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Everything you wanted to know about Teardrop Trailers

Updated on August 20, 2014

What is a Teardrop Trailer?

No, they are not doghouses for traveling pets. That is the question asked the most. They are quite probably the easiest way to travel and camp. And from my viewpoint, the most fun!

Teardrop trailers date back to the 1930s where they gained popularity. They combined the ease of sleeping and cooking into an efficient way to travel cheaply. As a small trailer, it was easy to pull and could go almost anywhere. Although there was not a lot of space, the kitchen was complete and the bed would sleep two comfortably. Most Teardrops were 4' by 8'.

There are two rules that define a teardrop. You can't stand up in it and the galley (kitchen) must be in the back. That rule still stands today.

The earliest trailers had an icebox, a stove and some had a water supply although that added weight. Most of them also had a sink. Lifting the hatch, the kitchen was instantly ready for use. The pots and pans had a storage space. Everything that you would need was easily accessible.

It is hard to generalize on the Teardrop layout. While many of the trailers have two doors, some of the older ones did not. Some might have windows on both doors but again, some do not. There were manufacturers of Teardrops but many are home-built. All of them are considered Vintage so they are accepted at any Vintage Trailer gatherings.

Today Teardrop are once again popular. At a recent gathering in California, there were more than 100. None of them were the same. Mine is the SnoozeBox. It is a home-built and is different in many ways. It does not have side doors and the entry is from the back. The shape is from the Benroy which was a popular brand in the 1940s. It is 5 foot wide.

The Kamp Master is another old style and extremely hard to find. Someday, I'd like to have one of those too.

The SnoozeBox

SnoozeBox - Homebuilt 1989
SnoozeBox - Homebuilt 1989

The Kamp Master

Kamp Master
Kamp Master

Kit Trailers

If there is a standard Teardrop, the 1945 Kit below is an example. The Kit Manufacturing Company not only produced Teardrops but also full-sized stand-up trailers. They were known for their quality and many of the Teardrops and Stand-up trailers are still in use.

The Kit Trailer

Al's 1945 from the Kit Manufacturing Company
Al's 1945 from the Kit Manufacturing Company

Modern conveniences

Don't tell anyone but my teardrop has a microwave. A friend has a complete satellite setup. At the 1st International Teardrop Gathering in Nebraska, the ladies asked if we could warm a cup of water in our microwave so they could use it in their bread machine. We hide our modern conveniences but that's why all the Teardrops are different. Each trailer is as unique as its owner.

Trailer sources

If you are looking for an easy way to travel, the Teardrop Trailer might be a good choice. Below are two websites that can provide much more information. They are full of pictures and information on gatherings where you are welcomed to visit. Teardroppers are show-offs and love to talk about their trailers.

Happy Trails


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      Ann Hinds 3 years ago from So Cal

      Angela, nice surprise to see you on my other hub account. We love our teardrop trailer and travel in it when the boy doesn't have baseball and school. It's extremely comfortable and easy to tow.

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      These are so fun! I love that they're still popular after all these years.

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      tiffany delite 5 years ago from united states

      this is a great hub...i love traveling and camping, but i sometimes get quite nervous in a larger motor home or when pulling a trailer. especially getting into high traffic areas (we are from southern california). this teardrop looks perfect! i think i may have to look into owning one one day! blessings!

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I didn't know that dated back to the 30s. I can handle tent camping, but I think i might feel a bit enclosed in this.

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      catering trailers 6 years ago

      This page really helped me by answering all my questions about Everything I wanted to know about Teardrop Trailers! Keep posting!

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      Used Teardrop Trailers 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this Everything you wanted to know about Teardrop Trailers post! Indeed, this has been a very helpful post for me.

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      sharrie69 8 years ago from Trinidad (an island in the Caribbean)

      Sorry I took so long to check this out. I was AWOL for a bit. Really well written hub with lots of interesting info. Thank you! Will show to to my fiancé. Wouldn't be surprised if he started building one in the backyard this weekend. Your tips on the 'do it yourselfer' could be a whole new hub!

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      JanieWrites 8 years ago from Arizona

      I always wondered about those cute little trailers! Thanks for this Hub.