Timberleaf | Mid-Century Inspired | Made by Hand
Timberleaf teardrop trailers are unmistakeable on the road. So how did this happen?
And what is it about Grand Junction, Colorado?
It is home to more than one of today’s best small trailer makers. Similar to another one of our favorites, Vintage Overland, Timberleaf is honing their craft as a premium hand made trailer shop. (And calls Grand Junction home.)
Founder and owner, Kevin Molick, has a background as a designer and finish cabinet maker. But he wanted to apply his experience to “provide comfort on the road for those seeking outdoor adventure.”
The endeavor began in the Spring of 2016 to enthusiastic reviews and raving fans.
Molick won’t compromise in search of vintage details. His obsession with getting it right often means the parts have to be sourced or built from scratch. But each choice makes all the difference.
Expert craftsmanship and quality parts throughout – these are built to last. (How many trailers have heirloom quality furniture details like dovetail joints?) And that’s just a taste of what Timberleaf packs into these efficient campers.
This will be a long one because there is so much to cover…
So let’s get to the goods
Timberleaf Teardrop Trailers – Review
Great effort has been made to capture the classic mid-century teardrop shape and vintage style. In staying true, the challenge was to make these comfortable, functional and updated for today’s adventures. Mission accomplished!
Timberleaf offers teardrop trailers in two sizes, The Classic and Pika.
So, no matter where you want to go, there is a configuration for you.
Each trailer is made to order and Timberleaf will help guide you through the design process. Current lead time is 4-5 months. Financing is available. And if you’d like to test one first, you can arrange to rent a Timberleaf trailer here.
True to its name, but The Classic redefines the shape. What we like here is two doors, two windows, and one large skylight. Easy access and plenty of light to expand the space. (Custom shades if you’d prefer to be cozy and private.)
- Frame size 5′ x 10′
- Overall length 14′
- Height 5’5″ (not including vent)
- Dry Weight 1500 lb.
- Tongue Weight 150 lb.
- Mattress size 57″ x 80″ (full queen length)
- Base Price $21,500
Cabin – Creature Comforts
- Extra large curved skylight (with shade)
- Baltic birch interior – furniture grade finishes
- 4-inch thick (Colorado) Queen mattress (memory foam option)
- Storage, storage, storage – cubbies, cabinets, and shelves
- Insulation – 1″ thick foam between 2 layers of baltic birch plywood
Another stand out feature is the galley. Rarely do you see one that uses every inch to it’s fullest. Even the water tank is stored beneath the cabin, providing more usable space.
- Hand made slide-out custom cooler (Optional – adds counter space)
- Dovetail joinery and leather handles
- Stainless steel sink and 2-burner stove
- Lights, USB ports and appliance outlets
- Unique retro style counter choices
Just take a look…
For a summary of standard equipment and different suspension set ups you can go here.
But now let’s take a look at the smaller model.
The Pika Teardrop is named after the American Pika, a small mammal, (rabbit-like) that bounds around in the alpine terrain of the Rocky Mountains.
Pika has all the same craftsmanship and attention to detail as the Classic, but it is smaller, lighter, and more nimble. (Space does limit some amenities.)
- Frame size 4’6″ x 8′
- Length 11′ 10″
- Height 65″ (not including the vent)
- Dry weight 970 lb.
- Tongue weight 12o lb.
- Wheels 15″
- Mattress size 54″ x 75″ x 4″ (memory foam option)
- Base Price $12,800
Cabin – Creature Comforts
- Still 2 doors, 2 windows, and 1 large skylight
- Sleeps 2 – double sized mattress
- Stretch netting storage to save space
- 2 USB ports and 1 GFCI outlet inside
- 2 reading lights and one dome light for ambience
- Same retro inspired laminate counter options
- 21″ x 54″ main counter top + 10″ deep upper counter
- 2 Sliding bypass doors for storage
- 4 USB ports and 1 GFCI appliance outlet + 12V accessory port
- LED dome light
But…with less space than its big brother, there are some compromises in the galley.
You can choose between one of these:
- Slide out fridge space which holds a Dometic CFX-135 12 Volt fridge (stays cold for days)
- Slide out shelf holds a Yeti 35 liter cooler (or similar)
- Built in cabinet space storage (for those who want to keep the cooler in the tow vehicle)
Standard Features on Both Classic and Pika
- R-11 Insulation (ceiling only on Pika)
- Maxxair cabin vent fan
- Seven lights: 2 porch, 2 gallley 3 cabin
- Running lights
- Baltic Birch on all exposed surfaces
- 2 – 14″ x 16″ windows with screens
- 2 – 26″ x 36″ doors with open windows
- Spare tire
- 4-6 USB Ports
- Large curved skylight
- Pull down shades on skylight
- 4″ thick mattress
- Retro laminate counter space
- Deep cell marine battery
- One general 12V charger
- Power center with 110V and 12V power
- Rear hatch w/ hydraulic gas props
Features on Classic Model Only
- Pull out drawer w/ cooktop shelf
- 12 gallon water tank hidden in cabin
- Sink with cold water dispenser
- Larger skylight, mattress, and counter
- Cabin cabinets and sliding door storage
|Classic – highway and mild dirt road||All Road – highway, dirt and back road||Off Road – rugged terrain/ go for it|
|2000 lb torsion axle||Timbren axle-less suspension||Timbren Aaxle-Less suspension, 3500lb ind. sus.|
|205/75r14 trailer tires||electric drum brakes||4″ lift + max coupler articulating hitch|
|14″ aluminum wheels||235/75r15 all terrain tires||electric drum brakes|
|round diamond plate aluminum fender||15″ polished aluminum wheels||31×10.5×15 BF Goodrich KO2 tires|
|standard 2″ ball coupler||larger aluminum fenders than the classic||15″ polished aluminum wheels|
|Max-Coupler articulating hitch||custom HD fenders w/ integrated corner steps|
|front corner rock sliders of 1.5″x.120″ HREW|
I told you we had a lot to cover. But what color would you like?
Timberleaf powder coated aluminum exteriors are available in 11 colors… (or customize)
- Classic teardrop shape
- Hand made furniture quality (durable)
- 2 doors, 2 windows, 1 large skylight
- Variety of suspension set ups
- Nostalgic retro/vintage details
- Efficient galley and storage
- Great support (including Kevin the owner)
- Can get pricey (made to order)
- Only sleeps 2
Teardrop trailers come in all shapes and sizes with tons of different options. Timberleaf Trailers builds hand made teardrop campers in two sizes. The Classic has a base price of $21,500. They also offer a smaller version called the Pika with a base price of $12,800. Both trailers are lightweight, easy to tow, and can go off road.
Timberleaf Trailers makes teardrop campers in two sizes. The Classic model weighs 1500 lb. and the Pika weighs 970 lb. Both trailers are lightweight and can be towed by most vehicles. Depending on what type of terrain you are traveling they are available with three different suspension packages ranging from highway to off road.
Timberleaf Trailers designs and builds hand made teardrop campers in Grand Junction and Denver, Colorado.
Timberleaf trailers are made to order by hand. they are very popular and current lead times are 6-7 months from order to delivery.
Yes, you can test out a Timberleaf on your own adventure. You can make arrangements to rent a camper here.
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