If you like to travel with minimal fuss, but still want the comfort of sleeping in a bed and staying warm, a teardrop camper could be the perfect solution for you.
Teardrop campers were wildly popular from the 1930s to the 1960s, but they fell by the wayside as travelers replaced them with huge RVs and fifth wheels that included all the luxuries of home while they traveled. However, with the trend of minimalism and tiny homes, and the rise of all things vintage over the past few years, teardrop campers have risen to the forefront of trailer travel once again.
Teardrop Camper Prices
The advantages of teardrop trailers are clear. You can camp, but sleep comfortably in a bed. You’re out of the elements, and warmer than you would be in a tent. Because the trailers are small, they’re easy to tow and shouldn’t require you to purchase a new vehicle just to pull it. In fact, you can pull a teardrop camper with a motorcycle. They’re easy to set up and make camp. Their size also means they’re easier to store when you’re not using them. And – last but not least – they’re just so cute!
What affects the price of a teardrop camper?
Teardrop campers can range from $5,000 to more than $20,000, depending on their size and amenities. Generally speaking, small campers are from $5,000-$10,000, midsized campers are between $10,000 to $15,000, and larger trailers start at $15,000 and go up from there. You can choose from bare-bones models that are basically just a bed, to models with kitchens and wet baths (a bathroom with a shower that gets the entire bathroom wet). Campers also vary in their design and decor. Another factor you may want to consider, and that can affect the price of your camper, is its weight. There are campers available that are as light as 216 pounds!
How much does it cost to build a custom teardrop camper?
If you’re feeling handy, you can also build your own custom camper! There are YouTube tutorials on building an entire camper from scratch, which is the most inexpensive option. You can build your own camper for as little as $500, but $2,500-$3,000 is probably a more realistic price point. This blog talks you through every step of building your own camper.
You can also purchase a DIY teardrop camper kit, which includes the supplies and instructions you need to build your own camper. The price of these kits will vary, depending on whether you add on any extras, but you can find a base model for under $3,000. Some of the best-regarded teardrop camper kits are made by Big Woody Teardrop Campers, Chesapeake Light Craft, and The Teardroppers. You can purchase complete kits with everything you need, or often you can opt to purchase some of the parts and supply the rest yourself.
Is a popup camper better than a teardrop?
As with many decisions on camping equipment, whether you prefer a pop-up or a teardrop camper depends on you! Pop-up trailers are compact and inexpensive, but the pop-up roof can provide more room for you. The canvas can also make it feel more like you’re having an authentic camping experience. However, that same canvas can be a drawback – pop-ups can get stuffy in summer and cold in winter. If it rains, you’ll need to dry your trailer completely before storing it for long. Pop-up campers also require some work on your part to set them up and take them down.
Teardrop campers, by contrast, are easy to set up and take down because you don’t have anything to assemble. Your trailer is already set up! The hard sides of a teardrop camper mean you won’t be as vulnerable to cold or heat…or rain. You can also lock your camper securely. On the flip side, teardrop campers can be more expensive than popups. They’re also more tight – since nothing pops up or opens out, what you see is what you get in terms of space. This means they also have less storage space.
Ultimately you’ll have to decide what priorities are most important to you and choose a popup camper or a teardrop trailer based on your own personal needs.
Do teardrop campers hold their value?
Teardrop campers tend to hold their value well – much better, comparatively, than popup campers or expensive RVs and motorhomes. In fact, the increasing popularity of teardrop campers is a good thing and could help your teardrop camper hold its value even better.
Are Teardrop campers worth it?
Teardrop campers can definitely be a worthwhile decision for several reasons.
As we mentioned above, the campers are very inexpensive compared to Class B or C campers, and definitely cheaper than large RVs and motorhomes. Since they’re lightweight, they will likely not require you to purchase a special vehicle just to tow one – you can probably use what you already have. Thanks to their signature teardrop shape, they’re also aerodynamic which means they won’t impact your gas mileage or the wear and tear on your vehicle as much as heavier trailers as well, saving you money once again.
Appealing and functional
Because you can build your own, or customize a teardrop camper you purchase, you can add features and decor that suit your personality and preferences. If you’re a vintage-lover you can make sure your camper is finished in a retro style. If you love the wood finish on some campers, you can have that on your own.
You can also customize your storage and amenities in your camper. If you’re a glamper who wants a bathroom and kitchen, you can choose a higher-end teardrop camper. If you’re a minimalist who just wants a place to rest your head, you can opt for a simple bed inside.
Because teardrop campers are simply constructed, there’s not a lot to maintain on them unless you have appliances to tend to. You don’t need to winterize them or do much at all. Because the campers are small enough to store in your garage, you don’t have to worry about covering and storing your camper for the winter.
What are the best teardrop camper brands?
Little Guy, Timberleaf, Oregon Trail’R, and Polydrop all make some great teardrop campers. Here are a few of our top choices:
1.) Little Guy Max
This trailer is just over 3,000 pounds and 6’7″ inches of headroom for tall people. The trailer has a good amount of storage, plenty of charging outlets, and LED lighting inside. It sleeps three and includes a dinette area and kitchenette.
Price: From $28,999
This trailer has an indoor kitchen with a two-burner propane stove and fridge, with a seating area that converts into a queen bed. There is six feet of headroom, a TV and entertainment system, and an option to add either air conditioning, extra storage, or a bathroom. You can also add an outdoor shower.
Price: From $22,000
This teardrop trailer is fully insulated, with plenty of storage and a kitchen you access from outside the back of the trailer. The Timberleaf Classic is available in a variety of colors, and it weighs in at 1,500 pounds dry.
Price: From $21,500
The Oregon FronTear is a great minimalist option, with a modern looking design, plenty of storage, and a double bed. There is also a small kitchen and a side table next to the bed. You can also add on options like an extra side table, a TV, and other add-ons.
Price: From $14,000
The Polydrop weighs only 760 pounds, but is well-insulated and has an outdoor kitchenette. The space-age design is sleek and there is storage tucked into several places. The Polydrop is meant to be taken off the grid. You can also opt for air conditioning, or an optional fridge. The trailer has a roof fan, LED lights, and 12V and USB outlets. The Roof-Rack awning rolls out from the side of the trailer to provide shade. There’s also a Roadshower on top of the trailer. While you’re out during the day, the sun heats the water for a nice warm shower.
The Earth Traveler is a 100% carbon fiber trailer that weighs 216 lbs. It has pop-out sidewalls with tents, and pop-up roofs with tents in front and back. There are also UV awnings that you can set up to keep the sun off. This lightweight trailer is a great combination of a pop-up trailer and a teardrop.
Price: From $30,000
The Meaner Bean trailer is the first trailer to be made from a one-piece fiberglass shell, so it’s a very reliable, durable trailer. It has a queen foam mattress, upper cubbies for storage, and a laminated interior cabinet with a galley pass-through. There is recessed lighting, and plenty of clever storage.
Price: From $19,950
The Hütte Hut may be minimal on the inside, but it stands out for the retro styling and wood paneling. It’s lightweight and aerodynamic and easy to maneuver. The watertight wood provides shelter from the elements and keeps you warm and dry.
This adorable mini teardrop still manages to pack in an actual sink, mini-fridge, and stove top in the rear galley. You can choose from a variety of paint colors, and even some prints of outdoor scenery. There’s a skylight over the bed so you can see the stars as you drift off to sleep.
Price: From $11,435
This Danish-inspired camper has a retro feel. It sleeps two people, and has a rear galley. It has clever storage, and a memory foam mattress. The exterior is aluminum, and the interior is hardwood to keep you snug and dry.
Price: From $15,000
From their non-fussy setup and minimal maintenance to their just plain adorableness, it’s clear to see why teardrop campers are having a resurgence at the moment! If you’re interested in buying or building a teardrop camper, the first step is to try one out and see if you like it. RVshare has teardrop trailers available to rent, along with a variety of other models. They also have 24/7 roadside assistance if you have any questions. It’s a great way to see if you think you might want to own one for yourself!