Teardrop travel trailers make light traveling fun!

Slick little silver teardrop spotted in Shaniko, OR last summer

A classic 66 Serro Scotty Sportsman, Gaucho model, similar to our 64 awaiting rebuild (my wife says it’s been a long wait)
We spotted this “woody” in a campground in central British Columbia last summer
An original 1958 Serro Scotty Junior, #9 off the factory assembly line
This was Popular Mechanic’s “build-it-yourself” trailer, popular in 1937; one of the first models to catch the public’s fancy
A factory-built Big Woody teardrop
A 1957 Cree teardrop (with step-down interior, allowing about 5′ 8″ headroom in small galley), this was for sale near Bend, OR
An original Kit Kamper behind a classic corvette (this is a file photo; though we have seen original Kits from the late 40s)
A factory-built Campmore we saw on the Oregon coast

Recently, I wrote about teardrop travel trailers, among the smallest of travel trailers.  They are light and easy to tow, storable in a garage or beside the house, easy on gas mileage and innately cute, causing many campers to ask for a look-see!  I thought readers might like to see a few other teardrops we have seen in our travels around the USA and up into Canada.  Note that several of these are larger than the smallest teardrops, and have a “step-down interior” allowing about 5’8″ headroom in the center galley.  Enjoy!

We have owned and toured with a Kit Kamper teardrop reproduction unit; we sold it after we bought a slightly larger 1964 Serro Scotty Sportsman trailer in spring, 2013.  The larger vintage Scotty currently resides in my garage, awaiting my return to the rebuild that it needs.

Last summer we found a cute, little 1958 Scotty Junior teardrop advertised on eBay, built in 2011 by a West Virginia high school shop teacher.  We are soon to depart for a several week trip to Arizona and New Mexico in our little Scotty.

How do you find a teardrop?  Check eBay and Craig’s List for teardrop campers; you will usually find a pretty good selection of both home-built and factory-built models.  They range in price anywhere from around $2,000 to upwards of $10,000, depending upon size, quality, age and optional equipment.  Most teardrops are of the 4×8′ variety, though you will find some up to 5′ wide and 9 or 10′ long.

If you are buying, look for quality workmanship and one comfy to sleep in; you don’t need a lot of built-in equipment when you realize that most of the time, you are camping (at least in California and the west) in nice weather.  You will be sitting, cooking and socializing outside in the campground  – right beside those folks in the giant $50,000 fifth-wheels!  Happy travels; and, leave a light footprint!

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