Teardrops are “micro-campers” meant to be towed by virtually any vehicle. They are available in 2 person models or 4 person models. Check out our gallery to see some of the quality teardrop campers we have built over the years.


EscapePod Trailers by GeistWerks is a family owned and operated, heirloom-quality teardrop camper builder in Minnesota.  After 6 years of business, we pride ourselves on using only the best quality materials, production standards and impeccable customer service. You won’t find any better value than an EscapePod.

Our facilities are located on a 7-acre country setting and feature green building technologies, sustainable build methods and quality that sets the standard for the teardrop camper industry.



Our Philosophy

We believe that in order to “get away from it all” you shouldn’t have to take it all with you. We offer a comfortable and exciting traveling experience that allows you to see more and do more with less. Less work, less stress, and less money. GeistWerks is dedicated to helping you find your adventures with efficient and thoughtful vehicles.

Our EscapePods are each built by hand for our customers. Call or write us today for a quote and to discuss how we can build an EscapePod just for you!

None of us is guaranteed a tomorrow.  If you are putting off living your dreams, when will you live???

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NEW LONDON — Mike and Deb Geister have been catching more than a few envious eyes at parks and rest stops with their custom-made teardrop camper trailer. With its shiny, aluminum exterior and sleek hump-back design, the half-pint camper looks like it popped out of the 1950s. That’s just fine for the Geisters, who on one camping trip spread out a red-checked table cloth and listened to a little Frank Sinatra while drinking wine and cooking spaghetti on the camper’s gourmet-style kitchen, with maple cupboards and a stainless-steel counter that’s housed under the back-hatch hood.


“My wife and I fell in love with that style of camping,” said Mike Geister, who hand-made his first teardrop camper trailer in the summer of 2012 using recyclable materials and low-energy LED lights. Calling it a blend of camping with a tent and a pop-up camper that includes a “bed on wheels with a little kitchen,” Geister said traveling with the compact teardrop makes it possible to get away from it all without taking it all with you by providing a place to sleep and make meals. “It’s really geared toward efficiency,” Geister said. “It’s a simple camping experience.”


Simple — but with luxury.


Geister’s designs include high-end touches like a memory-foam mattress, air conditioning, a TV and hand-made cabinetry that’s backlit with colored lights to “set the mood in your little honeymoon camper,” Geister said. After fielding numerous requests from people who also wanted a teardrop camper, Geister turned his craftsmanship hobby into a new business — Geistwerks LLC.


Working out of his home on New London’s Mill Pond and marketing primarily through Craigslist, Facebook, Twitter and his website,, Geister has made and sold about a dozen campers. The basic 5-by-8-foot model that sleeps two people costs about $7,950. But the cost can easily double as customers request specific enhancements. He recently built one that sleeps four for a family with two young kids.

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Meet the EscapePod Team!

Mike Geister, owner of EscapePod Trailers

Mike Geister, the founder and owner of EscapePods, is involved in every facet of the design, build and ongoing relationships with his customers.

Mike Geister

EscapePod Trailers is a family run company. Mike Geister is the owner and founder EscapePods. He started GeistWerks in 2012 after building his first teardrop in his garage. After his first few outings in the camper, he had so many people that were curious about the trailer and asked “can you build one for me?” that GeistWerks, LLC was created to do just that. After building in the garage for a couple of years, he moved to a larger production facility and is now in his second year at his current location. Located on 7+ acres just north of Sibley State Park, the facility has 3 buildings totalling more than 10,000 square feet of production, office and storage area. There is also lots of room to expand! The shop is located at 2396 Highway 9 NE in New London, MN, at the junction of highways 9 & 71.

Zachary Nordmeyer

Zach began working with EscapePods in 2017 when they moved to their newest facility. Zach is a graduate of NLS high school where he was an active participant in the Robotics team. Zach is a master on the CNC machine and is indispensible in the design and build process. Zach has been responsible for many process and design improvements in the EscapePods since he started with the company.

Wyatt Allen

Wyatt is a recent graduate of New London-Spicer high school. He joined the crew this summer and is also a former member of the NLS Robotics team. Wyatt is also well versed in the programming and operation of the CNC machines and enjoys working with the build process. Wyatt is also a online content management specialist and has run his own business since high school!