They say good things come in small packages. That’s certainly true for the Hero Camper Ranger, a teardrop trailer that packs a surprising number of features into a small space. This lightweight towable is designed to make camping as easy and accessible as possible, delivering a full-featured RV experience in a model light enough to be pulled behind most compact crossover vehicles—including a Toyota Rav4 or a Tesla Model Y.
Based in Esbjerg, Denmark, Hero Camper designs and builds with Scandinavian sensibility. That includes the clever use of space that allows this towable to include features commonly reserved for much larger RVs. Not all teardrop campers offer a cozy sleeping area, a fully-equipped kitchen, integrated LED lighting, an awning, and plenty of onboard storage.
Hero Camper team is driven to build travel trailers that are incredibly convenient to use. Their designs will inspire you to take spontaneous camping trips or plan quick getaways by putting everything you need in a compact package so you’re ready to hit the road at a moment’s notice. This makes the Ranger appealing to travelers, avid outdoor enthusiasts, anglers, and even campers with little to no previous RV experience.
While the Ranger is built in the company’s home country, it is sold at more than 150 dealerships worldwide. Hero Camper operates in more than 20 countries, including the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and most of Europe.
The Ranger Teardrop
Hero Camper’s signature product is its Ranger teardrop trailer, which feels a bit like a tiny home on wheels. The unit rides on a lightweight chassis that makes it easy to tow and maneuver in and out of tight spaces. With a built-in off-road bracket for axel protection, it can even handle some light off-roading on the way to a remote campsite.
The trailer has a dry weight of just 2,129 pounds, allowing even small tow vehicles to pull it.
As for exterior dimensions, the Ranger measures 15.9 feet long and 7.7 feet wide. That makes it one of the smallest teardrops out there. But with a built-in eight-foot awning, integrated rain cover, side-mounted spare tire, and exterior lighting, it still manages to make a big impression.
One of the biggest issues with teardrop campers is limited storage. But Hero added an enclosed gas box to the tongue of their trailers with the option for additional dry storage. The Ranger even ships from the factory with a roof rack already installed. The rack can carry more than 1,100 pounds of static weight or a dynamic load of 440 pounds. This makes it perfect for hauling additional gear that won’t fit in the cabin or adding a cargo carrier or roof-mounted tent, such as the Hero Skybox.
Everything Including the Kitchen Sink
The Ranger’s outdoor kitchen is accessed by opening the trailer’s rear hatch. Campers will need to bring their own camp stove, but the trailer includes cabinets for storing cooking utensils, pots, pans, and everything else required for meal prep. A spacious countertop provides plenty of room for cooking, while integrated LED lights illuminate the galley after dark.
The kitchen comes with a stainless-steel sink and an integrated eight-gallon freshwater tank. This is a rare feature to find in a small trailer, and it helps make post-meal clean-up a breeze. The tank is small enough that it will need to be refilled every few days, but it is a much-appreciated addition.
Hero Camper also offers optional kitchen equipment, including a 12-volt powered cooler and lithium-ion battery packs to provide electricity to the galley area. An Isabella Kitchen Tent is also available, offering pop-up protection from the elements when needed.
Inside, the Ranger offers a generous sleeping area complete with a comfortable full-size memory foam mattress. High-quality fabrics and leather line the interior space, giving it a decidedly upscale look and feel. LED lighting keeps the cabin well illuminated after the sun goes down, while a screened skylight provides additional ventilation.
The Ranger has a built-in electrical system that includes a 140-watt flexible solar panel and a CTEK charger. The trailer comes with a single USB port for charging small devices, while its battery packs provide energy for the lights and a wireless soundbar. The towable even has a small 1500-watt air conditioning unit that helps keep the cabin cool during warm weather outings.
A thermostat-controlled electric heater is an optional add-on, but the Ranger has a fully insulated cabin that uses a unique sandwich design to keep the interior cozy in cold temperatures. According to Hero Camper, the trailer will stay comfy even when the mercury falls as low as -5 ℉. This allows the teardrop to be used all year long and makes winter camping a more viable option.
Take a Virtual Tour
With less than a dozen Hero Camper dealers in the US, it can be a challenge to track one down to check out in person. But the company has a novel way for you to enjoy a virtual tour of their campers with their own 3D augmented reality app for smartphones and tablets.
The app is available for iOS and Android and allows potential owners to take a virtual tour of the Ranger. That includes being able to open the doors, turn on the lights, and see the trailer in its four different colors—light grey, dark grey, blue, and green.