Origins of the Teardrop Trailer

Origins of the Teardrop TrailerHere at Little Guy Trailers, it’s no secret that we’re big fans of teardrop trailers. Their small footprint, ergonomic design and charming aesthetic make them the preferred trailer for thousands of travel enthusiasts. Next to hulking RVs they might look a bit silly, but in fact their size is one of their greatest attributes. But where did these curious little trailers come from in the first place? Today we’ll take a look back at teardrop trailer history.

Postwar Beginnings

Teardrop trailer designs rose to popularity following World War II when the economy was booming and American families had the surplus income to start taking vacations again. They were especially appealing during this time because they were light enough to be towed by cars powered by small engines with less than 100 horsepower. Teardrop trailers also become popular with the DIY crowd as they were relatively easy and inexpensive to design and build.

Mid-Century Slump

In the 1960’s and 70’s, when gas was cheap and bigger was better, teardrop sales fell while larger trailers and RVs came to be favored by American consumers. Before long, they went from being the country’s campers of choice to quaint novelty items from an earlier decade. Fortunately, however, their legacy endured.

A Modern-Day Resurgence

Today, in an age where gas is no longer so affordable and Americans are re-embracing the DIY ethic, teardrop trailers have once again captured the hearts and minds of the nation’s vacationers. These days, many teardrops are constructed at home from designs found on the internet. As a result, you can find some truly creative examples of teardrop design on the road in the 21st century.

Want to learn more about these iconic trailers? Check out the video below for more information on our very own teardrop designs!

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Essential Travel Accessories to Keep in Your Trailer

If there’s one thing you can say about small trailer enthusiasts, it’s that we tend to be a Essential Travel Accessories to Keep in Your Trailerresourceful bunch. There’s a special feeling of self-sufficiency that comes with traveling light and keeping all the items you need to live in just one vehicle with trailer in tow. When you first start trekking around the country with your trailer, however, it can be easy to overlook a few very handy travel accessories. Today, we’ll look at those often forgotten items that should have a place in everyone’s trailer.

A Headlamp

These can be enormously helpful if you need to get up and fix something in the middle of the night. A headlamp will allow you to get a clear view at what you’re looking at while leaving your hands free to work. They can also be great courtesy items it you like to stay up reading in your trailer while your travel partner sleeps.

A Pair of Earplugs

Part of life on the road is that you never know where you might hang your hat tomorrow. A pair of earplugs is a nice piece of insurance in case you spend the night in a noisy area. After all, there’s nothing more unpleasant than having to hit the road bright and early after a sleepless night.

A Small Toolbox

This is something you should always have in your car, whether or not you’re towing a trailer. Look for one designed specifically for automotive applications with tools such as fuse pullers, hex wrenches, and an SAE socket set. Your local automotive supply store should have just what you’re looking for.

Camping Chairs

The last thing you want is to get cooped up on a cross-country trip. A few small folding chairs will allow you to kick back and enjoy the scenery once you reach your destination. You can find ones designed for camping with especially small profiles that you can easily tuck away in a corner.

Ready to hit the road? Here at Little Guy Trailers we have everything you need to make your next road trip a great one. Browse our inventory online, or give us a call today for more information!

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Planning a Trip as easy as Turning your Ignition

roadtripWhen you think of America, what comes to mind? Maybe the rolling pastures turtle necking this country from its eastern waist to its western neck. Maybe you think of the interstates crisscrossing the states like compassing tattoos, so apparent that when you’re flying above this great land you can see them shining through the clouds up into your eyes.

 

That highway system is the best tattoo job you will ever see. But how would you ever truly appreciate it all if you don’t hit that open road and drive up and down the body? You can’t truly appreciate this great country if you haven’t yet dined with those interstates in the moonlight. The solution to this lack of American-ness is to go on a road trip; it’s as American as apple pie. Even robots are doing it. Well, were doing it, as reported by The Boston Globe.

 

Jacqueline Tempera writes, “A hitchhiking robot that left Marblehead last month to see adventure crossing the country was cut down in its prime, its creators reported Sunday. The robot, called hitchBOT, had covered a lot of ground since its July 17 departure, visiting Boston, Salem, Gloucester, Marblehead, and New York City. But on Saturday, while passing through Philadelphia, hitchBOT was vandalized.”

 

Yep. You read that correctly. A robot with high hopes of experiencing the excitement and goodness in America was vandalized in arguably America’s capital of independence. The irony is tragic. You might be wondering, why on earth would scientists create a robot whose sole purpose is to hitchhike? Well, it was a social experiment for starters. While many worry of the effect that technology has on humans, hitchBOT’s creators wanted to see the effect that humanity has on technology and, specifically, robots.

 

hitchBOT’s journey did not end well, but its journey demonstrates the formative power that driving across the country has on your soul. It’s the only way to really experience what the country means and, by extension, what you mean – and that’s a social experiment we can all get behind. Your message lives on hitchBOT, your message lives on…

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Reasons to buy a Travel Trailer

You’re an avid camper who likes to travel all around and experience new places, but it’s just you and a significant other, or you and your small family. Sure, purchasing and owning a big RV would be great, all that space to travel and live in, but is it all really necessary? Why not purchase a smaller travel trailer that can provide more than enough living space for you and your family?

 

 

One benefit to going with a small travel trailer instead of a large 5th wheel or RV is that they have the largest selection to choose from. Being so compact and easy to use, there are tons of small travel trailers made that you can choose one from. Not only that, but they’re significantly cheaper than most large 5th wheels and RV’s. You will save a ton of money going with a small travel trailer that will be just as comfortable as any other camper.

 
Another reason why you should choose to go with a small travel trailer is because of the ease of use. There is not much time or effort into the set-up of it once you’ve reached your destination. You can tow it very easily with virtually any SUV, Crossover or truck. They might look tiny from the outside, but once fully expanded they are actually quite big, and big enough to fit your whole family comfortably.

 
Lastly, its small and compact shape provides you with the option to keep it right in the comfort of your own home driveway or backyard. Some people have to store their large RV’s or 5th wheels elsewhere and pay to do so. Owning a small travel trailer will enable you to store it away in the back of your driveway, off to the side or even in your backyard if you wish. This way, you can keep tabs on it at all times and you don’t have to pay for storage.

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Tips on Saving MPGs while in Tow

towingAside from the entirely new set of driving skills you have hopefully mastered while towing your trailer, you have to learn proficiency in the logistics of tongue weight, gross trailer weight and hitch strength. And then there’s the detriment to the gas mileage you’re used to…

 

Decreased gas mileage when towing is an unavoidable reality. The heavier the load, the more force you need to tow it, which is of course provided by your engine. The more force your engine must produce, the more gas it’s going to consume (force equals mass times acceleration).

 

Whatever mileage your car is rated to get, you can be certain you’ll see that mileage drop in direct proportion to how much weight you’re pulling. This is because when car manufacturers devise the weight rating, they’re assuming the car will only carry 300 pounds of cargo, including passengers.

 
But there are ways to get the best gas mileage when towing. There are a number of things that impact your gas mileage when towing. In addition to the weight of your load and how bulky it is, factors like how fast you drive and whether you’re using a gasoline or diesel engine will play a role.

 

For example, while diesel fuel is usually more expensive than gasoline, diesel engines can get 12 to 15 percent more power out of a gallon of fuel, so depending on how much you tow, the trade-off could be worth it. In addition, diesels tend to have more pulling power than gasoline engines, enabling them to tow heavier loads without working as hard.

 
Larger, more powerful engines don’t see as much of a drop in gas mileage when towing as smaller ones do. They simply don’t have to work as hard because they’re designed for that extra load. So even though large vehicles never get excellent mileage, when compared to small or medium-sized vehicles that may only get 60 percent of their rated fuel economy when towing, these larger engines may actually come out on top.

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Cross-country trips have never been so cozy!

wagon pioneerWe want you to get out and explore this great nation! Our hearts rest with the same explorers and daredevils that established this amazing country, the same adventurers that trekked across rough terrain within nothing but a wagon full of supplies and a thirst for discover. In today’s modern world, however, we’re happy to indulge in a little cross-country pampering! Instead of a rickety wagon, we’re offering you a comfortable, resilient, and economical selection of cozy campers.

If you get restless sitting in one spot for too long, and you need to stretch your legs across the state lines, then contact us today to see all of our fantastic options. We have various campers that can suit your needs perfectly, without breaking your budget.

Our options come from seven different brands, which range in both weight and size. From small frames with fiberglass bodies, to larger choices with lots of bells and whistles, Little Guy Trailers can suit all of your needs.

But what if you aren’t interested in purchasing, yet still want to make your trip more comfortable and enjoyable? We handle rental options as well! With a giant rental fleet available, we can make sure that your trip is luxurious even though you might find yourself miles away from civilization. Visit out site, http://littleguytrailers.com/, and download our rental form to get started.

Just because you’re taking a long trip to get away from it all doesn’t mean that you can’t take a little of it with you! Our trailer options allow you to bring the best parts of civilized life with you along for the ride, while still granting you the freedom to indulge that inner explorer who is begging to get moving!

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Trailer Towing Tips

RV TowingTrailer towing is very potentially hazardous. Without taking the proper precautions you could find yourself in quite the compromised position, facing lawsuits and injury. Knowing the ins and out of hitching and towing a trailer can save you a lot of aggravation and money. Proper towing could even save a life.

Tongue Weight Ratio
Setting the tongue weight to 10-15% of the trailer’s total weight ensures good stability. If you drive a smaller or front wheel drive vehicle, look into installing an equalizing hitch to equally distribute tongue weight between the front and rear axles. Another means of ensuring stabilization and preventing road vibration is using the right size hitch ball for your trailer. This not only stabilizes lateral sway, but can actually prevent the trailer from popping off mid route. Though it may be tempting, don’t try to use a 1-7/8-inch ball on a 2-inch trailer.

Brake Installation
In order to prevent jackknifing and rolling, installing electronic braking while towing is must. This also cautions other drivers as to when you’re slowing down and stopping. The first step is installing a trailer-brake controller inside your vehicle, preferably a proportional brake controller. Oppose to timer brake controller, proportionate brake controllers match trailer brake output to the tow vehicle’s deceleration.

Driving Technique
When on the road, many drivers with a trailer in tow forget about their increased payload. Though you should never tailgate to begin with, following too close with an extra 1100 pounds in tow could spell disaster. So being mindful and practice driving a safe distance from any other drivers, allowing for a safe stopping distance, is your first line of defense from catastrophe.

Other aspects drivers typically used to driving sans trailer aren’t always used to are making turns. So remember to turn later and sharper to square off curve and preventing the trailer from clipping curbs or buildings. Hauling a trailer is very different than driving a family sedan or even a full size pickup truck, so make the necessary adjustments to your driving habits for the safety of yourself and fellow drivers.

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Top Destination Ideas for Your Trailer Trip

littleguytrailerTrailers are exceptionally designed for camping trips, vacations on the beach as well as a cross-country road trip. Having a trailer during your travels lets you bring more, buy more and relax more comfortably than traveling in just a car or truck. From small cargo storage trailers to pop up trailers that have a bed, they’re all advantageous if you love to travel.

 

Tent camping becomes a lot easier when you bring along a trailer. The days of river water and preparing meals on a wooden picnic table are over. Trailers that feature a sink and cabinets offer easier, safer food storage and preparation. During the packing process, food can be prepared in advance and kept in cabinets until you and your traveling companions are ready to eat. The sink allows you to cook any meal without taking a trip to the nearest body of water and also makes for quick clean up after the meal, or after any type of messy camping activity.

 

Pitching a tent and sleeping on grass is one thing, but sand isn’t so comfortable of an option. Bringing your pop up trailer to the beach lets you get a break from the sand and sun while also getting a good night’s rest. The shade that a trailer provides is crucial to a healthy beach vacation and also serves as additional storage for bathing suits, blow up water toys, coolers and all your other beach accessories. Beaches that allow cars and trailers are a great place for a weekend getaway and by bringing your trailer this trip is relatively inexpensive.

 

If you’re feeling like a longer more exploratory trip, you can also include your trailer on a cross-country journey. It’s not safe to sleep in a new town in your car, but renting a hotel room at every stop can get costly. Bringing your trailer along can help make the trip more affordable and offer a safe place to stay, especially if you park in a trailer lot or camping venue. As a place to rest, eat and relax having a trailer along for the cross-country trip is like bringing your own hotel room. It also gives you extra storage for the souvenirs you’ll buy along the way, your luggage and of course snacks.

 

In reality, there isn’t a vacation that doesn’t benefit from having a trailer along for the ride. However, these three trip ideas lend themselves perfectly to this sort of transportation and travel accessory. If you love to travel, these trip ideas are relaxing, fun and can be planned for almost any time of year. Utilizing a trailer on your next trip will also get rid of any worries you may have about the weather, accommodations or storage capacity.

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MeerKat with the NewTrailblazers.com

 

Hey guys,
Once again, thanks for the trailer and the help on the New Trailblazer/Two Authors on the Road Edition. After going through stacks of photos and hours of footage we have dialed in the story and it will upload Sunday night. We will promote it through out social media and online presences as well as posting it on blogs and through our mailer. If you wish to drop a note to your own people you can do so by dropping in the link.
www.NewTrailblazers.com
Thanks,
Stacy & Tom

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Power Management

Connecting the battery

battery1 (1)One of the most misunderstood parts of small trailer camping is power or battery management. Let’s start with how a trailer battery is hooked up as it can seem confusing because there are so many wire connections to the battery posts. There are usually 4 wires that connect to the battery. One set comes from the solar connector coming from the top of the plastic battery box. One is red and one is black. The RED wire will connect to the + terminal on the battery and the BLACK wire will connect to the – terminal. Next there will be two wires coming from the trailer loom. The white wire will connect to the – terminal and the Red wire will be crimped on to a yellow wire that has an in-line fuse.

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This red/yellow wire will connect to the + terminal on the battery.

 

battery openA-liners and some of the trailers that do not have the solar connector wires will follow the same basic rules. The wire coming from the trailer that has the in line fuse (this time it is a white and black wire) will connect to the + terminal. The remaining two white wires will connect to the – terminal.

So basically, find the line with the fuse and connect it to the + terminal. If there is another red wire, connect it to the + terminal also. All other wires go to the – terminal.

 

Fuses

battery1 (2)Fuses protect the trailer wires and electronics from surges or improperly hooked up batteries. The first fuse to check if things are not working is the fuse at the battery….remember the one that is connected to the + terminal. I usually leave it hanging out of the plastic battery box for easy access. I also take this fuse out when I store the trailer for an extended period of time to keep the converter box (1)battery from running down. Stereos, CO2 and smoke detectors can draw from the battery while in storage and cause it to go dead. The next set of fuses is in the converter box. While under battery power, you will be using the colorful car type fuses on the right. If one is “blown”, there should be a red LED light next to converter box2the bad fuse. The circuit breakers on the left are like the ones at your house. Just flip them back on if they pop off. These are the protection circuits breakers for when you are plugged in with a power cord. The breakers should remain in the on position all the time.

Here is the catch….your two systems are separate. The household plugs will only work when you are plugged into an outside power source. When you are not plugged in or using a generator only the 12 volt items will work. When you are plugged in, the converter box will charge the battery.

Plug in power vs. 12 volt power and solar.

To use your household type plugs, you will need to be plugged into a 110 power source…ie; household plug or a generator. Air conditioners, microwaves, hair driers all need the power source. Most small trailers will have a 30 amp power cord that you can plug in. The end of this cord looks like the cord you have on an electric dryer but it is not the same. It will plug into campsite power sources or you can get an adapter that will allow you to plug into a regular household plug. In A-liners remember to switch your power source off 12 volt to 110 or gas whenever you can so you do not run your battery down quickly. The round “cigarette lighter’ type plug will be for charging cell phones or running any 12 volt accessories. This will be using the power from your battery. Solar panels will be replacing power into your battery….not actually running any devices. Larger the solar panel, faster your battery gets recharged. Finally when you are plugged into your car if you have the round 7 connector you will be able to charge your battery while driving….just like you charge your car battery. This charge is more of a maintenance type charge and will not be great for bringing back a dead battery. Start your trip with a full battery for best results. If you only have a flat 4 connector you will only be powering your trailer running lights and turn signals….no charge to your battery even with an adapter.

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