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This $17,000 Teardrop Camper Is Built To Go Off-Road


This $17,000 Teardrop Camper Is Built To Go Off-Road

Teardrop campers are growing in popularity as people embrace small living and focus on the experience of camping. A teardrop camper can be everything from a functional RV to nothing more than a fancy-shaped bed on wheels, offering RVers a place to sleep and a small propane stove.

Bean Trailer makes teardrop campers that stay true to their small size, portability, and style while packing in lots of unique options and features for avid adventurers. They were recently awarded Utah’s 2020 Manufacturer of the Year based on several criteria, including performance innovation. Bean Trailer has consistently won awards over the last two years. It is fast becoming one of the hottest teardrop camper manufacturers in the United States.

One of their signature trailers, the Mean Bean, is designed to go to even more places and cover more terrain. You won’t believe the amount of functionality and space packed in the Mean Bean.

The exterior

Many manufacturers are still using wood and tin to construct their trailers, especially smaller, less expensive teardrop campers. The teardrop campers from Bean Trailers are built with a one-piece fiberglass shell. That means there are no seams to leak through, and any repairs are much easier to facilitate. As stated on their website:

“Additionally, fiberglass is easily repairable, unlike metal or traditional wood framing. You can think of Bean as an upside-down boat, and in the case you needed some exterior maintenance, this can be done at any local boating repair shop.”

The Mean Bean teardrop camper in the desert.
The high clearance and rugged design make the Mean Bean ideal for out of the way campsites that traditional RVs would struggle to get into.

The rugged features don’t stop with the fiberglass shell when it comes to the Mean Bean. The 14-foot-long and 7-foot 2-inch wide teardrop camper’s chassis has 15 ½ inches of ground clearance. Upgrading to the Meaner Bean model gets you even more with off-road tires and 17 inches of clearance. The Mean Bean has an exterior height of 6 feet 9 inches, making it fit easily into a standard garage.

Along with the made for adventure build, the Mean Bean teardrop camper comes with 2 side entry doors with an integrated port window, circular shade, and screen doors. The rear galley hatch is fitted with an integrated lift and latching system. Below is a video of how well the Mean Bean holds up to off-road conditions.

The electrical system

The Mean Bean comes with a 100-amp deep cycle AGM battery, housed in an aluminum battery box. You can upgrade the battery to a LionEnergy Safari UT Lithium-ion 1300 12.8V / 105Ah / 1344Wh battery.

Along with the 110V system, the teardrop camper comes solar-ready, and the solar panels are an upgrade option. You will find an AC wall plug equipped with USB charging plugs in both the galley and cabin.

The tank capacity

The Mean Bean off-road teardrop camper comes with an 18-gallon freshwater tank an 11 lb propane tank. There is a grey water drain but no grey tank.

The galley

Among the many notable features of the standard Mean Bean galley, it comes with a steel 2-burner stove, stainless steel counter, hatch mounted dome light, built-in paper towel dispenser, D-ring tie-downs, and a powder-coated cooler tray.

Cooking in the outdoor galley of the Mean Bean teardrop camper.
Bean Trailer has some of the best teardrop camper galley options with many ways to customize your galley experience.

It comes standard with a 50-quart Coleman Extreme ice chest that can be upgraded to a Norcold NFR 45 1.59 cubic feet Refrigerator/Freezer in the Premium Plus galley option.

Check out the video below to see the different galley options Bean Trailer has to offer.

The interior

The Mean Bean teardrop camper boasts a cabin that is 20% bigger than their competitors. It turns into a full-size queen bed with an optional children’s bunk that can be snapped in place for children or pets.

Mean Bean teardrop camper interior without bed cushions
You can find lots of floor space and storage areas inside the Mean Bean.

It comes with an overhead storage cubby and passthrough cabinetry that can be accessed from the interior and the galley. A pop-up table is available as an add-on as well.

Mean Bean teardrop camper interior with cushions laid out to make a queen size bed.
The cushions convert into a full queen size bed.

Custom options

A quick browse of Bean Trailer’s 2-D builder will show just how customizable their small campers are. You will find four different galley configurations with three cooler options.

You can spice up the interior with an upholstered backrest with designer fabric, interior cubby accent lighting, and a remote-controlled MaxxFan Deluxe roof vent.

rooftop tent
The optional rack system can accommodate rooftop popup tents adding room for the whole family.

You can add practical upgrades like the Truma Varioheat compact heater with a thermostat and an instant hot water system. Storage lockers can be added to the front carrier for more storage as well.

There are numerous exterior add-ons available, like the 7-gallon Roadshower 4, so you can enjoy a hot sun-powered shower. An optional Thule Pro Bar roof rack system and sidewall with a 23Zero Peregrine 180 Degree Awning are available to shade your campsite.

Interior table
The popup table option easily allows dinner for two when the weather outside is less than ideal.

Learn more about the Mean Bean teardrop camper

The customizable features and rugged design allow outdoor adventurers to take the Bean Trailer’s teardrop camper on and off the road. Teardrop campers like the Mean Bean will continue to help the Utah-based company keep up its pace as the fastest-growing travel trailer manufacturer in the country.

The overall build, large list of options, easily towable base GVWR of 3,500 lbs, and low-cost MSRP of $17,950 for the base model, makes the Mean Bean off-road teardrop camper one of the top teardrop trailers of 2021. Visit their site to learn more and customize your own.

If you want to see more, an actual customer takes you through their Mean Bean teardrop camper in this video:

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Levi Henley

Levi Henley and his wife, Natalie, workamp around the country in their 26-foot motorhome. Along with writing for RV magazines, they recently published their first book together, Seasonal Workamping for a Living: How We Did It. They share their experiences and RV-related tips on their own blog henleyshappytrails.com as well as videos on their YouTube Channel, also called Henley's Happy Trails.

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