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There are three models of Aussie Teardrop Campers that have been used off road:
This teardrop pushes the limits of "keeping it simple" with its deluxe kitchen and all considerations for taking on all sorts of terrain. If you are planning on some serious off-road stuff, but you like to travel in style, you should consider a proper off-road setup with heavy gauge chassis, wheels and suspension and all the trimmings.
The newest addition to the ATC fleet, this teardrop has a highly functional, stylish kitchen with oodles of storage space, inbuilt gas stove and sink hooked up to two gas bottles and an underfloor water tank.
The A-frame is made of 100x50 heavy guage steel, moulded into a unique curve that both enhances the flowing lines of the teardrop shape while also protecting all of the onboard features including the esky and gas bottles.
It has been two years in design, pulling together all these features and still only 560kg (tare weight)!
The model shown here has the good old fashioned solid axle and leaf spring suspension, but independent suspension is also available to provide that extra clearance and durability.
Desertear - Light Off-Road Teardrop
The original Desertear is a great option for people who like to go off the beaten track... but are not looking to test the limits of their offroad driving expertise or to have the trimmings of a fully decked out kitchen.
Suitable for even the smallest 4WD vehicles, the Desertear weighs in at around 360kg. The body is based on the simplicity of the standard Belmontear, with a simple two shelf kitchenette, but includes the additional strength and structure required to give you the freedom and confidence to manage the desert sands.
The rollbar on our Aussie Teardrop Desertear strenths the entire camper and allows you to grab hold of the teardrop from all sides if you need to drag it around. Besides that... it looks good.
The running gear can be customised to your needs depending on what you are planning to do, where you will do most of your towing and the towing vehicle you use. For example if you are planning to tow your camper with a Honda CRV, the teardrop wheels should fit your Honda so you may choose tocan use the same spare wheels for both camper and car. The wheel track should be matched as closely as possible to your towing vehicle, which helps a lot on the beach or climbing rocks, etc.
You can take the Belmontear on some touring if you change the position of the axle from being above the springs to being fitted underneath the springs. This change will give you about 5 inches more ground clearance on a straight axle and even more on an off set axle, depending on your setup.
We tested our teardrop behind my old Landcruiser on all sorts of roads and had the whole tear up in the air. No problem. The shape and the way we build the tears does make it very strong and it will handle a fair bit of the ruff stuff.
The big advantage here is when you go away, the tear looks ok behind the 4WD and you raise the tow ball height. Then you can put the axle back where it was and have your road tear back with less wind resistance and a less mean looking camper.
This site has borrowed images from
tear-droppers around the world.