Last November we made a big purchase and moved from tent camping to a teardrop trailer! This has really changed the game for the Riffee fam.
We had been thinking about upgrading from our tent camping lifestyle for a while, but could not decide what would work best for us. We were torn between a rooftop tent, pull behind trailer, camper van or (to be honest) everything in between. Whatever we decided, we knew we had to be totally sure. Things like this are not exactly cheap investments.
it was fate
One night I was scouring Facebook marketplace looking for a gently used camper , and having no luck. I had even been searching for listings all over the U.S., thinking if we found the right one we could just make it a road trip and pick it up. Even with the expanded search, these things were selling as soon as they were listed. It was still 2020 after all, and many folks had the same idea during the pandemic. Let’s get out into nature! I was feeling pretty defeated, when I came across this adorable red teardrop trailer listed for a reasonable price.
I messaged right away expecting the trailer to be gone already. We received a quick reply stating it was available, and that they were located in Kingdom City, Missouri (so close to where we’re from)! This had to be a sign!
We set up a call for the next day, and I learned this wasn’t the only camper they had available. It was a company called Hyk Outdoors (pronounced Hike) that focused on building and selling teardrop trailers. The camper I found was one they had rented for folks as “try before you buy”. After a great conversation he offered to sell us the same model only brand new for a very affordable price. Uhhh, yes please!
After a few weeks our little teardrop was ready to be brought home! Of course, we were itching to get her out into the mountains as soon as possible. The weather needed to cooperate though, since we were far from pros at this point and wanted our first camping experience to be epic. We obviously set very high expectations for ourselves.
Needless to say even with a busy Summer, we were able to get Leola Bertha out on the open road quite a bit. Oh yeah, we decided to name her Leola Bertha (LB for short) after Matt’s great grandma who had an awesome name and loved the outdoors herself. Perfectly fitting! Plus, that means I won the gender debate (please see previous post).
Over the Spring and Summer we took ski trips, served hot dogs for the soccer team and snuck in several family and friend camping adventures. LB is the freaking best!
Matt has also ventured out on quite a few solo trips with LB, which he is loving! Most recently Matt took her elk hunting, and I think it’s safe to say he enjoyed every minute of it.
When we all camp together Matt and I sleep on the queen bed inside while the boys have PLENTY of room in the annex. The galley kitchen works amazing for us since Matt loves cooking on our camp stove. We also have a fridge now which is a game changer! A teardrop fits our lifestyle perfectly because it’s light weight (easy to tow) and fits right in the garage. No need to pay for storage!
My favorite part of camping this way is how easy it is to keep all our camping gear ready to go. The cabinets inside allow me to pack our necessities, games as well my clothes without a bag or suitcase. With the kitchen, all the cooking gear has a home in the back. Amazing! It’s so much less prep time and waaaaay less setup once we get there! Heck yes!
I mean, it’s even roomy enough to fit two full grown men, with a photo to prove it!
We absolutely love our little LB. We’ve had so much fun with her so far, and we cannot wait for all the adventures and memories still to come!
For an added bonus, here’s our adorable friend Saylor modeling how comfy the camper really is.