KURT BOWDEN
Designer/Builder

(530)238-2914

Custom Teardrop

Trailers

For Little Cars

 

Perfect for Road Touring, Comfort Camping, Hot Rods & Car Shows


The Peters' MiniTear

The first MiniTear customer, Stephen Peter, bought this awesome teardrop in '09. It's equipped with a flat screen & the AM/FM/CD/DVD player has a USB port for an iPod, computer or other component. The indoor/ourdoor speakers allow Stephen to enjoy his favorite music while sitting in his campsite. Built of Rustic Knotty Alder (our trademark plywood body) with Peruvian Walnut accents & inlay.


This new MiniTears features a tongue jack, wrap around stripes, and S spoke wheels that match the owner's car.
This new MiniTears features a tongue jack, wrap around stripes, and S spoke wheels that match the owner's car.
Check out the built in speakers in the hatch, and that's a halogen spot light mounted between them!
Check out the built in speakers in the hatch, and that's a halogen spot light mounted between them!
The hatch features our redesigned edge trim that makes this galley totally water tight and sturdy. Those cabinets are made from Knotty Alder with Peruvian Walnut accents.
The hatch features our redesigned edge trim that makes this galley totally water tight and sturdy. Those cabinets are made from Knotty Alder with Peruvian Walnut accents.
Heading out on another road trip adventure!
Heading out on another road trip adventure!
Ready to set up camp.
Ready to set up camp.
A great looking rig!
A great looking rig!
Although not quite finished in this photo, you can see the beautiful detail that went into these cabin cabinets.
Although not quite finished in this photo, you can see the beautiful detail that went into these cabin cabinets.
The moon roof is trimmed out beautifully and features a bug screen that has a magnetic closure.
The moon roof is trimmed out beautifully and features a bug screen that has a magnetic closure.

The Mills' MiniTear

These are photos of the prototype trailer. Built in '08, the trailer was sold to Don & Carolyn Mills of Oregon City, Oregon.

 

Photos compliments of Galen Schlich Photography and Steven Mitchell Photography. Many Thanks guys!

Here comes a MiniTear Teardrop!
Here comes a MiniTear Teardrop!
Reflections
Reflections
The adjustable tongue allows for easy handling.
The adjustable tongue allows for easy handling.
Ready to do some campin'!
Ready to do some campin'!
Those tambour doors roll up to access the pots, pans, dishes, and storage areas.
Those tambour doors roll up to access the pots, pans, dishes, and storage areas.
The galley is shown here with the optional extension leg in place. The 54 qt. Coleman ice chest pulls out on a roll-out shelf for easy access.
The galley is shown here with the optional extension leg in place. The 54 qt. Coleman ice chest pulls out on a roll-out shelf for easy access.
Those are drawers that have little spice jars built-in.
Those are drawers that have little spice jars built-in.
The cozy mattress, moon roof, and ventilating windows make for real comfort camping.
The cozy mattress, moon roof, and ventilating windows make for real comfort camping.
The trick lighting effects really make this trailer shine.
The trick lighting effects really make this trailer shine.
Here you can see the two wine cabinets, the spacious stow cabinet, and the vanity mirror. The mirror folds down to make a media shelf for a laptop or a DVD player!
Here you can see the two wine cabinets, the spacious stow cabinet, and the vanity mirror. The mirror folds down to make a media shelf for a laptop or a DVD player!
MiniTears makes it's appearence at the Kool April Nites car show in Redding, CA.
MiniTears makes it's appearence at the Kool April Nites car show in Redding, CA.
Model 'A' tailights ... a trademark feature.
Model 'A' tailights ... a trademark feature.
The color matched graphics and Mini wheels make it all come together.
The color matched graphics and Mini wheels make it all come together.
   

The Lowerys' TinyTear

The TinyTear was custom designed as a show trailer but it makes a great cargo carrier or even a sleeper for a person under 6' tall.

When in show mode, the owners, Steve & Stacy Lowery, run slide shows of their show cars, promote their MINI repair business, play music videos or movies for the kids. 

This little beauty is a great cargo carrier for any compact car or motorcycle.
This little beauty is a great cargo carrier for any compact car or motorcycle.
The vinyl wrap exterior finish was designed to match the customers tow vehicle, a 1965 Morris-MINI pickup.
The vinyl wrap exterior finish was designed to match the customers tow vehicle, a 1965 Morris-MINI pickup.
Love that suicide door!
Love that suicide door!
Shown with the rear hatch open and the monitor in its travel position.
Shown with the rear hatch open and the monitor in its travel position.
A 32" flat screen folds down from the hatch during car shows as an added attraction.
A 32" flat screen folds down from the hatch during car shows as an added attraction.
The Perfect Pair.
The Perfect Pair.
Right down to the final detail.
Right down to the final detail.
MiniTears & TinyTears on a Lakehead parade route.
MiniTears & TinyTears on a Lakehead parade route.

Guerras' MiniTear

Email received on Oct. 5, 2012

 

Dear Kurt,

    We got back a week ago from our vacation and we had the time of our life! Your trailer provided all that we needed, in comfort and utility. Everywhere we camped (National Parks) people asked about it; where we got it, how much it cost, and was there ample room, to name just a few of the questions. I gave everybody your website (minitears.com) and hopefully there will be some inquiries.

   You have built a beautiful trailer and we will enjoy it for many years to come. Once again, thanks for everything.

                                                                                                                          Best regards, Antonio & Doris

 

These Arts & Crafts style sconces were made from Canarywood, a bright yellow wood with a blood red graining.
These Arts & Crafts style sconces were made from Canarywood, a bright yellow wood with a blood red graining.
Shannon greeted visitors at a show prior to delivery of the trailer to its new owners.
Shannon greeted visitors at a show prior to delivery of the trailer to its new owners.
The cabin of this trailer has plenty of room for additional cabinetry should the owners choose at a later date.
The cabin of this trailer has plenty of room for additional cabinetry should the owners choose at a later date.
The built-in cutting board was constructed of all the different species of hardwoods used in the trailer.
The built-in cutting board was constructed of all the different species of hardwoods used in the trailer.
The Coleman ice chest was not in its place at the time of this photo.
The Coleman ice chest was not in its place at the time of this photo.
   

The Murphy MiniTear

Email received Oct. 3, 2012

 

Hi Kurt,
   Just returned from a great roadtrip and was anxious to let you know how it turned out.

   I drove my non S Mini Clubman from Nevada, up to Idaho and into the Yellowstone/Teton campground.  Hilly all the way and my gas mileage dropped about 4 mpg. I then drove back through Idaho into Oregon and down into CA.

   Never had a problem and the minitear was easy to maneuver anywhere, gas stations, parking lots, campgrounds, etc. I can turn it on a dime!

   I loved the coziness of it and never envied those with stoves and fridges inside. Instead, the cooler and my coleman stove allowed me a more complete campground experience. I felt safe in the shelter of oak walls, lights and there was plenty of room for storage.

    I'm looking forward to my next trip!                      

                                                                                                             Best, Marge

Unfortunately, these mid-construction photos are all I have of this trailer.
Unfortunately, these mid-construction photos are all I have of this trailer.
This close-up of the cabin cabinets shows the colored detail of the trims & drawer corners.
This close-up of the cabin cabinets shows the colored detail of the trims & drawer corners.
This trailer was constructed with White Oak walls & blue stained Oak trims. The stain was custom blended to match the Wilson Art "Jeweled Sapphire" laminate countertops.
This trailer was constructed with White Oak walls & blue stained Oak trims. The stain was custom blended to match the Wilson Art "Jeweled Sapphire" laminate countertops.
When finished, this beautiful trailer was a perfect match to Ms. Murphy's, "Midnight Horizon" colored MINI Clubman, a deep dark metallic blue.
When finished, this beautiful trailer was a perfect match to Ms. Murphy's, "Midnight Horizon" colored MINI Clubman, a deep dark metallic blue.

The Millam MiniTear

   Delivered on Oct. 24, 2012 to Micheal Millam, of Denver, Colorado, this unique trailer went together with Michael's hot rod '04 MINI Cooper 'S' like .... well, MINIs & MiniTears Teardrop Trailers. Ordered while working in Afghanistan, Michael will use his trailer to wholesale his recently patented "Knight" sleeping bags coast to coast. Eliminating the galley cabinets will allow him to carry inventory.

   Since Michael will be travelling through many different climates he had me install a heating & air conditioning unit in the trailer. He'll also carry a portable generator to power up the A/C unit when power is nor available.

   Happy teardropping Michael, and good luck with your great product!

  

We do a pressure test at the time of the first bath to ensure that the trailer is water tight.
We do a pressure test at the time of the first bath to ensure that the trailer is water tight.
The high gloss varnish really sets of the Rustic Alder interior. Black Walnut was used to trim out this simple yet elegant cabin.
The high gloss varnish really sets of the Rustic Alder interior. Black Walnut was used to trim out this simple yet elegant cabin.
The wall sconces on the cabin walls have an Art Deco look & cast a beautifully subtle light at night.
The wall sconces on the cabin walls have an Art Deco look & cast a beautifully subtle light at night.
That trailer was made for that car!
That trailer was made for that car!
Leaving the MiniTears woodshop with his new teardrop. Have a safe trip home to Denver & Happy Trails Michael!
Leaving the MiniTears woodshop with his new teardrop. Have a safe trip home to Denver & Happy Trails Michael!