Hauling a tiny teardrop camper gives you ultimate flexibility. Here are a few of my favorite memories with my coveted teardrop camper.
The Muddy Road
It was my first solo-camping trip. This perpetual planner did something very out of character and on a last-minute notice, decided to pack her bags and drive. The destination? A remote area in southern Utah. As my dog and I pulled up to the dirt road pull off, we encountered two burly Jeeps that informed us that the road was impassable, and they barely made it out unscathed.
I glanced at my watch, it was six in the evening and I could see another wave of storms coming. Quickly, I adjusted my plans to head towards some excellent BLM camping that I knew of where I didn’t need to worry about washed out roads. I set up camp just in time for a hail storm, followed by intense rain. There I was, alone in the wilderness with my handy camper, witnessing the desert truly come to life.
All curled up like a pup
My partner and I always go for a family sunrise hike with our four-legged friend to welcome in the new year. Before we had a camper, this meant we have to be on the trail at some ungodly hour and wake up at an even more criminal hour just to make it to the trailhead by sunrise. This year was different. Instead, we packed up our camper and drove to the trailhead the night before.
At the time, the mountains were undergoing a strange inversion that had temps dropping well into the negative teens at night with howling winds. As we parked, we noticed that the low profile of the camper meant we could create a wind block with our vehicle.
As the temperatures plummeted, we bundled up with a big old pile of blankets and our down sleeping bags. For added warmth, our dog wedged between us. We found that our body heat was just enough to keep the camper toasty in the frigid temps. We awoke to a beautiful scene of glistening frozen air and bright warm sun the next morning.
Alone in the Desert
The great thing about the compact teardrop is that you can get anywhere park it and forget about it. My favorite place to flex this feature is in the desert of southern Utah. There are countless nooks and crannies for the dispersed camping enthusiast throughout Utah’s BLM land system.
However, when you find that perfect campsite it’s like finding the golden ticket. You know the one I’m talking about, the one where there always seems to be someone who beat you to the punch? Well, with a camper, when you finally snag that spot, all you have to do is plop down and unhitch. Which is exactly what we did when we visited a lesser-known area of Utah in the dead middle of winter. Not only did we stay toasty warm in our camper, but we didn’t have to worry about someone snagging our precious spot while we were away.
Overall, the teardrop camper life provides a simple way to introduce a little luxury or extend your camping season to a year-round endeavor. So go ahead, give in to the curiosity and give teardrop camping a try.