This weekend in Pioneer Village in Minden, Nebraska is the 2nd International Teardrop Gathering. Actually registration begins today (June 14, 2007) and runs thought Sunday.
We stopped in Russell, KS overnight and were parked next to the cutest teardrop trailer. At first we thought it was homemade, then when they opened up the back, it looked so nice, we thought not. Later, George started talking to Jim Coyner and his son, Jesse. They had made it from the frame up.
Built in “woody” style, this meticulous trailer will be shown off with more than 100 other teardrop trailers at this gathering. Jesse told me they built it in 2003-04. They started by welding the frame, then attached the sides, and worked from there. At the conventions, they get new ideas. Jim thought of adding a sunroof after seeing one at the last convention, but it required a flat roof. That would detract from the teardrop shape.
To find out what exactly a teardrop trailer is and get more information about these cute little trailers, see their Web site.
Some other sites for teardrops are:
- Tiny tears -more information about these trailers
- Teardrop destinations – calendar of rallies and gatherings
- Teardrops link page – Look up other teardrop sites and discussion groups
I certainly wouldn’t recommend them for full-time RVing or even an extended trip, bit they would be perfect for going out into the back country. You could take them down most any road and they’d fit in about any spot.
They sure look fun and get lots of attention! A small crowd gathered last night to have a peak inside and exam Jim and Jesse’s work of art and see what was inside. Most teardrops are homemade since so few that were built survive to this day. If you are anywhere near Minden, Nebraska this weekend, stop in and enjoy the sights!