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Bend Teardrop camper FAQ
A teardrop camper, also known as a teardrop camping trailer, is a small trailer shaped like a “teardrop” and used for camping outdoors with many of the benefits of–but without the inconvenience of–a full-sized RV. All our teardrop models feature a pop-up outdoor galley kitchen that allows you to cook in the great outdoors without smelling up your sleeping area.
To tow a teardrop camper, adventurers will need a tow package with a 2″ ball and a standard 4-pin connection for the brake lights. We also suggest installing a ball mount to adjust the ball height to 18″ off the ground. At 18” off the ground, adventurers can sleep level without having to unhook the trailer from the hitch. Tow packages are readily available at local retailers, such as Uhaul.
In most cases, it’s not necessary. We do, however, offer an a la carte option for those cars with lower tow capacities.
The Axle has 12″ of clearance off the ground, which equals if not exceeds that of most trucks. Teardrop trailers can go just about anywhere most vehicles can go.
Compared with full-sized campers, teardrop trailers, with their aerodynamic and ultralightweight design, will not significantly affect gas mileage.
Most RVs require “shore power,” defined as the power provided at a campsite or through a generator to power 110v outlets. Since teardrop campers are small enough to access tent sites, our stock models have battery-powered outlets and amenities, but we also offer an option for an AC shore power hookup in case adventurers want to access power from a campground to run some heavier-duty appliances. Keep in mind that our teardrop trailers are designed with dry camping in mind, so shore power is rarely required. Our solar option all but eliminates the need for shore power.
Installing a cooler in the back galley is possible, but inadvisable. First, it adds weight to the back of the trailer, which can cause problems since trailers tow better when the weight is distributed toward the front. Second, a cooler takes up valuable storage space that could otherwise be better used.
The 10-speed 2-way roof vent standard in all our models offers plenty of cross ventilation in most cases. For adventurers camping out in hotter, more humid climes, we offer a 2,300 BTU portable unit option, which we build into the camper for you. These units require 110v AC Shore Power or a Generator to function.
A queen mattress will fit in our 5×8 and 5×10 models. The 6×12 model fits a California king on the floor plus a full-size mattress on the bunk. For the 6×12 bunk, we recommend a full size 3" memory foam topper instead of a mattress so kids will have the most headroom. For the floor, we recommend a spring mattress around 6" thick, not memory foam as they collect moisture.
Our teardrops are well insulated so a heat source is not necessary until temperatures drop below freezing. In such conditions, and when dry camping (camping without shore power), we recommend indoor-safe propane heaters such as the “Little buddy.” If a power source is available, we recommend an electric space heater. Electric heat helps to keep the cabin dry, whereas the propane heaters will cause significant condensation. We also offer a forced-air propane heater from Propex that minimizes condensation.
No. If you have or are planning on getting a rooftop tent and want to use solar, we recommend having us install a solar plug hardwired to the battery so you can plug in a portable suitcase-style solar panel. You’ll want a panel of around 100 watts and make sure it comes with a charge controller.
Every teardrop camper comes standard with a wheeled tongue-mounted trailer jack that levels front-to-back. The jack can also accomplish side-to-side leveling, which only requires moving it by hand to find the flat spot. In extremely slanted spots, rocks or leveling blocks will help to even out the low side. If you are planning on using a roof tent we suggest using rear stabilizer jacks so the people on the roof do not shake the trailer when shifting at night.
Bend teardrop’s campers require almost no maintenance. Unlike most campers, there is no need to winterize them or prepare them for long-term storage. Once a year you’ll want to tighten the wheels and lube the hubs which are easy to do with a grease gun, and that’s about it.
Yes, we offer a two-year warranty against manufacturing defects, which is a year longer than most of our competitors.
Yes, each door has a latch lock that locks from the outside and a deadbolt that locks from the inside. The back hatch locks and so does the optional tongue-mounted storage box.
There are several options for hitch locks. We recommend the kind that locks through the hitch pinhole. For long-term outside storage, we recommend a tire lock.
In the State of Oregon, if the trailer weighs less than 1,800lbs and does not have a permanent stove, the DMV considers it a utility trailer, which does not require registration. Other states may differ. Bend Teardrop’s campers come with a VIN, Certificate of Origin, and a bill of sale, so should your state require registration, you will have all the information you need. As a company based in Oregon, we do not charge a sales tax on purchases, but your state may charge one when you register it. To insure a camper, all you will need is the VIN number.
No, we do not offer delivery. However, there are several companies that will pick up your completed camper and tow it to you. We recommend Uship.com. Most of our out-of-town customers pick their trailers up and camp on the way home.
We do not offer in-house financing but have worked with several banks to help customers secure a loan. We can provide all the necessary paperwork to help secure a loan. Our customers have had the best luck with community credit unions for financing, and in most cases they have needed an invoice in hand prior to starting the application. We recommend you speak with one of our teardrop camping trailer specialists for more information on how best to navigate the loan process.