Camping in a Teardrop Trailer

Camping in a Teardrop Trailer
A teardrop trailer gets its name from its teardrop shape. These campers, which date back to the 1930s, are much smaller than motor homes and RVs, usually less than 10 feet long and less than 6 feet across. Teardrop campers are best suited for couples or individuals because of the space issues. Camping in a teardrop trailer involves cutting back on gear and supplies.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Reduce the amount of items you take on your trip. Camping in a teardrop trailer is the same as camping in any type of smaller RV or motor home, meaning you won't have as much room as you might have in other campers. Reduce not only the amount of appliances and food you take, but also the amount of clothing and personal items.
Step 2
Look for items that do double duty and take up less space. A shoe rack organizer is an example because not only does it store shoes, but you can also store personal and small items inside the pockets. Also, consider cooking outside on a grill or fire pit, if your camper doesn't have a microwave or stove.
Step 3
Bring along chairs and a grill, which lets you spend more time outside. A teardrop trailer is extremely small inside and you may feel claustrophobic or just have a hard time spending your vacation confined. Plan on spending a lot of time outside your camper, which will help you relax.
Step 4
Use trial-size products whenever possible. You'll be surprised at how much space personal products take up, especially if you're traveling with a friend or significant other. Look for trial- and travel-size products, which take up less space. Some manufacturers even make mirrors and hair dryers in a smaller size for travelers.
Step 5
Take advantage of the extra space inside your towing vehicle. You might not have a lot of space inside your teardrop trailer, but you might have a lot inside your towing vehicle, especially if you use a van or truck. Use the inside of your towing vehicle to store extra items for your trip.

Tips & Warnings

Some manufacturers of teardrop trailers allow customers to custom create the interior of their camper. This gives you the chance to determine the number of cabinets, the placement of the bed and even the size of the bed. If you have limited space or have special needs, look for one of these manufacturers.

Article Written By Jennifer Eblin

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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