Camping with the Family – Towables Part 1

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So, if you’ve read this post, you know that my family is getting back into camping this year. Our first question was what should we camp in? We looked at the tents, towables, and motorhomes.

We narrowed our choice down to towables. That should be simple, shouldn’t it?

You would think so, but even in that category, the choices available are numerous. Do we want a teardrop trailer, a pop-up camper, a hybrid trailer, a hard shelled trailer, a toy hauler, or a fifth-wheel?

Today we are going to look at the first two on this list: a teardrop trailer and a pop-up camper.

Teardrop Trailer – Pros and Cons

A teardrop trailer is a small lightweight trailer that gets its name from being in the shape of a teardrop (typically) and they usually sleep 2 people.

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Lightweight. These trailers can be towed by just about any vehicle, even cars.

Cost. Because they are smaller, these trailers can cost less to buy and less in fuel to tow.

Storage. These trailers can fit into a home garage – no need to get additional storage for it.


Small. These trailers are meant for 2 people usually. *

Storage. Two small to fit very much into. You definitely camp light with these.

Cost. These trailers tend to be on the lower price range. Some people have actually made their own for less than purchasing one.

Result for our search?

We will have four people typically camping so a tear drop would definitely be too small. However, we did come across this teardrop trailer which made us reconsider that notion for awhile. *Take a look at this one…

Alto by Safari Condo – Click on picture to go to their website

Just watch this video to see how it works.

Unfortunately, these are only manufactured in Canada at this time and the cost (approximately $27,000 USD) takes this one off our list as well. But I have to say that I just love the ingenuity of it, don’t you?

Pop-up Trailer – Pros and Cons

A pop-up camper is a lightweight camper that has vinyl sides which are folded in and made into a compact box when it is towed.

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Lightweight. These trailers do not weigh as much as hard-sided trailers and can be towed by most vehicles.

Cost. Besides the teardrop trailers, these are some of the least expensive towables you can get.

Compact. Everything fits into a compact box. Just about anywhere you can camp, you can set up a pop-up trailer.


Assembly. These trailers must be put together when you want to use them. This means cranking the top up and pulling the vinyl sides out.

Security. Vinyl sides make this choice a poor one if you are camping in areas where you have to worry about wildlife.

Temperature. Even though many pop-ups have air conditioners and heaters, the sides make keeping the temperature in it inconsistent.

Note: The Aliner is a pop-up that has hard sides, but you do sacrifice some of the space that you would have in a vinyl side pop-up.

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What do you think?

Would you choose a pop-up or teardrop to camp in?

And what do you think of the Safari Condo?





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