They first appeared in the 1930s, when cars lacked much towing power. Their popularity faded in the 1960s, when cheap gas and mightier engines prompted a camper and RV trend. But now, light and aerodynamic — not to mention head-turning — teardrop trailers are back. "Society is trying to become more simplistic. It's like the [TV] shows on tiny houses," says Keith Riley of General RV in Canton, Ohio. "Older folks in particular are trying to simplify and scale back."
According to Mark Hagen at Little Guy Trailers in San Diego, the typical buyer is a couple of years away from retirement and often has roots in camping. That's because — while teardrops have a comfortable bed inside — you really live outside.