ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Ann Hinds profile image

      Ann Hinds 

      4 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.

    • SheGetsCreative profile image

      Angela F 

      4 years ago from Seattle, WA

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

    • tiffany delite profile image

      tiffany delite 

      6 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!

    • Sandyspider profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      7 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.

    • profile image

      catering trailers 

      7 years ago

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

    • profile image

      Used Teardrop Trailers 

      7 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.

    • sharrie69 profile image


      9 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!

    • JanieWrites profile image


      9 years ago from Arizona

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


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)