Custom Teardrop RV Trailer Leads To Business
With its shiny, aluminum exterior and sleek hump-back design, the half-pint camper looks like it popped out of the 1950s, Prairie Business magazine of Grand Forks, N.D., reported.
That’s just fine for the Minnesota couple, who on one camping trip spread out a red-checked table cloth and listened to a little Frank Sinatra while drinking wine and cooking spaghetti on the camper’s gourmet-style kitchen, with maple cupboards and a stainless-steel counter that’s housed under the back-hatch hood.
“My wife and I fell in love with that style of camping,” said Mike Geister, who hand-made his first teardrop camper trailer in the summer of 2012, using recyclable materials and low-energy LED lights.
Calling it a blend of camping with a tent and a popup camper that includes a “bed on wheels with a little kitchen,” Geister said traveling with the compact teardrop makes it possible to get away from it all without taking it all with you by providing a place to sleep and make meals.
“It’s really geared toward efficiency,” Geister said. “It’s a simple camping experience.”
Simple – but with luxury.
Geister’s designs include high-end touches like a memory-foam mattress, air conditioning, a TV and hand-made cabinetry that’s backlit with colored lights to “set the mood in your little honeymoon camper,” Geister said.
After fielding numerous requests from people who also wanted a teardrop camper, Geister turned his craftsmanship hobby into a new business – Geistwerks LLC.
Working out of his home on New London’s Mill Pond and marketing primarily through Craigslist, Facebook, Twitter and his website, Geistwerks.us, Geister has made and sold about a dozen campers.
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