1281 W Dodson Mill Rd, Pilot Mountain, NC 27041

Papa Bear

Starting at $10,950

Do you own a small SUV? Do you need a teardrop camper that is both affordable and light-weight? Our Papa Bear is one of our original designs and has stood the test of time! With 4′ high ceilings the Papa provides something different than any other teardrop in its class. Enjoy a dinette seating area for 2 – 3 people, use it for a place of refuge during rainstorms or simply enjoy a meal at the center table. After a day of kayaking, hiking, or exploring come back to your Papa Bear and get a restful nights sleep with an RV queen size mattress included with the cabinet & dinette package.

Built with Style. Built for Camping.

The Papa Bear is the original teardrop camper of Rustic Trail. It has a sleek shape on the outside but offers a cozy interior with dinette seating that converts into a an RV queen bed. The Papa Bear will continue to live on representing our heritage and commitment to building affordable, handcrafted, and easy to tow teardrop campers.

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Papa Bear Key Standard Features

✔  Heavy-duty 3,500 Lb. rated axle with 15″ tires with full-size spare

✔  Standard electric brakes

✔  Foam board insulated roof + radiant barrier (new for 2021)

✔  Standard 2″ rear receiver for bikes or cargo

✔  Standard MaxxAir vent/fan

✔  Deadbolt lock door with screen + window & sunshade

✔  Front interior power strip with USB ports

✔  15 Amp shore power connection

✔  Interior LED lighting

✔  Dual USB charging ports located in the front OR rear

✔  Two sliding windows with screens and locks

✔  Front door with separating screen door

✔  Two folding rear stabilizer jacks

Your Papa Bear. Your Way.

We want you to love your camper and that starts with customizing it to make it your own. With over ten different options available you can select the ones that are most important to you to maximize your camping enjoyment.

Available Papa Bear Options

5,000 BTU A/C
Includes custom vent cover to keep AC clean and protected | Weighs 40 Lbs.
Front Rack
Holds up to 250 Lbs. of gear and extra equipment | Weighs 30 Lbs.
A-Frame Tongue Box
Durable poly tounge box. Perfect for storing tools and gear. | Weighs 22 Lbs.
Deluxe MaxxAir Fan
Upgrades the standard fan: 10 speeds (Standard fan has 4), Integrated Thermostat, Built-in Rain Shield, Intake & Exhaust Function (Standard fan has exhaust only)
Interior Lighting Package
This option upgrades two of the four interior lights that toggle between white and red light for improved nighttime visibility. One light will be located near the door and the other on the opposite side in the rear.
AGM Battery Kit
The battery kit runs the interior LED lights, MaxxAir fan, rear USB charging ports, and outside porch light. Kit comes with outside solar ready port | Weighs 70 Lbs.
Full Roof Rack
Our roof rack system can hold up to 350 Lbs. | Weighs 20 Lbs.
20" Tall Vinyl Wrap
Seven different matte colors available. Vinyl will be approximately 20" tall - the remaining portion of the camper will be white.
Koala Outside Table
Outside Table
Clips on to the door side of the camper. Perfect for cooking on | Weighs 15 Lbs.
Aluminum Rims
Your RTTC will already come with 15″ rims and tires, however, this option will upgrade them from the standard black steel rims to aluminum rims along with a matching spare. Rim design and finish may vary.
ARB Awning
The ARB is rugged & durable. Designed to be strong and easy to setup, the awning features anodized height-adjustable telescopic legs. Note: Requires the full roof rack option. | Weighs 35 Lbs.
Vinyl Stripe
Personalize your RTTC and a splash of color with this FREE 3″ vinyl stripe option. Over 5 different color choices are available! Check them out when you build & order your RTTC. Note: cannot be combined with vinyl wrap


Most frequent questions and answers
  • Papa Bear dry weight: 1,295 Lbs. (with cabinet + bed package – additional options will increase total weight)
  • Tongue weight: 150 Lbs. (no options added)
  • Interior  width: 5′ (58″)
  • Interior length: 10′ (115″)
  • Interior height: 4′ (44″)
  • Total exterior width: 80″
  • Total exterior length: 13′
  • Total exterior height: 69″
  • Ground clearance: 14″
  • Axle type: Heavy duty leaf spring 3,500 lb. rated

For more detailed dimensions and specifications please click here

Please note: All trailer weights used in product literature and other promotional materials, does not include
cargo, options, or other installed accessories. Please refer to the options above to see the approximate weights of optional equipment.

The Papa Bear dry weight (with standard trim) is 1,295 Lbs. before any installed options and cargo is added. We recommend that you check your vehicles owners manual for the specifications and towing capacity of your car. Please note that the Papa Bear comes standard with electric trailer brakes. Please click here to learn more about the braking system.

Our current estimated lead time for all models is 6 months or less. (Updated May 2022)

Why is your lead time so long? Our lead time is determined by the number of orders in our queue. We build each camper one at a time, not on an assembly line. In the past few years word has gotten out about Rustic Trail’s quality for the affordable prices we offer. This has driven up the demand for our campers. While we could increase production, however, we refuse to compromise on the quality that we are known for. We think that is worth the wait.

Do you have any pre-made units or used campers? From time to time, we have some pre-built campers to bypass our current lead time and get camping right away! You can check out these campers here.

Rustic Trail Teardrops does not have any dealerships. We choose to sell directly to you to keep prices as low as possible.

Do you have a showroom? Yes, our showroom and shop is located in beautiful Pilot Mountain, NC. Please note that we are open by appointment only – to schedule a appointment please click here. 

All campers inside our showroom are pre-sold and we cannot guarantee that all models and options will be available for viewing.

Yes, we can help coordinate shipping for you.

How much does shipping cost? Most drivers charge around $2.75 per mile one way from Pilot Mountain, NC. Your final shipping costs cannot be determined till your camper is complete and ready to ship out.

Do you ship to Canada? We are not able to ship or sell campers to Canada.

Our goal at RTTC is to build a camper that you are happy with. In order to do this we offer over 9 different options. If you do not see an option listed that is specific to the model you are looking at we most likely do not offer it.

In order to keep production on time for all campers we can only offer minor customizations. For any questions please email steve.rustictrail@gmail.com 

Bathrooms: At Rustic Trail Teardrops it is our goal to build a simple, easy to maintain, long-lasting camper. Because of this, we do not offer any bathrooms, doing so would add plumbing and holding tanks that would require winterization, more maintenance, and further complicate the camping experience. Some of our customers have added a small portable toilet that fits perfectly under the dinette seat of the Grizzly, Kodiak, and Polar. That toilet can be found here.

Kitchens: One thing that makes Rustic Trail Teardrops different than other campers in its class is our unique interiors. All models of our campers are more than just a bed on wheels. Our elevated RV queen-sized beds offer a comfortable sleeping experience and a small walkway to get changed not laying down, our cabinetry adds thoughtfully designed storage, and the available dinette in the Grizzly& Kodiak gives a place of refuge to eat and play games on rainy days. Adding a rear galley kitchen would consume the majority of this interior space. Furthermore, our camper designs create a solid one-piece seamless roof that prevents leaks, a rear galley would eliminate this with its hinge located in the rear of the roof, further adding to the risk of leaks.

If there is no kitchen then where do I cook? Great question! Most of our customers either use a portable Blackstone Griddle that requires no pots and pans or they bring a small portable kitchen. For washing dishes, we recommend a Collapsible Wash Basin and portable water container.


At Rustic Trail Teardrops we offer an optional 5,000 BTU air conditioner on all of our models. The AC is powered when the camper is plugged into the standard 15 amp shore power connection.

We currently do not offer any factory installed heating source. However, our campers are small and it does not take much to heat up the inside. We recommend a portable electric heater such as this one
we have personally camped in temperatures  down to – 2 °F degrees in our Kodiak Stealth – we used the portable heater when available with this sleeping bag and warm blankets.



Do you have questions about the Papa Bear camper? Please email Steve at steve.rustictrail@gmail.com


1281 W Dodson Mill Rd, Pilot Mountain, NC 27041

Contact Us

Our showroom is open by appointment only. Please view the appointment page for more information.
Shop & Showroom:
Telephone: (336) – 444 – 4017
Email: steve.rustictrail@gmail.com

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