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Custom teardrop trailers: Tiny but mighty


Exploring the country’s scenic locations is easier than ever with the growing availability of customizable and easy-to-tow tiny teardrop trailers and custom-built towables. With a tiny trailer, adventure is almost limitless. If you crave off-the-beaten-path experiences or camping in state parks and national parks, but a DIY build on a custom teardrop is more than you want to take on, why not consider working with a company that will take your plans for a teardrop trailer and turn your concepts into a tiny camper customized to your unique needs and interests?    

Teardrop trailers

People flock to the teardrop trailer because of its adorable body style, aptly named for its teardrop shape, the light-weight towing factor, and the ability to camp with or without hookups. Teardrop trailers are tiny, aerodynamic campers shaped like a raindrop. The teardrop camper craze started in the 1930s and surged in popularity after the end of the Great Depression and World War II. The surplus of materials such as steel and aluminum helped boost the development of the tiny trailer and families looking to escape the hustle and bustle of life clamored at the opportunity to see the country in a new and exciting way. Since then, the teardrop trailer never lost its luster, even when some RV enthusiasts moved on to bigger and heavier rigs. Recently, though, the teardrop trailer industry has made a comeback. More and more people are looking for easy ways to escape the workweek and spend time in nature, and the customizable teardrop trailer has made quick campouts not only easy but also affordable.  

Choosing a custom teardrop camper

If you want a customizable teardrop trailer, no matter where you live, you should be able to find a reputable and reliable company to help you choose the best-built model to meet your style and comfort needs. These pros have the expertise and know-how to creatively and safely design the tiny teardrop of your dreams. We’ve highlighted some companies that produce partially and fully customizable teardrop trailers. These options can help determine if purchasing a tiny towable is the right option for you.

Tiny but mighty

The benefits of customizing a teardrop trailer exceed the desire to tow a camper with one of the cutest profiles in the trailer-world. Instead of outfitting a new heavy-duty tow vehicle, campers are opting for the accessibility of lightweight towing, allowing people to equip their current cars, trucks, and SUVs with a light-weight towing package. If a lightweight and customizable trailer interests you, find out if there is a model with your name on it in the future. 

Colorado Teardrops

Colorado Teardrops is a Boulder, Colorado, family-owned business that’s been customizing teardrop trailers since 2014. Their product line is continuously evolving, and they have partially-customizable trailers and fully-customizable trailers with dry weights ranging between 1000 pounds and 1750 pounds, depending on the options you choose. Campers can choose from the Basedrop, Canyonland, Mount Massive, the Summit, or a Custom build made for promos, marketing, and special events.

Colorado teardrop trailer
Rent this 2019 Colorado Teardrop Summit on Outdoorsy.

If you are looking for something streamlined and easy to pull without upgrading your ride, why not give the lightweight Basedrop a try? The Basedrop model has a dry weight of 1000 pounds and has a 2,200-pound trailer suspension. This trailer is made for the outdoors. It has fully insulated walls, floors, ceilings, and doors, and a sealed and weather-protected bottom creating a comfortable and long-lasting all-weather trailer. Campers who like to go off-the-grid may choose options like the briefcase-style solar panels that help to power an optional portable power station solar generator, making it easy to power devices without traditional hookups. By choosing the solar along with the plugs, LED lights, and the fan wiring option, you can opt for the on-demand hot water heater and exterior-mounted shower nozzle and put the 11.6-gallon freshwater tank with an electric pump to good use. Once you’ve picked the right components for optimal function, the creative part of customizing your trailer begins. Colorado Teardrops lets owners choose skin colors for the outside of the trailer as well as aesthetic options like trims, shelving, and lighting. The customizable choices don’t stop there, either. Glampers and sports fans will love the upgrades that will make your Colorado Teardrops camper both functional and fun.

Vistabule Teardrop Trailers

Since 2015, Vistabule Teardrop Trailers, a family-owned and operated company, has been treating the St. Paul, Minnesota area to a dose of streamlined and rugged adventures. Vistabule Teardrop Trailers creates trailers that provide campers with small yet relatively unconfined spaces. Vistabule customizes each trailer to the desires of the camper, starting with a base package with a dry weight between 1,100 to 1,200 pounds. 

Vistabule teardrop trailer
Rent this 2018 Vistabule on Outdoorsy.

The base package comes with a painted silver aluminum exterior, a 115-amp hour AGM battery, and a solar plug-in Zamp connection as well as a 10-amp, 120-volt onboard battery charger. The trailer has large windows and a passthrough opening with a sliding screen. The clamshell-style kitchen with a pre-lit galley will give outdoor-cooking lovers the upper hand when it comes to serving up meals in the great outdoors. The base options don’t just end there, either. With so many standard options, it’s hard not to overlook the power of the Vistabule’s upgrades, such as a propane system that supports an 11-pound propane tank and a two-burner drop-in cooktop, or the freshwater tank option with a pump, sink, faucet, and sprayer. The nine-gallon grey water tank will give campers the provisions to stay in the great outdoors for longer. Add in the option for a portable freezer and refrigerator that operates on 12- and 24-volt DC and 120-volt AC power, and cooking outside becomes a snap! After picking the nuts and bolts of your trailer, don’t forget to add a little style. Vistabule Teardrop Trailers has a stargazer package, mood lighting, premium exterior color choices, and even colorful hatch bat wings and window shades to help give your teardrop the touches that will make your trailer special.  

Hiker Trailers

Hiker Trailers hails from both Denver, Colorado, and Indianapolis, Indiana. Between the two manufacturing plants, Hiker Trailers offers its customers over 14 years of teardrop building experience, providing their customers with a camper that ranges from basic to bold depending on what camping style each owner desires. Hiker Trailers are custom built and not pre-packaged. The trailers, called Hikers, start with the Highway Basic model built on a 2,000-pound rated axle, and from there, the Highway Deluxe, Mid-Range Deluxe, and the Extreme Off-Road Deluxe Hikers stack on the amenities, allowing the largest model to carry a whopping 3,500-pound axle rating.

Hiker teardrop trailer
Rent this 2019 Hiker Trailer on Outdoorsy.

Hikers start with sizes ranging from 4×8 to 5×10. If you don’t know where to start your build, consider researching the Highway Basic, which has simple amenities like one locking curbside door complete with two operable windows with screens and a manual roof-top vent. The white aluminum exterior has one 110-volt plug and one 110-volt powerstrip. Inside of the Highway Basic, you will find vinyl flooring and shelving in the front and the back of the trailer. After evaluating the standard features, campers can decide how many amenities to add to their camper. You can choose your options, depending on the type of camping you plan to do. The Highway Basic models have upgrades like the 23-inch deep bunk bed cabinet to outdoor features like awnings, showers, and roof racks. Don’t forget, you also have the option to customize the exterior color, the diamond-plate trim details, and even add on fenders. Electrical packaging, cabin, and exterior lighting, and an air conditioner and heat option are just some of the add-on options available as well. Hikers help to create a simple to more complex customizable camping style for almost every rugged teardrop trailer camper. If you want to explore, the Hiker is an excellent customizable choice.  

Get outdoors

Whatever style of tiny-customizable teardrop trailer you choose to buy for your outdoor adventures, there is a style for you. If you know the teardrop camper life is the direction you want to head, but you aren’t ready to commit to one style or body type, why not see the countryside from the windows of as many tiny teardrops as you can? Check out Outdoorsy’s tiny teardrop rentals closest to your next outdoor excursion.  

 

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