Photo 2/14 | socal Teardrops Rover Trailer teardrop Trailer | As it turned out, the wait to find a hand-built teardrop was over the moment we met Mike Pari and his son Gabe of SoCal Teardrops. We knew we had come to the right place. The SoCal Teardrops' Rover on site at the Raney Ranch.
Photo 3/14 | socal Teardrops Rover Trailer honda Element Ex | The Element EX is an ideal runabout for low-impact stays, and it can get in and out of tight sites with relative ease.
Photo 4/14 | socal Teardrops Rover Trailer teardrop Trailers | The single-axle Rover can be outfitted with many accessories like a propane/electric fridge, TV, and more.
Photo 5/14 | socal Teardrops Rover Trailer hitch | The Element EX comes with an optional four-pin connector/hitch; however, we added a seven-pin connector to tow the Rover since we wanted to charge the on-board battery on the road.
Photo 6/14 | socal Teardrops Rover Trailer engine | The Element's in-line four-cylinder engine puts out 166 hp at 5,800 rpm-more than enough to tow a light trailer like the teardrop.
Photo 7/14 | socal Teardrops Rover Trailer door Handle | The fit and finish of SoCal trailers is among the best we've seen.
Photo 8/14 | socal Teardrops Rover Trailer raney Ranch | Raney Ranch is a 120-acre private dog training facility that offered us some peace and quiet from the city. It is open to the public for private lessons in dog training. Log onto www.raneyranch.com for details.
Photo 9/14 | socal Teardrops Rover Trailer honda Element | With its side doors swinging out a full 90 degrees, the Honda Element EX offers plenty of unloading and loading options for the camper on the go.
Photo 10/14 | socal Teardrops Rover Trailer storage Space | There is ample space once the teardrop lid is opened for preparing meals.
Photo 11/14 | socal Teardrops Rover Trailer teardrop Camper Trailer | Our weekend in the wilds was perfect. The trails on the ranch were narrow and hilly, but the light trailer and agile Element handled the job just fine.
Photo 12/14 | socal Teardrops Rover Trailer rear Bumper | SoCal Teardrops built this particular Rover as a promotion for Bass Pro Shops. It has lockable fishing pole storage in the rear bumper. This unit is not for sale, but you can have one just like it, just without the decals.
Photo 13/14 | socal Teardrops Rover Trailer tent | If you're looking for more room than a teardrop, the Element comes with an optional four-person tent that attaches to the rear of the vehicle.
Photo 14/14 | socal Teardrops Rover Trailer bass Pro Shops | A spare tire and on-board battery were enough to get the Rover anywhere we wanted to camp for the night.