These are hand built teardrop campers by Second Wind Trailers. I first learned about Nathan Pizzo and his custom-built teardrop campers back in 2014, when he first reached out after building his first camper on a 5×8 trailer.
Fast forward to today, and he’s still building them while perfecting the process. If you’re in the market for a hand-built micro camper, definitely consider a teardrop from Second Wind Trailers. Which model do you like better, the Freedom (off-roader) or the Whisper (classic-style)?
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Hand-Built Teardrop Campers by Second Wind Trailers
Currently there are two models you can choose from. This is the Whisper model.
The Whisper is more of a classic-styled teardrop camper. Everything is hand-built with attention to detail.
The Whisper is a hand-built teardrop trailer with vintage style.
Then there’s the Freedom model, which has much of the same vintage style but is built with off-road in mind.
Which one suits you best?
- Whisper Model (Original Model)
- Freedom Model (Off-Road Edition)
- Off grid power systems with solar and battery
- Full size sleeping quarters that fits a queen sized bed
- 10-gallon water tank
- Standard hookups
- Custom cabinets
- Whisper model starts at $12,400
- Freedom model starts at $17,400
- 2000 watt PURE WAVE inverter
- Upgraded power systems
- Small and Large coolers
- Upgraded water tank
- Integrated propane cooktop
- 11 lb. propane tank (mounted)
- Additional USB charging
- Awning rack support mounts
- 100 watt solar panel + 10 amp charging unit
- Dual 100 watt solar panel (200w) + 30 amp charging unit
- @secondwindtrailers on Instagram
- Second Wind Trailers (website) | Customize, quote, and build your own Teardrop
- He Built A Teardrop Camper for $3k in 3 1/2 Months (2014)
- Teardrop Camper Wedding Packages in Oregon
- She’s Living And Traveling w/ a Teardrop Camper Long-Term
Our big thanks to Nathan Pizzo for sharing!🙏
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Not sure why these are still selling when a real aero trailer could have more room by being wider covering the wheels and an actual aero shape so doesn’t waste fuel.
If they did it right aero, light, could actually increase the not aero tow vehicle’s mileage by cleaning up it’s aero drafting style.
Actually, just the teardrop roof shape does have an aerodynamic advantage that’s not nothing even if the rest of the design isn’t, but as long as the design of the trailer is lower than the tow vehicle’s roof line and not wider than the tow vehicle then you can still realize some fuel savings. Along with other advantages of towing as you can more easily see past it using just the side mirrors instead of needing a rear camera, make easier turns, get into tighter spots, etc.
It doesn’t always have to be completely aero to see any benefits. There are just always trade offs and going wider and/or taller has them even with aerodynamics factored as the shape of the trailer is more important when it’s larger than the tow vehicle and being aero only helps so much, like weight can also play a bigger role, when going bigger, on fuel efficiency, along with other factors like speed it is being towed, wind direction, weight distribution, etc, and size and shape also impacts other aspects of its operation and use that isn’t limited to just how it tows that are also considerations…
Besides, teardrop campers are a classic that developed as way back as the 1930’s through 40’s. Like other classics, such as Airstreams, there are people who just simply like them for a number of reasons. Especially, as people find them easy to customize and even DIY, which is how they started. Doing things like painting and decorating them to match the tow vehicle to make them a matching pair, doing custom mods, etc. and are usually easy to store in regular garages or just keep out of the way when not being used…
So people are still going to get them and it’s not like there’s just one RV type for everyone, lots of people can have very different preferences on the specifics of the RV they prefer to use or which one they would use in a specific given situation. Meaning options like this are gong to be continued to be offered and aren’t going away any time soon…
Can’t stand up in it…??? Not for me.
Going this small enters the overlap between RV’ing and camping in a tent experience. You’ll mainly only go inside to sleep or lounge and otherwise spend most of your time outdoors. Though, you can always set up a tent that can attach to the camper to provide a walk-able enclosed area and treat the camper like a sleeping loft…
However, they do go bigger and there are teardrops with at least a pop up roof to provide standing height and can include more amenities like a bathroom for a more full RV experience…
That may be… doesn’t alter the fact… not for me. If I can’t stand up then I can’t do all the things I need. Some people yes. But for me its a case of practicalities. Plus I don’t like being all cooped up in… well in anything actually.
Like I said, they do go bigger…
I really don’t understand all the vitriol against smaller trailers. If you don’t like them… why even bother to comment. I mean… I am truly amazed by the energy you are wasting telling everyone what you dislike.
Spoiler: I am going to keep building them EVEN though you hate them. Some crazy people like them, and theres nothing you can do to fix that.
A class B van or high roof van conversion sounds like a better fit for you 🙂
Or options like the Alto Safari Condo Full Walk-Through Teardrop Camper…
Teardrops are kind of like a tiny house sleeping loft on wheels with storage for all of your gear. They’re not for everybody, but if you’ve ever liked tent camping and such, they can be a nice upgrade from doing that. Ever since I learned about them, I’ve liked them. And if they’re done right and used correctly they don’t really feel cramped, just cozy! Plus you can bring a canopy to setup some covered outdoor space.