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July 31, 2012

1988 Palomino Pony Tent Trailer

Filed under: Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 11:55 am

Mike and I have found ourselves with child… A ten year old child who will be coming along on all our camping adventures. No matter what we could do, we just couldn’t figure out how to take him in the teardrop trailer. Most RV resorts won’t let us put up a tent next to our trailer, and we couldn’t find a way to squish him in the cabin of the teardrop with us.

So, we bought a tent trailer…

We’re still driving the Prius, so we were really restricted as far as what we could tow, but we found a Palomino Pony tent trailer that weighs only 855 pounds. It pulls even better than the teardrop (probably because the tires are slightly bigger) and our gas mileage was the same, despite the extra weight.

1988 Palomino Pony from Starling Travel

I am currently in the process of cleaning everything and making it camp-worthy before our maiden voyage this weekend. This camper is in MUCH better shape than my Teardrop American Outbacker, so it will need hardly any work to get it up to par.

1988 Palomino Pony from Starling Travel

Our garage is packed FULL of trailers right now, and I need to decide if I’m willing to let the teardrop go. My sister is considering buying it, and I would be so happy if it could stay in the family. Otherwise, we’ll have to sell it on eBay.

I was able to find the Owners Manual for the trailer, so that should come in handy.

I love this trailer because it has an exterior lifting mechanism instead of a crank. It will be a lot easier to fix the lift if it breaks than if the cord snaps on a crank tent trailer. I also love it because there is no sink, stove, or any plumbing in the trailer. Those features being missing makes it light and they’re things that I don’t really want, so they would be in the way if they were there.

I used to think, why would anyone want a tent trailer? I now know. So many RV parks and resorts don’t allow tents, but they’re perfectly willing to let you have a tent trailer. There are so many places on our Epic Journey last season that we wouldn’t have been able to stay at if we hadn’t had the teardrop. The Palomino Pony will do the same for us.

My biggest worry is camping in the mountains when it’s cold. We might not be able to test that this weekend, since the temperatures are pretty high this summer, but when September rolls around, we will be able to see how warm the tent trailer can be. I’m pretty sure it’s just not going to cut it.

We got this tent trailer for only $500, so it really falls into the Redneck Trailer category for me. It’s ugly as sin with a Sears Cartop Storage container riveted to the roof, but it was cheap and it will be good enough to get us into any trailer park from here to Florida.

I can’t wait to take it on an epic journey!

Update 08-29-12: Here are some photos of it from our campout at Wasatch Mountain State Park.

Palomino Pony 1988 08-03-12 from Starling Travel

Palomino Pony 1988 08-03-12 from Starling Travel

Palomino Pony 1988 08-03-12 from Starling Travel

Palomino Pony 1988 08-03-12 from Starling Travel

My sister DID buy my teardrop trailer, so that freed up my garage a bit and felt good to keep my beloved little teardrop in the family. When we camped at Bear Lake last weekend, the temperatures got down to 46 degrees, but our little heater kept the tent plenty warm enough for us. I’m so excited to have many adventures in this trailer!

July 30, 2012

Canned Ham Sighting

Filed under: Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 8:29 am

At the Salt Lake Farmers Market a couple of weeks ago, I saw this old canned ham trailer.

Canned Ham Catering Trailer from Starling Travel

The girls who owned it used it for their catering service. They had converted one of the windows to serve food.

Canned Ham Catering Trailer from Starling Travel

I was so happy to see the new life in such an old trailer and they had done such a good job converting it. Lovely!

July 27, 2012

PVC Collapsible Garbage Bins

Filed under: Camping — Laura Moncur @ 8:25 am

Collapsible Trash Bin from Starling TravelLowe’s has a project for your campsite garbage. It is made out of PVC and easily collapses for storage and transport:


Step 1: Using a hacksaw, cut the PVC into the following lengths:

  • 4 (6-inch) pieces
  • 1 (17 3/4-inch) piece
  • 4 (30-inch) pieces
  • 4 (3-inch) pieces
  • 2 (17 1/2-inch) pieces

Step 2: Assemble the PVC parts as shown in the photo.

Step 3: Use the PVC cement to glue the base and sides together. Do not glue the caps, which are meant to be taken off and placed over the bag to hold it in place. You now have three parts to transport and assemble on site.

Step 4: Clean the words and numbers off the pipes with PVC pipe cleaner. Repeat these steps to make two more trash bins. Write “aluminum,” “paper,” and “trash” on the pipes with a permanent marker to distinguish the three receptacles.

July 26, 2012

One Minute Vacation: Camping in Pike National Forest Colorado

Filed under: One Minute Vacations — Laura Moncur @ 10:17 am

This short little video is so relaxing that for a second, I felt as if I were in Colorado, instead of a state away.

Camping in Pike National Forest Colorado from Starling TravelIt looks best when it’s full screen, so click on over to YouTube and enjoy it there:

It’s so idyllic and beautiful that it feels like a Bob Ross painting come alive. Many times, I hate vertical videos, but this one is framed so perfectly that I can’t argue with the form factor.

If you are trapped in the office, wishing you could be in the great outdoors right now, watch this video and take a deep breath, imagining that you are right there, at the bank of the cold stream and in the shade of that perfect mountain.

via: Camping / Camping in Pike National Forest Colorado

July 25, 2012

Cartop Camping in the Fifties

Filed under: Camping — Laura Moncur @ 8:00 am

I love this photo of a couple in their tent perched atop of their classic car.

50s Car Top Tent from Starling Travel

I really like the awning they have set up UNDER the tent, but to the side of the car. It looks like it’s a great place to change clothes in privacy, just like I put on my teardrop trailer.

It’s hard for me to believe that this kind of car top tent isn’t available EVERYWHERE. So many cars have roof racks that it seems like an easy addition to any car. They are available, but they’re a lot more expensive than a normal tent. Take this one for example:

Car Top Camper from Starling Travel

The cost for this tent is $1302! Now, they make smaller tents like the one from the Fifties that cost less, but my Springbar was less than half the cost of that tent. If you are interested in it, however, here’s a video showing it in more detail.

It’s nice to know that it’s possible to recreate the camping experience of the Fifties on your very own vehicle, but at that cost, a cheap Redneck Trailer might be a better option.

Photo via: Camping… / totally awesome

July 24, 2012

Camping With Glow Sticks

Filed under: Camping — Laura Moncur @ 8:00 am

25 Lumistick 6I’ve found a bunch of websites that suggest many things that you can do with glow sticks. I dismissed them at first because I thought glow sticks were expensive, but it turns out you can get a bunch of them for CHEAP from Amazon.

Knowing that we could get glowsticks for only 50 cents apiece, opened up my willingness to look at these glowing ideas.

Glowstick Bowling

Glowstick Bowling from Starling Travel

This idea from Sit a Spell: Aint No Party Like A Glow-Stick Party suggests putting a glowstick in each of ten plastic bottles filled with water. Then with a ball, try to knock them down, bowling style.

This idea seemed to be the best idea for glowsticks. There is no cutting apart of the sticks and you use the light to guide your ball. Sounds like fun and the only problem is bringing ten plastic bottles and a ball with you.

Glow Bubbles

Glow Bubbles from Starling Travel

Glowing bubbles?! Yes! …but no. « bought a special bottle of glow bubbles, but they didn’t work out for them. They could barely tell that the bubbles were glowing and they didn’t show up on film at all.

Someone on Pinterest suggested cutting apart a couple of glow sticks and dumping them into your bubbles to create the same effect, but considering that the effect wasn’t that interesting, I think I’ll pass on this one.

Mountain Dew Glow Sticks

Mountain Dew Glow Sticks from Starling Travel

This activity doesn’t require glow sticks, but it does require a bit of chemistry.


  • 1/4 bottle of Mountain Dew
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons hydrogen peroxide


  • Take the bottle of Mountain Dew and drink 3/4 of it, leaving 1/4 of it there.
  • Add a tiny bit of baking soda (approximately 1/4 teaspoon).
  • Add 3 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide.
  • Shake the bottle well and enjoy the glow.

Here’s a video showing you how to do it:

Of all the ideas, this one sounds the best. You get a refreshing soda AND a lesson in chemistry.

Glowstick Photography

Glowstick Photography from Starling Travel

The funnest thing to do with glowsticks is move them around quickly when someone takes a picture of you.

Glowstick Photography from Starling Travel

It’s so interesting to see the path you traced with the glowstick while the camera watched.

Glow Stick Ring Toss

Momma Did It decided to create a holiday tradition for Independence Day that didn’t have a huge fire hazard like fireworks, so she created Glow Stick Ring Toss.

Glowstick Ring Toss from Starling Travel

Take two of the glowstick bracelets and fit them together to make large rings. Then toss them at a horseshoe target (or set up one of the camping chairs for the target). Brilliant!

Glow Sticks in Balloons

I love these glow sticks in balloons.

Glow sticks in balloons from Starling Travel

Unfortunately, it doesn’t say HOW to get the glow sticks inside the balloons and the link to the original site is faulty. It looks good, though.

Creepy Eyes in the Bushes

Thrifty Crafty Girl had an Eyes in the Bushes Project that she did with Christmas lights, but glow sticks would work just as well. Save some toilet paper tubes and cut out different shapes of eyes in each one.

Eyes In The Bushes Project from Starling Travel

Insert a glow stick into each one and hide them in the bushes for a creepy “watching you” effect.

Next time you go on a camping trip, plan some fun activities for the after dark times using these ideas.


July 23, 2012

Camp Burritos For An Easy Campfire Breakfast

Filed under: Camping,Food — Laura Moncur @ 8:00 am

I found this great recipe for Campurritos here:

Camp Burritos Easy Campfire Cooking from Starling Travel

I can’t eat flour tortillas, so I’m wondering how they would turn out if I just put the mixture into a foil wrapper and ate it out of the foil. Click through for ingredients and instructions: (Continue Reading…)

July 22, 2012

Tic Tac Spice Jars

Filed under: Camping — Laura Moncur @ 8:00 am

This idea from Skruben is brilliant! Take old Tic Tac boxes and turn them into compact spice jars.

Tic Tac Spice Jars from Starling Travel

They will take up less space and you can have a wider variety of them. I am SO hoarding Tic Tac boxes now! I want ALL the spices in my teardrop camper!

I did this and it takes of a lot less space than before. Look at the difference!

Tic Tac Spice Jars from Starling Travel

I used our Dymo label maker to create the labels. It’s not as fancy as what the original person used, but it still looks good.

Tic Tac Spice Jars from Starling Travel

All of our spices take up less than half the space that they used to in our trailer, so I’m excitedly thinking what other spices we could bring or what we could do with the extra space.

Tic Tac Spice Jars from Starling Travel

The hardest part of this project was getting the labels off the boxes without shredding them to pieces. Pouring the spices into the boxes was easy because I used some paper rolled up into a funnel shape. This whole project took less than a half hour once we gathered all the Tic Tac boxes.

July 21, 2012

A Camper Hotel Room at Huettenpalast Berlin

Filed under: Camping,Lodging,Places To Visit,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 8:00 am

I found this unique little hotel room here:

Instead of your standard hotel room, Huettenpalast Hotel recycles camper trailers and refurbishes and fits them to an indoor space for 40-60 Euros a night!

The room looks adorable!

Camper Hotel Room in Berlin from Starling Travel

I love how they have “trees” in the room to give it an outdoorsy feel.

Camper Hotel Room in Berlin from Starling Travel

I would love to stay at a hotel with this kind of theme, but travel to Germany isn’t in my near future. I guess I’ll just have to hope someone does something like this in the States.

July 20, 2012

The Two-Story Scad-A-Bout

Filed under: Camping,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 8:00 am

The biggest complaint I hear about teardrop trailers (after claustrophobia) is, “Where do the kids sleep?” Until I found this recent teardrop, the answer was, “The kids sleep in a tent.” Yesterday, I found this teardrop trailer on Google Images. It’s the Two-Story Scad-A-Bout.

Two Story Scadabout from Starling Travel

They were built in the 60s and were meant to sleep parents and the kids. Technically, the kids are still in a tent, but it’s on top of your trailer, so it’s a little warmer.

Scad-A-Bout Two Story From Starling Travel

I like how it has an awning that can attach to the top for shade.

Scad-A-Bout Two Story From Starling Travel

I can’t find out much information about these trailers, so I don’t think many exist on the road today, but if you’re making your own, you could certainly borrow from this design to create a teardrop trailer that can sleep Mom, Dad AND a couple of kids.

More photos after the break: (Continue Reading…)

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