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Old 11-17-2017, 12:22 PM   #1
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Teardrop as extra bedroom on AI

I take delivery next month on my 2018 Interstate 4x4. There are two issues we're worrying over. One is the lack of cargo space to carry toys - telescope/astronomy gear, inflatable kayak, backpacking gear, blah blah blah. The other is how to bring along another couple when there's plenty of seating but only sleeps two. I had the idea of a small teardrop trailer as either a toy hauler OR a spare bedroom.

Has anyone done this? Any brand recommendations, gotchas, or valuable lessons learned along the way?

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Old 11-17-2017, 12:56 PM   #2
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I pull my homemade teardrop sometimes when I'm also using my Alaskan truck camper. It does give you a lot more options for sleeping arrangements and packing stuff.
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Old 11-17-2017, 01:28 PM   #3
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This doesn't address extra sleeping room for another couple, but this is what we did to carry our extra items for biking, golf, and curling.Click image for larger version

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Old 11-17-2017, 01:31 PM   #4
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I have seen several AIs towing smaller Bambi’s. Makes a cool looking combination. Seems a teardrop would make an excellant garage or sleeping area for extra company or kids.
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Old 11-18-2017, 10:36 AM   #5
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Good idea

We have a teardrop and have used it in the past as an overflow spot when the house fills up on holiday visits. A visit from one couple asked if they could use it whenever they visit, ha. We are pondering selling to get a small Airstream when we find the right price.
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Old 11-18-2017, 10:43 AM   #6
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Basecamp!

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Seriously, if you pull something with an AS, do you have electric brakes on the thing being pulled? Just wondering how this works. . . .
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Old 11-18-2017, 10:55 AM   #7
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When I first took delivery, I folded the seats down into the sleeping position. I then took two thick foam toppers and placed them on the seats. I have not moved the toppers out or put the seats back up and donít intend to. I am a travel photographer, and often include about 100 pounds of gear consisting of 3 rolling carry-on sized bags. I also usually have another 2 or 3 smaller sling bags and a tripod and a monopod. When I am driving, the bags sit on the bed. When sleeping, the bags get rolled up in-between the front seats or placed in the rear overhead. A dirty clothes bag and OXX coffee pot bag go under the seats, easilly accessible from inside the van. From the rear doors, and under that portion of the bed, I keep a compressor, a spare box of DEF, an Orvis bag of tools and another box of spare shoes and coats or whatever the season requires.

I found that the folded seats were too uncomfortable and lumpy without the toppers, and it would be too much of a timewaster and headache to fold the seats back into position everyday. Itís tight when putting on sheets given that you canít walk around the outside of the bed. I have a Letís Go Aero hitch box for hoses and cables and usually a small generator or two plus a collapsable ladder, etc. The Letís Go Aero box is a little flimsy, but itís held up on multiple cross-country trips without any issues.

As for an extra couple, you have to think about having to dump the tanks, and given their small size, youíre going to be dumping very often. Also, if you have two baths, you also have two dump hoses, so now you have the extra headache of trying to position for two when parking. If you pull trailer with a bath, youíll have the space you want, but then you wonít have the flexibility of going most places where a car can go. Sometimes in a congested area, when youíre trying to get in to a fuel station for instance, negotiating the pumps takes some time.

The advantage of a B-van is the maneuverability. Two's company, three's a crowd; travel lightly. Search my other posts for items that I took out of my van to increase space. Have fun.

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Earlier this year I rented a travel trailer from a local company in Phoenix for a friend from the UK so the three of us could view the solar eclipse and tour the northwest. Picture attached.
I was really hoping for something much smaller such as a teardrop, but he's 6'4" and wanted his comfort including a bathroom! But it worked out OK and we managed to get up the hills.
It cost him $65 per day.
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Some campgrounds specify only 1 RV per sight or even no other trailers on your sight. Could mean extra cost for another sight or parking the trailer in a storage area if not needed for sleeping.
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Some campgrounds specify only 1 RV per sight or even no other trailers on your sight. Could mean extra cost for another sight or parking the trailer in a storage area if not needed for sleeping.
Agree, but we stuck to BLM or USFS sites, or dry camping, and never paid for more than one site.
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Old 11-18-2017, 06:32 PM   #11
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Vistabule makes a great teardrop and it is covered with an aluminum skin they buy from Airstream (vistabule.com). I was considering buying one until my wife asked, "Where is the bathroom". Thus we ended up with a 25' Flying Cloud. Not a bad backup.
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I have looked at numerous tear drop campers to use for camping when I travel by myself. I have found that my REI 8x8 tent does fine for my needs. However, if I were to buy a tear drop, the one I like best is made by Taxa and is the TigerMoth.


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Vistabule makes a great teardrop and it is covered with an aluminum skin they buy from Airstream (vistabule.com). I was considering buying one until my wife asked, "Where is the bathroom". Thus we ended up with a 25' Flying Cloud. Not a bad backup.
Funny. Same situation and same teardrop I was going to buy. Had everything listed for the options that I wanted (including their 2Ē axle lift) and was ready to buy until I shared my plans with the wife... reason why we ended up buying the AI (and reason also it was a TB edition and not the standard). No way she was going to go for that extreme living arrangements while on the road ...

Happy wife, happy life. But I still would love to have that Vistabule....



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Old 11-19-2017, 08:15 AM   #14
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Enjoying the teardrop, but..........

We have camped in the beginning in tents, didn't everyone? We stepped up to our teardrop and for the quick trips it is great but the two things that are beginning to become more apparent, at least to me, is the lack of a bathroom and traveling with our dogs. As I have gotten older I find the need of facilities during the night and teardrops are lacking in that department. I also don't want to venture too far when the dogs are kept in the teardrop. I understand the wife's hesitancy.
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