Small is popular again. Oh, some people want the 40-foot RVs, but more manufacturers are coming out with small retro teardrop trailers. Today's RV Daily Report included stories about the Serro Scotty and Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC, which has entered the teardrop market.
Serro Scotty plans to market their small trailers directly to the consumer. Says the article, "The new factory direct program offers a consumer direct discount, lower base price and $1 per mile shipping. Once again the black Scotty dog adorns the front of the camper and the traditional spirit is alive again." Pictured is their smallest unit, the Serro Scotty Pup.
Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC is entering the teardrop market with the retro-styled MPG line set to debut at the 47th Annual National RV Trade Show Tuesday in Louisville, Ky. The MPG combines a contemporary look with retro styling, which they hope will appeal to the youthful demographic. It comes in 18-foot and 20-foot lengths and with a dry weight of less than 2700 pounds allowing it to be towed by smaller SUVs.
I also came across an article at the Petaluma360.com site about a man in Petaluma, CA who makes small structures of 120 square feet. They are quite popular as backyard retreats, shops, sheds and artist studios because they are unique. He can make one a bit larger that qualifies as an RV, though moving it is tricky and requires a professional. If your RV retirement has taken you to a lot in an RV park or resort at least part of the time and you want extra space besides your RV, one of these could fill the bill. They are very reasonable, though you can run up the bill with customizing them.
We seem to have the two extremes: RVers who want as large an RV as they can get and those who travel in a small, simple unit. Not as many full-time RVers choose the smaller RVs. Friends have a T@B trailer with no bathroom facilities. That would not do for more than a short trip for me! Another RV friend's sister and husband are traveling full-time in a van with no bathroom. It does limit the places where they can stay, for sure.
You have to admit some of these little guys are cute! It would be fun to travel in a vintage teardrop. The new ones play on that nostalgia. I doubt we'll be doing that soon, though. George is over six feet tall and most of these little ones mean he would have head bruises and scrapes from encounters with the AC or doorways. We'll have to pass. Too bad because secretly he'd love to build one. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak