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Travel in a Teardrop

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In these days of fuel efficiency, driving an RV might make you feel like you’re wearing fur at a PETA convention. And yet, you don’t want to stuff your camping gear into your Prius then spend hours setting up. The answer? A Teardrop.

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It’s hard to believe Teardrop trailers have been around since the 1930s – they look like they were invented yesterday. In essence, they’re mini caravans, 4-6 feet in width, and 8-10 feet in length. Just enough to squeeze in a bed for two and a teeny tiny kitchen. But what else do you really need?

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The beauty of the Teardrop is that it’s really lightweight, usually less than 450 kg (1000 pounds), so almost any vehicle can tow one, and it won’t bump up your mpg.

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The brilliantly-named Vacations in a Can offer Teardrop rentals and sales out of their Sonoma County location. Their sleek Chili Pepper (pictured above, second to fourth) is available for rent at $130/two nights, or to buy at $10,550. The smaller Orange Pop (pictured top) is $7,250.

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Meanwhile, if you’re lucky enough to own a Mini Cooper, how about getting a customized Teardrop for it? Mini Tears have created a prototype (above and below) that’s so sleek and shiny, you’ll want to hang it on your Christmas tree. Love them. RM

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Images: Mini Tears (Galen Schlich Photography, Steven Mitchell Photography); Vacations in a Can

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