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Instead of pulling an enormous costly trailer behind you when you go camping how about bringing along a lightweight Teardrop Trailer. Teardrop Trailers are compact, lightweight and are named this because of their teardrop shape.
Teardrop Trailers were first popular in the 1030's but eventually lost popularity until recently. Now you can join a Teardrop Trailer club where you go camping with other Teardrop Trailer enthusiasts in what they call a, Gathering. These gatherings are a fun place to learn more about these trailers and to meet interesting friends.
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As the name implies the Teardrop Trailer is tiny, weighting less than 1000 pounds. (450 kg) and usually between 4 to 6 feet in width and 8 to 10 feet in length and the tires are outside the body covered by fenders. You could probably pull one of these with a Geo Metro.
This isn't a trailer for a large family. Just two adults can sleep inside with a little extra room for your stuff. The rear panel comes with a hatch where you can store more of your things. Usually there is a tiny kitchen so you have all your basic needs met for camping.
These tiny campers are not isn't recommended for full time living but many have probably tried it. Combined with a tent you could manage full time living if you are in a warm climate but this small camper is meant for an easy way to camp.
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Camp meeting is a good place to take this little camper. Each year in Wisconsin we have one that is in a beautiful area of our state. The grounds are sheltered in pine trees so close together that you have plenty of shade. The speakers are great and there are nice bathrooms with showers plus an excellent dinning hall for those who want to eat in connivance. Of course many bring their own food.
What we do is a combination. We brought our own food and ate one meal a day in the dining hall. Also there are hiking trails and a couple of small lakes to go boating and swimming in. At the end of the week one of the lakes is used for a baptism. It is fun to go there and watch the baptisms and clap for the ones who are participating. The whole camping experience was really fun.
Do you love to go camping but don't want to haul a big camper behind your truck? Do you want something more sturdy than a tent but donít want the big expense of a RV? If you answer yes to these than a tear drop trailer may be just what you want.
These trailers are easy to pull and don't weight more than 1000 pounds. The average car can pull them so you can avoid getting a pick up. They will keep you safer than a tent and keep you dry. These will not work for more than two people so don't get one for a large family.
If you are looking for something to live in these won't work very well. But for a weekend get away they would work out really well. The rear of the trailer has a storage compartment where you can store stuff and of course you car will hold even more.
The photo above shows a cute roomy camper that would be really nice to take camping. These campers are much safer than a tent. To prove this point read my tent story below.
One time I went camping and took my tiny one person tent and my dog Spotty. We hiked a few miles up the trail and found a spot to camp far enough from the trail to stay hidden from view and sound of other hikers. I set up the tent and had a trail mix supper while spotty ate some dog food. I was sitting on a log near our tent and it was really quiet and peaceful.
It didn't stay quiet and peaceful for very long. Spotty and I crawled into my tiny tent that was so small that the top of the tent was just a couple of feet above my head while laying down. There was just barely enough room for Spotty, my gear and I.
I soon settled into an uneasy sleep but was suddenly jerked awake as Spotty jumped up and gave a roar and started to bark savagely. I hadnít heard her sound this upset before and I was really scared that something terrible was just outside our tent. Spotty would suddenly shift her position and face another way so it seemed that whatever was out there was circling our tent.
I didn't dare open the tent flap to see what was there. It was pitch black outside and I would not have been able to see anything. Instead I cured up in my sleeping bag and prayed for protection. I expected any moment to feel jaws coming down through the tent as a bear or something attacked us.
Spotty kept up the racket for close to two hours before finally she quieted down. The creature outside must have decided to leave us alone as Spotty sounded so ferocious and there was two of us. The biggest factor was probably my guardian angel sent whatever it was away.
The next morning I crawled out of the tent and tried to find out any clues to what it was that scared us so much the night before but there was nothing. No tracks or scratches in the ground or anything to let me know what had been stalking us out there. It may have even been a Bigfoot.
It is still a mystery today and I would have felt a lot better to have been in a small camper rather then in a flimsy tent that most any creature could knock down with ease.
This photo (another page) gives you a glimpse of what it looks like inside one of these tiny trailers. There seems to be room enough for two and once you get up you can fold up the sleeping bags and have room for sitting. Chairs can be set outside to expand your living quarters and maybe a tarp over it all to give added protection.