IT WAS A PLATINUM blonde traveling down a Sebastopol road in a 1963 pink Cadillac towing a matching pink teardrop trailer that sparked Joe Kosareff’s imagination – and a new career – a few years ago.
“I swear she even had those cat-eye glasses with rhinestones on it,” the Penngrove resident laughs.
But it wasn’t until he saw a television travel show celebrating the joys of camping with the Teardrop – a cool, retro-styled trailer-for-two – that he got hooked.
And, for the past four years, the former fine cabinetmaker whose work can be found in a number of Marin homes, has been dedicating himself to building Teardrop trailers. Prices start at $7,200.
One new fan is Sunset magazine. It recently spotlighted Kosareff’s company, Vacations in A Can and is prominently featuring it in its annual Celebration Weekend on June 5 and 6 .
This is the event where Sunset pulls out all the stops at its Menlo Park headquarters: garden demonstrations, celebrity chefs, wine and decorating seminars, children’s activities and travel ideas, including a trend Sunset calls “glamping” – or glamorous camping.
Calling the Teardrop glamorous may be stretch as the Teardrop itself doesn’t seem to aspire to those ranks. They are, however, a step up from tarpaulins and air mattresses, and do offer a home-away-from home for the camping set with battery-operated lighting, storage, a rear-hatch galley, propane stove, optional sink, refrigerator, espresso machine or solar shower and the luxury of a soft mattress.
They can be towed by any car except a Prius; parked in a tent, rather than a costly RV, space; and, according to Kosareff, are easy on gas mileage.
Laura Daly of Fairfax who rented a Vacations in a Can Teardrop for a quick beach getaway with her husband, Joe, last year is another fan.
“We can’t say enough about it,” she says. “It was such an adventure and we were the most popular people on the beach. Everyone wanted to come see it and, just driving down the road, people would honk, wave and smile at us. We can’t wait to do it again.”
And it’s affordable. A two-night rental costs $175 and includes bedding, towels, kitchen pots and utensils, propane and ice cooler and, for approximately $45, Kosareff will deliver it to a Sonoma campground.
For information, go to www.vacations-in-a-can.com or call 707-228-9943.