While most of our accessories can be removed, the ATD roof rack is securely bolted in place and may require some coordination to remove and replace without causing any damage to the aluminum siding. Please carefully consider your storage space requirements before placing your final order, so that we can make arrangements to accommodate them.
Unfortunately, the American Teardrops currently do not have a bathroom in the sleeping quarters or cooking galley. These areas are not spacious enough, and most individuals prefer not to have a toilet in those spaces. However, there are alternative options available for outdoor adventures. Some people choose to bring a porta-potty, utilize a potty tent, or make use of nearby restrooms (or even a tree in certain situations).
Standard package - $30006” Memory Foam Mattress (Std or Folding)Galley and cabin cubbies w/o doors for storageJeep style aluminum fenders21-gallon Fresh water storage and electric pumpRear Receiver (2” or 1.25”)Classic package – $4000Includes Standard Package featuresGalley Storage w 3 DrawersIce Chest and Ice Chest Slider14” LT Power Fan 3 sp bi directionalCabinet sliding doors (Galley and cabin) Deluxe Package - $5000Includes Classic Package featuresStainless Counterupgraded ice chest slide out (locking)12v/110VAC E-Cooler100w LT Solar ChargerSolar controllerLithium Battery 125 Amp/hr upgrade (replaces Lead acid battery)Off-road Package – Stand-alone package Fits all models - $15003” Lift3000 lbs independent torsion axles with brakes225 70R15 Off Road Tires & RimsSteel Step fendersHeavy-duty frame (Skid plates optional, varies by model)
Yes, our trailers are insulated with NASA approved R9 or R18 insulation in the ceiling.
Most American Teardrop Trailers are approximately 15 feet long and can easily fit in a standard garage. Even the widest trailers are less than 8 feet wide, making them able to pass through a single car garage door.
For over 2 decades we have been crafting custom designed teardrop trailers to meet the needs of each individual client, one trailer at a time. However, we understand the need for immediate availability. Which is why we offer two different trailer options.
Custom-built trailers Our custom trailers are tailored to each customer's specifications and are built on an annual build calendar, allowing us to produce one trailer every 7 business days. These trailers are constructed from scratch using high-quality materials such as steel, Baltic birch, aluminum, and various selected options and accessories. The advantage of choosing a custom trailer is that you have the opportunity to actively participate in the design process, selecting the configurations and features that best suit your needs.
Pre-built trailers On the other hand, our pre-built trailers follow a standard design that streamlines the manufacturing process, enabling us to have several trailers available for pickup at any given time. While these trailers are not fully customizable, you do have the option to add certain accessories to meet your specific requirements. One advantage of opting for a pre-built trailer is that you can physically see and inspect the trailer before making a purchase decision.
Our trailers offer ample storage space for all of your needs. The galley area features 3 drawers that are specifically designed to store cooking equipment such as cook stoves, pots, pans and silverware. An ice chest compartment provides a space for cold food storage and cabinets above provide 7 cubic feet of storage space. In the cabin there is an additional 7 cubic feet of storage above the foot of the bed. Two of our models, the Eagle and the Harrier, include a storage headboard for easy access storage. Some of our packages also feature tongue storage and roof racks. Tongue storage is a popular feature that includes trays, platforms and tongue boxes up to 56” wide. Our roof rack options available to support basket and cargo containers of various sizes and shapes.
To accommodate the adventurers that are looking to purchase immediately, our inventory hosts several trailer models that are ready for you to drive home “as-is” today. These trailers are available for viewing at our factory located in Auburn, CA and can be shipped anywhere in the continental U.S. Be sure to check out all of our additional add-on features!
We are located at 164-C, Team Track Rd, Auburn, CA 95603
Located in the beautiful Sierra Foothills of Auburn, CA, our factory is the premier destination for viewing our teardrop trailers. You can explore our collection of pre-built trailers available for immediate purchase as well as witness the craftsmanship firsthand as you observe our on-site custom built trailers at different stages of construction. With over 20 years of experience, American Teardrop takes pride in being a direct manufacturer of these iconic trailers. Conveniently located just an hour away from Truckee and Lake Tahoe, you can easily find us at 164 Team Track Road.
At American Teardrop, we have traditionally used Group 24 and Group 27 lead acid batteries. However, our Deluxe package now offers the option to upgrade to a lithium battery. This upgrade increases your trailer's capacity to 125 usable Amp / Hrs. Additionally, the Deluxe upgrade includes one lithium battery, and you can add more depending on your nightly power consumption.
Although there is an additional cost due to local EPA regulations, we offer the option to paint the trailer with any color automotive paint for approximately $3500. We obtain personalized quotes from local businesses when placing the order to guarantee the most competitive prices.
At American Teardrop, we offer extensive customization options for our trailers. We have the capability to customize nearly anything on the trailer according to your preferences. However, it's important to note that customization can incur additional costs as it requires significant adjustments to the design, engineering, construction, and testing processes. Therefore, while we can accommodate your customization requests, the cost-effectiveness and value of the customization will ultimately depend on your specific needs and budget. Here are some examples of customization options and their associated costs:- Painting the trailer to match a vehicle: $3500- Painted cabinets: $2500- A/C system installation: $600- Bunk bed addition: $300
There's nothing quite as wonderful as a peaceful night with no light pollution, lying on your back and gazing at the stars. And there's nothing better than being in your cozy American Teardrop bed, looking up at the stars through the stargazer window. The window is located right above your head when you're lying down, giving you a full view of the beautiful sky. With the stargazer window directly above you, you can enjoy an incredible sight of the celestial wonders - stars, moon, comets, and even lightning storms.
The solar products provide charging for your 12V battery system. With an option to add one or two solar panels, charging time can decrease by nearly 50%. Here’s what you can expect: Controller Output Current with a Single 100W Solar Panel: With a 20A controller and a single 100W solar panel, the maximum output current from the panel would be up to 8.33A under ideal conditions. The controller ensures that the panel's output does not exceed its rated capacity, protecting both the controller and the battery.Controller Output Current with Two 100W Solar Panels in Parallel: When you connect two identical 100W solar panels in parallel, the total wattage is 200W, and the voltage remains the same. The current from each panel is added together. In this case, with the 20A controller, the maximum combined current output from both panels would be 16.66A under ideal conditions. Therefore, recharge time should nearly drop by 50%.
Our roof racks are custom made for each individual trailer, ensuring a perfect fit. Depending on the model, they can span from 3 to 5 feet in width. The 1.25 square cross member is ideal for accommodating baskets, bike racks, storage boxes, roof top tents, awnings, and water tanks.
Our roof racks are designed to support up to 300 lbs while in motion and up to 600 lbs when stationary. However, it's important to note that the roof rack does not have a way of determining whether the vehicle is in motion or parked. Therefore, we recommend keeping the weight on the roof rack below 300 lbs while driving. This is because wind resistance and vibrations can put excessive strain on the cabin walls. On the other hand, when the vehicle is stationary, the roof rack can safely hold considerably more weight, such as three individuals in a rooftop tent.
Absolutely! All three of our packages come with the option of a 1.25 or 2" receiver that is capable of securely holding your bikes - whether it's a mountain bike, road bike, kids bike, or even an e-bike (just make sure to check your tongue weight if you're adding e-bikes). Simply slide your preferred bike rack into the receiver, insert the safety pin, load your bike, and you're ready to hit the road!
Storage is crucial for any adventure. Whether you need to store firewood, climbing equipment, fishing gear, or any other items you’ll need on your adventure, having ample storage is essential. Our standard package comes with a steel tongue box located at the front of the trailer. This tongue box typically accommodates the battery, taking up approximately ¼ of the nearly 3 cubic feet of storage space. However, we understand that this may not be enough for some customers. That's why we offer the option to add additional storage. You can choose from commercial tool boxes or our specialized adventure boxes, which feature drawers, side doors, and even outside kitchen accessories. With these options, you can add up to 56" of extra storage to your trailer.
At American Teardrop, we understand that not all adventures are created equal. Some require a more "off-road" approach. That's why we offer our off-road package, designed specifically for those boondockers and trailblazers who like to venture into rocky terrains and create their own paths. With a 3" lift, 225 70 R15 off-road tires, and a heavy-duty frame, your trailer will be fully equipped to tackle even the most rugged terrain. Additionally, for added support and control, we provide a 3000# independent torsion suspension with brakes. And if you're concerned about protecting the underside of your trailer, we also offer skid plates as an optional add-on.
Longer trips into unknown areas can be less stressful when you have access to water. Whether you prefer 5 gallons on the side of the trailer or 21 gallons underneath, we offer systems to assist you. Our standard package allows for an additional 21 gallons of fresh water storage for any American Teardrop model. If your tow vehicle can handle it, a second 21-gallon tank can be added to double the capacity to 42 gallons, with two pumps and two outlets.
American Teardrop Trailers can be personalized with many of our trailer accessories such as outside tables, roof racks, spare tire mounts, and propane/water tank holders. However, there are certain accessories that cannot be added after the trailer is constructed, such as sinks, air conditioning, and water storage. These accessories need to be included during the construction process. Please refer to our package descriptions and discuss your accessory ideas with your ATD representative.
American Teardrop Trailers are typically white, but there are two upgrades available: matte gray and brushed aluminum. If you have a specific color in mind, we can also get aluminum trailers in Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, and Blue. Additionally, we offer custom colors upon special order. Another popular option is two-tone trailers with different colors on the side and roof. Please check with your ATD representative to see if your desired color combination is available. Keep in mind that special color orders may incur an additional cost ranging from $800 to $1800.
At American Teardrop, we are proud to support our military personnel, veterans, and first responders by offering a special discount. We appreciate your service and sacrifice, and to show our gratitude, we provide a 10% discount on all our trailers for active-duty military members, veterans, and first responders. To take advantage of this discount, simply present your military ID or proof of service at the time of purchase. Thank you for serving our country, our communities, and our citizens!
Out of state delivery is usually handled by logistics and shipping companies. You have the option to arrange your own shipping or ask us to obtain quotes for the delivery. The cost of delivery depends on factors such as distance, fuel prices, and timing. It can range from $500 to $3500, sometimes even higher.
Starting in 2024, we have partnered with Rock Solid Funding to offer financing for your teardrop trailer. It's important to note that in-house financing is just one option. You also have the choice to use your own bank or credit union. In either case, we can provide you with all the necessary information to address any trailer-related questions from your lender.
Yes, a deposit is required to get your teardrop trailer started. The deposit serves two purposes: it secures your delivery date and initiates the manufacturing process. The amount of the deposit is either $7000 or 33% of your sales price, whichever is less.
When you arrive to pick up your trailer, there are three important aspects to keep in mind:
Please don't hesitate to ask any further questions or seek clarification during the pickup process. We are here to ensure your trailer experience is enjoyable and hassle-free.
Delivery can be done in various ways. Some customers prefer to handle their own delivery, while others may request us to obtain a quote for delivery and include it in their invoice. Additionally, we offer delivery services for certain locations. Please note that each option is subject to different fee structures, which are based on factors such as distance and time required for delivery.
Some of our accessories are more suitable to be added after the trailer is completed. This is especially true for outdoor accessories such as tables, storage, roof racks, and more. Please ask your ATD representative if the accessories you want require professional installation or if they are ready for DIY installation.
American Teardrop does not make recommendations or advise on insurance. However, here are some considerations to help you determine if you should have insurance on your travel trailer:
Upon picking up your trailer, our team members will provide you with all the necessary information to register it in your home state. If you are a resident of California, we will also supply you with the CA DMV form. To complete the registration process, you will need to have the following documents ready: your certificate of origin, VIN information (which can be found on your trailer), and your trailer invoice.
You have up to 6 weeks to request new accessories that we don't currently have in stock. This allows us time to get your perfect components. Please note that late changes may incur expedited shipping fees. Additionally, up to 3 weeks before your delivery date, you can request us to add accessories that we do have in stock. All of this information will be explained when you reserve your delivery date.
Since 2020, the biggest challenge has been acquiring all the necessary components. As soon as you make your deposit, we initiate this process. About 3 weeks before your due date, a majority of the components such as the frame, cabinetry, and hardware are constructed. With two weeks remaining, we begin and finish the assembly and testing phase.
We offer delivery dates primarily on Fridays. This could be the earliest available date, just before your planned trip, when you get a new car, or when you have time off work to enjoy it. Some customers even choose to pick up their trailers on special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, or holiday weekends.
Our lead time varies depending on the time of year. During December and January, you can expect your delivery within 45 days. However, during June, it may take up to 6 months. Please note that once our schedule is full, we will not be accepting new orders until October.
We strive to provide our customers with the best custom products. While it is not typical for us to have our teardrops "in-stock" throughout the year, there are exceptions.
To get started with ordering an American Teardrop Trailer, follow these 5 steps:
Please feel free to reach out to our team if you have any further questions or need assistance with the ordering process.
American Teardrops usually have a 100-watt solar capacity, which can effectively recharge the standard battery system with 6 hours of sunlight exposure. For our medium and large trailers, we offer up to 300 watts to support off-grid and boondocking enthusiasts.
ChatGPT offers the following battery descriptionFlooded Lead-Acid Batteries: These are traditional and common deep cycle batteries. They are relatively affordable but require regular maintenance, including checking water levels and occasionally adding distilled water. They are suitable for RV batteries and are designed to provide a steady supply of power over a longer duration.AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) Batteries: AGM batteries are maintenance-free and sealed, making them more convenient for RV use. They are spill-proof and can be mounted in various orientations. They offer good deep cycling capabilities and are often used as house batteries in RVs.Gel Batteries: Gel batteries are another type of sealed, maintenance-free deep cycle battery. They are less common in RVs than AGM batteries but are suitable for applications where vibration resistance is critical. Gel batteries are sensitive to overcharging, so proper charging equipment is essential.We have also started proving 125 Amphour Lithium batteries on our parts list. Some customers also select a specific Lithium brand for the performance or warranty options that meet their needs.
To power our trailers, we have two systems: 12V and 120VAC. The 12V system is used for lighting, charging, and some heaters. The 120VAC system powers appliances, air conditioning, and certain refrigerators. You can get 120VAC by connecting to a local circuit or using a power inverter.
Yes, when you request a 7-pin connector and approve the installation of the charging circuit. However, we suggest that you read your vehicle's warranty information, as having an auxiliary charging system may void the warranty on the alternator.
There are two main types of electrical connectors that you can use for your teardrop trailer, depending on its size and features.4-Pin Flat Connector: This type of connector is the most basic and is commonly used for smaller trailers, such as American Teardrops without brakes. It provides connections for the essential lighting functions, including the left turn signal, right turn signal, tail lights, and ground.7-Pin Round Connector: The 7-pin connector is more versatile and is typically used on larger trailers and RVs. If you are purchasing our brake package, this connector is required. In addition to the connections provided by the 4-pin connector, the 7-pin connector also includes additional wires for a 12-volt auxiliary power source, backup lights, and brakes. The auxiliary power source supports the trailer's battery and powers accessories like interior lights and refrigerators.By choosing the appropriate electrical hookup for your teardrop trailer, you can ensure that all necessary functions are properly connected and powered.
By far, our most popular tow vehicle is Subaru. However, small pickups are a close second. We have customers with a wide variety of vehicles, ranging from Prius to Tesla, from 4-door compacts to performance sedans, and from Rat Rods to customs and classics.
To determine if your car can tow our trailers, we recommend checking your owner's manual or the manufacturer's tow capacities for your vehicle. Our trailers typically weigh between 800-1200lbs. It is important that your vehicle is equipped for towing, which includes having a receiver and hitch installed with a 2" ball. Prior to pickup, we will provide you with measurements for your ball height, usually between 14 and 20 inches. Additionally, your vehicle should have either a 7-way (required for brake-equipped trailers) or 4-way electrical connections. We strongly advise reading your manufacturer's information on towing trailers with your specific vehicle.
When you reach out to us, we will give you estimates for your repairs. Once you bring your trailer to our facilities, we will provide you with a quote. It's important to note that the quality, price, and performance of services from other RV shops may vary. Additionally, some services could potentially void the manufacturer's 1-year warranty.
Use our online scheduling calendar or call 530-444-8763 to schedule your repairs.
All of our teardrop trailers come with a warranty that is unique to your trailer build. At the time of pick-up we will thoroughly walk you through your one year warranty as well as all specific manufacturer warranties for your trailer. When repairs are needed, there are multiple options available to you.1. Our recommendation is to bring your trailer into our factory for repair. Our experienced technicians will provide the necessary service and repairs to get your trailer back in top shape.2. You can request that American Teardrop provide the necessary parts for the repair. This allows you to handle the repairs yourself, if you have the skills and knowledge to do so.3. Visit a local service or RV center. They can assist with various repairs such as battery replacement, tire changes, bearing packing, caulking, and other minor services.We want to ensure that you have the flexibility to choose the option that is best for you and your trailer! Ensure that you register your trailer with our warranty form.
All of our trailers come with warranties that are as unique as your trailer build. When you pick it up we will describe your one year trailer warranty, and specific manufacturer warranties associated with your trailer. Make sure you register your trailer with our warranty form. Of course we like to think that bring the trailer to our factory is the best place and way to get the service and repairs you might need. However we have DIY customers. In addition, other service and RV centers can also help with Battery replacement, tires, bearing packing, caulking and other minor services.
Every fall, we get a few trailers that are either traded in or consigned to us. You can check our inventory page for more information about the trailers we currently have available. However, please note that our used teardrops sell very quickly.
We have partnered with several reputable companies that offer trailer rentals. Additionally, if we have any trade-ins available, they can also be rented. Please give us a call to inquire about our current inventory and availability.
Use our online scheduling calendar or call 530-710-2838 to schedule your tour.
Absolutely! We highly recommend visiting our facility to see the trailer in production or just completed. Taking a tour and asking questions will greatly assist you in making informed decisions as you design your ideal adventure vehicle.
Our factory is conveniently located in Auburn, CA at 164 Team Track Road, at the junction of Highway 80 and Highway 49, just above the confluence of the American River. Nestled in the heart of Gold Country and at the foot of the majestic Sierras, our location offers easy access to the breathtaking Lake Tahoe National Forest, which lies just to the west.
Deposits are refundable for 30 days. After 30 days, deposits are partially refundable based on the custom components ordered for your trailer. With three weeks remaining, the deposit is non-refundable.With extenuating circumstances, the build can be completed and placed for sale to help you recover some of your deposit or payments.
See our warranty here.
Easy ordering, handled design changes easily. Early enough that they were happy to do it. Delivery was about 5 weeks early. Big surprise! Since I was ill at the time, they went out of their way to deliver it to my daughter's house about an hour away at no charge to me.
I personally saw it for the first time last night. Pulled it home today. It’s exactly what I ordered! Can’t wait to get moved in and put it into action.
It was an amazing experience to have our teardrop built to the specifications we requested.It was great working with Bud and Linda. Best of all was being able to rent a teardrop before we purchased, helping to make our decision more clear.
I rented one of their trailers for the weekend. I'm 6' 2" and the camper was surprisingly well insulated and comfortable with 2 people for its size and weight. I couldn't feel any extra weight while towing the trailer up to tahoe. I will definitely rent from them again and plan on purchasing one of their trailers if I see myself renting the trailer often.
Bought our custom built trailer July'15. Took approximately 3 months given the queue ahead of us. Writing this post 2 years since taking possession.Let me start w/ LOVE the trailer! Wife and I use to be tent campers, but this was quite a chore. No central place for all our camping gear, meaning invariably leaving something critical in a bin at home. The self "deflating" air beds we used in the tent were also quite annoying. Having this trailer greatly simplified our camping trips. Since buying, we have averaged ~1 trip per month, through all types of weather. Rock solid build quality. Easy to tow. Very comfortable to sleep in, not only because of the 6" of memory foam, but also this thing is so quiet inside. Noisy camping neighbors are not an issue.Bud is the owner and builder, and his advice on which options to get or not was spot on for our build. Even after ownership, I brought the trailer back to Bud for a couple of issues, both created by me, Bud stepped up and fixed the trailer at a more than generous price. He would even add some idiot proofing to the trailer to ensure I wouldn't "break" it again.Great proprietor and product!
American Teardrop builds a fantastic teardrop trailer. It is beautiful to look at, functionally designed, super roadworthy, and shows excellent craftsmanship. Bud and Linda were a total pleasure to work with, and took all of my questions, option tweaks, and more questions with friendly, timely professionalism. We could not be happier with the finished product! Tom and Liz Patterson - Seattle, WA
We bought our Merlin 5'x9' teardrop from American teardrops in late 2016. Bud always has a waiting list for his teardrops so we ordered it months a head. We added a sturdier frame for off roading, and more kitchen cabinets .As a building contractor I'm well aware that little things will sometimes go wrong- But Bud and Linda have always been there for us- once with a small water issue and the other time modifying a latch for us. We love our Merlin. We transitioned from camping and find we get out as much more now- and are always looking forward to the next time!. We like having a minimalist camping experience and having an outdoor kitchen. The interior is great with a queen size bed and 6" foam . . When we arrive at a campground we can park and head off hiking and in the am we just close up the doors and can move on.