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October 25, 2012

Glamping Explained

Filed under: Camping,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 8:31 am

Glamping is the mixture of camping with glamour. There is no reason to “rough it” if you want to enjoy the outdoors. Ironically, it was my husband, Michael, who introduced me to the concept. My sister, Stacey, wanted to go camping for her birthday. Mike begrudgingly agreed:

Ok, we can go, but we are doing this RIGHT. I want a REAL propane stove. None of this cooking on the fire stuff. It’s not going to be like in the boy scouts. I want an inflatable mattress and we are going to have a good tent.

Since that day, my definition of glamping has advanced to the point where I only want to camp in my tent trailer now. There are many times when I have said that camping in a trailer isn’t camping. I was right. It’s glamping. Kelle Arvay of Little Vintage Trailer fame, posted this video of her and Mary Jane Butters talking about glamping.

I love that we get to see parts of Kelle’s trailer that she has decorated so nicely. There are more photos of both her trailers here:

Next time you cringe when your significant other suggests camping, try glamping it up a bit. Add a propane stove instead of cooking on the fire. Bring a cot, inflatable mattress and REAL bed linens instead of that ratty old sleeping bag. Make an impressive camp kitchen that brings all the comforts of home. Find a cheap trailer and fix it up. Whatever you need to do to make it a good experience for you is what glamping is all about.

October 24, 2012

A Homemade A-Frame Camper

Filed under: Camping,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 8:22 am

Check out this homemade A-frame camper I found on Gander Mountain’s Bragging Board.

Homemade A-Frame Camper Trailer

The builder said,

My son & I built this in our garage over the winter of 2008. We used a 1968 Puma popup for the frame and body upper side wall sections fold in and both roof sections drop down for towing. vinyl siding and cedar shingles on the roof. We get alot questions while camping.

I love the idea of taking an old popup camper and making it unique and different!

October 13, 2012

The DualCraft Chalet – The First A-Frame Trailer

Filed under: Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 9:00 am

When I investigated the perfect trailer for myself I did quite a bit of research on A-Frame trailers. They’re made by quite a few manufacturers right now and they are quite ingenious in how they pop up so easily. You can read about what I said about them here:

My problem with the A-Frame trailers is that they are so UGLY when they are all folded up and going down the road. I know I shouldn’t care about that because they are lightweight and easy to tow, but, honestly, I do. Part of the reason I’m attracted to having a trailer is having a cute dollhouse that I can personalize and decorate.

Well, now that I’ve actually OWNED a cute dollhouse trailer that attracted every onlooker in the RV park, I’m happy to live in anonymity. So, those A-frame trailers look pretty swank to me now.

I was surprised to learn, however, that these aren’t the first A-frame trailers to hit the market. Before Aliner, Chalet and Rockwood, there were the DualCraft Chalet trailers.

I learned of their existence from this pin on Pinterest: Pinterest / 1966 Dualcraft Tent trailer

1966 Dualcraft Camping Trailer

Then I found Erin & Lisa Beckwell’s 1973 DualCraft Chalet posted on Good Old RVs.

1973 Dualcraft Camping Trailer

Other than these two examples, I can’t find out any more information on these trailers. They’re not even listed in the Nada Guides. Fortunately, Erin and Lisa posted a BUNCH of photos of their trailer, so we can see how they were. (Continue Reading…)

October 12, 2012

Powell’s Palace Tent Trailer

Filed under: Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 9:00 am

Here are some pictures of the very rare 1951 Powell’s Palace Tent Trailer from Teardrop and Tent Trailer Pictures:

1951 Fallon Palace Trailer from Starling Travel

The website called it a Fallon Palace, which might be a brand name, but it looks like a homemade trailer with the name Powell on it, so I’m going with that.

1951 Fallon Palace Trailer from Starling Travel

I really would love to see this trailer folded up. I suspect that the two sides fold over and the middle drops down to cap the top. Based on this interior shot, that’s probably the case.

1951 Fallon Palace Trailer Interior from Starling Travel

I also love the retro propane tank on the front with its squashed and round shape.

1951 Fallon Palace Trailer from Starling Travel

It looks like this trailer was at a vintage rally, so if anyone has any more information on it, please tell us all about it in the comments.

1951 Fallon Palace Trailer from Starling Travel

October 11, 2012

Bed Storage for a Tent Trailer

Filed under: Camping,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 9:00 am

I was searching for some good ideas on how to store things in a tent trailer and I found this idea on Pop Up Portal posted by The Wunders. It’s a bed shelf that comes in three pieces to fold flat for travel

Tent Trailer Bed Storage from Starling Travel

The Wunders said:

We built one of these for each bunk from scrap plywood and 2x2s. The side panels fit between the mattress and the bed rails. The side pieces fit snuggly between two pieces of 2x2s and are easily removed for flat storage. There is about 14 inches of space between the top of the bed and the bottom of the shelf which is more than enough room for our feet. Our clothing bins are placed on top along with glasses, books, etc. I have more pictures with measurements somewhere but can’t seem to locate them right now.

Tent Trailer Bed Storage from Starling Travel

Do they get kicked off or fall down easily?

Having the shelves knocked down is not an issue. The shelves are so tight, it takes some muscle to disassemble them. Also, they fit down between the side of the mattress and bed rails, so they are very snug. We are able to put two large Sterilite drawers (side by side) on them and still have about two feet of available shelf space for other items.

I LOVE this idea not only for the extra storage it could give us, but it looks like it could double as a bed desk. I would like to make one with hinges or maybe follow this design that I found on Pinterest:

Foldable Table on Starling Travel

The more I look for good ideas for storage in our trailer, the more I am surprised and delighted by the ingenuity of people. I’m so excited to try this idea!

October 10, 2012

Reasons To Avoid Airlines: The TSA Are Stealing From You

Filed under: Airline Travel — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

The TSA are stealing from youAccording to RT, Pythias Brown, the TSA agent who was convicted of stealing from airline passengers, said that it’s very commonplace.

A TSA agent convicted of stealing more than $800,000 worth of goods from travelers said this type of theft is “commonplace” among airport security. Almost 400 TSA officers have been fired for stealing from passengers since 2003.

But while Brown believes he might have been one of the worst thieves at the TSA, he imagines the agency’s culture makes it easy for others to do the same. Many officers don’t care about their work and complain about low pay and being treated badly, he claims, which prompts them to steal. To make it even easier to get away with, TSA managers also never search their employees’ bags.

From the near strip searches to the thieving TSA agents. From the HOURS of being locked in a plane trapped on the tarmac to the high cost, there is NOTHING that entices me to fly. We are going to Disney World in April and we’d rather DRIVE for five days straight than take a plane.

October 9, 2012

A Look At Disneyland’s Backstage in 1961

Filed under: Amusement Parks,California,Places To Visit — Laura Moncur @ 5:25 am

Retronaut posted an awesome photo of Disneyland’s backstage cafeteria from 1961.

Disneyland Backstage Cafeteria 1961

I love seeing Snow White with a lunch tray. Right behind her is a spaceman and to the right is a cowboy. It’s all that I love about Disneyland all wrapped up in one photo!

October 1, 2012

Travel Journal

Filed under: Road Trips,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 12:39 pm

I love this photo from Happy Trails on Flickr.

Travel Journal from Starling Travel

Here’s what he says:

This is the cover of a journal type book I bought several years back. I’ve been using it to document all the trips I take in the ’72 LeMans I own that my Grandma bought new. I have some old trip logs of hers from when the car was new just documenting gas stops, but I wish there were more details. I don’t ever plan to sell this car so maybe my daughter who will end up with the car someday will find it interesting to go back and read where the car has been during the time I owned it.

(It’s too bad they used an Interstate shield rather than the old style highway sign shield, but, it’s still cool – I’d sure like to own that trailer).


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