The compact, Canadian-built Droplet is more than just a place to hang out. The mindfully designed travel trailer is influencing a new camping lifestyle
It’s tough to find a tiny trailer that’s friendlier to those who use wheelchairs for mobility or an RV manufacturing company that’s as keen on community and sharing as Droplet. The Langley, British Columbia-based company, and the 950-pound (dry) flagship teardrop by the same name, make traveling at one’s own pace and pleasure almost effortless.
Droplet’s ergonomics were designed to make it easy for anyone to enter or exit through the two large side doors. The height of the queen-size bed is ideal for transferring from a wheelchair, or sitting and swinging your legs to stretch out. The Droplet has numerous interior storage nooks and drawers, along with convenient 12-volt DC LED reading lights.
The Droplet is well-insulated, bright and airy, with the warm interior sporting a sailboat-style vented skylight and large windows providing an open view of the surroundings to the front and sides. The acrylic side windows are tinted, and if more privacy is needed, magnetic window covers are an option.
Kitchen and Storage
The exterior kitchen at the rear of the trailer is efficient in design. The sheltered cooking space has LED touch lights, and an acrylic countertop and backsplash, along with a handy 12-volt DC fridge hidden in a slide-out compartment under the countertop.
Beneath the two-burner camp stove is a wide pull-out drawer to store pots and pans. A hand pump from the onboard 2.6-gallon freshwater tank provides water to the sink. Here, too, Droplet designed the galley to be wheelchair-user-friendly.
The majority of the Droplet’s structural wood-fiber and aluminum composite construction is assembled using the same high-strength adhesives applied in building boats and aircraft, which means no worries that staples, screws or bolts will vibrate loose after years of use.
FIRST TAKE: The Droplet’s light weight makes it ideal for towing behind vehicles tow rated at 1,500 pounds or more. Its build quality appears top-shelf, and the company’s direction toward “community and sharing” the RV experience is inspiring. And get this: Droplet sets aside 10 percent of sales revenues toward building free off-grid campsites for its owners/users, as well as designing a P2P web portal so owners can rent their Droplet out while the company handles all insurance, booking and management aspects of the rental program.
Exterior Length: 13′ 5″
Exterior Width: 6′ 7″
Interior Height: 3′ 9″
Exterior Height: 5′ 6″
Freshwater Cap.: 2.6 gal.
Black-Water Cap.: N/A
Gray-Water Cap.: N/A
LP-Gas Cap.: N/A
UVW: 950 lbs.
Hitch Weight: 95 lbs.
Axle Weight: 1,400 lbs.
GVWR: 1,400 lbs.
MSRP, Base: $15,450 (U.S.)
A respected automotive and RV journalist and longtime Trailer Life contributor, Bruce W. Smith has held numerous editorial titles at automotive and boating magazines, and authored more than 1,000 articles, from tech to trailering. He considers his home state of Oregon a paradise for RVing and outdoor adventure.