Friday Teardrop Photo

The "Barndrop" is a fun, barn shaped teardrop built by andreuther of the TNTTT forum. As an owner of my own red barn (non-teardrop shaped), I appreciate the beauty and humor of this unique trailer.

Rent a Teardrop Trailer on Airbnb

I just got back from the inaugural Airbnb Open in San Francisco and had an amazing time visiting with hosts from all over the world. However, I seemed to be the only host who knew about teardrop trailers and the potential for them to be used as tiny, little guesthouses.

 I'm an avid traveler and have loved every Airbnb place I've stayed in in various locations around the world including Spain, Morocco, Chile, New Orleans, Asheville, San Francisco, Portland and Paris. You get a very unique view of a location when you stay in someone's house, apartment, Airstream or treehouse.

I was curious if any Airbnb hosts had put their teardrop trailers on the home sharing website and there are a few including John and Kellia in North Carolina who tow their 4x8 teardrop to your chosen location or their favorite campsite, Paul in Portland who rents out his rare teardrop with boat, and Romaine who rents out a charming wooden teardrop at his home in Anglet, France.

If you are thinking of building or purchasing a teardrop trailer, take a look at Airbnb to see if there are rentals in your area where you can get a feel for the tiny trailers.

Photos courtesy of Airbnb

Friday Teardrop Photo

 For some reason, the photos of us stopped for a teardrop trailer lunch on the road are very popular. Personally, I do love stopping in a parking lot or a public rest stop for lunch out of the teardrop. The looks we get are priceless.

At this stop we are having turkey and cheese spread sandwiches on pita bread with grapes and water. Ahhh...the luxurious life of a teardropper.

Woodcraft Camp Kitchen

Various teardrop trailers have a very basic galley. Some of the Little Guy trailers, including the Platforms and Sports, have a simple flat galley with no kitchen storage or cooking implements. This can be remedied by building your own camp kitchen.

Woodcraft Supply has a set of plans for a wooden camp kitchen that is only 30 inches long by 19 inches deep by 17 inches tall. This kitchen is also mobile and can be moved from the galley to a picnic table. It can hold a stove, pots and pans, cups and plates, and it even has a dowel rod for a dish towel. The kitchen can be build with basic stock wood and plywood and painted or stained.

Woodcraft Supply, LLC is one of the nation's oldest and largest suppliers of quality woodworking tools and supplies. You'll find Woodcraft stores in more than 70 major metropolitan areas across the U.S.; and Woodcraft annually distributes 1.5 million catalogs featuring more than 8,000 items to all 50 states and 117 foreign countries. The Woodcraft catalog is a standard among woodworkers as the most complete offering of first rate products for woodworking available anywhere. Woodcraft also publishes six issues of Woodcraft Magazine annually.

Friday Teardrop Photo

My husband taking a little nap in the Sunflower.
After all the work I've been doing, I'm dying to take a nap with him.

Little Guy T@B Goes Off Road

Starting in 2015, the popular T@B trailer by Little Guy Worldwide will be going off-road. The new concept trailer is not available yet, but the upgrade package will be available if you order and purchase a new T@B from Little Guy.

The new T@B Outback will have a five piece ABS off-road assembly package as well as a pitched axle, off-road tires and rims. Other features will include:
  • Roof rack with cargo basket and off-road spare tire
  • Custom diamond plate tongue storage box
  • Aluminum front utility platform
  • Cargo netting above windows
  • Tough Marmoleum flooring
  • Radiused diamond plate LP/battery box
  • Solid gray couch/bed cushions
The Outback will be available in any of the T@B floorplans except the Clamshell rear kitchen design. Production of the trailer will start over the next couple of months and units should be available come the start of the 2015 camping season.

Photo and information by The Small Trailer Enthusiast

Friday Teardrop Photo

 The Sunflower in the parking lot of the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center in Lone Pine, CA. You can see Mount Whitney in the distance.

What's interesting about this location is that the visitor center and ranger station is on the corner of U.S. 395 and State Route 136. Highway 395 leads to Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous U.S., and you can take 136 (then 190) into Death Valley—the lowest point in the U.S.

Cool Tears Magazine: September/October

 The September/October issue of the Cool Tears and Tiny Campers magazine is available for viewing online. This issue features an interview with the owner of Big Woody Campers, a teardrop trailer holiday gift guide and exactly how many trailers does it take to make a gathering.

If you are interested in the print version (and back issues) of the magazine, you can purchase it here.