Jack Gerber, owner of Tiny Trailer, believes happiness on the open road comes in the shape of a teardrop trailer.
The former cabinet-maker said his sleek teardrop camping trailers, handmade from the axles up, help satisfy travelers’ wanderlust in a low-cost, high-style package that are perfect road adventures, reports wenatcheeworld.com.
“These trailers were popular 60 years ago,” Gerber said. “We think their time has come again.”
His one-man company, Tiny Trailer, offers a single teardrop design that sports the retro look of the 1940s paired with 21st century amenities — a micro-heater, forced-air ventilation, electric lights, and weather-proofing — all handcrafted from modern lightweight, durable materials.
The hand-cut, anodized aluminum exterior gives his teardrops the flavor of a classic Airstream travel trailer.
“We wanted that silver-bullet aspect,” he said. “We wanted it aerodynamic. We wanted it light and strong enough to be pulled behind the family car.”
Even better, each completed trailer has the look and feel of a fine-woodworking project, Gerber told wenatcheeworld.com.
“To me, this is my art,” he said. “It’s an expression of a lifetime of making cabinets and loving to travel — all rolled into one.”
Gerber, 59, said he got his first toolbox at age 3 from his dad, a longtime Kent woodworker and cabinet shop owner, and never really looked back. “I discovered early in life that I just love to build things.”
By 1977, he opened his own shop and was accepting cabinet-making jobs from banks, dentist offices, and high-end homes during Puget Sound’s boom years.
Meanwhile, he and wife Annie, along with their three kids, were traveling regularly to North Central Washington to camp, hike, and visit family. By 1995, they’d decided they wanted to relocate there and found property in the Entiat Valley, upriver from Ardenvoir.
Over the next four years, they built a light-filled workshop, then a handcrafted log home, and were about to embark on the business of building teardrops when Gerber was offered what he considered a dream job — teaching wood shop at a high school in Maple Valley. He followed that dream for nearly seven years, leaving the job in 2011, reports wenatcheeworld.com.
One day, Gerber recalled, his wife walked in the door and slapped down a picture of a teardrop trailer. “She looked at me and said, ‘That’s what I want,’ said Gerber.
“So we set aside the tents, the pickup campers, the fifth-wheelers, the huge RVs that take two days to clean, and started thinking seriously about teardrops.”
Form followed function, said Gerber. He designed the trailer using a 4-by-8-foot sheet of plywood as the basic element. Everything about the trailer had to accommodate his 6-foot 3-inch frame. The kitchen workspace revolved around a Coleman gas stove. The chassis was long enough to secure a stainless steel Coleman ice chest.
Gerber makes the teardrop trailers by himself in batches of four, with a maximum capacity of about a dozen a year. Five are currently in various stages of production.
Fans of teardrop trailers readily agree that the rolling abodes are not scaled-down RVs or travel trailers. Teardrops such as the Tiny Trailer are more like stylish, upgraded tents.
That said, there’s still plenty of room in a Tiny Trailer.
A few stats follow:
- Length: 11 feet, 6 inches
- Width: 5 feet, 10 inches
- Height: 5 feet, 4 inches
- Cabin size: 4 feet by 8 feet
- Bunk size: 3 feet, 10 inches by 6 feet, 3 inches
- Weight: Just under 1,000 pounds
- Chassis: 2-inch steel tubing, 2,000-pound torsion suspension, single axle with 15-inch chrome wheels, 12-volt power supply
The Tiny Trailer is manufactured in North Central Washington State in the beautiful Entiat Valley. When you purchase a Tiny Trailer you’re buying a custom built retro style teardrop camping trailer professionally built with quality materials, workmanship, and attention to detail.
Address: 12315 Entiat River Road, Entiat, WA 98822
Phone: (509) 784-5090
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