Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Featured Teardrop Trailer: Vistabule

The Vistabule teardrop trailer by Bert Taylor makes great use of its accessibility to the outdoors with large skylights and windows, a few portholes and even the ability to turn the bed area into a dining room. The Minnesota made teardrop trailer is actually being called the "Airstream Teardrop" because of its style, shape and features.


What makes the Vistabule different from other teardrop trailers is that your feet don't hide under the backside of the galley. Instead you have a floor to ceiling headboard for stashing all your clothing and gear. In the headboard there is a pass through opening that provides a clear line of sight from your car’s rear view mirror to whatever is happening behind you when driving. The doors are wide for lounging half in and half out, and they have convenient fold up tables that double as privacy covers at night. One of the best things about this cab forward concept, though, is the semi-automatic sofa mechanism. By simply sliding a small catch, the bed magically rises to create a comfortable sofa.



The trailer comes with the following:
  • Large vista windows
  • Extra wide doors
  • Queen size sofa bed
  • Under the bed storage
  • Popup table
  • Privacy screens / swing up tables
  • Clothing storage
  • 2 burner cook top
  • Sink with running water
  • Grey water holding tank
  • 3 speed fan with 2 air vents
  • Storage for dishes, food and gear
  • Lighting and electronics charging
They are pricey though. The Basic Package is $9,450 and includes: wide vista front window, rear hatch window, two doors with stationary, galley dome light, two interior dome lights, two porch lights, single speed ceiling fan, two ventilators at the foot of the bed, heavy duty torsion axle, steel fenders (Painted), 14” white wheels, economy deep cycle battery, plug-in for shore power, two 110v outlets, two 12v charging plug-ins, galley kitchen counter with storage beneath.

The $12,895 The Standard Package adds to the Basic Package with two porthole windows, pull out two burner cook top, 10 lb. low profile propane tank, Fantastic 3 speed ceiling fan (upgrade), pull down picture window shade, two fold-up tables/privacy covers, two porthole privacy covers, heavy duty 12v deep cycle gel battery (upgrade), battery charger, two reading lights, sink, faucet and sprayer, water pump, fresh water tank, queen size mattress, sofa bed fold-up apparatus for couch mode, collapsible coffee table, under floor storage bins, carpet board inserts, dishes cabinet with wine bottle insert, paper towel cabinet.

The $13,995 The Deluxe Package includes the features of the first two packages as well as a gray water tank, door windows w/screens, porthole windows w/Screens, Two leveling jacks, 14” aluminum alloy wheels (upgrade), xxterior side table for cooler and electric brakes.

 









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  3. Sorry for the previous comment gaffes. I had posted comments with a couple of questions only later to find my own answers. Rather than cause consternation from some readers I thought I would withdraw my previous comments and share what I learned.

    First, from my neophyte perspective of Teardrop Trailers, I had never considered the idea of sitting in a trailer; I thought of them only as mobile beds with a kitchen attached. The convertible bed/couch looks a lot like a Japanese futon. My initial thought was this would sure make it easier to put a fitted sheet on the mattress.

    Second. I was trying to visualize how you could star gaze through the roof window, so I went to the site and learned that the sleeping arrangement is different from traditional Tear Drops. They call it cab forward. You will sleep with your feet toward the tongue of the trailer rather than feet toward the galley, which means the trailer bulges at the back and tapers at the front. Just the reverse of other Tear Drops.

    Thanks for sharing. Lots of good ideas for my build.

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  4. This trailer looks wonderful! I love the windows! I have a couple of questions:
    Have you ever installed a "loft" bed? Our son will be traveling with us.
    What is the tongue weight of the trailer?
    What is the size of the water tank?
    Thank you!

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    1. Hello Paula. You might want to contact the Vistabule company directly to see if they will customize the trailer for you. I have seen loft beds for toddlers and small children in other teardrop trailers. The tongue weight is 160 lb and the water tank size is 6 gallons.

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    2. Hello On my model the fresh water tank is 9 gallons. On mine (Jan 2015 model the grey water is 6 gallons but on the new models it is 9 gallons. I have loads of videos of my trailer in use and a Visit to Bert's Vistabule shop at http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5Sd6k_HhdZA_Av-TQHhLUQ

      I love camping in my trailer!
      -Cosmo

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