This teardrop camper was built in 2009 and is based on a 1947 model named the ĎCabin Carí built by an aircraft company in California. It was redesigned slightly by a another fellow in Illinois who built a similar model after he could not find an original to restore. I liked them both so much that I took on the task of building this smaller version. It is about 10 feet long and 5 feet wide with the sleeping area being about 6 feet 4 from head to foot. The curvature of the front of the camper offers a bit more headroom and adds some spaciousness to the inside.
I added a second door opposite the original door to accommodate a pop up shower enclosure which will be fitted against the outer wall of the camper and act as a bathroom with a shower which can be entered without going outside. This will include a small portable toilet and a shower hose which will be attached to a pump and provide hot water from a portable Coleman Hot Water on Demand unit. This unti will also provide hot/warm and cold water to the kitchen area under the rear hatch which is equipped with a sink.
I have a full size mattress for sleeping but the dimensions inside will allow for a queen size if one is desired. The mattress is folded to provide a sitting area during non-sleep hours so dining and lounging can be enjoyed out of the weather. Two small shelves on each side of the inner walls will lift up and lock to provide table areas when needed and then fold back against the wall to be out of the way. Below the window on each side is a magazine/reading storage rack to place any night time reading materials out of the way before dozing off. Above each front corner is an electric light with a pull chain to provide either side a night light while the other sleeps.
Two 100 watt fluorescent lamps are located in the rear corners to provide most of the lighting with only a small amount of wattage and little heat output. A window a/c unit is located under the rear hatch with a vent to allow cooling. A battery box is located at the front of the trailer that holds a marine battery and an inverter along with a battery charger to recharge the battery when a 120 outlet is available. The battery will also be charged by the vehicle when it is running and the vehicle has a relay that will disconnect its electrical system from the trailerís system when the vehicle is not running to prevent itís battery from discharging from the trailerís power usage. The inverter has a low-battery warning alarm that will remind the camper the battery needs recharging.
The kitchen area under the rear hatch includes a sink which drains to a five gallon container which can be drained when convenient. The Coleman Hot Water heater uses a rechargeable to battery to run a water pump and also a small propane canister to heat the water to up to 100 degrees higher than its current temperature in five seconds. In the middle of the kitchen is a lid to access a large cooler where food and drinks can be kept refrigerated. A drain plug has been installed to allow for emptying the water in the cooler when necessary. A two-burner propane stove sits in the right corner.
The lower hatch at the rear opens to reveal shelves at the top for cooking utensils and food storage. Inside the compartment under the lower hatch are the a/c unit, the cooler and the water supply.
For entertainment, a flat screen tv has been fitted into a mock retro tv set which is connected to a DVD player and a digital converter box. The DVD player has a USB port to accept flash drives to allow for downloaded movies and songs to be played through it. A radio is also located in the cabin with a weather band.
The entire unit took millions of man-hours and millions of dollars to be produced but you can purchase one for only $50,000 by contacting me.