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Tear drops are not my cuppa, but thought this might interest a few.
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Hey Theo,This is a great idea imo.Thanks for posting it. James.

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I recall when camping trailers could be towed by just about any car. Teardrop campers were the vogue in the late 40's and the 50's when the economy was booming and people had extra money to spend. I remember them well.

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Only one thing's missing, there is no door on the front end. You'd have to tow this with a truck, there really aren't any cars with real bumpers anymore. Rememeber the trailer hitches you used to clamp on to the rear bumper?
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Only one thing's missing, there is no door on the front end. You'd have to tow this with a truck, there really aren't any cars with real bumpers anymore. Rememeber the trailer hitches you used to clamp on to the rear bumper?
Why would this require a truck to tow? Hitches haven't been bumper mounted in decades, they bolt onto the frame under the trunk and protrude beyond the bumper.

And, in almost 7 years of teardropping and looking at teardrops, I've never seen a teardrop with a door on the front. The traditional configuration has two doors to the sleeping cabin on the sides, and a hatch that lifts to reveal the galley in the rear.

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That was a little joke since it has side doors and a big hatch on the back. I didn't know they could put a hitch on modern cars. When I was a kid, we had a teardrop for camping. I remember it had a little vent on top you could open to cool it off and get a little fresh air.

It was nice to camp under a hard cover rather than a tent. These days, I prefer to camp out in a nice motel.

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BAck in 2010 forum member RStaron began a build of his own Tear Drop Camper. Ron never did finish the thread, but what he posted was quite interesting..

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I consider a teardrop better than sleeping in a pup tent. One advantage is, you don't have to put up something in the rain. But, in most of them you have about enough space for two people, and that's about it. No indoor loo, cook outdoors, regardless of the weather. But, they are usually pretty inexpensive to build, almost any vehicle can pull one, and a lot of people really like them. They have been around for a long time, and if you want some vintage plans to make one, here are a few. Vintage Teardrop Trailer Plans

I originally posted because I've never seen one shaped like that one. So not sure if it would be considered a real teardrop or not. But one of the neater things about teardrops, in my opinion, is that you can take the basic design and run with it. Here is some examples of just that. https://www.google.com/search?q=modi...g_Cb60e-TglRM:
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BAck in 2010 forum member RStaron began a build of his own Tear Drop Camper. Ron never did finish the thread, but what he posted was quite interesting..

http://www.routerforums.com/show-n-t...op-camper.html
Thanks Bill. I was just about to mention this old thread.....I wonder what happened, all those years ago...?

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BAck in 2010 forum member RStaron began a build of his own Tear Drop Camper. Ron never did finish the thread, but what he posted was quite interesting..
I saw that he bought his plans. There are loads of free plans on-line, so no need to ever buy any. I've been seeing them for years. Never had any interest in a teardrop, but used to check the plans to see if there were any ideas I could use. My plan is to find a suitable vehicle and convert it to a small camper, something I wouldn't have to get out and walk back to where I would sleep, that has enough headroom to stand up in, an inside loo, cooking facilities, etc. I had a stepvan for a short period, but found out quickly that my back did not like getting in and out of that at all, so passed it on. Too bad in a way, it would have made a nice camper otherwise. So now the plan is a van, maybe a suburban, something that won't hurt my back getting in and out, make an extended roof, and do the interior. Would be nice to find something I could stand in as is, but those are few and far between, and either need a lot of work (read money) to get running, and/or are horribly expensive.

Here is a list of supposedly some of the best, and free, teardrop trailer plans out there. Best Free Teardrop Trailer Camper Plans and Walk-Throughs

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