Websites of manufacturers of finished tear drop camper trailers as well as kits for builders; including lists of current models
Adventure Teardrop Trailers - models: Full Size; Half Size
Big Woody - models: Deluxe, Standard, Ultimate, U-Finish
Camp-Inn Teardrop Travel Trailers - models: 500, 550, 560
Cozy Cruiser - model: Classic Deluxe
Creative Customs "custom built"
Gasoline Alley Trailer Works (Bubba's Trailer Park) - model: Alley Teardrops (based on templates of an original 1947 "Kit" Teardrop trailer)
HappiTrails Teardrop Camping Trailer - models: 5' x 8'; 5' x 8'
La Bulle (Quebec) text is in French with no English translation
Lassen View Custom Teardrops - built to order models: one size for cars; one size for motorcycles
Lil' Bear Tag-Alongs - "custom crafted teardrop trailers"
Little Guy Teardrop Camper/Trailer - models: 4-Wide Series; 5-Wide Series; 6-Wide Series; Joey; Little Guy RT; Lil' Rough Rider; Rascal; Silver Shadow
Locke Nest Teardrops - custom reproductions and restorations
MiniTears "custom teardrop trailers for little cars" - models: MiniTear, MMT ("Minimized MiniTear"); TinyTears (small tear shaped cargo trailer)
Moby1 Trailers models: Short Body Model C40; Short Body Model C48; Road Tour (various widths/lengths); Xtreme Terrain (various widths/lengths)
Pleasant Valley Trailers - models: Lil Travler Spirit; Silver Little Travler; White Lil Traveler
QuickSilvers - models: Big Bum; Grande; Lazy Bum; Peanut; Pup Cargo; Pup Kennel
Silver Shadow Teardrop Camper Trailers (by Little Guy) - models: Highline; Silver Shadow; White Shadow
Silver Tears Campers - models: SilverTear; Woodie
So-Cal Teardrops - models: Cal-Deluxe; Original; Krawler; Rover; Sierra; also various kits available
T@B (from Thor Industries) - models: T16-CS; T16-I; T16-L; T16-Q; TS
Teardrop Fix-It-Shop - exact replicas of Kit and Kenskill Teardrop Trailers; available as kits or built to order.
Teardrop Trailers (handcrafted, Ontario)
Tears O' Joy (limited production custom teardrop trailers) - models: Jessica; Sport; Wooden U; Wooden U2
Wee Kender - models: Base; Base Plus; Special Edition
WoodWind Caravans (patented design expandable teardrop camper) -models: Free Space; Gypsy King; BlackBird; Duet Concept
JK Escort (Korea)
King Tiki (UK)
Tear Pod (UK)
Desertteardrops.com - step-by-step plans, full sized template, and supplier list
Teardrop trailers are small, compact and lightweight travel trailers that get their name from their aerodynamic shape. Most teardrops are sized to sleep two, with storage for clothing and other items as well as a basic exterior kitchen at the back, under a lift-up hatch.
Teardrop campers date from the 1930s, when magazines such as Mechanics and Handicraft provided instructions and plans in December 1936 and said,
For the summer vacationist or motoring enthusiast who enjoys frequent outings, but who cannot afford frequent hotel bills or expensive camping equipment, a "teardrop" trailer, which comfortably accomodates two persons, will prove just the thing for many pleasant weekend trips. This can be built for approximately $50 by anyone who has ordinary carpenters' tools.
Teardrop trailers usually range from 4 to 6 feet wide, 8 to 10 feet long, and 4 to 5 feet tall, though larger teardrop shaped campers are on the market. Usually weighing less than 1000 pounds, teardrops can be towed by most small cars and trucks.
Electical power for lighting and other uses is generally provided by a battery, though some models can be connected to shore power.
From a September, 1947, Mechanix Illustrated article "Trailer for Two:"
"Getting away from it all" doesn't mean giving up the comforts of home, for with this compact trailer you bring them right along with you. As it's only a fraction of the size and weight of a full-grown trailer, you can take this 10-ft. tourer wherever a car will go. And when you reach some iseal spot between a lake or stream, up goes the kithenette and in a matter of minutes there's an appetizing meal cooking away on the pull-out stove. Under the same hood, there's an icebox (for the big ones that didn't get away), a water tank, folding table and cupboard space for a raft of food. After you've finished tucking away your share of it for dinner, you can open one of the doors and there's a full-length mattress waiting for you when you turn in. And if you like fresh air when you sleep, just open the screened-in panels on the doors.
North American recreational vehicle manufacturers web sites are provided on Haw Creek in the RV categories of class A motorhomes and coaches, class B motorhomes and vans, class C motor homes, fifth wheel campers, travel trailer RVs, tear drop trailers, tent or folding trailers, and truck campers, including off road RVs. In most instances, along with the home page for the manufacturer, a list of available models is provided.
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