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The following has been copied from the Brisbane Extra website referring to the teardrop story on their show on 14 September 2005.
It has to be the biggest comeback in transportation history. A 70-year-old caravan design back from oblivion, out on the road and making a big impact. As Doug Murray reports the mobile bed, called the tear drop, is especially popular with rising fuel prices.
It's a sight to spook the local wildlife, a convoy with a difference. The pint-sized caravan called the Teardrop is little more than a mobile bed.
“The beauty of this is you can stop on the road and hop in and sleep because your bed is always ready,” explained manufacturer Reiner Gudd.
Reiner makes the renamed Teardrop from his Brisbane base. Before the Second World War, the American-designed “Gad-About” hit the road in a big way, tailor-made for the times.
“In America in the late thirties, they started building those because the cars didn't have much pulling horsepower, small cars,” explained Reiner.
Reiner makers three styles - a wide-bodied version, a slightly narrower model which is within the limits of a car so you're missing fence posts and gates and another design comes with tougher suspension, suitable for off-road travel.
“But this one is perfect to tow along the beach or bush.”
Ease of handling is best demonstrated by this one, pulled behind a 3-wheeled motorbike. Owner Rob Wynne, crippled in a freak road accident, has travelled thousands of kilometres.
“Well, when I first saw it, I thought, - that's a sardine can, it's gonna take a tin opener to get me out once I get in!"
Rob changed his opinion after a road test. Now he's a satisfied customer.
“All I've got to do is open the door, my bed's made, my tea and coffee is ready to go.”
Fuel efficiency is another selling point. Reiner carts his baby around behind a small-capacity Laser.
Rob, who loves a strong drink at country watering holes, reckons he's discovered a party favourite.
“I just park outside the pub, have my meal, have my drinks and come out and fall inside it.”
Inside, all the comforts of home, only leg room instead of head room. CD, radio player, television, mini kitchen out the back, a skylight for romantic stargazing.
“Yes, thank you very much!” declared Rob.
Teardrop maker Reiner Gudd is on 3800 1338. "
Doug Murray, Brisbane Extra, Channel 9 Brisbane
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