Vistabule is reinventing the traditional teardrop trailer
The owner and president of Vistabule, Bert Taylor, loved old-fashioned trailers, and after a friend told him to Google “teardrop trailers,” he found his calling. Taylor calls the traditional teardrop trailer “small, claustrophobic coffins.” So he set out to create one that was welcoming, the type of space people would want to live in. Within a year he had designed and hand-built his first trailer. After he was satisfied, he took the trailer and his wife on a “shakedown cruise to the Grand Canyon.”
It has been six years since that first trailer and Vistabule has grown immensely. Taylor now has ten employees and has made trailers for people from as far away as California and Texas. The trailers are customizable, from the exterior color to the interior finishes. Customers can choose to add a propane furnace, a fridge, even solar panels. These customizable features help the customer purchase not just a trailer but what Vistabule General Manager Steve Cocoran calls “a tool to fulfill a dream.” Even better, the trailers are entirely Minnesota-made, with wiring done in Scandia, welding in northeast Minneapolis, and laser-cutting in Blaine.
Even over the phone, Taylor’s love for his business is palpable. He calls his customers family and describes the “warm and fuzzy” feeling that creating the trailers gives him. He says, “I’m very lucky to, at my age, have a calling that is so tied in with the national obsession with state parks, steeped in the rediscovery of the infrastructure of the parks system. [Vistabule trailer owners] can visit and explore with low impact.” Taylor has found his calling, and enjoys imagining his customers as they “drive with their Jeep over the horizon.”