The Teardrop Travel
Trailer Adventures in Oklahoma
The Perfect RV for Couples Who Kayak
- Like boats, RV's can be costly & difficult to maintain.
Teardrop RV's offer savings through simplicity much like kayaks
- As both families and automobile engines get smaller, the
easy-to-tow, teardrop micro-RV grows in popularity.
- A large number of Teardrop manufacturers are now in business,
but the boom in DIY teardrop trailer projects is bigger than
- I go camping to enjoy the outdoors, not a TV. I need little
more than a simple bedroom on wheels. Why break the bank on a 30
foot 5th wheel?
- Teardrop travel trailers are light enough to be pulled
by almost any vehicle. Sometimes less...is more.
Our family does not build trailers for
sale. This webpage is here to help folks learn about teardrop trailers.
My Teardrop Travel Trailer Haiku
My Silver Grotto
follows my Silverado
on to adventure!
List of the Best Oklahoma Kayaking Spots for Teardrop Trailer Camping
Lower Mountain Fork River near Broken Bow, OK
Illinois River near Tahlequah, OK
Kiamichi River near Antlers, OK
Spring River near Quapaw, OK
Lake Eufaula, OK
State Park South of Okmulgee, OK
wife and I recently bought ourselves a teardrop travel trailer for
more comfortable camping.
Since we rarely camp for more than two days in a row so large RV's are
a bit of overkill for us. Our teardrop was made by a
structural engineer from Arkansas. It is an aluminum exterior
teardrop with air conditioning and a rear galley. It looks pretty
retro, but the trailer frame was from a 1990's model popup trailer
and the rest of the teardrop trailer is brand new. We call it the
'Silver Grotto for our Silverado'.
Personally, I prefer to launch my kayak close to dawn or sunset
in the summer. It is much easier for me to achieve that goal, if I
can spend the night by the riverside. However, I am too old
for sleeping on the ground and Oklahoma is too hot for summertime
camping outside. We tried a larger RV once, but found it was
just too much trouble to move the thing for our quick overnight
kayaking road trips around Oklahoma. I am hopeful that the teardrop
travel trailer will help us see more morning light on a wider
variety of water! It worked well enough on its maiden voyage to
Okmulgee State Park to really get me excited about its potential.
Your Teardrop RV...Buy it vs. Build It
Teardrop trailers can be hard to find and even harder to finance.
Considering that a new custom built teardrop RV can cost over
$10,000, many people prefer to build their own teardrop camping
trailer from their own plans or from a kit of pre-cut parts. For
links to some great resources on building your own tiny teardrop
http://www.tinytears.cc and join some of the teardrop camper
groups and forums like:
& Tiny Travel Trailers. Spend some time in these Teardrop
camper forums and you will see some amazing works of art. I like the
amazing pop-up camper / teardrop trailer hybrids like the Weekend
Warrior, Doug's Rocketeer and the Bowlus style designs. If you want to see the
creativity of teardrop trailer owner check out the
Hall of Fame on the T & TTT site. It is a huge listing of
amazing teardrop trailer photos. Lots of innovation is going on
among the home builders of these tiny 'caravans' today.
However, if you have the coin and don't have the time, you can
purchase brand new manufactured models. Currently popular
manufactured Teardrop travel trailer brands include: Little Guy,
Camp-Inn, T@B by Thor, Wee Kender, Wazat, Cozy Cruiser, and So-Cal
I think Troy, the builder of our teardrop, did a good job constructing
it, but we
did have to work on the AC. When Troy sold it to me, he warned
me that it might need a new AC unit. I was not worried because
these units are very cheap. However, after taking my first camping
trip in it, I noticed the unit does cool, it just does not cool very
well. After doing a little research this week, I learned some
surprisingly counter-intuitive things about air conditioning in
teardrop travel trailers. My wife and I installed a replacement unit
this weekend. It cools very nicely now. We took a trip to Onapa RV Park near Checotah, Oklahoma
recently. We learned that sometimes you need a conversion plug
to connect to campsite power.
Conditioning Tips for the Teardrop Trailer
Teardrop trailers are too small for the smallest wall units. It’s
important and required to have some fresh air coming in to keep the
air unit from icing up.
Opening a window or two can improve your AC performance.
There also must be enough warm air coming in to the evaporator coils
otherwise they will freeze up.
Install a drain hose for the condensate pan on the bottom of the A/C
Never sleep in a completely enclosed teardrop, you need fresh air.
Be sure to properly vent the exhaust both from the AC Unit & from
any electrical generators.
Buy the smallest BTU air conditioning unit you can find for your
teardrop trailer, usually this is around 2500 BTU.
Got more tips to add? Drop me a
comment on my
Teardrop Trailer Packing List
You have to pack light for teardrop trailer RV adventures. Here is the
packing list that I am using to plan for road trips in my teardrop
------Gear in Teardrop Trailer ------------
rain gear, gloves, hitch lock
Swimwear, towels, water socks
flashlight, insect repellent, sunscreen
Trailer entrance rug,
entrance step, travel bins
-----------Gear In Truck-------------
Extra shoes & socks & hats
Shaving kit & extra water
Scotch for wheels & Dad
Kayaks, sprayskirts, paddles, PFD's
-----------Gear In Teardrop Trailer Galley -------------
Flour, Cooking oil, trash bags, paper towels, tongs
Kettle, Oatmeal, dried fruit, toaster,
Sunscreen, tiny whisk broom & dustpan, candles
Propane stove & small propane canisters,
Mess Kit, flatware, salt & pepper, Splenda, filter pot
Coffee, cups, filters,
coffee beans, grinder, creamer & sweetener
Ziplock baggies, lighter, charcoal, pots and frying pans with
-----------Ice Chest items-----------------
Hot Dogs & buns
Fresh fruit & vegetables,
----- Optional / Seasonal items-------------
Fishing gear: drops, poles, cast net, landing net, fish bag, cutting
board, fillet knife, minnow bucket, bait
Small tent, EZ-up Canopy, Sleeping bags
Batteries, electronics like laptop, cameras, tripod, extra battery
Sports gear like Bowling
Frisbee, hiking boots, bikes, etc.
Extension cord, converter
Spring River Near Quapaw
in Northern Oklahoma
(Blue Hole Canoe Floats is Back open for 2011)
Teardrop Trailer Campground Destinations Around Oklahoma
This list is not all-inclusive. It is merely a list of RV
camping locations that I hope to visit soon.
I organized the list by the water resources they are located near.
Naturally, Broken Bow, Oklahoma is at the top of the list. I just
love the cold, clear-water river runs and the beautiful Pine trees
and Bald Cypress.
Visit our Mountain Fork River page to learn more about my
favorite area for camping in Oklahoma...Southeastern, Oklahoma!
The Elk River in Missouri!
The Elk River is a fun
river to paddle just across the border into Missouri. It is easy
Class I boating through typical Ozark scenery. The large number
of canoe & kayak outfitters make Pineville, Missouri & Noel,
Missouri well worth the short drive from our home in
See our Elk River Page for more details about the fun area,
check out the RV sites listed below, if you want to bring your
teardrop trailer for a visit!
K River Campground and RV Park
HC 66 Box 42, Patterson Road,
Moyers, OK 74557
Wireless Internet, 50
pull thru RV sites for any size RV,5 Cabins with Heat and A/C,
Tent camping - Monthly RV sites also. 36 acres with 1/2 mile of
Kiamichi River with float trips and shuttle services available!
Mountain Home RV Park in Sobol, OK
Located approximately 30 miles from the Indian Nation
Turnpike Antlers, OK, Full RV Hook Ups, 24 Hour Security,
Satellite TV Optional, Wireless Internet, 15/30/50 Amp Electric
Service, Deck and Picnic Table At Each Spot. Phone: (952)
Big Cedar RV Park & Cabins
21823 State Highway 63
Big Cedar, Oklahoma 74939
RV camp spaces are large enough to handle the largest rigs and
all the camp sites are pull through for easy entry and exit.
The sites are full service with electricity, water, sewer,
cable, and wi-fi.
Each reserved space includes full access to all facilities
including bathhouse with separate shower facilities and
coin operated laundry. Daily RV Rates: $24 per night (based on
Onapa RV Park
Phone: (888) 596-9343 or local (918) 360-8252.
Conveniently set off Highway 69 between Checotah & Eufaula.
RV & tent camping with lots nearby to see and do.
Access to two public, paved boat launches within 500 feet of the
park, and close to shopping & places to eat. Small Fishing Pond,
Picnic Spaces, Hiking Trails, Horse Trails, Laundry Facility,
Separate Shower Rooms, Men's & Women's Restrooms. Pet
Crowder Point Family Campground on Lake Eufaula
Highway 69 & Rock Creek Road
Crowder, OK 74430
Conveniently set off Highway 69 & Rock Creek Road.
Generous campsites, full hook-ups with 50 amps of electricity.
Dump station, showers, tidy bathrooms, a group area, and a gated
entry, so you never need to worry about the safety of your
belongings. Access to one of the best
catfish holes in Southeastern Oklahoma. Sites right on the water
and near bait. Call for reservations.
Customize Your Teardrop Travel Trailer
Customizing your teardrop RV to fit your particular camping needs
is one of the fun parts of teardrop ownership.
I am keeping a wish
list of customization ideas for my teardrop trailer. My wife
and I were not confident enough to build a teardrop camper from
scratch nor were we ready to buy a high end manufactured model. We bought a
homemade teardrop from a builder. We hope to 'make-it-ours' through
customizations and upgrades. Your
mileage may vary!
-------------Potential Future Improvements to my Teardrop---------------
interior ceiling & wall coverings & cabinet doors
Black Magnetic Toolbar Stripes
Roof Racks with
Nicer wheels, tires & fenders
Door-side running board / step
Solar battery charger
Portable generator / inverter
Fold-out galley table / ice chest stand
Diamond plate rock guard
or paint job
Built-in MP3 audio
PVC Pipe fishing rod
for bait and/or catch
Attachable striped side canopy & galley tents
easy setup sun shade
External meat smoker,
Inflatable hot tub
External shower/toilet tent
Trailer brakes & nicer looking wheels/hubs
Receiver hitch on rear of trailer
Folbot Folding Kayak
Chuck Box & Camp Kitchen improvements
Aluminum or stainless steel backsplash for interior
To get more great ideas on customizing your own teardrop camper
you have to see these pictures:
visit the Hall of Fame page on the T&TTT Site.
DIY Teardrop Trailer Parts Suppliers
R.W. Johnson Teardrop Trailers
hinges, hardware, windows, moldings, lighting, axles/suspensions,
3330 Mary Lane
hinges, hardware, windows, moldings, lighting, frames,
axles/suspensions, wheels/hubcaps, kits
Tiny Tears Teardrop Trailers
Full size teardrop
trailer patterns, building manuals & training courses
PO Box 3014
Newport, RI 02840
Kuffel Creek Press
Teardrop trailer plans on CD-ROM
PO Box 2663
Riverside, CA 92516
Tin Top Teardrop
Teardrop trailer plans
2498 Wickersham Rd.
Charlevoix, MI 49720
Float Trips In The
A wealth of great float trip ideas for great Ozark
rivers and lakes can be
found here on our website. Goodness knows you have to get
out of that tiny Teardrop camper, once you wake up! Kayak down the
thrilling & scenic Lower Mt. Fork River in Broken Bow, OK. Oklahoma's
neighbor states offer great paddling too: like the fast and easy fun of
The Elk River
and the scenic beauty of
The Kings River
both in Missouri.
The White River
The Buffalo River
in Arkansas are both popular destinations with Oklahoma
Spring River offers easy Class I paddling from Kansas to
Oklahoma Area Float Trip Outfitters List