Why Droplet is our favorite all-weather camping option

Dear fellow camper, before we jump into this post, let us begin with a few personal questions.

  • How many times have you (or your partner) cursed the weather for going South during a multi-day camping trip?
  • Did you ever abort a supposedly dream camping adventure, because the entirety of your clothes and gear got soaked inside your tent (or tent trailer) during a storm?
  • Have you ever looked at those beautiful, shiny trailer campers parked next to you at the campsite,  secretly wishing your small car could tow it, so it was you who got to afford sleeping inside it, as you silently pack up your drenched gear?
droplet trailer storm watching, vancouver island
Droplet – We can’t control the weather, but we have a choice over the roof we want to sleep under.

Don’t feel bad. All of this happened to us too. Too many times to remember them all. Over the years, our love for camping and adventure lead us to explore many of the remote corners of  our beautiful blue Planet, at the cost of sometimes getting soaked in our sleep.
That was before DROPLET. And before DROPLET, we tried everything to match our camping needs: 3 season tents, 4 seasons tents (welcome to you, condensation!), hammock tent, roof tents, RV rentals (try to smile as you pay for gas at the pump), etc.

If you are looking for a tent, our favorite builds remains the MSR Elixir 3, or the Hubba Hubba for remote adventures in the backcountry. MSR tents are simple, well built, and comfortable Up until the weather takes over… Photo – Kit2kamp

We took all of the above into consideration, even before building our first Droplet trailer prototype.  Our ideal camping trailer had to be insulated for all season camping with proper seals on doors, windows and panels. We also wanted our teardrop trailer to be built light  for safe and efficient towing with most vehicles (our primary vehicle is a standard 2006 fwd Toyota Matrix), while remaining simple enough to be borrowed or rented by someone who has never driven with a trailer before, with minimal instructions. Lastly, we wanted the inside to be roomy enough to comfortably accommodate Pascal (6ft4″) and his partner Diane, while remaining sufficiently compact to be stored into a regular indoor garage.

IKamper mounted on a Porsche Cayenne.
Our previous Ikamper pop-top. While comfy, it was too heavy to be handled by one person and the weatherproofing did not compare to a permanent rigid shell.

We love camping. Whether it is for a quick and easy weekend away from the busy city, an extended kite-boarding trip, a ski-touring journey or a paragliding adventure in British Columbia, nature always ends up being our second home. This pushed us to design Droplet, the ultimate mobile accommodation to fuel our frequent and recurring love for adventure, all season long.

Installing an extra large roof vent onto our lightweight roof structure did require some serious thinking to keep the rig robust and 100% weatherproof.

We can’t always predict the weather, here on the South Coast of British Columbia. Storms have a funny tendency to build up quickly and to unleash in the most unexpected fashion. Rather than having to always pack-up our gear and leave it for a week to dry in the middle of our small apartment, having an easily accessible rig to attach behind our small car was the way to go.

Sleeping in the rain forest is always  good for the soul.

We would still rather sleep in Droplet than to book a fancy hotel room any other night, even on business travels. More than the cost, it is the experience we seek. Just imagine getting out of a never-ending conference, getting on the road for less than 30 minutes, only to find a sweet campground in the middle of the rain forest rather than having to forcefully listen to the suspicious noises coming from the room next door.

Taking advantage of a storm to catch up on some work during an extended road trip through Oregon.

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