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A silver and orange tiny teardrop trailer
Photo by Jack Journey

The new road trip

The trend: Teardrop trailers are popping up everywhere as a downsized (and more stylish) alternative to RVs. We’ve even found new and vintage models on eBay for as little as $1,000.

Our favorite find: A rental by Vacations-in-a-Can. We picked up the trailer above in Penn­grove, California. You can also have one delivered to a local park.

Why we love it: It comes fully loaded (mattress, linens, pots, utensils, and more), so you do a lot less packing. Rentals are just $175 for two nights―a fraction of an RV’s cost. Plus it uses less gas.

Insider tip: Extras like espresso makers and solar shower fixtures are available for $5 to $10 each.

Buy one: Customize your own, starting at $7,250 for the 4- by 8-foot design.


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