I agree that the [email protected]
with an inside kitchen is a travel trailer
configuration, of "canned ham" construction and shape; it is not a "teardrop" layout and presumably not what Ian means by "teardrop".
The [email protected]
with an outside kitchen is a stand-up variation of the traditional teardrop
theme. Whether this makes sense or not depends on how you "camp", and it will indeed make sense for people who primarily want to live outside. This is identical in concept (but not shape or construction) to the moulded fiberglass Genesis
recently discussed in this forum, and the now-defunct but interesting R-Vision Cassette (some still on dealer lots).
If I were looking for a teardrop, I would not consider the [email protected]
outside-kitchen because it is too bulky and heavy. If I were looking for a small travel trailer, I would not select the [email protected]
inside-kitchen because it is not functional enough (mostly a matter of headroom) for it's weight
and bulk. The [email protected]
do look good, are presumably well-constructed, and use good chassis components. They follow typical European chassis design patterns (using common Euro components from Al-Ko), not North American practices, and that probably attracts some of the unusual level of attention they get in this forum, given that they are not moulded fiberglass.
Comparing a more traditional low-profile teardrop to an "egg" travel trailer, it comes down to that camping style choice. It is possible to fit a very functional teardrop in a narrower and lower package than a similarly functional travel trailer, due to the inherent space issue; however, it seems that the weight
savings are not as noticeable.
For an interesting comparison, last weekend I saw a Cassette (squared teardrop) and Outback (updated Trillium
1300 egg) side-by-side.
- The Outback has a lower floor, so despite it's standing headroom it is not much taller.
- The Cassette wheels stick out under fenders like an old car, so despite the body width difference the track width is similar.
- They are about the same weight.
- The Trillium was more expensive, but even then it is hard to see the Cassette as having anywhere near the same value.