"We grew up as 'Tear-droppers.' Our parents had a vintage teardrop trailer that we both had the fortune of camping in during our formative years."
- Jon Christianson
We grew up as “Teardroppers.” Our parents had a vintage teardrop trailer that we both had the fortune of camping in during our formative years. About 10-11 years ago we both came down with the “teardrop bug” again. We each ended up building our own teardrops in our spare time at our respective houses. We ended up with two very nice but very different teardrops. Both of us were immediately inundated with positive feedback and interest in our trailers. We kept getting asked over and over about where we got our trailers and where they could get one like it. Sawyer chose a Benroy style body and built it utilizing his excellent woodworking skills. Jon built an off-road oriented teardrop utilizing his metal working abilities. Sawyers trailer is full of beautiful cabinetry and wood elements. Jon’s trailer is basically a metal roll-cage packed full of electronics and contains very little wood at all. After all was said and done, we figured out that between the two of us we could build a really well balanced teardrop that incorporates our different but perfectly complimentary skill sets. We then spent the better part of a year designing/planning/prototyping our new line of teardrops. We spent a great deal of time, effort, and money designing, building, and buying the tools, jigs, and processes that it would take to bring our designs to life.
"...What we want is to build beautiful campers that will still be on the road 30 years from now and longer"
- Jon Christianson
"Taking the time to go the extra mile is worth it to us to turn out very high quality and long lasting teardrop trailers"
- Sawyer Christianson
Our trailers are essentially built like giant custom cabinets, using dado and rabbet joinery everywhere possible to create an ultra strong and stiff body. We also borrow a lot of our processes from the boat-building community, like using void-less plywood, waterproof glues, and sealing all end-grain with penetrating epoxy. To us, one of the most important aspects of camper production is water-proofing. Since the most common demise of camp trailers is dry-rot, which is the result of a leak, which is a result of sub-par sealants and poor quality control. We go the extra mile by using multiple layers of high quality sealant. For example, while building the body of one of our trailers, we lay down thick beads of elastomeric adhesive sealant between our sidewalls and our ceiling underlayment, then another between the underlayment and the aluminum skin, then another between the skin and the edge molding. Taking the time to go the extra mile is worth it to us to turn out very high quality and long lasting teardrop trailers. With his experience in the home technology industry, Jon has put together some very impressive and cutting edge electrical and audio/video options for our trailers. Even on base-level trailers, Jon takes great care to use high-end wiring and create very strong electrical connections that will not crack or separate even after years of continual road vibration. Designing a teardrop is very tricky, due to the limited space that is a natural by-product of a small footprint. There is a fine balance involved in deciding what to include and what to leave out. With a great deal of research and development, we feel we have found the perfect balance of aesthetic beauty, desirable options, storage space, and functionality. With a combined 25+ years of teardrop camping experience, leaving almost no part of the western US untouched, we have truly learned what works and what doesn’t work in a teardrop trailer. Using that experience and our fabrication skills, we believe we build the most beautiful, highest quality, and most user-friendly teardrops on the market.