Your favorite teardrop

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Which manufactured would you be most inclined to buy?

A Little Guy
1
2%
A Hunter Teardrop
4
9%
A T@B
2
4%
A Camp Inn
27
60%
A Steve Fredrick Lil Diner
11
24%
 
Total votes : 45

Your favorite teardrop

Postby mikeschn » Wed Feb 09, 2005 6:37 pm

This is just a quick and dirty poll to find out... if you wanted to buy a manufactured teardrop, which you'd be most inclined to buy ...
The quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten, so build your teardrop with the best materials...
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Postby campadk » Wed Feb 09, 2005 9:30 pm

Seems I keep bringing this up.. but never any response.... what about the Cozy Cruiser? It looks perty nice! How come we here nodda on here about this manufacturer tear?

I'd vote for the L'il Dinner but I haven't heard specs on its home theater yet. :oops:

Guess I better check out the site and see how L'il is coming along!
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Postby asianflava » Thu Feb 10, 2005 2:30 am

You have a pretty wide spread of trailers there, price-wise.

If cost were no object, the lil' diner or the camp inn.
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Postby mikeschn » Thu Feb 10, 2005 2:48 am

Yea, I wasn't thinking about cost. I was really wondering what profile and what size folks were most interested in. The Camp-Inn is really in the lead with 10 votes. So those of you who voted for the Camp Inn, what feature(s) make that your choice? Is it the profile? The aluminum skin? The built in air conditioner?

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Postby beverlyt » Thu Feb 10, 2005 5:52 am

Mike,
This was a REALLY tough one for me since you threw the T@B in too.
My thoughts on some of these picks.
I wouldn't "pick" a 4' wide trailer..period.

The Camp-inns are my absolute favorites if I was looking for a teardrop trailer.... I love the quality, shape, and extras such as air and heat....but it would have to be aluminum or "fake" wood. I don't want a trailer that I have to keep in the garage all the time to store. I don't want a "woodie" style where the wood has to be "cared" for. I want a trailer I can cover up with a tarp in the back yard and call it good.
My favorite feature of the Lil Diner is the table.
Maybe I'm wrong though...I don't know enough about how well protected teardrops like Steve's would be from the elements? Would it last 20 years with no need to refinish it? (outside, covered up with something?) They are beautiful.

I'm sure that some probably actually enjoy the time spent caring for a quality wood style trailer... it just wouldn't fit well in my world.

My first choice though was the T@B because of it's size. Because of where I live, (Crappy weather Michigan!) I think the T@B, with the cooking gear inside would be more useful for us. It's small enough not to feel like you're towing a house behind you. I really consider this a "tiny trailer"..not a teardrop. I'm not sure it "fits" in the poll with these others.

If I had the money, the T@B would be my choice, the Campinn my choice for a teardrop.

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Postby Steve Frederick » Thu Feb 10, 2005 9:08 am

beverlyt wrote: ...snip... I don't want a trailer that I have to keep in the garage all the time to store. I don't want a "woodie" style where the wood has to be "cared" for. I want a trailer I can cover up with a tarp in the back yard and call it good.
...snip...
Maybe I'm wrong though...I don't know enough about how well protected teardrops like Steve's would be from the elements? Would it last 20 years with no need to refinish it? (outside, covered up with something?) They are beautiful.

Ths process I use encapsulates the wood in a fiberglass shell. It is as strong as any boat or 'glass-shelled camper.
You could store it under a tarp. In fact, many wooden boats sit out under tarps. I would place some sort of buffer between the tarp and the shell, to prevent wind-driven abrasion from the tarp. Other that physical damage, you wouldn't need to do much other than keep it clean.
If you were rough on it, leaving it out in the sun for weeks on end, you would need to refinish it as the finish showed wear...A rough sanding and a couple coats of varnish. On my boats, I just fix physical damage from rocks ...Otherwise, I just use them.
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Postby beverlyt » Thu Feb 10, 2005 11:57 am

Thanks Steve for that great information.
I had NO idea how durable these wood finishes are!
Now I'd have a even tougher time picking :o

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Postby DestinDave » Thu Feb 10, 2005 12:13 pm

I vote for Steve's L'il Diner although I like the Camp-Inn layout. Mainly because I really like the wood/epoxy/glass finish. Steve's strip tear is beautiful and so are his boats.
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