A couple of weekends ago my wife and I became the proud owners of a Little Guy [email protected] Max Teardrop camping trailer. Teardrop trailers have been around since the '30s when a Popular Mechanics Article was written on how to build one. These little trailers are really a travel trailer that was designed to be a way to stay overnight without getting a hotel on a long trip. They can be pulled by almost any car and are great for camping, tailgating, or any kind of travel. We got one so we can travel more and see different places without paying too much money for hotels, food, etc... These little trailers can have all kinds of amenities with them. Mine has a queen size bed, TV, AC, AM/FM, DVD, 2 burner stove, sink, fridge, and everything runs off of a 12-volt deep cycle battery, except the AC. So you could be away from electrical outlets and still watch TV or cook, etc... They even have solar panel hookups if you want to recharge your battery if you're way off the grid.
What I like about them is that they get my wife and me out of the house together. Now, I love to go backpacking and hiking and taking my camera with me deep into the woods, putting up a hammock or tent and staying there all night. My wife doesn't like roughing it as much as I do though. The Teardrop camper brings amenities of home with you as you camp. We have been tent campers for quite a long time and enjoy setting up a tent in a state park or national park, but we decided to upgrade to this little guy that is really a tent and kitchen on wheels. But it doesn't have the cost of a big RV trailer that would have to be towed by a larger vehicle than we have and would require a lot more maintenance than we would like to do in our older years. Right now it's a bit of a learning curve trying to figure out everything with the trailer, but we are fast learners.
We took one trip already with our Teardrop. We went to a state park not too far from here to Medoc Mountain State Park, a nice little park that's about an hour and a half away and a great spot for our maiden voyage. And everything went pretty well. The weather didn't cooperate very much. It was chilly and calling for rain, which it finally did late at night. We stumbled through getting things set up and put in the right places, learning about the stove as we cooked a couple of meals in our new kitchen. We are towing our new trailer with my old faithful truck, my 1999 Ford F150 "Betsy." We plan on buying a new car in a couple of years. But until then "Ole Betsy" will be our tow vehicle. This weekend I built a hard tonneau cover for my truck for security and maybe a little of gas milage boost would be a plus. It turned out pretty good, and I saved myself hundreds of dollars. I plan on going on another trip this coming weekend. I'm sure there will be a blog about it.