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Couple Living in a Tab Teardrop Trailer Full-Time – VIDEO

Valerie & Jessi from Happy Camper Wives are exploring long-term travel while living full-time in a [email protected] Teardrop Trailer.

They sold their house in San Francisco, downsized their stuff, and became minimalist nomads just over four months ago. At first they thought they’d travel for a year and then move to Florida but after four months they’ve fallen in love with the lifestyle and want to continue the adventure in Europe and New Zealand once they’ve finished touring North America.

Some of the challenges they’ve faced with their new lifestyle include having to choose destinations based on warm weather since they live an indoor/outdoor lifestyle (which doesn’t always work out), and getting access to high speed internet (Campground WiFi connections aren’t always fast enough to do a full day of online work).

Related: Cosmo’s Tiny Vacation Teardrop Home on Wheels

Couple Living in a Tab Teardrop Trailer Full-Time

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Danielle Chabassol
Danielle is a digital nomad who is passionate about tiny spaces, living with less, reducing waste and eating plant-based food. Danielle is half of the Exploring Alternatives blog & video project. You can find more of her at www.ExploringAlternatives.ca and her Exploring Alternatives YouTube Channel.
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  • I love their little camper! Darling .

  • Avatar Claude

    Little cramped for my taste…

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee

      It’s certainly cozy 🙂

  • Avatar Janet

    I admire any couple that can live that small, but I can’t. Camping – okay, living – no. I wish them happiness in their travels.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee

      They are rocking it!

  • Avatar Dominick Bundy

    Very inspiring couple, Love their story. Amazes me how the two of them with two dogs can permanently reside in such a tiny space. /I don’t think I could do such by myself with one dog full time.. for a week maybe or weekend trips for sure.. Bravo to the both of you..You both gave me food for thought about minimizing…

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee

      Just when you think people couldn’t go tinier! 🙂

  • Avatar Annette

    OMG Awesome video! Thanks for keepin’ it real, detailing costs etc.
    Question: could a 4 cylinder pull that?

    What kind of dog is the smaller black + white (not the border collie) – Havanese? or Coton?

    My two cats are bit doubtful but I think I could do that. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Hey Annette! Valerie from HCW here- we have a 4 cyl truck that pulls the teardrop just fine. The pup is a terrier mix- he was found on the streets in South Korea so not really sure what he is 🙂

      Happy travels!

    • Avatar Rick C

      I would guess not, or that you’d be pushing the capabilities. Their website shows “SUV” as the “tow weight”.

      I tried to find a bit more information like the weight, but their website is awful: a pathetic gallery showing a handful of exteriors and not a single interior picture, and the only way to get a brochure is to request one be emailed. No pricing information, either, just “contact a local dealer”.

      I got curious so I did a bit of googling and found that one model has a GVW of 1670lb.

      • Avatar Kevin

        Regarding price: The base prices I have seen for any new [email protected] trailers were all over $20,000. Another small trailer, the Airstream Basecamp, is even more.

        • Avatar Rick C

          Teardrops can be pretty nice, but $20,000’s a lot of money. They just had a major RV show in Dallas last weekend, and were selling floor models at ridiculous discounts (like up to 20%).

          For 20-25K you could buy something like an 18′ trailer. With all due respect to teardrops, it seems kind of crazy to spend that kind of money when you could get something much larger.

        • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee

          Unless you don’t want something larger 🙂 People say that all the time on this site: “I could get 700 sq. ft. for $XX.” Sure, you might be able to where you live but if you are downsizing you just might not want to.

        • Avatar Crystal

          Kevin, don’t confuse [email protected] and [email protected] This article features the [email protected] [email protected] is smaller. $20k isn’t a base price in most locations, and used ones are for sale within our group routinely for mid teens for one a couple of years old.


    Well they couldn’t find a tinier place than a tear drop trailer to live unless, they would like to live in my Armadillo Sleep pod that I use to pull with my bike but that hardly had room enough for me, never mind the two of them….! LoL….!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee

      Haha! They are embracing all that it means to go tiny! Tee-tiny!

  • Avatar Rusty Kerr

    A mighty tiny home but well thought out. Love the screen in the window, door, and even a skylight.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee

      I know! They really did a great job on the design.

  • Avatar Kathi

    Nice video. I appreciate the input on these trailers as I have found them very interesting. I too am pushing 5’10” and wondered how difficult it would be to adjust for an extended stay. The only thing is, of course you are saving money after San Francisco, but to the average Joe, that lifestyle can be more expensive than staying stationary. More free for sure, but now there are other expenses to consider that are cheaper in an apartment situation.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee

      Yes if it’s just for saving money, you might not be. But some do it for the freedom and adventure aspect 🙂

  • Avatar Jody Mead

    Great that they can live in such a small space. It’s very tidy. Where do they put their clothes?

  • Avatar ROSEE

    BRAVO ladies! What an inspiring story! Beautiful very tiny THOW, cramped yes, but very, very cozy! Keep it up!

  • Avatar Sally

    I swear I just saw you guys turn on to hwy 31 Saturday. Were you in fort Myers, fl over the weekend. I had just watched your video the day before.

  • Avatar Leslie

    Very informative, and I love your little trailer, thank you ladies 😊

  • Hey great post. I hope it’s ok that I shared this on my FB, if
    not, no worries just tell me and I’ll delete it.
    Regardless keep up the good work.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee

      Feel free to share! 🙂 We love that.

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