Teardrop trailers are a new concept to me. Ernie and I were raised tent-camping and loved it. However with age comes the need for a bit more comfort than what the hard ground offers, and when a friend bought a teardrop trailer and showed it to us, we were sold. We bought a Little Guy Teardrop trailer in San Diego and started attending Teardrop and Vintage Trailer group camping or Rallies.
I had no idea of the world I was about to enter. Teardrop trailer enthusiasts run the gamut from home-built to sleek, tricked out super modern. Teardrop trailers come in many shapes and sizes and reflect their owners unique personality.
Roly is a man who has built at least two teardrop trailers that I am aware of. He has a Woody that has its own wooden satellite dish and toaster, amongst other things. But to this year’s Teardrop group camping he brought his newest creation…the Stealth Fighter teardrop. Roly had no scematics nor plan but as always managed to pull off something unique.
Then there’s the Trailerboat. That’s not a mis-spelling. These trailers were made in San Rafael, CA from 1961-1963. Approximately 300 were made, mostly in white. There was both a white and a custom-painted yellow trailorboat at this Teardrop rally. Trailorboats originally came with a small boat on the roof. It slept 2 and there is a roof under the boat so you can enjoy the boat and trailer simultaneiously. There are only about 30 Trailorboats around today. The white Trailorboat was attached to a vintage Zombie VW wagon, complete with zombie hula dancer on the dashboard. Love it!
I also saw my first Scad-A-bout, which were originally made in Pacoima, CA. There were several in varying stages of restoration, but this one was the best. I loved the bright tourquoise paint and loved hearing that her current owner bought it because she had loved camping in one as a kid. Teardrop trailers catch hold of your heart.
Several people had vintage autos to go with their vintage teardrops. One of my favorites is owned by Deborah and Dan. They pull their dark green teardrop with a 1950’s Chevrolet. Both are in beautiful condition.
On the complete opposite end is Richard and Anna Woods’ home-build Redneck Teardrop. Remininscint of a military Humvee, it boasts a hot water tank and outside shower amongst it’s unique features. Next door was TearDropOne, an experimental craft pulled by an equally star-painted VW Bug.
The owner has over 30 themes, and this year was the 1960s. From the overly-endowed, afro boasting female mannequin to her 5 o’clock shadow hippie friend, I think this was the most extreme and fun theme there. I especially liked the ‘bug guard’ he has on his vintage VW and his Haight-Ashbury street sign pole.
Not to be outdone, Normal and Callo rocked the Tiki Hut theme, complete with tiki torches, hula girls and a grass skirt for their teardrop trailer.
Saturday night is the dutch oven potluck. I learned you can cook anything in a dutch oven. Deborah made insanely moist carrot cake. She told me that to get to 350 degrees you put 3 charcoal briquettes under the dutch oven, and then 6 briquettes on either side of the Dutch oven. She likes to use parchment paper to line the Dutch oven to keep the food from sticking. Yum! She’s also a Dodger and UCLA fan so she’s one of Ernie’s favorite people to talk to.
Many people brought their pets. I had Maggie, Molly and LeeLee with me. Maggie and Molly walked with us; poor LeeLee is getting so old that she had to wait behind because we forgot to pack her stroller. Many dogs were rescues, which warms my heart. However, the worlds newest cutest dog (sorry Molly!) had to be a Morkie….a Maltese Yorkie mix. Unfortunately I didn’t take a photo of this beautiful cinnamon-furred bundle of love, so I had to grab a photo of the internet. This photo does not even begin to show how cute that puppy was.
Now it’s Your Turn! What’s your favorite part of Teardrop camping?or