What is a teardrop trailer? It is a small trailer, usually no larger than 5-feet by 10-feet, and no more than 5-feet-high. It houses a bed inside the cabin area, and the back or hatch opens up to revel a kitchen area. They are called teardrops because the rounded shape in the front and more pointed shape in the rear resembles a teardrop. With gas prices and the economy the way it is, these little trailers have seen a resurgence. They are easy to tow, even by any passenger car, and a can park anywhere. You can even unhook and push them wherever you like.
Teardrop trailers originated in the 40s as one of the earliest camp trailers. Many camping enthusiasts built these little gems from plans in Popular mechanics. For a while, there were popular commercially built teardrops such as Kit or Kenskil. Nowadays, many people still build their own custom trailers, from simple to elaborate. Those not wanting to build their own can still purchase a commercially built trailer, either mass market or custom built. Popular manufacturers include Little Guy and Camp Inn. Hickory Nut is a custom builder based in Reno.
Teardroppers often call them “hard sided tents.” They are just the thing for the tent camper who still wants to be primarily outdoors and at one with nature, but just can’t do the sleeping on the ground bit. One of the greatest things about a teardrop, is although there are commercial manufactures, they are pretty simple to build and many people choose to do so themselves.
One of the trailers on display this Saturday was built by Randy and Debbie Pontius of Lovelock in 2009. It is a “woody,” or built from wood and clear coated to let the beauty of the wood show. The trailer was completely designed and built by the pair, from the frame up. They recently returned from the International Teardrop Gathering in the redwoods of northern California. More than 100 trailers were there for a weekend of camping and socialization of fellow teardroppers. Several other local homebuilt trailers, as well as a trailer from Las Vegas, Winnemucca and California will be there.
A highlight of the display will be the trailer “Chili Pepper.” Chili Pepper is a rental trailer from Vacations In a Can and was on the cover of the April issue of Sunset magazine.