A (seemingly) tiny camper built for tall people

When seeing a Droplet trailer for the first time, few would imagine the inside to be very voluminous. Fewer would even think that it hides a perfectly sheltered kitchen space too. Yet, don’t be fooled by the first outside impression. The indoor space comfortably fits a plushy queen-sized mattress, and it is spacious enough for two, even if you are a taller person than average like its designer, Pascal Pillon (6ft4″).

Droplet - compact design from the outside, roomy inside. Who would have thought a tiny camper could pack so much?
Droplet – compact design from the outside, roomy inside. Who would have thought a tiny camper could pack so much?

Droplet – Initial Criteria

Pascal initially designed Droplet in collaboration with his partner Diane to accommodate their personal desires to have a reliable camping pod to spend as much time on the road as possible, with their essentials available in less than a minute. Although they both loved experiencing the traditional Vanlife during their travels abroad to new Zealand, acquiring another vehicle was out of the question. The overall rig had to be able to be taken off-the-grid for extended trips, and easily towable with their everyday vehicle, a humble 2006 fwd Toyota Matrix. Towing a lightweight teardrop camper with an everyday vehicle fit all the bills, but it had to be built right.

Working on Droplet, inside Droplet. Teardrop Trailer Inception?
Pascal, 6ft4, comfortably lounging and working away on the road during a rainstorm.

Dealing with moisture and pests

Weather isn’t always great here in the PNW, especially in Vancouver. The ambient air moisture can add to the discomfort when camping, and to the molding of a camper in the longer term. Droplet is engineered to be well insulated for bad weather and 4 seasons of camping while keeping great ventilation through a large pop-up on the roof and some clever window openings. The large roof opening has a semi-rigid mosquito netting that can be placed underneath, to prevent bugs from coming inside when ventilating. Should bugs get inside, they are very easy to remove, unlike in a tent where you might need to head to a site like https://www.pestcontrolexperts.com/local/georgia/macon/ to get a pest control service to properly fumigate every nook and cranny. Droplet is easy to clean and wipe down, so no bugs are getting anywhere close to you whilst you sleep at night!

Last but not least, the overall rig had to be able to be taken off-the-grid for extended trips, and easily towable with their everyday vehicle, a humble 2006 fwd Toyota Matrix.

Storytelling before bed. A Children’s all-time favorite.

A different type of construction

Long before Pascal started building the first Droplet prototype, he put diverse materials and construction methods under scrutiny. Pascal put his mechanical engineering background to use and ultimately opted for a high-tech composite laminate structure with an indoor Balsa finish. This meant certain parts of the camper like the door panels needed precise CNC machining (similar to those explained in www.mmspektrum.com), proper finishing and lamination before they could be assembled into the finished product.
This resulted in a compact shell with increased indoor space due to thinner walls compared to a standard plywood construction, and a pod providing a higher level of insulation and vibrations dampening compared to a traditional molded fiberglass shell or a tent trailer.

cnc laminated panels before assembly
Door panels are CNC cut, then laminated before assembly. It takes about 50h of skilled labor to assemble a Droplet.

This solution came naturally after entering into a few other existing teardrop campers, Pascal found that all of them felt a little claustrophobic due to a denser shell and tiny windows. The balsa finish blends well with the indoor cabinetry. On top of being a highly sustainable wood fiber, is incredibly lightweight and leaves a nice organic wood smell inside Droplet.

Big butterfly doors maximize the indoor space when hanging out. Solar panel is optional
Big butterfly doors maximize the indoor space when hanging out. 100W solar panel is optional

Excited to hit the road this summer? Think Droplet is the right teardrop trailer for you?

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15 thoughts on “A (seemingly) tiny camper built for tall people”

  1. Travel trailers are notorious for their leaky roofs. If you own a travel trailer, it’s likely that you’ve either fixed a leak recently or are about to start a repair. To avoid any roof leakage issue just apply RV Liquid Roof Coatings. It is a high-quality roofing solution provides immediate waterproofing, and industry-leading UV light resistance.

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    • Hi Lisa,
      Our DROPLET teardrop camping trailer is designed with a one-piece sloppy roof. The water naturally flows off. There is no water stagnation that can alter caulking overtime. We also install our fasteners with rubber washers. No chance to get leaky roofs! Sorry, but DROPLET owners won’t use your product !

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  2. What is your price range please and where do you buy a droplet trailer. We live in Burnaby, B.C. Thank you.

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  3. Does air still circulate in a hot climate like South Texas with hatch open and doors closed for security?

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  4. Hi Paschal,

    Very interested in your droplet trailer.
    Are your trailers featured at any shows in
    CA, or the PNW anytime this year or 2022?

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    • Hi Paul,

      Thank for reaching out.

      We do not have any shows scheduled for the near future due to the uncertain COVID-19 situation. Hopefully everything will go back to normal soon so we can hit the road and spread the word about what it is like to camp with DROPLET.

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