Rustic Trail Starter Guide

Congratulations on the purchase of your Rustic Trail Teardrop Camper!

We have created this page to help assist you in getting started on your very exciting journey with your new trailer. 

When you place an order for an RTTC a deposit is due in order to secure a place in the queue. Deposit amounts can be paid for using either a credit card or a check.

The deposit amount is as follows:
Koala Bear: $2,500
Papa Bear: $3,000
Grizzly Bear: $3,500
Kodiak Stealth: $4,000
Polar Bear: $4,0000

Final Payment:
At the time of pick up or before delivery of your trailer the remaining balance on your new RTTC will be due. You may do this in three ways: Credit card, cash, or a certified bank check. We cannot accept a personal check due to the length of time that it takes to clear.

Upon completion of your trailer, an RTTC staff member will call you to let you know what date your trailer will be ready for pick-up. We will try to give you ample time (several days) so you can make arrangments. When you arrive at the RTTC headquarters a staff member will show you around your trailer and make sure that you are comfortable with how everything operates.

Hitch Setup

This is the exciting part! A new Rustic Trail Teardrop Camper is all yours! You may have tons of experience towing trailers or (if like me) you have never towed anything prior to the purchase of you RTTC. The good news is your Rustic Trail Teardrop Camper has been designed from the ground up to be easy to tow!

Trailer Hitch: It is recommended that you have a 2″ hitch installed on your tow vehicle. If you do want to install this yourself many of our members have had good luck at U-haul, car dealerships, or independent shops. E-Trailer is an excellent place to find the proper trailer hitch for your car. Visit their website here and input your car’s information. Watch the video below to learn more about a trailer hitch:

Trailer Hitch Ball Mount: Every tow vehicle will be different in terms of what is needed for either a ‘drop’ or a ‘rise’ to make the trailer level in the back of the vehicle. A Rustic Trail Teardrop will sit approx 17″ – 18” from ground to top of the ball. We recommend measuring this on your vehicle to determine a proper fit. Watch the video if you would like detailed instructions on how to do this: 

Ball: Many trailer hitch ball mounts will come with a ball already on it. You want to ensure that this a 2″ ball that is connected to the mount. If your trailer hitch ball mount did not come with one it is very simple to add. Here is one that we recommend:

Curt 2`` Tow Ball

Adventure Edition Only: If you ordered a Kodiak Stealth with the Adventure Edition Package your camper will NOT be using a 2″ ball – instead it will be using a Lock N Roll. You will need to have a Lock N Roll receiver on the back of your tow vehicle. The Lock N Roll is an articulating hitch that allows for much better off-road performance. Please remember that the Kodiak Stealth with Adventure Edition is not designed for extreme use.  

Lock N Roll 2`` Receiver

Trailer Wiring

Trailer Wiring: All new Rustic Trail Teardrop Campers come equipped with a 7-pin connector. The difference between a standard 4-pin wiring setup is that the 4-pin does not carry a braking signal while a 7-pin does. Again, you should consult with your owner’s manual before ordering or installing parts. Our members have had good luck with u-haul and their favorite automtive shop to install the wiring while they are getting their brake controller installed.

CURT Dual-Output 4 to 7 way Adapter

Trailer Brakes

Starting in late 2019 all Rustic Trail Teardrop Campers come standard with trailer brakes. This awesome feature will aid in keeping you safe out on the road!

Brake Controller: To activate your trailer brakes you will need a brake controller. The brake controller will send an electronic signal to your trailer brakes when you press the brake pedal in your car. Please note, you can technically tow a Rustic Trail Teardrop camper without a brake controller, however, the trailer brakes will not be able to operate. There many different options available to choose from. It is best to take a look at your vehicle owner’s manual to determine if your car came pre-wired for a controller. If you have difficulty installing any of these items we once again recommend u-haul or your favorite independent shop:

Tekonsha 90160 Brake Controller
Tekonsha Primus IQ Brake Control
Trailer Brake Controller
Tekonsha P3 Electronic Brake Control
Brake Controller Wiring
Wiring Kit for Brake Control
Curt Bluetooth Brake Control
CURT Brake Controller with Bluetooth
RF Wireless Brake Controller
Prodigy RF Electronic Brake Control
How To Torque Your Wheels

Find more RTTC “How-To” videos here

These are some recommended items to have with you when you pick-up your Rustic Trail Teardrop Camper. Many items can be purchased after you have taken delivery of your trailer, but these are more of the necessities. What you choose to purchase and what you declare as a necessity are determined differently by each person. A complete list of recommended accessories can be found Here

Camco Stabilizer Jack Pads for camper
Stabilizing Jack Pads
Camco Nesting Wheel Chocks
Camco Nesting Wheel Chocks
Reese Hitch Ball Lube
Reese Towpower Hitch Ball Lube
Hitch Lock anti theft camper
5/8`` Trailer Hitch Locking Pin
TEKTON Torque Wrench
Digital Tire Pressure Gauge
Digital Tire Pressure Gauge
Portable Tire Infiltrator
Battery Operated Tire Inflator
30 amp to 15 amp wishbone connector
30 Amp Male to 15 Amp Female Adapter
Heavy Duty 50ft Extension Cord
50 Ft. 12 Gauge Extension Cord

Tom Kepler has put together a wonderful how-to section on his blog The Green Goddess Glamping – Check it our here