Monday, November 18, 2013

What do you do with your teardrop in the winter?

Unfortunately, the teardrop trailer season is coming to an end here in my part of the country. It's getting down into the teens at night and the snow will soon start to fly. We are hoping to take at least one trip this winter to a hot springs area, but for now the Sunflower will be put to bed. So what do I do with the teardrop in the winter?


The first thing I do is clean both the inside and outside thoroughly. There is nothing worse than opening up your trailer in the spring to realize you had left some dirty, campfire smoke filled clothes in the closet. I also keep a checklist of things we will need for an impromptu trip in the winter or for our first spring trip. This usually includes new batteries for our flashlights, new bulbs for the lights, a new propane tank, updated clothing, some new books to read or a few new games to play. I also go through the toiletry kit and restock it with new Band-Aids, Advil, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

I then take out the marine battery and store it in the garage on a trickle charger. This keeps the battery from going dead in the cold temperatures. I will sometimes take the charger off and on over the course of the winter season.

The last thing I do is cover up the teardrop. The trailer is not parked in a garage or under a carport, so this protects the color, the laminate and the tires from sunshine, cold, wind and moisture. I use the All-Weather Cover from Little Guy. These are made to fit all their various teardrop shapes and sizes and as long as your teardrop fits within the size parameters, this type of cover should fit. The cover is waterproof, durable and stays on even during our nastiest blizzards.

Photo by Little Guy





6 comments:

  1. Since we don't have a garage and live in a cold and snowy part of the country, we'll be storing ours outdoors with a cover very much like the one in the picture. Also, I think we might be storing ours on jacks to protect the tires, I just don't know if we'll be taking off the wheels or leaving them on.

    You have some good pointers regarding the cleaning and stocking - thanks!

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    1. Thanks Aneta. Yes, the tire issue has been brought up several times. Our trailer sits on soft sand and gravel, but I still wonder if it might be best to keep them on jacks as well. The tires have done really well on this type of surface for years, but I would love to hear what other teardrop owners do.

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  2. I do what you do but because we do a florida trip in the winter i have a tote that is packed to restock the teardrop.The tote has fresh everything and i just slide it into the jeep for the first trip.

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    1. Great idea! It also gets you on the road to Florida faster.

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  3. we put up a garage in a box , pain putting up, but nice to store the boat and the teardrop, it was 12x20 x8 high

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    1. That's a great idea. Does it have sides on it? What is it made out of?

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