If you have fallen in love with teardrop trailers, but you don't want to commit yet to purchasing or building one, you can always rent one of the tiny campers. My first suggestion would be to make friends with a teardrop owner and offer to pay them to take their trailer out on a short camping trip. This will not only give you some experience with towing and sleeping in a teardrop, but you will make another friend who can give you some valuable advice.
There are several companies around the U.S. where you can rent a teardrop trailer for your next wilderness excursion. I'm surprised there are not more companies or individuals around who are willing to rent out their trailers. However, there have been some discussions on the teardrop forums that these types of trailers are very personal to their owners (especially if they were lovingly built from scratch) and owners are reluctant to part with their babies. So if you can't find someone in your local area who is willing to share, check out these rental teardrops:
Missouri Teardrop Trailers (Missouri)
Missouri Teardrop Trailers in Centerview, Missouri have two 5x10 Silver Shadow teardrops that they rent for $350 per week. There is a two night minimum ($75 per night) and they come with bedding, but no pillowcases.
Vacations in a Can (Northern California)
Vacations in a Can have become semi-famous since their teardrop trailer was featured on the cover of Sunset Magazine. This Penngrove, California company rents out three teardrops: the Chili Pepper, the Can ‘em Danno and the L’il Bear.
Each trailer sleeps two adults and includes everything from blankets, sheets and towels to a stove, pots and pans and a coffee maker.
Links Teardrop Rentals (Orange County, California)
This new company in Southern California rents out a Cozy Cruiser Deluxe, a Little Guy 5-Wide and a Little Guy Deluxe. The Cozy Cruiser rents for $175 for a 2-night minimum (April through October) and $80 for each additional night or $155 for a 2-night minimum (November through March) and $70 for each additional night.
The Little Guy trailers rent for $150 for a 2-night minimum (April through October) and $55 for each additional night or $125 for a 2-night minimum (November through March) and $55 for each additional night.
Colorado Vintage Camping (Aspen)
This company in Aspen, Colorado rents out a beautiful Woody teardrop for $149 for a two-night minimum May through September with an additional $99 for each night; for October through April for $99 for a two-night minimum with an additional $89 for each night. They have a 20 percent discount for six or more consecutive nights and the prices include delivery and set up concierge service.
Little Guy Trailers (San Diego)
This dealer of Little Guy trailers in San Diego will rent out a Little Guy teardrop for $380 per week with extra days for $50 a day. There is a $1,000 deposit to rent one of their rigs.
PB Teardrop (San Diego)
Charles of PB Teardrops has a 2011 teardrop trailer for rent. It costs $225 for 3 nights and $50
each additional night with a $500 deposit and a $25 cleaning fee. Advance reservations requested but not required. Call Charles at (858) 272-2520 for availability.
Jack Rabbit Trailers (Glendale, Arizona)
Jack Rabbit Trailers in Glendale, Arizona rent out a 5-wide Little Guy platform teardrop trailer for $65 a night with a three night minimum or $75 a night for no minimum. They also offer 10 percent off if you rent for 7 nights or more. The rental includes a power package, stove, sink, two chairs and a table as well as a 10x10 foot pop-up cover.
Old School Teardrop (Goodyear, Arizona)
This rental company rents Little Guy teardrop trailers for $380 a week and $180 for the weekend. They provide bedding and towels but no stove or propane. There is a 500 security deposit required. Read about Wilderness Dave's experience with renting from Old School Teardrop.
Top photo courtesy of Sunset Magazine and Vacations in a Can