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The Kiamichi River in Southeastern Oklahoma.

 

 

 

The Teardrop Travel Trailer Adventures in Oklahoma

The Silver Grotto - Teardrop travel trailer of Thomas & Dianne JonesThe 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 do.
     
  • 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 ever.
     
  • 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

1. Lower Mountain Fork River near Broken Bow, OK
2. Illinois River near Tahlequah, OK
3. Kiamichi River near Antlers, OK
4. Spring River near Quapaw, OK
5. Lake Eufaula, OK
6. Okmulgee State Park South of Okmulgee, OK

Many Teardrop trailers have doors on each side, but ours only has one door.My 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 trailer visit: http://www.tinytears.cc and join some of the teardrop camper groups and forums like: http://www.tearjerkers.net and Teardrops & 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 Teardrops.

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.

Teardrop Trailer Window Unit Air Conditioner InstallAir 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 unit.

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 Kayak Oklahoma Blog.
 

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 RV.


------Gear in Teardrop Trailer ------------
Tarp, rain gear, gloves, hitch lock
Swimwear, towels, water socks
Bedding, flashlight, insect repellent, sunscreen
Trailer entrance rug, entrance step, travel bins

-----------Gear In Truck-------------
Extra shoes & socks & hats
External chairs
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, can opener
Sunscreen, tiny whisk broom & dustpan, candles
Propane stove & small propane canisters, fire extinguisher
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 lids

-----------Ice Chest items-----------------
Drinking water & ice
Hot Dogs & buns
Fresh fruit & vegetables, steaks, burgers


----- 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 balls, Frisbee, hiking boots, bikes, etc.
Extension cord, converter plugs, lantern


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!

RV Campgrounds Near Oklahoma's Exciting Mountain Fork River

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 Northeastern Oklahoma. 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!

 

RV Campgrounds Near Missouri's Beautiful Elk River

RV Campgrounds Near Oklahoma's Scenic Illinois River

RV Campgrounds Near Oklahoma's Remote Kiamichi River

K River Campground and RV Park
HC 66 Box 42, Patterson Road, 
Moyers, OK 74557
Phone: 580-298-2442
http://www.kriver.com/

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) 200-4367

http://www.mountainhomerv.net

 

Big Cedar RV Park & Cabins
21823 State Highway 63
Big Cedar, Oklahoma 74939
Phone: 918-651-3271
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 double occupancy).
 

RV Campgrounds Near Lake Eufaula

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 Area—Horses Welcome!

Crowder Point Family Campground on Lake Eufaula
Highway 69 & Rock Creek Road
Crowder, OK 74430
Phone: 918-470-3456
E-Mail: crowderpoint@hughes.net

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---------------
Custom interior ceiling & wall coverings & cabinet doors
Black Magnetic Toolbar Stripes
Roof Racks with custom faring
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
Exterior aluminum polishing or paint job
Built-in MP3 audio
PVC Pipe fishing rod tubes
Live well for bait and/or catch
Attachable striped side canopy & galley tents
Patio rug & easy setup sun shade
External meat smoker, Solar Oven
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
Fiberglass fenders, hinges, hardware, windows, moldings, lighting, axles/suspensions, wheels/hubcaps
3330 Mary Lane
Auburn, CA95602
530-878-1342
http://www.teardroptrailers.net


Teardrop Fix-It-Shop
Fiberglass fenders, hinges, hardware, windows, moldings, lighting, frames, axles/suspensions, wheels/hubcaps, kits
Victor, MI
(406) 642-9835
http://www.teardropparts.com


Tiny Tears Teardrop Trailers
Full size teardrop trailer patterns, building manuals & training courses
PO Box 3014
Newport, RI 02840
http://www.tinytearsteardroptrailers.com


Kuffel Creek Press
Teardrop trailer plans on CD-ROM
PO Box 2663
Riverside, CA 92516
http://www..kuffelcreek.com


Tin Top Teardrop
Teardrop trailer plans
2498 Wickersham Rd.
Charlevoix, MI 49720
231-547-4681
http://www.tintop-teardrop.com

 

Float Trips In The Ozarks

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 and The Buffalo River in Arkansas are both popular destinations with Oklahoma kayakers. The Spring River offers easy Class I paddling from Kansas to Oklahoma. 

 

...Complete Oklahoma Area Float Trip Outfitters List


 

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