Yesterday, I mentioned I went to check out something I’m thinking of buying! It’s a Little Guy Teardrop Camper! The manufacturer is located in Massillon, Ohio and they’re built by Amish craftsmen. You can find a dealer in 35 of the States.
These used to be popular back in the 50’s and have just recently begun to take off again because of the high gas prices. Weighing in under 1000 lbs., most vehicles, even small cars like my Honda Civic, can tow them! Although my car is rated to tow 1000 lbs., when you get all of your stuff into one, I’d prefer to be under that weight!
I want to take a road trip…stay for free occasionally in Wal-Mart parking lots…when I’m not staying at campgrounds. Perhaps through North Carolina to the coast…down to Charleston…Savannah…Destin Beach, Florida…New Orleans and then on down to Florida. My friends laugh when I say I might stay in Wal-Mart parking lots!
This is the Silver Shadow model. It has the most features and the largest price tag.
The 5-Wide Platform is 5-ft. wide inside (imagine that)–queen size bed–and as you can see has a sink and built-in propane stove.
The Little Guy Joey weighs in at less than 500 lbs. and at $5,000 is quite affordable. The kitchen counter folds down when not in use. The dimensions of this one are 4’x7′ with a full size bed… so when I laid down in it my feet were hitting the kitchen table (remember I’m 5’11” tall). They make a 4’x8′, but I think it’s a bit too small and I would rather have a sink.
This is the silver shadow interior…
After scouring the internet for a couple of days, I found the Nestegg Campers out in California. They weigh 700 lbs. and range in price, depending upon extras, from $10,000 to $11,000. You have to wait a couple of months for them to make one for you.
Serro Scotty is very similar to the following Prolites below, but they weigh 960 lbs. and I’m trying to keep it below 800!
There’s a company in Canada called Prolite and I was really excited to find them. As you can see from the below brochure, you can cook and do dishes inside and they have a lot of standard features. I like the idea of being able to put your feet on the floor inside.
The Eco is $15,000 (Canadian dollars) (750 lbs.), but the Cool 13 is only $12,500 and 850 lbs. Those prices are including the extra $1500 they charge for misc.
There is an even lighter model called the Suite that looks similar to the Eco, weighs 550 lbs. and is only $8,500.00.
Here’s the inside…
I would have to drive 9 hours to Canada to pick it up. What’s a girl to do?
P.S. I’m also thinking of just taking my trusty tent and camping!
- Bike Campers: 12 Mini Mobile Homes for Nomadic Cyclists (weburbanist.com)
- Camper Fun (aprilheatherart.com)
- Tough All-Terrain Teardrop Trailer Goes Off-Grid, Packs Rooftop Tent (treehugger.com)
- The Teardrop, The Attached, And Other Camping Alternatives (tahitiangoddess.wordpress.com)