After much anticipation our tiny camper is home! Built directly onto a 5 x 8 trailer, our tiny camper is reminiscent of the teardrop campers that became so popular in the 1930s-1960s. Lightweight and able to be towed by just about any vehicle (I’ve seen one towed by a Smartcar), they are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Our previous post about tiny campers shows some examples of teardrop trailers throughout the years as well as some history.
With our summer vacation looming, we have much to do still to prepare for our camping adventures. Having never owned a trailer before, I had to learn the basics. We had a bit of a challenge finding the correct drop down hitch, which is needed because the Jeep is higher than the trailer. It’s important that the trailer be as level as possible.
Trying to get the trailer backed up the driveway and into the garage was fun (not). For days prior I’d been having disturbing dreams of smashing the camper into the wall of the garage or the tree out front. It definitely takes practice and patience. After blocking my road to through traffic and uttering few swear words, I gave up and pushed it the rest of the way by hand. Thankfully it’s not that heavy and can be manually manipulated fairly easily. I’d spent days rearranging, organizing and clearing away stuff from the garage so that the trailer would fit. I was quite proud of myself. There’s still more stuff to be cleared, but it fits!
I Can Decorate? Sweet!
Since this will be more of a glamping experience, I could splurge on some things like decor. Fun! The kids enjoyed helping me shop for things. It was nice to see them excited about the process of making the camper more homey. I found some cool sheets and pillows on sale (see our Instagram post) and a very necessary mat for keeping out sand. I even found this one with a cute tiny camper on it! I am doing research via the inter webs for cool space-saving storage ideas for teardrop campers. Do you have a favorite space-saving tip? We’d love to hear all about what you’ve tried, what works and doesn’t work. We will share our favorites in a future post!
Behind The Scenes
If you aren’t already following us on Snapchat and Instagram, you missed the first video tour of the inside of our tiny camper, which we documented in our Stories. Don’t miss the behind-the-scenes action to come, as the camper comes together and we add personal touches to what will be our home away from home during our upcoming road trip!