Last March, my friend Becky and I took a mini-road trip to Carlsbad Caverns in southern New Mexico. While tent camping at nearby Guadalupe National Park, I saw my first Teardrop trailer being towed by a Subaru. I pestered the couple for a tour and walked away convinced that I needed my very own Teardrop. For some time, I had been casting about for the next iteration of my life on the road. After 7 years of living out of my car in between housesitting gigs, I was craving some personal space, but I wasn’t willing to settle in one place. The teardrop was the perfect solution!
For the next few weeks, I was a woman obsessed: I researched Teardrops, got a tow-hitch installed on my Subaru and scoured Craigslist and all manner of online Teardrop trailer forums before I found a classified ad on Teardrops.net for a homemade Teardrop for sale in Lincoln, Nebraska. This Teardrop was different. Instead of just having a bed inside, it had a little extra space: a full-sized bed with a memory foam mattress and storage space underneath, a fold-up table, two feet of floor space, drawers, cabinets, counter space and a pop-up skylight and a slide-out kitchen/galley area with plenty of storage space for pots, pans and food and a propane burner for cooking.
This Teardrop was more than just somewhere for me to sleep, this was a place for me to live and work on the road! I emailed the seller and he responded with a slew of questions about my background and my lifestyle. Apparently, I wasn’t interviewing this man about his Teardrop, he was interviewing me for the privilege of buying it! Later, Egon told me he had several dozen inquiries, but he decided, based on those first few emails, that I was the right person. I’ve been thanking my lucky stars ever since.
I’ve been a proud Teardrop owner for a year now and I’m as thrilled with Egon’s creation today as I was last March. In the past year, “The Raven & the Rattler”, the dogs and I have been to 31 states, including my 50th: Alaska, and four Canadian Provinces. In celebration of my one-year Teardrop anniversary, here are a bunch of my favorite photos of the Raven & the Rattler all over North America. In chronological order, more or less: