MiniTears is a small, start-up Teardrop Travel Trailer manufacturing company owned and operated by Kurt Bowden. Working out of his home based shop & design studio, Kurt has designed and built a fully custom, prototype teardrop travel trailer that was specifically designed to tow behind his Mini CooperS.
His design has caught the eye of not only Mini Cooper enthusiasts but small car owners all over Northern California. Publisher, Barry Brazier, of MC2 – The Mini Magazine, got wind of his teardrop through fellow members of the Redwood Empire Mini Enthusiast, a Nor-Cal Mini club that Kurt & his wife, Shannon, belong to. Many of the photos of Kurt’s trailer shown in the “Gallery” area of this website are to appear in MC2 in an upcoming issue.
During the early summer of 2008, Kurt & Shannon visited “The Dam Gathering of the Tears”, an annual teardrop gathering that is held on the shores of Lake Shasta in their home town of Lakehead. Inspired by the trailers he saw there, Kurt began designing a trailer that could be towed behind their Mini Cooper, a small car with less than 1400 lbs towing ability.