What makes a Vistabule so appealing?
Well, they’re small and cute.
But more than that, they are an economical and a simple way to travel.
Originally, teardrop trailers were born of the need to survive the Great Depression. People were losing their homes, their jobs. En masse they migrated across the country looking for greener pastures.
They may have lost their homes and their livelihood, but somehow they held onto their old jalopy and cobbled together a small trailer that could shelter them in their travels to the new world.
Bert Taylor, Vistabule’s owner and president, loved old-fashioned trailers, and after a friend told him to Google “teardrop trailers,” he found his calling. Bert set out to create a trailer that was welcoming and not claustrophobic, the type of space people would want to live in.
Within a year he had designed and hand-built his first trailer. After he was satisfied, he took the trailer and his wife on a “shakedown cruise to the Grand Canyon.” It was a successful and informative trip. Vistabule was born.
It has been over five years since I first reported on the launch of the Vistabule teardrop trailer.
One year later, the Minnesota Teardrop Trailer had sold 20 units.
Vistabule has grown immensely. Taylor now has ten employees and has made trailers for people from as far away as California and Texas. The trailers are customizable, from the exterior color to the interior finishes. Customers can choose to add a propane furnace, a fridge, even solar panels. These customizable features help the customer purchase not just a trailer but, what Vistabule General Manager Steve Corcoran calls, “a tool to fulfill a dream.”
One of the most striking things about Vistabule is the number of windows. The wide-vista front window not only offers a spectacular view of the horizon, it also serves as a dome under which you can lie comfortably and count the stars as you fall asleep.
And, Vistabule is designed with safety in mind—the front window is laminated safety glass—the kind you find on your car’s windshield and all of the other windows are polycarbonate or tempered glass.
Vistabule also features wide side windows in the doors and large porthole windows. These windows pop open at a touch with screens that keep the bugs out but let the breezes in.
Not only can you stow all your camping gear in the kitchenette, there’s plenty of room for pots, pans, and food. Above and to the left, is a cabinet for your spices, soaps, and paper towels. On the right you have another cabinet for cooking oils, wine, and utensils. Your cooler fits neatly in the center. On the left is a sink with running water and in the center of the counter is a two-burner stove. Down below, Vistabule has various options for designing the drawers you need to make the kitchenette your own.
Vistabule features a convenient pass-through from the cab to the kitchenette, so it’s easy to share dinner when it’s ready. And, like all of the windows, there are sliding screens to keep the bugs out.
Typical teardrop trailers are made so that the sleeping compartment is almost like sleeping in a drawer—feet tucked under the galley in a dark, cave-like, and claustrophobic environment.
Vistabule’s design is different. Really different. You can sleep with your head at either end of the camper—no cramped feet here. Not only that, the queen-sized bed converts to a comfortable couch. And with little effort, you can convert Vistabule’s bedroom to a reading room, game room, observation platform, breezeway, game dining room, gazebo, and back porch all in one.
The Vistabule headboard has room for every item of clothing you need for your travels. No need to bring a suitcase.
Beneath the floor are two large storage spaces. Big enough for your folding chairs or a mini-spare tire, or both. And when the bed is in sofa mode these storage areas provide a comfortable place for your feet.
Vistabule teardrop trailers offer two double duty tables—a floor mounted one for when the bed is in sofa mode and folding side tables for night mode.
The Vistabule comes with a base package of high-quality amenities designed to make sure your camping experience is top notch. The base package starts at $17, 995.
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— Henry David Thoreau