What are the standard features?
Frame & Running Gear:
Fully welded and Powder coated custom steel frame
2,500 pound torsion axle
2" ball coupler
10" electric drum brakes
14" Chrome smoothie rims and 6-ply Maxxis tires (*upgrade to solid aluminum rims available*)
Emergency breakaway switch (automatically activates trailer brakes from on-board battery)
Drop down trailer stabilizers at rear corner
Powder Coated heavy gauge steel fenders
Clear Anodized aluminum exterior (.04" thick) for durability and a maintenance-free satin finish
7-pin trailer connector equipped with tow vehicle charging and brake line (*requires brake controller installed either in vehicle or on trailer*)
LED marker lights & LED tail lights with integrated reverse light
Lighted license plate bracket
Propane & Electrical Systems:
11-pound (2.4 gallon) tongue mounted propane tank (*upgrade to dual 11-pound tanks available*)
Custom aluminum propane tank mount
Rugged, insulated Currogated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) propane lines and brass fittings throughout
Duracell 100 amp-hour Group 27 deep cycle battery (*upgrade to dual 100 amp-hour Duracells or Firefly full-discharge deep cycle batteries for extended power supplies*)
Progressive Dynamics 3-stage intelligent battery charger/converter
15 amp shore power plug
5 fuse-protected circuits for cabin lights, fan, DC outlets and galley lights/DC outlet
5 foot wide cabin
High quality queen size 5" firm foam mattress
Custom manufactured doors are the largest available on any teardrop trailer (triple door seals, locking latch with deadbolt security & locking screened windows)
13-speed remote controlled roof fan with rain sensor strip (turns fan off and lowers dome during rain)
Single 5' x 8' exterior grade 13-ply plywood floor
Entrance doors on both driver and passenger side.
2 swiveling LED reading lights in cabin
1 overhead LED light in cabin
2 LED porch lights above each entrance door
2 headboard folding cup holders
2 headboard DC outlets for charging phones. laptops & devices in the headboard cubbies
2 coat hooks
Warm birch cabinetry and paneling
Slide out 3-burner stainless steel cooktop
Slide out stainless steel Coleman cooler (*available in Stainless Steel, Vintage Green, or Vintage Red colors*)
48" warm-light spectrum LED overhead light in the galley
Large (36" L x 18" H x 8" deep) under counter storage cubby
Heavy-duty automotive hatch lifts
Locking hatch handle
What makes a High Camp teardrop trailer different from its competitors?
I have been asked this question for years and technically speaking, my answer has always been that it is the “fit & finish” of our trailers - basically that we took the time and energy to “finish” all the details on the trailer to a standard higher than other trailer manufacturers. To us it means: no exposed plywood edges on our cabinetry, using stainless steel hinges & cabinet pulls, no plastic RV lights, and not accepting even minor flaws in our materials as “fine”… We don’t measure ourselves against other trailer builders in terms of fit & finish- we aspire to standards set in the Marine and Automotive markets. Can you imagine climbing aboard a luxury Catamaran and seeing cabinets with exposed plywood edges? Neither can we; but we see it all the time on expensive camping trailers.
But this really misses the reason “fit & finish” matters. After all - it’s a camping trailer – “what difference does it make if they spent the time making everything beautiful?”
It’s important because I believe that we perfect what we practice every day. So what you see on the surface of any trailer reflects what you would see under all the aluminum and moldings- the pride and attention (or lack thereof) to the very way that your trailer is put together. To deliver a product with great “fit & finish”, you cannot just do it on the last day, like it was a coat of paint; it has to be built into every step from Day 1. So is it nice that High Camp’s surface “fit & finish” is second to none? Yes, but its real value is in the way that quality extends into the very bones of the trailer itself.
What are the exterior dimensions of a High Camp trailer?
A High Camp teardrop trailer's total footprint is 7 feet wide (outside of fender-to-outside of fender) and 12 feet long (coupler to license plate).The trailer is 5 1/2 feet tall from the ground to the roof.
What are the trailer's interior dimensions?
The trailer's cabin is designed around a standard queen size bed (80" long x 60" wide). There is 40 inches of headroom from the top of the mattress to the ceiling, giving a feeling of spaciousness to an occupant lying down or sitting up.
An important design consideration for our trailers was not overwhelming the cabin with overly large upper cabinets. Many manufacturers overdo cabin storage as a sales point, but end up creating a more cramped, claustrophobic sleeping experience for buyers once they start camping. We believe the cabin is for comfortable sleeping, not storing items that could more easily be organized in the tow vehicle or the tongue box storage.
What are the trailer's dry weight, tongue weight, and GVWR? Can my car pull a High Camp trailer?
A High Camp teardrop trailer has a dry weight (without camping gear, clothes, water, etc...) of roughly 1,450 pounds and a tongue weight of approximately 180 pounds (with propane cylinder filled). Just about any 6-cylinder car, minivans, crossover, small SUV, or trucks can tow a High Camp trailer comfortably and even some 4 cylinder cars can. Check your vehicle's manual, or ask your dealer or mechanic what your vehicle's tow ratings are. Also consider the ratings on any hitch installed on your vehicle as they have their own set of specifications. Generally speaking, a Class 2 or Class 3 hitch is more than adequate to carry the tongue weight of a High Camp trailer comfortably.
The GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) for every High Camp teardrop trailer is 2,500 pounds. This is a rating that is determined by the maximum weight capacity of the axles and wheels. Our torsion axles are rated at 2,500 to properly carry the weight of the trailer and gear down the road without excessive bouncing.
Do I need electric brakes for my state's requirements or for safety?
We've made it easier and safer for you by making electric brakes standard equipment on every trailer. While most states don't require brakes on trailers under 2,000 pounds, we believe the small additional cost to add them at the time of construction is more than repaid over time since they reduce wear on your tow vehicle's brake system, which is much more expensive to repair. Besides taking considerable strain off your tow vehicle's brakes on downhills and in stop & go traffic, properly calibrated brakes on the trailer greatly improve the trailer's handling during emergency situations and can avoid jack knifing in hard braking situations.
I've never towed a trailer with brakes- How are the brakes on the trailer activated/controlled?
In order for the standard 10" electric drum brakes on the trailer to work, you need a brake controller installed either in your vehicle (usually mounted beneath the dashboard) or on the trailer itself. A brake controller senses that the vehicle is slowing via an internal pendulum and sends a pre-set voltage back to the axle to apply the electromagnetic brakes on the trailer. You can either have a brake controller installed in the tow vehicle, or we can install one on the trailer tongue (We use a Tekonsha RF brake controller). Check out the RF brake controller on the options page.
How is the Trailer chassis built?
Every High Camp teardrop trailer chassis is built from 2" x 2" square steel tube. The chassis is fully welded and features a stout 2" x 3" tongue with 2" ball coupler, safety chains, and breakaway activator for the trailer brakes. The frame is primed and painted with gloss black automotive enamel standard (powder coating optional).
The chassis is wired with a 7-pin wiring harness that controls all trailer side marker lights, brake and turn signals and reverse light, as well as operates the trailer's electric brakes and facilitates charging of the trailer battery from the tow vehicle's alternator.
How is the trailer body constructed? What materials are used?
A High Camp teardrop trailer is designed to maximize strength and withstand the elements. All of the wood components are CNC milled for precision from high-quality 3/4" birch plywood manufactured here in Oregon. It is a premium quality hardwood plywood constructed from uniform laminations of solid grade 1/16" Birch that results in an all-hardwood core panel that is strong and straight with almost no voids. Each sheet has a formaldehyde-free core and is finished in a durable, zero-VOC clear coat. You simply won't find any other teardrop manufacturers building with a better quality plywood.
Why does a High Camp weight more than some other teardrops?
The short answer is that we use better materials. (more to come...)
Can a High Camp trailer handle off road conditions?
A High Camp teardrop trailer excels in difficult terrain. The frame is fully welded with a very beefy tongue configuration that extends all the way back to the axle creating a very strong triangle between coupler and both wheels. The torsion axle on a High Camp trailer is well suited for handling rougher roads like gravel fire roads at speed, or picking its way through rocky terrain. And with approximately 11" of ground clearance with our standard wheels (12" with our upgraded wheels), a High Camp teardrop trailer can follow behind just about anything that any tow vehicle can negotiate. Consider that a High Camp trailer actually has significantly more ground clearance than many of its popular tow vehicles: Subaru Outback (8.7" ground clearance), Jeep Grand Cherokee (8.6"), Nissan Pathfinder (7"). The aggressive tread of our standard 6-ply Maxxis 757 tires and torsion bar suspension combine for traction, clearance and durability.
Some manufacturers offer a sink/faucet and water tank option... why doesn't High Camp?
While we understand the initial draw to a sink/water tank option and have in fact installed these on some early builds at the request of customers, our own experience with these systems has led us to see that their Cons far outweigh their Pros (in our opinion). Here's why... A sink takes up precious counter space in a teardrop, as well as storage space below to accommodate drain plumbing. A sink small enough to fit in the counter is too small to be useful for doing much more than brushing your teeth in, or washing a cup or two. Some builders have a sink with 8 gallon fresh and gray water storage, which is a very small amount of water considering your average low-flow 12-volt water pump is about 1 gallon per minute. A full tank of fresh water will only give you 8 minutes of water flow (including washing, drinking water and filling pots of water for coffee/spaghetti, not to mention if you actually wanted to take a hot shower or two). In addition, a trailer with a built-in water system needs to be winterized every year, otherwise you will burst a supply line and/or pump. Lastly, polyethylene fresh water tanks invariably develop a stale plastic taste meaning you will likely find yourself bringing extra gallons of water simply to drink anyway. The High Camp solution is our Aquacube on-demand water heater that provides hot or cold water for dishes or a long hot shower. You can customize the amount of water you need for the length of your trip simply by bringing more or fewer 5-gallon "Jerry" cans of water. Jerry cans are great because they come in various sizes/capacities, are relatively inexpensive, can be easily emptied and stored dry when not in use so that they don't develop any "unwanted" taste or odor, and can be stored either in the tow vehicle or added to the trailer itself.
Do I need a battery isolator to prevent draining the tow vehicle battery when the tow vehicle is not running?
The quick answer is you don't NEED one installed in the trailer. To isolate the trailer battery from the tow vehicle battery, all you need to do is unplug the 7-pin plug from the vehicle. If you would like to be able to skip that step and have the fail-safe of an isolator, we recommend installing it in the tow vehicle itself. They are inexpensive, and much easier to install in the engine compartment of the car without taking up valuable space in the trailer itself, not to mention ease of serviceability in the car rather than in the trailer.
I'm no expert in trailer wiring. What is all this about 4-pin plugs and 7-pin plugs? What am I going to need to do to my car/truck in terms of wiring etc to to High Camp Teardrop? (We are working on a complete answer for this, so check back!)
Do you, or anyone else, rent High Camp teardrop trailers so I can try before I buy?
No, we do not rent High Camp trailers as this is really an entirely different business and our sole focus is on building quality trailers for our customers. Renting trailers would be a major distraction from that effort. Several other companies rent trailers and would be reasonable proxies for getting to know camping in a teardrop. You can always rent to get the feel for teardrop camping and then come see what we are offering with that experience and knowledge.
Do you offer shipping for out-of-state customers?
Yes, we certainly do. We have customers from all over the country and can help facilitate flatbed shipping of a finished High Camp using a Portland-based shipping broker that we have worked with regularly, or we can work with your own shipping broker/company. Shipping rates are very difficult to estimate since it is not simply a matter of distance from us to you, but a more complicated equation accounting for your closeness to shipping hub cities and major freight corridors and time of year. If a trip to pickup isn’t in the cards for you,let’s explore shipping options and costs up front to help you gets some visibility on what it might cost to get your High Camp to you.
What if I need to cancel my order?
While this has been a very rare occurrence in our history, we gave this a lot of thought to come up with a process to handle this potentiality that is fair to both of us and does not penalize you for an unforeseen financial event, or even a genuine change of heart. So should you need to back out of your order, you will be still responsible to provide the 2nd Materials deposit ($5,000) at the normal 6-8 weeks prior to the beginning of your scheduled build. We will build your trailer (minus any options specific to your order) and once the trailer is completed, we will make it available for sale to any interested parties at the time. We routinely get calls and emails from people who are ready to buy a High Camp, but want one on short order, so we feel confident your trailer can be sold in a timely fashion once it is completed. Once the trailer is sold to a new buyer, we will refund both your initial $2,500 deposit and your 2nd $5,000 deposit. This way, you aren't out any "non-refundable" deposits, we don't risk not being able to fill your build slot, and some other happy camper gets a High Camp teardrop. We think it's a good old Win-Win-Win.