The Iconic Teardrop Camper Trailer is Going Off-Road
It’s a design you’ve surely seen before—the long-lived teardrop camper. These pint-sized camping trailers have been rambling up and down America’s highways ever since the 1930s and ‘40s, and their popularity still persists today. But this one isn’t your average garden-variety teardrop camper. This caravan, built by Colorado’s Vintage Overland, has a penchant for ditching the highway, heading off-road, and it has the gear to turn that weekend road trip into an actual adventure. RELATED: The 2015 Sealander Camper Trailer Doubles as a Boat
As you can see, the Vintage Overland teardrop camper rides a bit higher than their more conventional cousins. That’s because the VO caravans sport torsion axles and larger off-road tires, geared to handle the unbeaten path. Beneath the aluminum clad exterior lies a welded steel frame, which cocoons a cozy hardwood interior, complete with memory foam mattress. All in all, the camper’s total weight falls between 600 and 700 pounds…which is to say, not much heft at all.
At the bottom of the lineup lies the standard “Tuco” trim level, which outfits the four-foot-by-eight-foot cabin with just the basics—things like a solar panel, vent and fan, roof rack, LED lighting, and rear hitch. The “Great Escape” adds additional lighting, plus a rear hatch for storage, counter space, or a camp kitchen area.
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The aptly named “T.E. Lawrence” (à la “Lawrence of Arabia”) adds an extra foot to the cabin’s width and sports a queen size mattress as well as a pull-out table. Admittedly, there are both cheaper and more luxurious ways to leg-it in the wild, but with a starting price of $10,500 and a featherweight heft…the Vintage Overland teardrop makes a compelling case for weekend adventurers.
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