Top 10 Favorite Teardrop and Vintage Trailers

This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to teardrops and vintage trailers.

We are vintage trailer people and love everything about them. There were hundreds of brands in the 1950 and many more that were homebuilt. Picking a top ten is difficult but I do have favorites.

Many of the links go to other sites with pictures or plans. There is a lot of information for those who are interested.

Of course, I have added my 1959 Dalton, manufactured in El Monte, California. Isn't it pretty?

Benroy - Bennett Petersen with Brad Romaine's 1956 Benroy

Brad's Benroy is well known in the teardrop trailer group. This beautiful trailer looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor. Bennett Peterson was one of the the designers. The Benroy is a great trailer and has stood the test of time. In the links, there are many more pictures.

Ron's Benroy

This is a beautiful trailer that is always a show stopper. Then, he just had to have the miniature trailer that is actually an ice chest. Very, very clever!

1989 Snooze Box - This is my teardrop built on the Benroy and King Richard designs

The Snooze Box is homebuilt. Built by Gene Gallipau in 1989, it is completely different than any other teardrop out there and very well known. We had not had it long when we went to the 1st International Teardrop Gathering in Minden, Nebraska. We were in the Rocky Mountain State Park in Colorado when a car pulled up to us and asked us if it was the Gallipau trailer. They were from Oregon, we are from California and it was a very strange experience. They were also teardroppers on their way to the Gathering and knew Gene and the teardrop from rallies in Washington State.

Dalton - My 1959 Beauty in the woods at the Henry Cowell Redwood State Park near Santa Cruz, California

Mr. Wonderful is adding the jacks to the front to level it.

Gage and Tanya's Dalton - 1956

Many thanks to Gage who allows me to use his photos

Gage has chronicled so many rallies and gathering, he doesn't even have space to show them all. Every single trailer that has attended one of these events is photographed. There are many wonderful pictures and one could spend a whole day just checking them out. Thanks Gage!!

Spartan Trailers

If my heart belongs to any trailer it is the Spartan. Gorgeous inside and out, it appeals to me more more than any other. I go to this link often to see what is for sale and pretend that I am in a position to afford one. The Spartan Trailer Company made airplanes in the early days and the craftsmanship of their trailers is still evident today.

1951 Imperial Mansion

Spartan Trailers

This is another trailer I would love to own. The one above has two bedrooms and a full bathroom. It is a park model but it is a beauty.

1948 Manor

1949 Spartan at our 2011 Spooktacular campout at Catalina State Park

Kamp Master

The unique Kamp Master

This is an incredible trailer and if you get a chance to see one, make sure the owner gives you a tour. In 1953 plans for a trailer called the "Wild Goose" were published based on this trailer. I have the magazine and someday want Mr. Wonderful to make me one. I mean, you can't have too many teardrops.

The back hatch lifts high enough to allow access through the screen door that folds down when not in use.


Kenskill made quality teardrop trailers but branched out into "Stand-up" is the late 1940s. The first trailer was basically a teardrop that you could stand up in but the later trailers sometimes had the kitchen over the axle, the bed in the middle, and a sitting area in the back.

Gail's "Big Red" Kenskill

This is an awesome trailer and even more awesome inside. She has a smaller one that is featured in the Halloween Trailer Decorations Lens.

Bowlus Road Chief

The link below is full of information on the Bowlus. The picture was borrowed from the site but we did see one at the Cottonwood Rally. The minute he pulled in, literally every camper left their campsite to go and see it, It took several hours before he was able to move on. What a totally incredible trailer.

6/25/2012 - One of these just came up for sale on the Vintage Travel Trailer Aficionados Facebook page. It was lasted on eBay for $90,000.00. It was one of the few times I wished I were rich. It is a beauty.

This is what stopped the show at the Arizona Roundup Rally in Cottonwood, Arizona

This is what stopped the show at the Arizona Roundup Rally in Cottonwood, Arizona
This is what stopped the show at the Arizona Roundup Rally in Cottonwood, Arizona

John Agnew shares his love of trailers with Huell Howser

Silver Streak

Silver Streaks even look nice in the mud.


Totally unbelievable - The Shasta Trailer has a Wikipedia Page and this is what it says...

"Shasta travel trailers were travel trailers built between 1941 and 2004. Originally constructed in a factory in Los Angeles, California to provide housing for members of the US Armed Forces, the Shasta company expanded then built a production facility in Goshen, Indiana opening in 1958.[1] The company was purchased by Coachman Industries in 1976. At some point in time, Shasta trailers were produced by Shasta Industries, a division of the W.R. Grace Company (this information obtained from a 1975 model year owners manual).

The "wings" on the rear sides were a visible identifier in the 1960s and beyond. The name was sold to Coachmen Industries. Coachman marketed Shasta branded travel trailers until 2004. Only vintage trailers were available until 2008 when the brand was reintroduced complete with its identifying wings. The new trailers have updated art deco interiors and are all electric. Their features include stainless steel microwaves, stainless steel sinks and mini blinds, hot plate cooktops, wet baths and cutting edge entertainment features - including a 19" LCD television".

The Bambi

I am not fond of Airstreams but must admit that the only one I would have is a Vintage Bambi. It is the best designed small trailer that I have seen and even has a bathroom. It is pretty amazing.


The Scad-A-Bout Teardrop

I almost bought this trailer but opted for the Snooze Box instead. It was actually my first choice until my husband talked me into the Snooze Box. The traditional Scad-A-Bout trailers are compact and very easy to tow. Again I like it because it is the same shape as the Benroy and King Richard.

Two story Scad-A-Bout

This is the perfect family teardrop. Parents sleep inside and the kids get the top. This is a really fun trailer.

Ok, I have shown you all my favorite vintage trailers and teardrops - Do you have a favorite? 53 comments

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Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

These are always fun to see going down the road. They must feel like a playhouse inside. Very interesting topic!

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MomwithAHook LM 5 years ago from California

I like Ron's benroy and the 2-story Scad-a-bout

TravelingRae 5 years ago

great lens, blessed by a SquidAngel 8/13/11

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Charmcrazey 5 years ago from Central Florida

Rons Benroy looks good to me. Some of these are so cute. I never knew people collected vintage trailers and had no idea what a teardrop was.

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Lady Lorelei 5 years ago from Canada

Some of these teardrop trailers are beyond cute...they are absolutely adorable. Love the little kids peddle car and trailer set.

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postingbits 5 years ago

We are looking for a caravan for a trip through Europe in October, and I have looked at teardrops in the UK. They are not as creative as the teardrops you show here. The Mansion trailer would be good for our long distance travel, but I don't think my car will have the strength to pull it up hills :(

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CCGAL 5 years ago

My favorite is the "Squarestream" Argosy by Airstream - I live in one and absolutely adore it. We had a Spartan at one time, and I'm sorry now that we sold it. I need to build a lens about my Argosy I guess ... anyway, I am really enjoying your RV lenses. Loving the photos and the links!

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Heather426 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

I love Airstreams. What an awesome page! Love it!

anonymous 5 years ago

What wonderful fun! I love the Benroy with its ice chest, it really is a show stopper and the Bambi has me fascinated wondering how they got a bathroom in there.

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WorkitSmart 5 years ago

My husband always talks about getting a little airstream and making it into an office or a little guest house,


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Nancy S Oram 5 years ago

My grandpa had a teardrop. So cute. It was sold when he died in 1964 for about $150. I wish we had it back!

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patinkc 4 years ago from Midwest

What fun it would be to have a teardrop.

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Barb McCoy 4 years ago

Loved seeing your vintage trailers. My husband has a homemade teardrop that he loves and has convinced me to travel in several times. He liked your lens!

Thanks for stopping by my Sonora Desert lens!

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CanDoDaddy 4 years ago

The restless wanderer in me wants to hook up to one of these babies and be gone for a while, maybe a long while! Nice "museum" of the good ole days on the slower, uncontested roads. Thanks.

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autofanatic 4 years ago

I love this lens. I have so many great memories of camping with my grandfather. He pulled the old teardrop behind his 3/4 ton Dodge truck with a camper on back. We'd fish, camp out and explore until it was time to go home again. Great fun!

DebMartin 4 years ago

wow. I love your '89 Snooze Box. Would love to see the inside of some of these. Fun lens that got me dreaming.

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Frischy 4 years ago from Kentucky, USA

Would love to have a small trailer that I could pull with my Dodge Caravan. Caravans have had some transmission issues, so would not dare to pull anything too heavy. A small trailer like some of these might work. Hmmm......

anonymous 4 years ago

So excited to see a Kenskill. We just purchased a 1967 20ft model and are restoring it. I had never even heard of them, but am very enjoying trying to learn more about them.

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fullofshoes 4 years ago

I absolutely love this lens. We are campers and have a light 5th wheel. We've been looking at vintage campers and other really small ones. Bookmarked!

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jadehorseshoe 4 years ago

Multiple Return Visitor. LUV this lens.

anonymous 4 years ago

I was in the neighborhood and just had to peek in once again, delightful!

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allenwebstarme 4 years ago

This the awesome lens about trailers. Here in India there is nothing like that.

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agoofyidea 4 years ago

I love the teardrop trailers and would love to own one, but my husband is supersize and would never fit in one. Too bad. I do love to look at them.

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Charlino99 4 years ago from USA

Teardrop trailers are my favorites of all time. Love this lens.

JGracey 4 years ago

Making me feel sort of old since I remember a lot of those trailers. My parents bought a brand new Rambler back in 1969, after we spent countless summers in my aunt and uncles old Shasta. Thanks for the memories!

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TwylaN LM 4 years ago

Teardrop trailers are pretty cool and I even had a chance to stay in one when I was a kid. Too bad they don't seem as popular anymore.

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Michey LM 4 years ago

Hi! i like the Benroy... great nostalgic lens as some I am sure don't exist now. Thanks

anonymous 4 years ago

Love the scad a bout. And I thought I had seen them all. And hadn't seen hardly any of these ones. But maybe they not in Australia though. Great lens

anonymous 4 years ago

i really like the benroy`s and the scad, so i was browsing around and came across one called lil swiss. i think the total package is well put. the wood work and paint, clean and flawless.

cricketlady 4 years ago

I have a Teardrop! Love it!

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Srena44 4 years ago

Great lens

anonymous 3 years ago

i'm looking for a small vintage camper. like a little loafer. can't seem to find one that's not sold

marsha32 3 years ago

I had to stop in because I have a dram goal of buying myself a camper and traveling around---even if I end up traveling on my own! I am just fine with a small camper. The Benroy ones where the kitchen area is outside are just too cool.

anonymous 3 years ago

I'm looking for information on Ideal travel trailers. My father had one which I have now inherited and I would like to fix it back up but I need a place to find info on it. I don't know the year but I'm guessing late 40's to early 50's. can you help?

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Ann Hinds 3 years ago from So Cal Author

@anonymous: Although I am no longer a part of the Tin Can Tourists, they do have a facebook page where you could ask for information. It looks like it is current and trailer people love to share information. I would start there.

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Cynthia Haltom 3 years ago from Diamondhead

You did a wonderful job on this lens. I really enjoyed the photos.

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paultheprogrammer 3 years ago

Really great teardrop caravan lens.

fcinternetmarketing 3 years ago

Great one.

anonymous 3 years ago

I am looking for some parts for a 1948 Chrysler custom dog trailer. If you know of any sources please call me at 412. 798.3784 or email My name is chuck Warfield. Thanks

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SBPI Inc 3 years ago

What's scary is that I am old enough to actually remember these.

Great lens, love it.


anonymous 3 years ago

hi,have you seen one of these with lead light windows?how do i add a pic?


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Donna,

It's September and I am searching for folks with Ideal trailers to ask about re-sealing railing; mine's a '67. Did you find info on your trailer yet? Have you re-sealed any of it yet?

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Charito1962 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

What cool campers!

karen-r-fuson 2 years ago

We had an Arisocrat LandCommander,16ft., 1967. We got it & made it cute again...we traded it for a 5th. wheel. I still miss it & loved everything about it...hard to find one with the same lay-out....I want another one !

odellespinoza 2 years ago

The 2 story Scad-A-Bout looks interesting, I am just now seeing the teardrops on the highway and was wondering what it was, well now I know and I am interested in buying a new or used one (vintage) sounds more like my style. Well happy hunting for those of you who are searching for your little home away from home like myself, Odell over and out.

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favored 2 years ago from USA

I've never seen inside one of these little guys even though my parents owned a campground for many years. They are super efficient and easy to tote behind a vehicle. Great vintage photos really help you see how far they have come over the years.

Scott 2 years ago

Maybe I'm biased toward Dalton since my Dad and Uncle Hap started manufacturing them in El Monte. Interesting fact I just learned from my older sister. The name Dalton was the street my Uncle Hap lived on so they called them Dalton trailers.

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Ann Hinds 2 years ago from So Cal Author

Well Scott, I am delighted by your comment. I also favor the Dalton since it's my trailer. I am going to update all my trailer pages to reflect the information you provided. Feel free to contact me on my profile page with any other information you feel like sharing. Thanks!!!

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ladyguitarpicker 23 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

I love the vintage travel trailers my favorite was the airstream , I sold mine when I got a motor home. Enjoyed this Hub very much. Stella

newbie 17 months ago

Do you know anything about the brand Giles trailers

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Lilleyth 15 months ago from Mid-Atlantic

Owning a vintage tear-drop camper is on my bucket list. Loved the article. Thumbs up!

Jonathan 9 months ago

I own a scad a bout trailer that looks just like the one you have posted... I would be interested in selling it.

Get a hold of me.

Bergman 6 months ago

My dad build a tear drop from scratch out of the metal MONEL in the 60's.

He was a finishing carpenter so the wood work was flawless.

Went camping, hunting & fishing all the time....good times!!!

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