We typically get lots of questions about our Teardrop camper. People often invite themselves into our camp to ask or wander around hoping to be invited in.
We weren’t sure that there would be nearly as many questions about the T@B, but it appears there are almost as many. They are pretty popular these days and it isn’t nearly as questionable how you make it work to camp in, but people still seem pretty surprised at all that it packed into such a tiny vehicle.
Here are some of the questions we have heard since we started camping with the T@B:
Does that thing have a bathroom?
Yes, we have a full bathroom inside with a toilet, sink and shower. The toilet is a cassette toilet, which makes it easier to empty in more places. We have heat and hot water so that when we are off the grid, we can still get warm water for navy showers powered by our propane tank. We still use the camp facilities for No. 2, but for those late night potty runs and getting a shower without having to wait in line, this thing is awesome.
Is there a kitchen inside?
Yes, we have a 2-burner stove, a sink and a refrigerator along with cabinets. It’s perfect for cooking inside when it rains and making coffee in the morning. We love being able to wash-up our dishes quickly with warm water. We don’t use the fridge a lot when we are off the grid, but keeping a little cool makes it good for storing bread and fruit. We also like having the option of our old stove for cooking on 3 burners at once.
How does that solar panel work?
The solar panel collects energy from the sun whenever we have good exposure. That energy helps to refill our battery for the trailer and keeps us with a bit of power to run the fridge, the tv, the radio and the heating system. There is a bluetooth connection to an app on our phones to monitor the power.
Are you happy with it?
We love it! It was such a good upgrade for us and we find that it is a really great size for the 3 of us to be able to get out and always enjoy ourselves. We highly recommend NuCamp and Miller Trailer Sales.
Here are some of the most popular questions we got over the years about camping with the Silver Shadow:
Why so little? Don’t you want more space?
It’s actually plenty big inside for sleeping and overall it is sized just right for what we need and enables us to get out more than we might otherwise.
Is it easy to tow?
Yes, super easy. It takes about five minutes to get it hooked up. You can move it by hand with one or two people if the car isn’t positioned exactly right. You can barely feel it behind the car. It can be a little difficult to back up and it definitely increases your turning circle, but overall easy.
Is that for your dog?
Yes and no. It’s for us to sleep in. The dog sleeps there too. Sometimes when we stop along the way, it makes a nice nap spot for the dog while we go inside. We can open the windows and turn on the fan so he stays nice and comfortable if it isn’t too hot outside.
Where do you sleep?
There is a full queensize bed inside that is quite comfy. We use a memory foam cover on the mattress and it is much better than any camping air mattress.
Where do your feet go?
The bed extends under the shelf and there is plenty of room for your feet (unless maybe you wear a size 13 shoe).
What do you hate about it?
It can be tough when it is raining for multiple days straight. A day or two of rain is an adventure that you can manage. A week of heavy rain is bad in a tent and only slightly better in this. Making the bed while you are in it without opening the doors is hard. Getting your shoes on to get right out into the rain to go to the bathroom at night is hard. For ventilation, you may want to open the windows a little, which inevitably leads to damp bedding.
How do you manage showers
Mostly we use the bathroom and shower facilities at the campgrounds we are staying in. We do keep a solar shower in the underbed storage in case we are away from normal facilities and need to get a quick shower on the go.
Thanks for sharing…
I have really enjoyed reading your blog and seeing how you camp wiht your “tear”. Dampness during the rain, a painter’s drop cloth really helps wonders with keeping the bed clothes drier when opening a window or vent. Also, if you use a clear plastic drop cloth it works great to cover you when getting things out of the galley or car during those rain times; no umbrellia needed and you can still see through it. Win, win. These are just little tid bits from years of camping…tents, my conversion van, my Airstream. I am currently looking into buying a “tear” as an addition for my Chevy Conversion Van as a spare bedroom when a friend comes along during beach weekends.
Um- yeah. The dampness of the bedclothes when you open the side windows during a rainstorm can be a bummer. A dropcloth might help, but towels also work. Thanks for the tidbits and good luck getting your “spare room”!
Maybe I missed it but how did you come to choose Silver Shadow brand rather than some other?
Sorry for the late response, just found your blog. We started tear dropping in 2014 with our Silver Shadow, purchased over Labor Day weekend of that year. In 2017 we added a 5×7 side tent and that made all the difference, especially when it rains. It’s our changing room and we have a portable potty there for late night needs.