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A Young Couple Quit Their Jobs To Live Out Of A Teardrop Trailer For An Entire Year

This post was updated on April 20th, 2024

Tara and Marcus, two young Midwesterners, not only live full time out of a 180 sq. ft. Pilgrim travel trailer, but they wanted to spend their belated honeymoon in style. They’ve decided to travel for a year in a 5×9 teardrop trailer along with their corgi, Butters.

Tara and Marcus are living out of their teardrop trailer for an entire year.


The couple were inspired by the travel and camping blog, Gone with the Wynns. Shopping for their getaway camper was not easy at first. They wanted something comfortable for living on the road, but did not want something too large and heavy.

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The two looked at everything from Class A RVs to camper vans, and they even thought about ditching the RV idea and just living out of Airbnb locations and hotels.

After seeing the teardrop trailers from TC Teardrops (located in Central Wisconsin), they were hooked and purchased a model that only weighs about 950 lb.

The trailer is a 5 foot x 9 foot TC Teardrop built in Wisconsin.


Their teardrop also has an ARB fridge, 60 watts of solar power, a Road Shower and a Foxwing awning by Rhino Rack. The handy rack also holds the couple’s Future Beach Vector 124 kayaks. The teardrop is towed by a 2003 Chevy S10 crew cab that has plenty of room for their Trek bikes.

Tara and Marcus are also bringing their corgi, kayaks and bikes along for the journey.


The newly married couple have been traveling around the Midwest and recently hit some snow in Wisconsin. They had a goal to drive the teardrop over the covered bridges of Iowa before heading into Texas for warmer weather.

Along the way, the couple discovered, a free worldwide community for touring cyclists and hosts. The group is sort of like Couchsurfing for bicyclists — and now teardrop trailer travelers! They were also featured in the November/December issue of Cool Tears and Tiny Campers magazine.

The teardrop fits nicely on a covered bridge in Iowa.


Tara and Marcus have been planning for this trip for some time, and while anxious to quit their jobs, they were ready to see more of their own country.

I am ready to start living. I’m ready to experience what this world has to offer, to see this land I call home, to meet people that didn’t grow up with the same views or values I did. I want to learn about how other people live and find out what drives them. In learning these things about other people I hope to learn what drives me, what values I hold dear and not what was just taught to me. I want to find what I am passionate about and find other people who are passionate about the same thing! ~ From a Year in a Tear

Tara and Marcus also live full-time out of a travel trailer.


You can follow their trip on their website, Year in a Tear.


Photos by Tara and Marcus/A Year in a Tear

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