We understand the shower is important during the road trip. You can choose an optional RoadShower 4S on the top of the roof rack, but if you feel that's not enough, this post will lead you to the right shower during the road trip.

Guess who needs a shower on the road, Yes, truckers. A nationwide truckstop's shower system is already made for those truckers. Before we tried, we were thinking like, "Isn't it only for the truckers?" But no, actually anyone can get in there to enjoy the hot shower during the road trip. In fact, some of the truckstops even have hairdryers and towels too. So we downloaded a trucker app called 'Trucker Path' to find truck stops near us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you open the Trucker Path app, you'll see the information map around your location as you can see on the left side. You can find some truck stops near you. Let's click the TA icon to see if this truck stop has a shower facility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You'll find that they have 8 showers as you scroll down. Let's go check it out how it actually looks like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First things first, we need to pay for the shower at the truck stop's counter. It costs around $10 - $20 depending on the Truckstop. This time we paid $15.

Once you pay, they'll give you the ID and pin number to let you access the shower room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was cleaner than we thought and they had a hairdryer in the shower room. Not to mention, the best thing was that we were able to get a hot shower during the road trip. We used to use dry shampoo and baby wipes during our first road trips, but we don't need them anymore.

 

 

In 2017, two architectural designers had a passion to build a prototype camper trailer that would not only be comfortable, but compact as well as provide a sense of personal, private space while traveling. In the summer of that same year, founder, "K" Lew and his wife "J" Cha decided to finally pursue this dream by renting out a small facility with no air conditioning during the hottest part of that summer. The very first Polydrop Prototype was originally constructed upon a folding steel chassis utility trailer. Before transitioning to a laser cutter, K and J would painstakingly hand cut all the aluminum and wood pieces by hand using only a jig-saw, a router, and a circular saw as the main tools.The first prototype provided only half an inch of insulation that was simply wrapped around the entire perimeter of the cabin. Later on, K and J would realize that this would definitely have to be upgraded as they both almost froze their tails off. This was while boondocking for the first time upon the winter beaches of Lake Powell, Arizona. All while clenching through the night onto a 12v heated travel blanket. This issue was later resolved with an upgrade of insulation up to a maximum of 8 inches thick, along with an additional forced air heater system installed which now comes stock with any Polydrops Base Model purchase.

 

With a passion for all things that are nature related , K and J have been traveling all up and down California, on to Utah, Nevada and Arizona with their first Polydrop prototype. Every vacation they embark on, they have received so many random responses and interactions to their Polydrop prototype mainly due to its unique and distinctive styling. So much so, that even on some instances, random strangers have stopped them at traffic lights asking where they may purchase one of their unique Polydrop trailers.

The overwhelming responses while on the road helped to encourage K and J to start producing more of these prototypes, and just like that, Polydrops Inc. was born. More than a couple of years later of multiple road tests, Polydrops has improved their trailers from real life experiences such as more sufficient insulation, independent suspension upgrades and one of the very few trailers on the market that has a unique disc braking system that requires no additional hook ups to your vehicle.

 

Since our first prototype trailer two years ago, we finally made the difficult decision to pass our beloved prototype on to help funding for future projects. It was the beginning phases of the Polydrops company and we thank our local neighbors that have "adopted" K and Js first prototype trailer into their family . We have learned so much from our first Polydrop concept. And since then, we have made several upgrades to the quality, integrity, and design of our product. Just like our first prototype Polydrop, were excited to see our customers enjoy their own adventures with their very own Polydrop trailer!

 

While on their road trip in 2017, K and J discovered several issues that needed to be addressed on their first Polydrop prototype.

The first issue that definitely had to be resolved was the lack of insulation. While camping during the winter evenings next to their lakeside campground, K and J almost froze to death (figuratively speaking) due to the 20F/30F degree weather. The original 1/2 inch insulation proved to be insufficient on keeping the heat in and the cold out. Therefor, the decision to install up to a maximum of 8 inches of foam into the walls has made a tremendous improvement for the interior climate control of the cabin. We decided to test this brand NEW 2019 Polydrop prototype trailer on March of 2019 up in Big Bear, California. The results were amazing. Without the use of the stock heater that comes with the 2019 Polydrop, we were able to measure the temperature within the cab naturally at 59.9 °F while the outside camper temperature measured at 35.2 °F. A huge significance compared to our first prototype.

Another issue that K and J further discovered upon their travels was the original leaf spring suspension on the first prototype. Due to the light weight construction of the Polydrop trailer and the firmness of the heavy duty leaf springs on this original concept, the actual test ride proved to be very bumpy with a lot of play while in motion, creating a potentially dangerous driving experience. During the drive test, they had to inspect every part of the trailer anytime they accidentally drove through a pothole or a speed bump. Upon returning from their road trip, it was agreed that the suspension was something that needed to be upgraded and improved immediately. This is when we decided to install on all of our trailers the Timbren Independent Suspension. The towing and driving ability was instantly a more stable and smoother ride with a noticeable more controllable driving experience. Our decision to use independent suspension aside from the traditional leaf springs on a single axle is definitely a little more costly, but based on their own experiences on testing both suspensions, K and J would never compromise safety for our clients in any way. Matter of fact, ever since the upgrade to the Timbren Independent Suspension its now easy to forget you're even towing one of our light weight Polydrop trailers!

An additional safety feature we decided to install on our 2019 Polydrops is the integrated disc braking system. Our first prototype was not equipped with any braking system. Due to the unpredictability of certain drivers on the road ( especially on the congested freeways of Los Angeles ), we decided to install a more dependable hydraulic braking system for added safety. At first we were thinking, "Are disc brakes too much for such a compact camper trailer?", But as soon as we gave them a road test, we immediately noticed the difference in stopping power with less "jerking" and "thrusting" in forward motion,unlike our first previous prototype. In the end, this made for a more pleasant, worry free experience in towing so that we can focus more on the beauty that surrounds us.