Some people are not ashamed to admit that they like teardrops, especially when they come in the form of small lightweight camping trailers.
Bill Coberly, the owner of Tear Drops Northwest in Salem, Ore., has one of the few businesses in the immediate area that sell the trailers, according to a report in the Statesman Journal.
Teardrop camping, Coberly said, is a hybrid between using a tent and an RV and is especially convenient for people who are looking to either simplify or reduce costs of using the larger trailers.
Retired veteran Dan Archer, 51, owned an 18-foot-long fully loaded camping trailer for several years. But recently, he said, he realized he had not been making the most of that trailer. “I noticed I never really needed that much space,” he said.
He began doing research online to see what options were available, and one day while driving in Salem, he saw one of the teardrop trailers and followed the signs to Coberly’s business. “It caught my eye,” he said.
Coberly said one of things he enjoys about owning and selling the trailers is how much attention they draw from people who are curious about the pint-size campers.
“People are always looking at them,” he said. “There’s a fascination with that cubby-hole space and what could be going on in there.”
Archer, although still a relatively new owner, said he was impressed with the way the trailer pulled behind his Jeep and that it was easy to move around. He was able to physically move it around himself, unlike having to maneuver the 18-foot-long trailer.
Some minor kinks he said he was getting accustomed to were not having a bathroom and some initial struggling with his air mattress as well as getting adjusted to how to make the best use of his storage space. But for all intents and purposes, Archer said the teardrop worked out well.
Another advantage Archer has discovered is the lower cost of fuel from pulling the lighter trailer. “It hardly took any fuel,” he said.
Pulling the 4,000-pound trailer was much less efficient than the 800-pound teardrop, he said.
Archer said he is planning several more camping excursions, including trips to Deschutes County and Eastern Oregon.