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#1 NaturalWoman

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Posted 21 September 2009 - 10:57 AM

Hi all,

Here's a fun link to a revised version of a traditional design: http://www.roamingti...op-trailer.aspx

Also, a friend who just bought a T@B tells me that the manufacturer is temporarily suspending production. Wonder how long that "temporarily" will be. Will T@Bs quickly become collector's items?

My friend says that her T@B weighs 1800 lbs unloaded, and that she tows it with her Toyota Matrix. Wow! She avoids hills.

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#2 DesertHawk

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Posted 21 September 2009 - 01:02 PM

biggrin.gif They are neat looking, as a matter of fact, I was looking at one's much like the So-Cal teardrop before we went to our egg. It is sooo nice having a shower & head & a galley in the trailer with you. Looked at a Tab as well. Ditto on no shower. mad.gif
Thanks for sharing, always like to see what is out there.

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#3 SteveH

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Posted 21 September 2009 - 01:05 PM

Here's a link to some pictures, including build pictures, of a teardrop trailer that I built in '04. http://www.mikenchel...php?user_id=395

I spent 64 nights in that trailer, and towed it over 25K miles before selling it for what it cost me to build it. It is a much simpler way to camp than even a Casita. One of the first things you must learn is how to undress and dress while laying down. biggrin.gif
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Posted 21 September 2009 - 02:53 PM

Its interesting that the 5X11 Cal Deluxe model is a bit more than I paid for the 09 C17SD.

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Posted 21 September 2009 - 03:14 PM

QUOTE (travlinbob @ Sep 21 2009, 03:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Its interesting that the 5X11 Cal Deluxe model is a bit more than I paid for the 09 C17SD.

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biggrin.gif Oh, yes. That was the other reason I when looking and stopped with a molded fiberglass trailer.

SteveH, Very nice unit, your a good carpenter for sure. Someone got a very goood deal on a teardrop. I liked the AC system. biggrin.gif

Edited by DesertHawk, 21 September 2009 - 03:23 PM.


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#6 SteveH

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 03:58 AM

Thanks Desert Hawk. It was a fun project which took me about four months to build, with most of the time spent looking for materials. It was really not too big a deal to build as it was mostly plywood. I enjoyed camping with it, but it got to be just too much "roughing it", the worst being if the weather turned bad.
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Posted 22 September 2009 - 09:06 AM

There are a lot of teardrop builders out there and I think some of them are pretty ugly in the end. One that I think nailed it from the Aesthetics standpoint is Camp-Inn. Check them out here
http://tinycamper.com/index.htm


I visited the factory once and the high quality surprised me. Everything was first class. It's a different style of camping than the casita, but if the teardrop is your thing, these are nice ones.

Check out the 560, it's a new take on an old design.

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 10:20 AM

Sisters T@B at Smithville lake in Missouri. They are really nice...but no bathroom. The attached screen room was great as was the view and weather. But...sadley I forgot my fishing pole. mf

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#9 SteveH

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 05:00 AM

The CampInn teardrops are very nice and considered the "Cadillac" of the teardrops, but they are expensive, with a mid-priced unit going for about $12,500.

The vast majority of true teardrops today are home built, and they have almost a cult following with "gatherings" like most every other type of RV. Here is a link to some photos I took of various trailers at a "gathering" in Louisiana a while back: http://s127.photobuc...9970127/LCG II/

As you can see, no two are alike, with the exception that all sleep two, and the bed is on the floor.
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Posted 23 September 2009 - 06:11 AM

I have to think that for certain groups of people, a teardrop is a far better choice than even our beloved Casitas.

With the advent of smaller, more fuel efficient cars, only a few people can tow a Casita, and fewer will be able to do so in the future as social conscience influences people to reduce their carbon foot print (not to mention if the Cap and Trade Bill before the Senate is passed to help solve Global Warming, which would increase fossil fuel cost by as much as 40% to encourage people to live more efficiently).

I see the teardrop as a solution for folks who travel more miles than they stop-and-camp given their low profile and aerodynamics, especially if one does it in the dry West, or in nice weather elsewhere.

In fact, I'd love one (or maybe a Patriot Standard) to tag behind my Jeep Wrangler, or whatever smaller car being socially responsible forces me to drive. They're cute as a bug!

But I wouldn't pay anything close to $12,500 for one, but a friend admired my Casita, saying he'd LOVE to have one, also did a double-take when I answered I'd paid $10k for my used 17SD, blurting out, "I'd love one, but that thing's not worth more than $2500." Value, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

Some teardrop sites:
http://www.teardrops.net/
http://www.mikenchel...orums/index.php

Bob

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 07:52 PM

QUOTE (mfoster @ Sep 22 2009, 01:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sisters T@B at Smithville lake in Missouri. They are really nice...but no bathroom. The attached screen room was great as was the view and weather. But...sadley I forgot my fishing pole. mf

look at a new 2010 and it has a bathroom,but no shower...I like it
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Posted 24 September 2009 - 08:16 PM

Yes they are cute, and I admire the workmanship in the homemade ones, but no shower or bathroom. That's the reason we bought our Casita. By the way, we still have our VW Westfalia, which is kind of like camping in a teardrop except you can stand up in it, even when it's raining, and you don't have to tow it, plus we have our choice of sleeping upstairs or downstairs. They even have a cult following of their own.

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#13 mfoster

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Posted 25 September 2009 - 02:07 PM

QUOTE (PaPa Smurf @ Sep 23 2009, 08:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (mfoster @ Sep 22 2009, 01:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sisters T@B at Smithville lake in Missouri. They are really nice...but no bathroom. The attached screen room was great as was the view and weather. But...sadley I forgot my fishing pole. mf

look at a new 2010 and it has a bathroom,but no shower...I like it



True they do have the bathroom but not self contained from what I saw...but if I could have two trailers would consider one. Our Casita is the ticket for sure...I always tell my sitster...nice..but no bathroom...lol she hates that..but what else are brothers for.