Monday, December 17, 2012

Are Teardrop Trailers Romantic?

The first teardrop trailers in the 1940s and 1950s were popular with honeymooning couples. The comfortable bed, tiny space and lack of electronic diversions do work very well in conjunction with a romantic getaway.



When my husband and I teardrop camp, it is sweet and romantic to curl up together, pop open his iPad and watch a show or a movie in the dark. We also snuggle up and read together. However, it's not always cuddling and kissing. If we are having a bad day or an argument, there is nowhere else to get away from each other at night. We don't have a large RV with a living room or a bedroom where we can fume for a few hours. This forces us to either resolve our issue or not to have one at all.



I met a guy at a teardrop rally a few years ago who had just finished refurbishing his vintage teardrop trailer. This was his first time out and he had brought along his girlfriend. Unfortunately, the teardrop was four feet wide and only had one door. I have a feeling she slept on the side without a door because the next day this previously affectionate couple were not speaking to each other.

If you are thinking of building or purchasing a teardrop trailer and you are a couple, really take into consideration the size and layout of your bed area. Having a bit more room, his and hers closets, hooks and storage areas and doors on both sides of the teardrop can make or break a camping trip and a relationship.

Photo by Christina Nellemann. Illustration by teardropplans.blogspot.com.

4 comments:

  1. Before we purchased our tear we went to our local Little Guy dealer in San Diego and climbed into a few trailers. We knew we wanted to spend a few weeks every summer in it so it was quickly apparent that a 5" wide model was the way to go. We only have one door but plenty of room....and his and hers reading lamps.

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    1. Thanks for the comment. Yes, I think being able to "test drive" a teardrop before buying is really helpful and a five-wide is as narrow as I will ever go. What kind of Little Guy did you purchase? How does the single door work for you when someone has to get out at night?

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  2. We really like the Silver Shadow but in the end, did not get a Little Guy. We watched the ads on TNTT and picked up a Benroy from a home build in Texas. It had everything we wanted except it had just one door. So far we have worked out logistics just fine as hubs will get up with me if I need to make a potty run at night. If I get up first in the morning, I just crawl over. Not a big deal. It was less than half what a new Silver Shadow would cost, although those are fine tears. The adventure picking it up in San Antonio on a 4 day turn around drive was fun! Our first campout in it was at Carlsbad Caverns where the temp dipped to the high 30's at night! But with a down comforter, we were toasty!

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    1. Nice. The Benroy is a great design and I've always wanted to go to Carlsbad.

      You must have a very laid back husband. LOL!

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