One couple’s long road to the International Teardrop Gathering June 18-21


Mike Berry writes in The Wichita (Kansas) Eagle about one couple’s journey from tent campers to proud owners of a “shiny new polished aluminum custom-built” teardrop trailer.

“‘I wanted it to look like a vintage retro diner when we got done with it,’ Doug Stukey said. 

“The original plan was to use a set of drawings of a ‘modernistic’ 1940’s vintage teardrop trailer, but Stukey decided he didn’t really like the looks of it. His version is 10 feet long and weighs in at about 1,000 pounds. ‘I built it a little taller… to get some extra headroom,’ he said.”

This week Becky and Doug Stukey will be attending the third International Teardrop Gathering at Pioneer Village in Minden, Neb.

Read more about the Stukeys’ teardrop here.

To see a series of photos on this customized teardrop, click here.

Doug and Becky Stukey are putting the finishing touches on their custom-designed handbuilt aluminum teardrop travel trailer.  Mike Berry/The Wichita Eagle

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  • I read the article on on Becky and Doug Stukey sharp looking Teardrop. I live in the Augusta ks. area I built my Teardrop last winter. looking for other Teardrop owners to start a club in the Kansas area. If interested please contact me at

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