Friday, December 1, 2023


Lightweight “teardrop” drops in on RV market

By Russ and Tiña De Maris

While it may not be “just the thing” for the typical RVer, there’s a new RV on the market that for the young and the physically flexible may be worth looking into. It’s called Polydrop. Naw, forget pictures of your favorite parrot taking a dive, the Polydrop trailer is a “polygonized” teardrop rig with a couple of twists.

A young college student, Kyung-Hyun Lew, found that the academic life didn’t always provide a real space to get away. Lew sold his car and invested the proceeds into designing and building his own get-away space. He ended up with what might be described as a low-ceilinged cabin-on-wheels. Scaling in at less than 800 pounds, a four-cylinder car easily towed the new unit wherever the whim directed. Whim kept him on the road for a year. On his return, Lew used the trailer for a study space, and after college, Lew fired up his business of producing the Polydrop for interested customers.

What does $9,000 buy? The Polydrop is a wood cabin wrapped with an aluminum exterior to keep out the elements. Helping keep it warm, up to eight inches of insulation are embedded in the walls. There is no gas furnace, but instead there’s an electric heater that runs on shore power. A 100-watt solar panel provides juice for LED lighting. Inside a “three-quarter” mattress will stow away two-adults, provided they have enough dexterity to insert themselves through the gull-wing doors. In typical teardrop trailer-fashion, the rear roof lifts up to access space for a galley. The entry-level $9,000 rig doesn’t include any appliances or other gear, so customers will have to fit that aspect out on their own.

The Polydrop is supported by an aluminum frame with a long tongue for attaching to the tow vehicle. An independent suspension helps keep the ride smooth, and hydraulic disc brakes take the load off the tow vehicle when it’s time to stop or slow down.

You can learn more about the Polydrop with a visit to the company website.

Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña went from childhood tent camping to RVing in the 1980s when the ground got too hard. They've been tutored in the ways of RVing (and RV repair) by a series of rigs, from truck campers, to a fifth-wheel, and several travel trailers. In addition to writing scores of articles on RVing topics, they've also taught college classes for folks new to RVing. They authored the book, RV Boondocking Basics.



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Tommy Molnar (@guest_43786)
4 years ago

The amazing thing about this single axle trailer is that it has brakes. And not just any brakes, but hydraulic disc brakes! We had to pay ‘big bucks’ to have our brakes converted to that on our two axle travel trailer.

You need a $6,000 deposit to order one. Is this going to be like that other company that took deposits on trailers, then disappeared?

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