Anatomy of a Teardrop: The Teardrop Galley
- by Sarah Tucker -
While the most unique feature of a teardrop trailer is the shape, the most unique part of it would have to be the galley. Outdoor kitchens are becoming more popular in large rv's but the rear galley has long been a trademark of the teardrop trailer. While most teardrop trailer galleys are small, you can still fit a surprising amount of gear inside.
While not every teardrop boasts a galley, the majority of them do. There are so many different galley set ups as each manufacturer tends to put their own spin on them and of course, home builders can customize it to their likes and needs.
The galley in the Cool Tears teardrops is very narrow as I wanted to keep the bulkhead as spacious as possible due to the fact my husband is over 6 feet tall. Even with minimal space, my galley is one of the favorite parts of the camper. The space is cozy and so many memories have been made standing under the hatch.
So what exactly goes into a galley? Again that depends on personal choice but generally cabinets, cooking space and some kind of cooking device make up the galley. Many teardrops also contain a sink whether it be hand pump or electric. Some have built in cook tops and some specialty teardrops have a full-bar as the galley (pictured left.)
Easy access is one of the most important features of any galley. Having all your cooking supplies within arms reach is a huge help. The ease is always supported by great organization. As with any small space, the more organized you can be, the more useful the space will be. Spice racks, paper towel holders and Ikea are all some of my best organizing tools. After camping several times, you will figure out what set up works best for your cooking needs.
While you can camp in a teardrop with little to no electricity, the galley is one place that a few outlets are helpful. This can be done on either 12 volt or 110 volt lines allowing it to be used when boondocking or when hooked up to shoreline power. Lights, charging ports and outlets for small appliances are a must.
Slide out drawers are a very popular feature in teardrop galleys. Slide outs can allow easier access for cooktops, coolers, additional storage and even bar tops.
No matter what your galley contains, these unique outdoor kitchens are one of the best features of any teardrop trailer.
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