Why a TD?

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Why a TD?

What else do you put behind a vintage auto?
Thought they were cute.
Needed some thing small / just didn’t need the space
Wanted to build my own camper
Parents had one so I got one to.
Loved the history behind it.
Other let us know.
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Postby ALAN GEDDES » Tue Mar 15, 2005 7:36 am

Cute, cheap, small, retro, neat, love to build, to old to sleep on the ground, great ego boost when you have people oohing and aahing all over it and you built it yourself, and THE SOUTHEAST TEARDROP PEOPLE ARE THE GREATEST !!!
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Postby DestinDave » Tue Mar 15, 2005 9:27 am

Wanted something small enough to just pick upo and go for a weekend. Love designing and building things. My wife hates camping (at least tent-camping) and I'm hoping this will get her out in the woods with me.
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Postby Chip » Tue Mar 15, 2005 9:31 am

Lots of reasons

1. Ex wife would not like it

2. great way to meet people

3.. different than other campers

4. tired of fighting a tent

5. was theropy

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Postby Woody » Tue Mar 15, 2005 10:50 am

Chip, Be honest you need a place to haul all those cases of pickle juice in there let's be real. That's why you see all those pink Flamingos all the time :lol: :lol:
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Postby Guest » Wed Mar 16, 2005 4:22 am

All but the first one applies. I don't have the aptitude to keep up an older car. Plus I too am sick of sleeping in a soggy tent with a rock in my back. This way I can carry more and better stuff, and I get to play with power tools. :twisted:

Postby len19070 » Thu Mar 17, 2005 5:45 am

I use my Teardrop to meet beautiful women and influence world leaders 8) . The fact that your off the ground, I love to build things and there cool is just an added bonus. I also like the idea of a vehicle you can stock with supplies, so you don't forget anything. And be ready to go away at a moments notice.

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Postby Big Guy with a Little Guy » Thu Mar 17, 2005 1:13 pm

I don't have a teardrop yet, but here's the reason I want one.

I presently own a Colement pop up. It' great. It's large and comfy. It's also a gigantic pain in the asphalt. Every time I use it, I have to set it up three times. Once to load crap in, once to camp in, and once to unload crap. It is not worth the effort for an overnighter.

We would really like to go out for overnighter with little planning or effort. The Coleman is not the right trailer for that. Plus I go camping with boy scouts, and it would be nice to have a tear instead of being in a tent with other leaders snoring like congested wild boars.

I have four sons, and it would be great to take them out on one-on-one campouts. Two hotdogs, a bag of marshmallows, some Lucky Charms, a quart of milk, and see you tomorrow!

I don't necessarily crave the traditional teardrop design. In fact I really like Mike's Weekender design. The point is that I'd like to have something quick, easy, comfy, dry, and windproof, and easy to store.

The Ooh-ahh factor is nice I guess, but I'm not concerned about impressing anyone.
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Postby mikeschn » Thu Mar 17, 2005 1:18 pm



The quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten, so build your teardrop with the best materials...
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Postby theborgs » Thu Mar 17, 2005 6:51 pm

Dean in Eureka, CA wrote:I voted "Other."
Two reasons...
1. Getting away from tents/sleeping on the ground.
2. Main Reason... "Instant Outdoor Killer Kitchen!"

Bonus Feature... Less packing/unpacking for camping trips.

You said it! This is why we are going to build one also. :applause:
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Postby Arne » Thu Mar 17, 2005 8:34 pm

The pitter-patter of rain on a tear is much more comforting than the same on a tent..... unless the tent belongs to someone else....
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Postby Ross Wade » Thu Mar 17, 2005 10:09 pm

I ran across a teardrop camper on eBay about 2 years ago and was hooked. I thought to myself, Self.......that little feller is cute. Did a year of research and built it last winter.

We have a 1973 31' Avion travel trailer and that boy is too big to just hook up and go. Plus it's hard to get it into a lot of the State Parks. Carla and I just wanted to get back to the basics and enjoy Mother Nature at her best :thumbsup:

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Postby MarksMG » Thu Mar 17, 2005 11:00 pm

I saw a T@B on ebay one night and I really liked it, I thought that is something that I could pull behind my convertable PT. That was until I looked at the prices so I started to research and found this site. The rest is history.
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Postby purplepickup » Fri Mar 18, 2005 12:33 am

My grandparents had one in the 40's and 50's and I've got lots of good memories of camping in northern Michigan with them in it. The smell of coffee perking and bacon frying still makes me think about them. Besides that, teardrops are basic, simple, functional, and in this day and age of megabuck RV's, camping in a teardrop keeps you in touch with nature the way camping is supposed to be....but drier and a little more comfy than a tent. You can personalize them to suit your needs perfectly and if you have the skill, I expect that making one is quite a fullfilling accomplishment.

I voted "other".
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Postby Ron Dickey » Fri Mar 18, 2005 10:36 pm

been watching them for many years, Cost of building, saving of gas when pulling, can camp in the rain, cute, sex apeal, and learn from a great group of people.

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Postby beverlyt » Sat Mar 19, 2005 1:59 pm

I wanted something "I" would dare tow. Even our 15' canned ham seems HUGE to me to tow.

Wanted something really small and easy to tow that we could just pack up and go at a moments notice. Something off the ground and no canvas.

Cheap to build, cheap to tow...

We wound up with a small teardrop... but I like any homebuilt tiny trailers just as much.

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