Teardrop travel trailers gather on California coast (Teardrops, Part 3)

Last weekend, a dozen teardrop trailer owners gathered on the California coast just above Jenner and Ft. Ross, at Ocean Cove campground.  This gathering is an annual affair, the second weekend in October – here are pictures from the last few years.

Each year, a number of quality trailers, including several with full galleys in the back, join in the fun gathering. One, homebuilt teardrop, built by a single female out of Santa Rosa, had a very creative “pop-up”, giving the trailer 6 feet-plus of headroom. Very nicely done!

Several added additional square feet of living space, with creative add-on tent covers, as you’ll see in the pictures.

The combination of gorgeous California coastal weather, creative owners and a beautiful setting made for a nice weekend! 



The arguments for teardrops are several-fold: most weigh only 800 lbs. or so, hence they can be towed by almost any vehicle.  They store in a garage or beside the house, so no need to store them for $100+ per month somewhere.  They are hard-sided, so, spouses don’t worry about bear attacks; and, they are always loaded with your camp gear; so it’s easy to “hit the road on a moment’s notice”!  And, they range in price from $3,000 to about $8,000, depending on how tricked out, how large, how new they are – so they don’t break your budget!  One can always find a selection on eBay or Craig’s List, or at local dealers throughout N. CA (just search for “teardrop trailer”)!

For more inspiration on other travel destinations in California and the west, see my blog, http//blogs.esanjoaquin.com/valleytravel, or contact me at tviall@msn.com. 

Happy travels in the West!

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