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September 23, 2013

Haunted Mansion’s Nightmare Before Christmas 13th Anniversary

Filed under: Amusement Parks — Laura Moncur @ 8:05 am

Here is a video that talks about the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay that they do at The Haunted Mansion in Disneyland.

Halloween and Christmas are a great time to go to Disneyland, but be warned, the crowds are HUGE at Christmas time. If you want to see this aspect of the Haunted Mansion, GO NOW! It’s so much better than when the park is packed with people at Christmas.

Via: Haunted Mansion Backstage | Disney Parks recently released a video celebrating…

Update 09-24-13

Here is another video describing a new feature of the WDW Haunted Mansion and their hitchhiking ghosts.

I want to see this so bad that I think we’ll be driving for four days straight just to get to the other side of the country and go to Disney World.

September 18, 2013

Costa Concordia: Finally Upright After Almost Two Years

Filed under: Cruises — Laura Moncur @ 9:53 am

Back in January of 2012, the Costa Concordia became the first cruise ship to sink since the Titanic. It has lain, derelict, in the Italian waters for nearly two years, but it has been parbuckled, which means the ship has been turned upright and supported by six underwater platforms so it can be made sea-worthy once again. Here is more information here:

You can see the parbuckling in time lapse here:

The sinking of the Costa Concordia has been one in a long line of problems with cruise ships. I’ve talked a lot about these problems in the past.

I have been on cruises and I’ve honestly enjoyed them. My favorite thing to do is sit on the deck and REST. It’s something I don’t let myself do when I am at home. I do, however, allow myself to just rest when I’m camping. Once the trailer is setup and in place, I put out my camping chair and rest in my campsite just as much as I do on a cruise ship.

If I could just hire a nice person to bring me fruity drinks every half hour, camping would be just as relaxing and enjoyable as a cruise ship. Maybe that’s a new option KOA could consider for their campgrounds. I would definitely like that addition!

September 15, 2013

This Year Step Up To Kit Coach Homes

Filed under: Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 7:26 am

This Year Step Up To Kit Coach Homes from Starling Travel

Kenny on Flickr posted some scans of an old Kit Coach Homes brochure. It’s a treasure trove of retro trailer goodness! (Continue Reading…)

September 12, 2013

Scamp Trailers

Filed under: Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

I can’t believe I haven’t written an article about Scamp Trailers. They are awesome fiberglass trailers that are light and easy to tow. Just look how cute this Scamp 13 is from C. Smith on Fiberglass RV:

Scamp 13 Trailer from Starling Travel

I found this introduction video for Scamps that shows their floor plans and how they are made, but they have disabled embedding.

They have been around since the Seventies, so I have found many of these trailers for sale used. The benefit of buying a used Scamp is that they are fiberglass, so you don’t have to worry about wood rot.

Additionally, because they have been around so long, there are tons of owners who can answer questions and forum posts about them.

If you are looking for a trailer that you can pull with your normal car, Scamp is one of the best in the bumper pull category.

September 11, 2013

Teal Tail Feather Trailers: Order Online And Assemble at Home

Filed under: Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

Back in February 2012, I discovered Teal Campers:

Back then, I thought the idea of a modular camper was ingenious, but they were unavailable for purchase, so I assumed that they would disappear into the vat of great ideas, that never made it to the real world. How wrong I was. Teal Tail Feather Campers is up and running.

They have three floor plans available for purchase, with pricing in the $8000 range for modular systems with all the works (like a sink and convertible dinette).

Here is the 4X8 Design:

Teal Tail Feather Camper 4X8 from Starling Travel

The 5X8 Design:

Teal Tail Feather Camper 5X8 from Starling Travel

The 5X10 Design:

Teal Tail Feather Camper 5X10 from Starling Travel

These are all great floorplans and they weigh nearly nothing. You do need to provide the flatbed trailer, which could be bought at the local hardware store, to make them mobile. If you would like to build your own teardrop trailer, but have no experience with woodworking, then these trailers would be great for you.

For me, I have to compare them to a used tent trailer. Last year, I bought our used Jayco tent trailer for only $1000. It can sleep six people and weighs only 980 pounds, so I can haul it with my Prius. When compared to that option, the Teal Tail Feather Trailers don’t really make sense.

September 10, 2013

Just Out For A Leisurely Stroll: Every Day Is Like This In Yellowstone

Filed under: Places To Visit,Wyoming — Laura Moncur @ 6:38 am

This video shows a buffalo, just leisurely strolling past some hikers in Yellowstone.

This LITERALLY happens every day in Yellowstone park. I don’t think there is a time when I’ve visited a park and haven’t had a buffalo just owning the road, ambling inches past our car, trapped on the road.

I feel a little jaded because I’ve visited Yellowstone every year for the last decade. I get surprised when people stop their cars in the middle of the road just to look at the elk or buffalo. I forget that the people in those cars haven’t seen buffalo every year for the last ten years. For them, it’s the first time.

That’s the benefit of living in Utah. We are so close to tons of National Parks that wondrous sites like the passing of a buffalo are commonplace to us.

Via: Just Out For A Leisurely Stroll — Cute Overload

September 9, 2013

Trekker Trailers: Sink System

Filed under: Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 12:12 pm

I’ve seen Trekker Trailers before. I decided that they were custom designed teardrop trailers that were priced FAR out of my league, but they looked pretty cool.

What I didn’t notice about them is their sink system. It’s a really cool innovation.

Trekker Trailer Adam's Cabin Sink System from Starling Travel

It appears to be a sink that connects to the side of the camper using the table track that is available at Camping World and State Trailer Supply.

Trekker Trailers Sink System from Starling Travel

If you have a very simple trailer, like my old Palomino tent trailer, you could add a sink system yourself using a sink from the hardware store and the techniques I used on the Cabela’s Sink: Starling Travel – How To Add a Faucet to the Cabela’s/Portal Camp Kitchen

This idea also might be handy for those who want an outdoor galley. I actually prefer cooking outdoors, so we usually set up the campstove outside. It might be nice if it was integrated with a sink and table.

Via: The Simple Sleeper Teardrop Camper by Trekker Trailers

September 6, 2013

Australian Pop Top Campers: Why Aren’t They Making These in the States?!

Filed under: Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 10:54 am

I was doing a search, looking for weather-stripping for my Jayco tent trailer and instead, I found this photo:

Jayco Destiny Australian Pop Top Camper

They are tiny trailers with pop up tops that look like they have all the amenities without the wind resistance of a full-height trailer. (Continue Reading…)


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