If you’re not ready to plunk down a hundred grand or more for a fully self-contained adventure Sprinter, the next best thing is pulling a trailer behind the vehicle you’ve already got. And if that vehicle happens to be bad ass and ready for the back country, you’ll need something capable of following you. Or, hell, this would look just as killer behind the family wagon or minivan.

Colorado Teardrops sets themselves apart not only by putting monster 35″ BF Goodrich offroad tires on their trailers, they make the frames out of welded aluminum and add things like nerf bars, reinforced axles and full coverage skid plates. Ready to get way, way out there?

Colorado Teardrops offload camping trailers with full aluminum frames are ready for adventure

At the core of their new 2017 lineup is a full aluminum frame. This keeps it rigid and adds years and years to its life compared to wood-framed tow-behinds. Prior, they used marine-grade plywood to build them, but founder Dean Wiltshire says the new goal is to have them last decades, so metal was the way to go. And aluminum is light, so the Summit model shown here weighs in at just 1,800lb with the optional power kit. Walls and ceiling are fully insulated, too.

The alloy frame also means it’ll support up to 1,500lb on the roof, so you can add a bike roof rack, solar panels, cargo box or whatever.

Colorado Teardrops offload camping trailers with full aluminum frames and custom wood interiors to sleep four

Inside, you can choose the color of wood and customize much of the layout. Got kids? Add bunk beds up front while you and sweetie sleep on a queen size mattress that pulls down from the back wall. Outside, you can choose from plenty of colors for the exterior paint.

Colorado Teardrops offload camping trailers with full aluminum frames are ready for adventure

The rear opens up for more storage. It can be outfitted as a galley, with stove, coolers, water, etc.

Colorado Teardrops offload camping trailers with full aluminum frames are ready for adventure

On the front, you can add a tool box, storage base or other accessories. For getting really off road, they also offer an articulating hitch over the standard ball hitch. Roof top or side tents, fresh water tanks, solar panels and plenty more options help you make it your own. Base price is $21,500 for the Summit, but other 2017 models start at just $11,300. Side note: Their solar panel option charges the battery packs (option, which can also be charged by 110V or 12V), and the panels can be popped off and set up to 20ft away to charge in the sun while your camper sits in the shade, or just removed and taken to wherever the party needs power.



  1. so awful. these will leave their $3 million bay area garages once, maybe twice a year and certainly never see any terrain that warrants 35″ tires.

    • I saw a handful of these over last summer in my local and surrounding trails, some of which I’m barely scraping by with a 4″ lift and 33″ tires. I’d wager most people who buy these actually beat them pretty hard.

  2. These do look badass and I could see them fitting the bill for some people, and it would be kinda fun to tow one of these into some places you could never get a Class C, which I mention because $21-$25K puts you into Class C territory. Nonetheless, these look super cool and I hope they do well with it.

    • What Class C are you looking at? Even moderately used Winnebago is going to run you $35-40K. New 24′ Class C like a Forest River is minimum $85K. I’m not bashing, but if you know where I can get a good condition class C for $21K please tell me.

  3. Hi All, the exterior black floating skins can get up to 150 F degrees, but the interior is nice and insulated throughout. Even the galley. The default colors are clear anodized aluminum – stays cooler than white! We’re a Colorado company and our Teardrops do get used appropriately and often with tires and clearance being a big deal.

    • I live in Boulder. I believe you even if others on here don’t. =) The number of beat to crap 4x4s I see driving around is my proof this stuff actually will get used. I’ve considered an offroad teardrop myself.

  4. Awesome product. As a person in the market for a tear drop the thing that has always bugged me about them is that they seem like coffins. This one looks quite spacious and rugged.

  5. I love the looks of these but the cost is too high. You are in the realm of the small trailer campers that have everything inside and accessible with out having to get out of the sleeping area and go outside to the kitchen area. I live in MN and if it were raining outside i would have to go outside to make food and then back inside to enjoy it. i just don’t see why you would go this route over the likes of a Scamp or similar trailer. it will sleep the same, cost the same and has much more usable space and layout. and you can stand up in a Scamp. (I am not affiliated with Scamp i am just looking a purchasing one)

  6. You can buy some pretty awesome pop-up trailers that have the identical offroad features and come with additional storage capacity for bikes/motos as well. Get to the spot and pop up the roof(even have fold out beds) and the cost is comparable. This unit also needs considerable investments in ways to stow and secure gear if it is really going offroad.
    Hit and miss.

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