Modern version of the tiny teardrop caravan comes with all mod cons

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Teardrop caravan-trailers first appeared in the 1930s and had a resurgence after the war in the late '40s. But this eco model takes the concept a whole lot further.

The fully insulated, air conditioned trailer is warm in winter and cool in summer.

Small, but perfectly formed, the teardrop is made from aluminium and can be painted in any colour.

The aerodynamic shape of the teardrop makes it easy to tow.

And see what's hidden in the trunk - a veritable home away from home.

Handcrafted birchwood cabinets slide out from cubbies to reveal a lot of secret storage.

The trailer comes with its own mini kitchen, complete with sink, tap and paper towel rack.

This sliding drawer holds a mini refrigerator.

The refrigerator, or cooler, will keep the wine chilled to just the right temperature.

Another drawer slide accommodates a mini cooktop.

And there is lighting at night, all powered by the solar power system.

The bed is positioned beneath a large skylight - so you can see the stars.

Air conditioning ensures a perfect night's rest.

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It's small, orange and perfectly formed.

And it opens up like an elaborate bento box to reveal the most carefully thought-out storage cubbies and mini kitchen.

But that's just the start. The Timberleaf teardrop trailer is a fully insulated home on wheels that also comes with its own solar panels and air conditioning, which means you can even camp out in winter.

The trunk opens up to reveal a fully equipped mini kitchen.
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The trunk opens up to reveal a fully equipped mini kitchen.

The design team at Timberleaf Trailers in Denver, Colorado has put its extensive woodworking knowledge to use to create its version of the teardrop, with the aim of providing a simple, compact caravan for urbanites who wish to escape the city at weekends.

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The bed is positioned beneath a large skylight - so you can see the stars as you nod off.
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The bed is positioned beneath a large skylight - so you can see the stars as you nod off.

The trailer is made from anodised aluminium and can be painted in any colour. 

It comes with a large, comfortable mattress that's positioned directly beneath a large skylight, so you can enjoy the night sky from the bed.

But it's what opens up at the back that truly astounds. The back end lifts up to reveal an assortment of shelves, cubbies and sliding cabinets, including a customised cooler made from Baltic birch wood, with leather handles and dovetail joinery.

A small cooktop slides out from its storage space, while a benchtop complete with a sink and food preparation space makes cooking outdoors easy. The designers have even equipped the trailer with a paper towel rack.

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Extra features include solar panels, air conditioning, or specially designed roof racks for bikes.

Teardrop caravans first appeared in the 1930s, with their popularity soaring in the late 1940s, fuelled by plenty of war-surplus aluminium.

Today they are experiencing a renaissance. Timberleaf Trailers says the tiny camper trailers are fast becoming very popular for modern-day campers wanting a way to camp without all the bothers of a large RV and its mechanical concerns, storage issues and expense.

"Many campers are searching for a way to have 'just enough', and the tiny teardrop trailer has all that many need without sacrificing comfort."

Each teardrop caravan from Timberleaf is custom built, and has a lead time of six to ten weeks. And the price? At US$15,250 (NZ$22,300) for a base model, not as much as one might think – and just consider all the fun you can have.

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