They first appeared in the 1930s, when cars lacked
According to Mark Hagen at Little Guy Trailers in San Diego, the typical buyer is a couple of years away from retirement and often has roots in camping. That's because — while teardrops have a comfortable bed inside — you really live outside.
The units, which are typically 14 or 15 feet long, flip open in the back, revealing a kitchen for gourmet outdoor cooking. Little Guy Worldwide, a top manufacturer of these trailers, has seen sales more than triple in the past four years.
Teardrops range from $500 for a build-your-own kit to $20,000 for a fully loaded luxury unit with air-conditioning and an entertainment center. Plenty of options exist in between. And the best part is the social aspect: There is an active teardrop-trailer community, with more than 50 clubs of enthusiasts around the country. Look for more on the road.