So, I am thinking about getting a teardrop trailer.
I think it would be a good idea to start with the requirements.
- Dry Weight: 1200lbs max.
- Loaded Weight: 1900lbs max.
- Tongue Weight: 200lbs max.
- Bed size: Queen, 60″x80″ or 5’x6’8″
- Bed quality: a real mattress, not a foam pad in many sections.
- Battery power.
- Sink: 15 gallon fresh water minimum.
- Gas Burners: 2
- Cooler: 20 gallon minimum.
- Storage: somewhere above pillow, for CPAP.
- Bluetooth speakers.
- USB ports for phone/ipad charging.
Things I have seen that I like:
- Torsion axles. Less ground clearance required.
- Electric brakes. Although I am not sure I am ready to wire a controller into the car.
- Minimal amounts of plastic: linoleum, Formica, PVC paneling, etc.
- Large windows on door for maximum ventilation.
- Rear hatch headroom: 6’4″ person can walk around and under it without hitting their head.
Ideas I kind of like, but am not sure exist:
- All drawers in galley area should be easy to lift off and carry into the house for packing, unpacking.
- Inside storage should also integrate some kind of container that can easily be moved into the house for packing/unpacking.
- Be nice if there was a way to add an awning, or vestibule to provide shelter over the door(s).
Questions I have:
- To where does the sink drain? Do they have grey water tanks? Does it drain onto the ground? Does it drain into a bucket that you then haul off and dump?
- When I come back from a hike and have a wet raincoat and muddy boots; what do I do with them as I get into the trailer? I see myself opening the door, taking off my coat, sitting in the doorway, taking off my boots, and then what? I don’t want to bring them inside, they are wet and muddy. I don’t want to leave them outside…