In a recent blog post, RV Rental site Outdoorsy.CO details "The Return of Teardrop Trailers".
For those following our site & the off-road-trailer marketplace for a while will not be surprised.
Regardless of whether you're using an overland style 4x4 trailer, a traditional travel trailer, or one of the really cool new teardrop styles, power when off the grid will always be a concern.
While your vehicle will provide power and charge your trailer battery(ies) while connected, once you're parked & setup, you'll need to run your gadgets, lights, and accessories for hours or days.
Naturally one of the best investments to help manage power can come in the form of a solar setup. Once your solar system is setup & configured for your trailer, it can provide clean, free power for years to come.
Hema Maps published a great article covering Camping with Solar Power. While they voltages are different than those in North America, the concepts of amperage, watts, and capacity are still applicable to us.
If you're an Amazon customer, there are several great options for an inexpensive solar panel setup:
Goal Zero is a common brand that manufacturers a variety of solar panels & battery systems. While they're not the least expensive, their gear is well thought out and tested.
Flexible Solar Panel
For a more portable option that still provides great power, a flexible solar panel like this 60w version from PowerFilm can be a good solution.
80W Portable Solar Panel
For max power in the smallest package, this 80w hard-sided solar panel from GoPower! folds up nicely and includes a stand so you can always get max power from the sun.
The Cricket Trailer, from Taxa Outdoors has seen quite a bit of press...but the California based company has plenty more to offer!
Chesapeake Light Craft has released a DIY Teardrop Kit that will have you enjoying a 'soft-roader' Teardrop Trailer for under $5,000.
For a great low-starting price of $13,500, the Christianson brothers from Oregon Trail'R will build you a custom adventure-ready Teardrop, they call it the TerraDrop.
Denver, CO based Hiker Trailers is all about changing the way you think about teardrop-style trailers. They offer a 4X8 model (without off-road mods) for under $3,000....$2,895.00 to be exact.
A rugged and roomy teardrop for the serious explorer, the Off Road Dog House from Lead Dog Motorsports comes in either a 4X8 or wide 5X8 size and includes plenty of extras in the low sub $8,500 price.
The latest (as of mid-2015) entry into the teardrop market comes from Grand Junction, Colorado: Vintage Overland.
These teardrop style "caravan" trailers come in 3 flavors:
The Tuco, a basic model that's 4' X 8' and doesn't include a rear hatch.
The Great Escape is 4' X 8' and includes a rear hatch and additional LED lighting.
The T.E. Lawrence is 5' X 8' and includes a larger bed, extra LED lighting, a writing desk, and additional storage.
The trailers start at $10,500 and take around 6 weeks to be hand-built. They're accepting orders for 2016 now.