I spent part of yesterday working on our teardrop trailer getting it ready for our upcoming road trip. Mostly I was taking care of things that we have learned will come loose when we hit a bump in the road. I like things to be tight and not scattered all over the place when I open the door to the cabin or lift the rear hatch to work in the galley. So I nailed and screwed and added hooks for bundgee cords to hold everything down. I have to admit that I’m starting to get excited about our journey from Mexico to Canada and back, living in the Pod, as Barbara has dubbed it, for a month.

Whenever we park in a rest stop or a campground, curious people stop us and ask about the trailer. The first question is always, “Did you build that yourself?” The answer is, “No, it was built by a guy in Logan, Utah, who hand makes each teardrop to order and takes great pride in his work.” Preston calls his company Teardrop72, and there’s a good story behind that name that I’ll let him tell you. You can find him on the web at teardrop72.com.

The second thing people ask is “Is there room enough for two to sleep inside?” That’s when the tour begins; it doesn’t take long so let me show you around.

We have found that the Pod is a a great compromise between tent camping and hauling a larger trailer or an RV. It offers the convenience of quick set up and take down but without the weight and bulk and parking hassles.

If you are interested in having your own teardrop, take a look at the Teardrop72 website for complete pricing and order information. Members of the US Route 89 Appreciation Society receive a 5% discount on the purchase of a custom trailer and Preston donates 5% to us in support of our project.

Teardrop Trailer Exterior View

The trailer is 4 feet wide by 8 feet long by 6.5 feet high. It weights 700 pounds and is a dream to tow. Unless I look in the rearview mirror, I sometimes forget that it is back there.

Teardrop Trailer Storage Box

The storage box on the front holds a 5-gallon water bottle, a charcoal grill, a couple of camp chairs and Mr. Heater, our small propane heater that keeps us warm at night when needed.

Teardrop Trailer Interior View

The cabin is about the size of a double bed. There is a 4 inch foam pad on the floor and plenty of pillows to sit against for reading in bed. A shelf holds plastic bins for storage and there are trays for holding flashlights, books and other personal items. The windows and a skylight open for ventilation on warm nights.

Teardrop Trailer with rear cover open

The back end of the trailer lifts up for access to the galley. (I like the nautical term; it sounds more romantic than kitchen.)

Teardrop Trailer Galley

The galley has a work surface for food preparation and my trusty old Coleman stove. Under the counter, I added three storage boxes for dry food, cooking and eating utensils and other camping supplies. The hatch provides some shelter from the weather.

The Cowlin's teardrop trailer at Bonita Campground, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Arizona

Putting it all together, here is Barbara enjoying a cup of coffee and her morning reading time at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.

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6 comments

  1. Comment by Peter Bush

    Peter Bush Reply June 12, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Hi, My wife and I are in the process of buying a Teardrop from Preston at teardrop 72.
    What we are asking is where did you purchase you 4 inch foam mattress pad?

  2. Comment by Kathy wolfinbarger

    Kathy wolfinbarger Reply November 1, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Thank you. I’m sure I will have more questions. My husband just passed away this summer, and we have been tents campers for 45 years. I’am now in need of helpful hints for the beginning of my new adventure alone.

  3. Comment by Kathy Wolfinbarger

    Kathy Wolfinbarger Reply November 1, 2012 at 6:37 am

    After looking at hundreds of galleys on the internet I have found yours to be my favorite layout. I am having someone build me one and I would like to know what are the measurements of the two sizes of bins and the measurement of the openings for the 3 separate lower compartments. Also what is the width of your inside shelf with the totes. Is that a bungie cord holding it in place? Thank you for a womderful website.
    Kathy
    PS Please answer ASP so I can relay it to builder.

    • Comment by James Cowlin

      James Cowlin Reply November 1, 2012 at 7:32 am

      The compartments under the galley shelf are Itso boxes which I bought at Target. There are various types of inserts, doors and shelves for the Itso boxes so you can configure them to suit your needs. Each box is 15 inches square so three of them fit nicely under the shelf which is 18 inches high. That leaves space on top of the boxes to store flat things. The inside shelf is 17 inches deep with a half inch lip. The plastic bins are from Ikea. There is a shallow bin that fits in the top of the deeper bin. We use the big bins for extra bedding and towels. The top bins are good for stuff you need at night like books and toilet kits. We found that the bins would fall off the shelf during travel so I secured them with a bungee cord across the front. It is easy to remove the cord so the bins can be taken out. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.

  4. Comment by Joe Todd

    Joe Todd Reply January 2, 2011 at 6:17 am

    I would think in the summer the inside temp would be impossible. How do you handle temp control both hot/cold in the teardrop?

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