Many consider small to be the new big—the small-house movement and a conscious move away from a consumptive lifestyle for many millennials.
Conceived more than 80 years ago, the teardrop trailer has stood the test of time. A common sight from the 1930s through the ’50s —many were home-built—and were popular because of their sleek, aerodynamic design, and lightweight materials. Their popularity faded as vehicles became larger, fuel was cheap, and recreational vehicles increased in size.
Teardrops today are gaining a resurgence in popularity. New fuel efficient cars, combined with today’s modern teardrop trailers now allow you to once again enjoy the open road in modern comfort and retro style.
While a lot has changed since the introduction of teardrop trailers on the American highway, the reasons for owning a teardrop trailer are the same today as they were when your father or grandfather built his teardrop in the family garage.
A teardrop trailer is generally small, ranging from 4 feet to 6 feet in width and 8 feet to 10 feet in length. They are usually 4 feet to 5 feet in height. Wheels and tires are usually outside the body and are covered by fenders.
Teardrop trailers are sleek, aerodynamic, and practical. They have a distinctive curved shape to them; much like a teardrop that is tipped on its side. Depending on the model, your teardrop trailer can sleep up to three adults or two adults and several children.
Teardrops can be pulled by any vehicle with a hitch—even the smallest of vehicles such as the Mini Cooper or the VW Beetle can easily tow a teardrop trailer.
Established in 2004, Upland, California-based So-Cal Teardrops has re-engineered the “original” teardrop trailer, with modern materials and technologies, while maintaining a hand fit and finish.
So-Cal Teardrops offers four teardrop camping trailer models—Genesis, Rover, Sierra, and Cal-Deluxe—and also sells used teardrop trailers, along with a large offering of parts.
They utilize CAD design and CNC routers to aid with the manufacturing and engineering of their campers. This ensures perfect fit and finish along with durability. They require 4 to 6 weeks to complete a trailer but usually have ready to sell units in stock.
In addition they offer teardrop trailer kits so that you can build your own while utilizing their technologies.
The towable trailers are about 5-feet-by-11-feet and can hold a queen-size mattress in a sleeping compartment. There’s a back hatch that opens to a kitchen. The cost ranges from $10,000 to $30,000. Stoves and heaters in the trailer can be powered by LP gas. They can also be equipped with solar panels to power electric appliances.
The company mainly sells factory-direct on the internet, while out-of-state manufacturers build licensed kits for customers in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest so customers can get their So-Cal Teardrop trailers without them being shipped from southern California.
So-Cal offers four different on-road teardrop trailer models—The Rover (4 feet x 9 feet), The Sierra (5 feet x 9 feet), The Cal-Deluxe (5 feet x 11 feet), and Buzz (4 feet x 8 feet).
Buzz is the lightest trailer in the So-Cal line-up. At only 670 pounds it is built to be lightweight and compact. The Cal-Deluxe, is the “XL” of So-Cal Teardrops, the flag ship of their model line-up. The Cal-Deluxe is the widest and longest teardrop trailer models, with the complete array of features.
So-Cal offers three different off-road teardrop trailer models—The 510 XS (5 feet x 10 inches), The 457 Krawler (4.5 feet x 9 inches), and Buzz Off (4 feet x 8 feet). All models except for Buzz-Off are available in a width of 4 feet, 4.5 feet, or 5 feet; and a length of 9 feet, 10 feet, or 11 feet. Suspensions include heavy duty Old Man Emu leaf springs, 3,500-puund axles, 10-inch brakes and 9-way adjustable Rancho shocks.
A multitude of standard features and options are available.
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