Is it back to the future, or forward to the past? You decide! Whichever it is, the one thing that is certain is that Gidget, the inimitable Aussie teardrop, is a pretty cool machine. From the retro styling to the cutting edge design, this camper has a lot to offer and combines innovative ideas with an eye for aesthetics.
The retro styling stands toe-to-toe with a vintage tow vehicle.
One thing teardrops are generally short on is bunk space. The Gidget has solved this issue with a front slide out that is almost as cool looking as it is functional. Not only that, but an integrated window in the slideout adds ventilation and light. The slideout is a patented feature that nearly doubles interior space, and it’s the only one like it in the world.
Even those standing over six feet tall will find the Gidget comfortable.
All of the Gidget’s high quality windows are lockable, fly-screened and double-glazed for energy efficiency. A 110 volt solar system provides power to Gidget’s appliances, entertainment center and interior and exterior LED lighting.
Gidget’s solar collector is mounted atop the slideout.
When you get to the inside of most teardrops, you could either call it cozy, or cave-like. In this case, they have almost managed to overcome the cramped quarters with a beautiful, large skylight that gives you an awesome view of whatever is overhead, while providing tons of natural light.
Large skylight keeps the interior living space from feeling cramped.
Many teardrop campers are designed for sleeping only. Taking a cue from other small convertibles, Gidget has created that rare thing – an integrated teardrop dinette for two! In at least one model, with the bed folded upright to provide seating, there is adequate leg room to sit upright. The design allows you to eat comfortably inside your teardrop camper!
Gidget’s bed converts to seating with plenty of headroom.
Chrome and wood are the order of the day, and one of the keys to Gidget’s sleek vintage styling. The metal trim isn’t just for looks though. It keeps those edges from serious damage, making for a long-lasting exterior finish.
Gidget’s slide out with chrome-trimmed edges.
We’ve seen plenty of tear drops with rear galleys, but this chuck wagon kitchen is pretty cool. Via the magic of full extension guides, the large working drawers in this kitchen hold more than just utensils. The glass cooktop and icechest (or available fridge/freezer) slide out for easy use, and back in to get out of the way when you’re done! Meanwhile, the center drawer opens up to reveal easy access to the plumbing, in case of emergencies.
The Gidget’s full featured rear galley.
Another space saving feature that adds to the retro flare are Gidget’s fenders. With the wheels set completely outside the body, Gidget gets a wider, more stable stance, while saving a huge chunk of inside space for a wider berth.
Not to be a one-trick-pony, Gidget has included some modern features that you’ll usually find on larger luxury RVs. The integrated entertainment center features radio, CD, DVD and TV. The unit rotates for interior viewing at the foot of the queen sized bed, or outside, over the kitchen sink! There are also two 120 volt outlets for running other accessories from a RV hook up or the built-in solar power system.
There’s a rotating entertainment center for viewing inside or out.
Last but not least, Gidget hasn’t forgotten sanitation. You’ll have the use of an integrated portable toilet and a shower unit that can be set up 5 meters from the trailer inside a privacy tent. It stores in a cabinet isolated from the main cabin and is only accessible from the outside, to insulate the camper from odors.
The Gidget camper comes in a few different models, with the USA model priced at around $16,800. To learn more about the various options, visit the Gidget website here.