For Sale: 2014 Little Guy Silver Shadow 5×10 – $8,995
We are selling our 2014 Little Guy Silver Shadow 5×10 teardrop trailer. We had a lot of fun with it, but my wife has decided that she and I have different bathroom requirements. Therefore, we have upgraded to a trailer with a built-in bathroom.
The Silver Shadow teardrop trailer is light enough to be easily towed by a small car. I have even camped next to one towed by a Mini Cooper.
The Silver Shadow has a queen bed (58″ x 80″) under a cozy and dry roof. The rear opens to a beautiful galley. Since I do all the cooking when we travel (which my wife loves) and I love to cook outside, the galley is wonderful. We bought a Silver Shadow without a sink and stove on purpose. I much prefer to have the cooking surface outside of the trailer. First, it keeps things much cleaner with any grease staying in the great outdoors. Second, you get to have your choice of stoves. Finally, sometimes simpler is better.
We bought the teardrop as a step up from tent camping. My wife wasn’t too happy with tent camping in the Tetons at 25 degrees. Also, it is much easier to pack up during inclement weather.
Since we live in Minnesota and enjoy camping in the Rockies (think Wyoming, Montana, Colorado) we have to drive a long way to our destination. With the teardrop, we could pull into a rest stop or Wal-Mart, crawl in the back for some shuteye, hop out of bed in the morning and continue down the road. No more searching for a campground in the middle of the night and wasting hours setting up shop for just a night’s sleep.
The Silver Shadow is built to a quality rarely found in today’s RV trailers. The inside is a beautiful natural colored birch wood and plywood. the outside shell is covered in aluminum sheeting.
Our teardrop has been stored indoors for its entire life. In excellent condition.
Overall Length 13.4 feet (161 inches) Total Height 5.5 feet (66 inches) Not including vent cover Interior Height 3.1 feet (38 inches) Total Width 6.7 feet (80 inches) Dry Weight 1080 pounds Hitch Weight 110 pounds (Not including toolbox)
The bed is 58″ x 80″, two inches narrower than a queen but the full length of a queen. Normal queen bedding fits perfectly.
At the head of the bed is a spacious headboard with a wide tray for storing items for ready access. We used some small wicker baskets to organize things. Under that is a spacious cabinet with sliding doors for storing clothing.
Over the feet is a full-width cabinet for storing more clothing.
In the center of the ceiling is a 3 speed Fantastic Fan to ventilate the trailer. It can move air in either direction, in or out. The trailer ventilates very nicely by opening the door windows about a inch and setting the fan to draw air out of the interior.
The windows are covered with very nice honeycomb shades on both doors as well as the sunroof. They are held on tension strings so they don’t rattle around. They move up and down easily and stay in place.
The galley is very convenient for either cooking or just picnicking. It is so convenient to just open the galley hatch and everything is right there. This table fits perfectly in the under bed storage basement and raises to perfect cooking height. I set the table up at a right angle to the trailer, pulled our the stove and a water just and started cooking. The drawers hold all my cooking utensils and are right at hand.
There are a couple of things that need finishing. I need to install a drawer front on the stove drawer. Also, the center of the galley needs a finishing touch.
Rather than keep a cooler or refrigerator in the trailer, we chose to put an ARB 50 expedition grade refrigerator in our Jeep. This way we didn’t use up precious galley space for the refrigerator. And, when we unhooked for a day of exploring we still had cold drinks, snacks, sandwich making and such right with us.
This refrigerator has been the most amazing piece of camping gear we have ever purchased. It was expensive, but it pays for itself by not throwing out ruined, soggy food.
Mattress – The trailer is delivered with a two-piece 3″ foam mattress. We found that this was not enough thickness for our weight. We found a 4″ memory foam mattress topper that fit perfectly. Added to the stock mattresses it gives us 7″ of comfort.
Front Toolbox – There is always additional gear to carry. I installed an aluminum diamond-plate toolbox on the front tongue. It holds a porta-potti, tents, propane bottles and other gear.
Note that there is a bit of a dent in one front corner of the toolbox. That happened from “testing” the jack-knife angle (LOL). I have a matching krinkle in the fender of my Grand Cherokee.
New Windows – At freeway speeds in a driving rain we found that some moisture made it past the door window seal. Working with the dealer and factory (factory supplied windows at cost), the dealer replaced the windows with a newer design that I like a lot better. The height adjustment works much nicer and the seals are a softer rubber. Lucky for us, our trips since the window replacement have been high and dry so I haven’t had the opportunity to see how much better the windows work. I am anticipating that they work quite well.
Hinged Basement – There are two pieces of plywood that form a base for the mattress and allow access to the “basement” storage. These are traditionally a bit cumbersome to navigate. I added a full-length stainless steel piano hinge the length of the bed. This makes it much more convenient to access the storage.
Stove Drawer – Instead of having my stove sliding around on the bottom of the floor, I built a drawer that would hold the stove safely in place. It is designed to hold the stove (specifically a Camp Chef Everest), a bottle of propane and the propane connector. This is probably the best upgrade made to the trailer. Now the stove is quickly and safely available without having to hunt under other gear.
Water Drawer – After using several inferior water jugs, I broke down and bought indestructible Sceptor water cans. I figured if they survived military combat in Iraq and Iran, they would probably survive my adventures. They are the best water cans I have ever used. To make them even more useable, I added the matching Sceptor dispensing nozzle.
To keep them from sliding around under the galley and to make it easier to fetch them when full, I built a drawer that securely holds two jugs.
USB Charger in Headboard – Since we use phones and tablets while traveling, I installed USB chargers on both side of the headboard.
Vent Cover – I added a cover to the powered ceiling vent so that we could keep the vent open during rain storms. It makes the inside much more comfortable. Plus, there is no chance of damage if you leave the vent open while on the road.
Moved Electrical Supply – The original galley had the electrical supply right in middle of the galley (behind the little teardrop cutout.) I found this to take up precious counter space. I understand why they did it, for simplicity of wiring. However, I decided to move the adapter underneath the counter on the left side.
This is similar to what the galley looked like before moving the electrical supply.
This picture shows how I mounted it in the bulkhead for easy access to the breakers and fuses from inside the bedroom and easy access to the wiring side from under the countertop. It sits right next to the water drawer.
NADA has this trailer valued at $9,655.
A few things need a bit of tidying up. A few things haven’t gotten done yet. I am having some medical issues that are slowing me down.
Add Outlets – Since we almost always are dry camping in the wilderness, we never use AC electricity. I was planning on leaving AC outlets out of the design and trimming over the holes. The trailer is set up for 120 AC and can be easily added.
Trim Galley – I hadn’t yet decided how I wanted to trim out the galley (now more open). For myself, I would leave out the electrical connectors, build a shallow spice rack (I love spices) that fills the center area and caps the shelves. The buyer could finish it out to their choosing. Or we could make arrangements for me to build something to the buyer’s specifications.
Install Stove Drawer Front – The new drawer for the stove needs a drawer front. I already have it made. I just need to get some spar varnish on it and get it installed.
Accessories For Sale
Privacy Tent (Free) – (Amazon)- We carried a privacy tent for the bathroom. It folds into a small 24″ disc. (stock image)
Air Conditioner (Climate Right $350) – Manufacturer Link – Normally we had been camping in the high desert or the mountains. Therefore, A/C wasn’t really a requirement. However, if we were going to camp in our home state of Minnesota, that would change.
I purchased an air conditioner that is commonly used on teardrop trailers. The advantage is that you don’t have to carry the air conditioner with you for cool and dry camping. Also, it gives you more interior room.
This is how they are typically installed. I haven’t yet cut the ports into the trailer side because that is kind of permanent. I have toyed with installing the ports in front (as typical) or on one side of the trailer.
Another way to use the A/C, especially if only using it infrequently is shown in this photo. This puts no additional holes in the trailer wall and is completely non-destructive and reversible. This was going to be my first choice.
5×7 Mini Side Mount Screen Room Tent ($350) – Link – Designed to attach to the side of the Silver Shadow, this tent can be used as a dressing room, potti room or just extra space. We only used ours about three times, so it is essentially in brand new condition.
(Note: These are stock images from the Little Guy Shop)
Picture From Our Trips
Wind River Range, Wyoming
The nice thing about a teardrop is that you can easily get to locations that are a bit harder to access with a larger trailer. This is one of my favorite campsites.