Teardrop Camper OEM Thinks Smaller is Better
When it comes to camping, one size doesn’t fit all.
As reported by the Star Tribune, Minneapolis, options range from a sparse tent to a spacious 42-foot luxury motorhome with kitchen and big-screen TV — and everything in between.
On that scale, Bert Taylor’s tiny teardrop-shaped Vistabule camper trailers are at the minuscule end. Exactly where he wants to be.
His rig, in fact, might be the smallest recreational vehicle at the Minneapolis-St. Paul RV, Vacation & Camping Show, which opens Thursday at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
At only 10 feet long and 5 feet wide, several would fit inside some large RVs. But beauty — like practicality and affordability — is in the eye of the beholder.
“Some RVers want to take the comforts of home with them, but a teardropper wants to leave the clutter of home behind,’’ said Taylor, 62, of Minneapolis, who launched Minnesota Teardrop Trailer LLC three years ago. “It’s little on the outside, but big on the inside.’’
Small has its advantages. The Vistabule weighs about 1,200 pounds, meaning it can be towed with just about any vehicle. It’s easy to trailer, and doesn’t take up much space. And the cost — about $14,000 to $18,000, depending on amenities — is a fraction of a big RV.
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