrop self-sufficient. Front cargo rack would increase storage space. Trailer tongue box is essential for storing your tools, you may need to buy separate water tank with pump. Small tent attached to sides may transform your camping experience. All these customizing options come at a cost but this teardrop camper offers space anough to accomodate them.
10. Dreamscape Teardrop Camper From Escapod
This teardrop camper, is another fully featured compact pod that is perfect for those looking to escape from everyday city life, and still cannot afford to spend the wholesome amount of money. So whether you are weekend warrior or vagabond, it would fulfill needs of any, and all that without the kind of investment needed to buy full-sized RVs.
Its fitted with queen-sized bed, something that is common with trailers of this size, however, memory foam of its five-inch mattress makes is extra comfortable for prolonged stays. Its intelligent fan can be controlled to run at various speeds. Bedroom part of the trailer is well insulated; it means that it is comfortable in different temperature conditions. Moreover, insulation also helps keep sound pollution out.
As with many other pods, it has diverse options to store objects inside, some visible while other more hidden. Thus, there is a place for your clothes and valuables. With enough storage options, your trailer will always stay clean.
Its kitchenette has one of the largest coolers for this class of vehicles, containing a sixty-five-liter cooler enough to keep your drinks cold and food within acceptable low temperatures for conservation. There is plenty of space in kitchenette for a mixer, microwave, coffee maker, a cutting surface, and much more.
Specifications are quite standard with eight by five feet size. However, it is made up of a coated steel through a process called powder coating. This makes the vehicle more resistant .
It comes with pretty standard options like charging plug, water tank, propane storage, shower and a water heating device, rooftop tent, a rack for storing toys like kayaks and bike, and much more.
11. Sierra Madre Family of Teardrop Trailers
One more company with an excellent range of teardrop camper vehicles to choose from. This product family differs from others in that it has many models with the various floor plan or sizes. Thus it had models from 4×8, to 5×10, and several other teardrop camper models within those ranges. One can choose the size according to the traveling style, family size, and how much gears a person plans to carry on a trip. They have all the standard features like safety chain, a torsion trailer axle, and a jack for the front wheel among other features.
Cabins of all the versions of this teardrop camper are spacious enough, and have a foam mattress, along with insulated ceiling for optimal temperature. All models have one bedside shelf. Similarly, the kitchenette has enough storage space for all the basics. Picture from http://sierramadreteardroptrailers.com/
All the models are fitted with 12*18 windows (two of them) to provide enough light for reading. Interior is made of birch plywood that is coated with a layer of lacquer to make it resistant to the effects of environment like moisture, UV damage, and so on.
Quite like other suppliers, Sierra Madre also offers a range of alternatives or add-ons to make your stay comfortable.
12. Teardrop Trailers From Retro Ride
One of our last units depicted in this teardrop camper category, but not least exciting offer is from Retro Ride, and as the name of the manufacturer says their focus is on creating trailers with Retro looks. These retro campers are built to last, using materials like aluminum and high-quality wood. They come with lots of space, shelves, cabinets, and in various floor plans. You can buy a teardrop camper of this product family in multiple sizes, that is 4×8 even to a maximum of 5×10.
The weight of the most massive teardrop camper is of 1130 pounds, and tongue weight is 170 pounds. Retro Ride is sold with minimal accessories; it means that you have to decide what would you like to see in a teardrop trailer while buying. Customizing can start even from the mattress.
Other options that are available is air conditioning, heating, an additional tire, another additional window, to mention a few. These trailers are simple in their looks (retro looks), they may not have many amenities, but then they are also highly affordable.
13 Teardrop Camper From Kaiser Fahrzeugbau
In addition to innovative solutions in the commercial vehicle segment, vehicle construction specialist Kaiser Fahrzeugbau now also offers a classic version of the teardrop camper. This small trailer, is also becoming popular in the European Union and Kaiser offers a well designed space concept for this teardrop camper.
This manufacturer does not appear in our list of RV manufacturers as these units are not available in the United States. The CEO did not mention if they have plans to expand in the United States market. Considering the growing trend of teardrop camper RVs in the United States, it will not be a surprise to see them.
Inside there is room for two people to sleep and storage compartments for clothes and equipment. On the back, under the tailgate, is the outdoor kitchen with sink, cooker, coolbox and cupboards. The battery for the lighting and power supply is housed there.
“We are experiencing growing interest in the teardrop camper,” says Bayram Koc, CEO of Teardrop Caravan. This teardrop camper manufacturer with 30 employees from Ascheberg in North Rhine-Westphalia manufactures several batches of approximately ten teardrop camper vehicles each year. “At present, demand is higher than supply, but we plan to produce up to fifty teardrop camper units annually,” says Koc.
Kaiser teardrop camper is very small, however it offers a place to sleep for two people. Sitting upright, and standing is rather difficult. In some storage compartments and drawers you can stow the essentials. Behind the tailgate hides a small kitchenette with sink, fresh and waste water tank and extendable upper and lower cabinets. If you want to heat a can of ravioli, you can book an extractable two-flame gas cooker for a surcharge. A cool box is also available as an option.
The miniature teardrop camper consists of aluminum sheets and steel, inside are painted birch plywood panels installed. The production takes about ten to twelve weeks from the order. Some customers customize the teardrop camper and some not. Others, simply order a tent as a sort of separate room.
14 Teardrop Camper From American Teardrops
American Teardrop is proud saying that it is a completely American teardrop camper built by Americans and by teardrop camper specialists.
Prices for their teardrop camper models start at about 4,800 dollars so they are an unexpensive option if you compare them with some of the teardrop camper models from Winnebago or other more expensive manufacturers.
15 Teardrop Camper from MidWest
Lightweight teardrop camper model with 680 pounds that can be towed by almost any vehicle. They have financial opportunities and many customizing options as practically all the teardrop camper manufacturers in this article. I personally preferred other options in this huge list, but you can check them at MidWest Teardrops
Conclusions About The Teardrop Camper Category
So this teardrop camper category is now a classification of RVs of its own and not anymore a variation of the travel trailers. Teardrop camper vehicles are for budget-conscious buyers, they are better suited for those who do not travel in large groups. They are the perfect choice for a family of two, though larger ones are not bad for taking kids along as they can be fitted with mezzanine beds, for example bunk beds in some Winnebago models.
They may not be large like Class A or B RVs. Nonetheless, some of them offer fantastic amount of comfort because of smart designing which uses every available inch inside. Overall, they may be quite comfortable to sleep, thanks to climate control. They can fit an air conditioner, although not in the roof, of course.
One may need to get used to cooking outside the teardrop camper a bit, what can be an inconvenience when it rains. Nevertheless, considering their cost and ease of towing it is not a significant compromise. For maximum comfort, investing a bit in accessories and gadgets is a good idea. All the teardrop camper manufacturers we visited in this article, offer several customization options, that can be found suitable.