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Manufacturing in Rural Arizona - Learn More About the Pin Drop Team

Updated: Jul 18, 2022

Pin Drop Travel Trailers are solar-powered, fully self-contained micro-campers manufactured in rural Arizona. The company was launched in 2018 by avid campers and entrepreneurs, Tim and Ruth Ellen Elinski.

Pin Drop Travel Trailers are intentionally designed and crafted in small batches using premium materials. Combining unmatched, superior quality with user-friendly functionality, the trailers provide travelers the ultimate camping and adventure experience. Sturdy enough for remote, off-road destinations, they are constructed with built-in conveniences for established campgrounds and equipped with comforts appreciated by weekend adventurers who prefer a glamping experience.

Who is Tim?

Tim leads design and manufacturing operations, bringing over 20 years’ experience as a licensed general and HVAC contractor to the company. Raised in a family of tradesmen, Tim honed his skills restoring historic homes and building energy efficient additions and new homes. Now licensed by the State of Arizona as both a trailer manufacturer and dealer, Tim brings his talent, creativity and eye for design to lead the manufacturing team. Together, they create custom, teardrop trailers that are rolling works of art.

Who is Ruth Ellen?

Ruth Ellen leads business operations, customer relations and marketing for PinDrop. She is an entrepreneur and small business advocate, having launched several successful businesses, including a national, manufactured leather goods business, a crafts gallery in Jerome, Arizona, and a successful vacation rental management business, where she curates exceptional destination experiences in the Grand Canyon State. She currently serves as a business consultant for companies and entrepreneurs throughout northern Arizona via her role as Center Director for the Yavapai Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

The Team

Tim and Ruth Ellen are very active in their local communities. Tim has served as a member of City Council for over 17 years, currently serving as the mayor of Cottonwood, Arizona. Ruth Ellen is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and was instrumental in creating the Jerome Art Walk and in helping Jerome to achieve its reputation as a fine arts destination. She is currently on the Board of Verde Valley Leadership. Tim and Ruth Ellen are both Fellows of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership's Flinn Brown Leadership Academy. They are the proud parents of two young daughters who enjoy testing PinDrop Travel Trailers on their many adventures.

With their combined grit, work ethic and love of the outdoors, Tim and Ruth Ellen have created a company that is prepared to “Recharge Your Wonder.” Working collaboratively from their repurposed 115 year old production facility in historic downtown Miami, Arizona, the team utilizes Arizona resources and supplies whenever possible and aims to revitalize rural Arizona, producing a clean, sustainable and environmentally-friendly product.

Pin Drop Product Design

Fully self-contained and solar powered, Pin Drops allow novice and experienced campers the opportunity to stay out longer, off the grid, in remote destinations without the need to plug in. Powered solely by the sun, this micro-camper boasts a surprising number of features and conveniences in a compact, super-efficient, well-insulated shell. Light and aerodynamic, Pin Drop Travel Trailers can be towed by vehicles with tow capacities starting at 2,300 lbs.

Pin Drops are designed for year-round use, comfortable in most climates and are extremely adaptable to suit any traveler’s adventure needs. Select models offer options for 42 gallons of fresh water storage for longer stays in the destinations you want to explore, providing optimum camping without worry.

Pin Drop Travel Trailers are powered with a roof-mounted solar array which charges an onboard battery bank that powers all electrical systems, inside and out, including overhead and undermount lighting, power stations, a stereo system, 2-directional fan, radio and more . The battery bank can also be charged by a compatible tow vehicle while driving. There is no need to pack a noisy generator or a fuel can for access to the essentials. Relax, and let the sun do the work.

Pin Drops offer a variety of adventure gear and food storage options including bike racks, kayak racks, rooftop tent or storage, shade awnings with enclosed rooms, a Canyon Cooler or refrigerator and even a solar shower with water heater.

Travel into the backcountry or to your favorite national park or campground. Pin Drops offer an unmatched premium product, crafted with intention from raw materials.

More information on Pin Drop Travel Trailers and the company’s owners, Tim and Ruth Ellen Elinski, can be found on their website


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