Teardrop Camper Additions You Can’t Go Without 13782

Teardrop campers by design aren’t going to be the most luxurious or spacious RVs out there. However, they serve a very useful function for people who don’t want or can’t afford a larger RV.

While teardrops are excellent, they also lack many of the features and amenities that other RV and camper types offer. That means sometimes you need to get creative to make the small camper work for you. Make the most of your outdoor patio space, which will serve as your living room. This means you need to take some time and assess your needs and modify your camper as necessary. With that said, there are a few items you should add to your teardrop no matter what. Here’s what I would suggest.

Tongue Box at the Front of Your Teardrop Camper

A blue teardrop camping trailer is setup at a campsite surrounded by redwood trees in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in California

If your teardrop doesn’t already have a storage area or box at the front of the camper, then consider adding one. If your teardrop camper does, you may want to think about updating the box and increasing its capacity. This extra storage area will come in handy for all sorts of items.

I’d suggest getting an aluminum tongue box for your camper. You can buy a steel box or a box made of a different material, but aluminum is lightweight and extremely durable. You might pay a little more for it, but it will be worth it in the long run.

An Awning for Your Teardrop Camper

If you haven’t added an awning of some kind to your teardrop trailer and it didn’t come with one from the factory, then you absolutely need to add one to your rig. The awning helps make the most of your small camper’s footprint, by providing additional space that’s out of the sun’s rays or a bit of rain if you get caught in inclement weather. Before packing up, make sure to do one final walk-around before packing up and taking to ensure everything is latched down tight.

Roof Rails or a Roof Rack for Your Teardrop Camper

The first thing I would suggest is adding a roof rack of some kind to your teardrop camper. This makes it easy to carry extra things along with you if you need them. In some cases, you can even carry along a paddleboard, kayak, bicycle, or other fun toys.

At the very least you can add an additional storage area on top of the roof rack allowing you to free up space inside the camper. This can make transporting additional gear, like camp chairs or a portable grille much easier.

Organizers for Storage Areas

Open hatch showing kitchen of a teardrop camping trailer, setup at a campsite surrounded by redwood trees in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in California

Most teardrop campers come with some good storage areas inside. These work great for putting away your personal items and any other camping items, but they work even better if they’re properly organized. Having a designated space for everything will help make your teardrop camper feel like home.

While RV manufacturers try to do their best to make the most of the space they have, there’s no reason you shouldn’t get an organizer of some kind to section off a storage area in order to make the most of it. you can do this in the rear kitchen (if your RV has one) or in the storage areas on the inside of the unit.

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What would you add to the list? Leave a comment below!

Teardrop camper additions you can't go without

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  1. It might depend on how long of trips as to whether I need a roof rack and basket. I have used it for a small Clam shelter, but if it rains, it is sopping wet. I don’t always need it. The roof basket cannot be reached well without a short ladder, so something else to carry or I can’t reach the cargo net fasteners. The awning is not good in wind. At the front, I have a cooler and an aluminum box, very useful for cords, chocks, tools, leveling blocks if needed, wheel lock and hitch lock, water hose, most of which I rarely need.

  2. I don’t find the need for a tongue box or a awning. A clam is easier to set up and is movable as needed. If you put stuff on the roof of the teardrop you will ruin your gas mileage and change the center of gravity on the camper (making it top heavy).

  3. Installed a 175 watt flex panel on top of teardrop using method on You Tube RV,ing with Tito. It powers all 12 volt needs and a refer in the galley. NO More Ice Runs… 100 AH Lithium battery get’s topped off while we travel. No roof rack for me….. Rack on the tow vehicle….

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