It's interesting to note that during the 1930's, when the teardrop movement really got started, the country was in the throes of the Great Depression. So, here we are, some 70 plus years later, seemingly about to enter another great period of economic upheaval and also, simultaneously in the country we have another great revival and interest in teardrop trailers.
During the 1930's, these trailers were mostly homebuilt and custom made. And likewise, today, though there are several commercial manufacturers, most modern teardrops are custom built at home.
A couple of years ago, as I was searching out old teardrop plans on the internet, I stumbled upon the 'holy grail' of teardrop and trailer building information. Namely, a website simply called 'Teardrops and Tiny Travel Trailers' (or affectionately referred to as 'TD & TTT'). This site is a gold mine of technical information and moral support for anyone interested in building, remodeling, equipping, or retro fitting a small camping trailer or teardrop. And it's also a great place to just hang out and chat with a bunch of real nice similar-minded folks. I don't think my trailer build would have ever gotten 'off the ground' had it not been for that site and those great people. Thanks guys and gals!
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The SunHopper is sort of a 're-mix' design. It is a small, 'tear-drop like' camping trailer which is lightweight (under 1000 lbs) and should be quite inexpensive to tow behind almost any vehicle - even those with 4 cylinder engines.
In the 1980's, during the gas shortages and recession of that period, there were similar small trailers which were produced to meet those needs. Two of those trailers were the Grasshopper and the Sunline Sunspot.
In designing this little camper, I tried to incorporate several of the design features of both trailers into this version: the overall shape of the Grasshopper with the pass through galley features of the SunSpot, hence the name 'SunHopper'.