Yes. As of July 2018, we have one rental unit available. It is a well equipped Sierra 509. Check out our rental page for details.
We do not have used teardrop trailers at this time.
The curb weight (weight without any cargo) of our teardrops varies by model and is affected by any custom options/features that may have been added. Our lightest camper, the Buzz, weighs only 670 lbs. without any options. Comparatively, the Krawler 511 is our heaviest camper weighing about 1500 lbs. Even our heaviest campers can be towed by most small cars. Now, all that said, there are more things to consider in regards to weight. Each of our campers has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). The GVWR is the maximum recommended weight of the camper plus cargo. Before choosing a model, consider what options you want to add and how much cargo you might load onto the trailer (bikes, firewood, water, food, ice, luggage, etc.). The weight of things like tool boxes, water tanks, roof racks and awnings can add up fast. If you plan to carry a lot of gear, you may want to consider our Crossover or Off-Road models which have higher GVWRs. Alternatively, we can discuss building a road camper with a bit heavier axle.
They will not heat up the same way your car does when sitting in the sun on a hot day. The primary reason a car gets so hot in the sun is that the large windows allow sunlight to enter, heat up the inside surfaces and trap radiant heat like a greenhouse. More windows, more heat! There are several design features of our campers that minimize excessive heat. The relatively small tinted windows reduce the amount of sunlight entering the cabin, preventing the greenhouse effect. Curtains help too. The anodized aluminum skin of our campers is reflective, which reduces heating of the outside surface. Below the aluminum is an inch of insulation which prevents heat from conducting into the cabin. Now, if its hot out, the inside will eventually heat up, but it will not act like an oven. Adding a 14" vent fan is a great way to increase comfort and create a nice breeze. Still not cool enough? We offer an air conditioning option too! The air conditioner requires either a generator or a plug in campsite/shore power.
We occasionally build spec models that may be purchased site on scene. It's best to call or email to check on current inventory. Typically we build your teardrop camper to order with options that you select. This is primarily because we offer so many different configurations and custom options and every customer wants something a little different. We like to understand how you envision using your camper and build it the way you want it! We have a demonstration model (Kascade 510) and a rental unit (Sierra 509) at our shop that are available for showing. We can also show any campers that are under construction. If you'd like to see one of our campers in person, just give us a call to set up a time or email us at info@midwestteardrops.com.
Lead time can vary based on the number of open orders. Currently our lead time is 8-12 weeks. Keep lead time in mind if you want a camper in time for a trip.
The short answer is yes. The long answer is that you should not rely on this alone for charging your camper. When your camper is connected to the vehicle and the vehicle is running, there is a 12 volt supply that will provide some charge to the camper battery*; however, the alternator of your tow vehicle is not designed to charge batteries form a deeply discharged state. Also, after you start your vehicle, your vehicle's alternator increases the voltage across the battery's poles (to roughly 14.4v). Once the vehicle's battery has been replenished, the alternator decreases the voltage supply to what is needed to run the vehicle's electrical systems. This means that you won't get much charging to the camper once the vehicle's battery has been fully charged. Another factor is that the gauge of the wiring from the vehicle to the camper is often not sufficient to supply enough amperage to significantly charge the camper battery. An important thing to remember is that connecting a dead camper battery to your vehicle can drain the vehicle's battery. A solution to this is to always disconnect your camper from the vehicle when at camp, or install a battery isolator on your vehicle. A battery isolator automatically breaks the connection to the trailer when the vehicle's ignition is off and connects it when it is on. *Note: Some hitch installers have been known to skip connecting the 12v supply from the vehicle to the vehicle side wiring connector. This means there will be no power supplied to the camper from the vehicle. We will verify this for you when you pick up your camper.
Very little! The anodized aluminum exterior of your camper creates an oxide layer that protects the exterior from the elements and will not corrode. You can wash the exterior as needed with a weak solution of typical car wash soap . Use a simple soap that does not contain wax. It's best that you do not wax your camper as it can actually dull the finish. You can remove sap, bug residue, road tar, etc. with a bug & tar remover (again, one that does not contain wax). If you must store your camper outdoors, it is recommended that you cover it with a high quality RV cover. Try not to store your camper beneath trees as the tannins in tree debris can leave stains on the aluminum over time.
Yes, we include a two year limited warranty on craftsmanship. Components like axles, brakes, hubs, stereo, propane stove, etc. are covered under the manufacturer warranty for that component.

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