Faced with incredible demand from newbie travelers looking to get a taste of adventure and see what the current frenzy is all about, some manufacturers try to pack the most features in the same compact footprint. Others are thinking outside of the box with a creative approach that sees new types of towables struggling to make it to the market.
PeeWee Campers is keeping it simple. "We believe this is the best teardrop camper on the market" might seem like a statement that contradicts the childish wink in the company's name, but the Half Pint is meant to be just that: a peewee camper that offers the basics as standard but could be rigged as the perfect companion on your wildest adventure.
The Half Pint was introduced to the lineup in 2016 and remains, to this day, the company's most popular model. Given their promise of delivering a towable ready to go camping when you drive it off the lot but also highly customizable should you need it to be more, we'd say it’s mission accomplished.
The Half Pint is described as a teardrop trailer, though its sharper edges and angular design seem to work against this classification. On the bright side, they also allow for more space inside, which means you can turn it into whatever your dream camper is – even if that means an off-grid, off-road machine you can rely on no matter what.
The trailer frame is heavy-duty welded square tube steel with laminated aluminum walls and a Dexter axle with a supported weight of 3,500 lbs (1,588 kg). The trailer itself is as light as 900 lbs (408 kg) in standard spec, which means you can tow it with your daily, even if it's a VW Beetle. The company promises support in offering the real towing weight of most vehicles available on the American market before committing to a purchase.
The standard unit is, as the headline notes, a blank canvas. It's imagined as the basic package for a fixed price but adaptable to upgrades if the budget allows it.
PeeWee Campers says you can take the Half Pint camping as soon as you drive off the lot, but that entails you owning all the camping equipment already, down to the queen-size mattress that fits inside and comfortably sleeps two adults. Available interior space is 39.3 square feet (3.65 square meters) standard, reduced to 31 square feet (2.87 square meters) if you opt for the galley in the rear.
If you don't own camping gear yet, they can provide it for you. Optionals range from a rear galley, small but more than enough for the basic needs of a couple of adventurers for a few days, double rear doors, an extra wall to separate the kitchen from the living space, additional windows, roof rack and fans, TV, extra storage boxes, and complete solar packages. You can even opt for customized graphics since they no longer offer color options as they did several years ago.
The RV market is feeling overcrowded these days, but it's always good to have options. And the Half Pint is putting on an excellent case when vying for your attention.