Timberleaf Teardrops are Terrific Tiny Towables
Three Custom-Made Trailers Offer Everything You Need in a Small and Convenient Package.
As the RV industry continues to grow at an unprecedented pace, teardrop trailers occupy an exciting segment of the market. Capable of being towed by nearly any type of vehicle and offering a surprising amount of amenities in a small and affordable package, teardrops have struck a chord with buyers. The tiny towables have become so popular that market research indicates that sales will continue to grow through 2027.
Timberleaf Teardrop Trailers is poised to take advantage of this surge in popularity. Launched in 2015, Timberleaf specializes in mid-century-inspired, handmade teardrops that are big on features but small enough to be towed behind a Subaru Outback. The company’s designs blend the classic travel trailers of the past with modern sensibilities that stand out at the campsite.
Colorado-based Timberleaf offers three different models—the Classic, Pika, and Kestrel. While each has characteristics that set them apart, they also share several features and design elements. For instance, the campers are built for two adults to sleep comfortably, and each comes equipped with two doors and two windows. Each has an interior cabin space lined with wood paneling, providing a rustic yet luxurious feel.
The Classic and the Pika include hidden galley kitchens tucked away under a hatch in the rear. The more minimalist Kestrel does away with the kitchen in favor of lower price and reduced weight. It is also the smallest and lightest trailer, with the Classic offering the most interior space. For further details on how these teardrops differ from one another, read on.
The Timberleaf Classic
Timberleaf’s Classic teardrop was the model that started the company. When Founder Kevin Molick couldn’t find a trailer that matched his needs, he decided to design and build one himself. He revealed his early concepts to friends and family, and several expressed interest in having him make one for them too. Before long, Molick had quit his job remodeling homes and started building campers full-time.
Spacious and airy—at least by teardrop standards—the Classic’s interior features a queen-size bed, hidden storage cubbies, and custom-made wood cabinets. The cozy cabin uses one-inch-thick foam insulation sandwiched between two layers of birch plywood to maintain a warm interior even in cold temperatures. The trailer’s skylight—which Timberleaf says is the largest in the industry—gives the Classic a roomier feel, while its two side doors make getting in and out a breeze.
The Classic’s galley kitchen sits under a pop-up hatch found at the rear of the trailer. The kitchen is outfitted with multiple storage compartments for pots, pans, and cooking utensils and comes with a slide-out drawer specifically made to house a two-burner camp stove. A built-in sink—with a foldable faucet— connects to an 11-gallon water storage tank. Galley upgrades include a factory-installed two-burner stove, a 17.5-gallon water tank, and a custom shelf and 12-volt wiring for a mini-fridge. Timberleaf even offers three different color options for the wood paneling.
Timberleaf offers the Classic in three distinct models. The Standard version is built for towing on highways, with the occasional detour onto smooth dirt roads. The All-Road model gets an upgraded suspension, electric breaks, and larger tires designed to handle everything from pavement to gravel to mud. Meanwhile, the Off-Road Classic features a four-inch lift kit, rugged fenders, and other improvements allowing it to take on rough terrain.
The Timberleaf Pika
Slightly smaller than the Classic, the Pika retains a smilier look while still managing to carve out its own identity. A double bed replaces the queen-size mattress found in the Classic. Space-saving cargo nets take the place of wooden cabinets and cubbies, although folding shelves are an optional upgrade. LED lights, USB charging ports, an AC power outlet, and a four-speed electric fan all come standard, as do the Timberleaf signature skylight and double entry points. Upgrades include a 10-speed fan, window curtains, and a Propex heater.
The Pika’s galley comes equipped with LED lighting, four USB ports, a 12-volt accessory port, and a 110-volt AC outlet. As with the Classic, wooden cabinets and drawers provide plenty of storage space, and a 21-inch by 54-inch countertop offers ample room for meal prep. A custom space for a Dometic CFX-35W 12-volt refrigerator is an optional upgrade.
The Pika is also available in Standard, All-Road, and Off-Road models. Each version of the Pika is roughly the equivalent to its Classic counterpart, with similar performance and components. If you mostly drive on highways, the Standard edition will more than meet your needs. On the other hand, if you plan to cross rough terrain on your way to the campsite, the Off-Road model may be in order.
The Timberleaf Kestrel
The Kestrel is Timberleaf’s newest and most affordable teardrop, falling squarely into the minimalist category. Unlike its siblings, it does not have a built-in galley, shaving off quite a bit of weight as a result. A base model Kestrel tips the scales at a mere 860 pounds, making it possible to tow the trailer with a small car. This‚ along with a relatively low price makes RV camping more accessible to a larger audience.
Timberleaf didn’t skimp on all amenities, however. The Kestrel’s cabin features the same double bed found in the Pika, and it has three battery-operated LED lights to illuminate the interior. Cleverly integrated wooden cabinets provide a surprising amount of storage space, and the two entry points and windows help the interior feel open and accommodating. This model doesn’t have the large skylight found in the Classic and Pika, but it does have a roof vent that lets in fresh air and light.
As with the Classic and the Pika, the Kestrel is available in Standard, All-Road, and Off-Road editions. These models are roughly analogous to the other Timberleaf trailers, with performance on pavement and rough terrain to match.
For more information on Timberleaf’s teardrop trailers, check out the Timberleaf Teardrop company website. You’ll find more details on customization options, pricing, and availability there.