Cooking In The Vistabule Teardrop Trailer
On the last 50 Campfires trip, I had the opportunity to hit the road with a Vistabule Teardrop Trailer. They’re made in St. Paul, MN, and they’re growing in popularity every year. Traveling with it provided not only comfort but also a freedom that much larger campers can’t offer.
Many fellow campers stopped in to ask me about the Vistabule Teardrop Trailer when we were on the road. More often than not, they had questions about the galley, which is where you cook. I was more than happy to pop it open so they could check it out, and I soon realized that I should probably write an article about it. I hope the following gives you a better idea of what cooking in the Vistabule trailer is like, and whether or not it’s the right camper for you.
What I liked most about the galley was the fact that it’s ready to cook dinner in less than a minute anytime you want. All I had to do was pull over, pop the hatch, and turn on the stove. This made it easy to save money by not eating out while traveling. When I saw a scenic overlook, I could pull in and make a grilled cheese without cutting into travel time too much. Everything I needed for meals was within reach, and the organization made sense. The spices were up to my left, olive oil and wine up to my right, cookware on the bottom right, and two bags of groceries under the sink on the left. When everything is this accessible, you can prepare meals quickly and easily.
Our trailer came with the Dometic CFX 35W cooler, which slid out for easy access and was powered by a100Ah lithium iron (LiFePO4) battery. We also had the 130W roof-mounted solar panels, and that combination powered the cooler (and the entire trailer) for four days without issue. For cooking, we had the Dometic two-burner stove, which connects to an 11 lb propane tank. All three of these are upgrades and gave the trailer a true off-grid functionality that I really enjoyed.
Cooking in the galley is a lot like cooking at home, just in a smaller space. At dinner time, I pulled the cutting board out, prepped veggies, tossed them in a cast iron pan, and washed dishes in the sink. The setup works well. There is plenty of light for late-night snacks, and the window leading into the cabin makes it easy to pass food and cocktails back and forth.
You’re going to want the hatch bat wings. These are the nylon panels that hang down from the sides to provide more protection from the elements. We had a lot of rain on our trip, and I was still able to prepare food on a dry countertop. They made me feel tucked into the galley, and cooking was still enjoyable in lousy weather. The bat wings also kept the chilly Lake Superior wind at bay. After using them for four days I wouldn’t want to go without them.
The other thing that’s great about the Vistabule is spontaneous travel. Ours came fully stocked with cookware, so all we had to do was toss our bags in, and pick up some groceries. How fun would it be to pick a direction on Friday afternoon and take off, knowing that everything you need is ready to go? You can grab a few things from your refrigerator and leave. On Sunday, whatever you didn’t eat can go right back into the fridge at home. The Dometic cooler makes this especially easy because everything stays dry and cold on the trip. You don’t have to wonder if the burgers became too warm in a cooler with melting ice.
Is there anything I didn’t like about cooking in the Vistabule Teardrop Trailer? Not really. It would have been nice to have hot water for dishes, but it’s also easy to heat water in the kettle. The sink is small, but they made it workable by adding a sprayer. Without the sprayer rinsing pots and pans would have been difficult.
The folks at Vistabule use their trailers on the regular, and when they see something that needs improving, they put their heads together and figure out a way to overcome it. There were so many times on the trip that I thought, “Well, that’s a pretty clever feature.” If you’ve had teardrop trailers on your mind, you should give Vistabule serious consideration. I think you’ll have a hard time finding a more thoughtful, effective design.