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December 27, 2014

Time Lapse of Yellowstone National Park

Filed under: Places To Visit,Wyoming — Laura Moncur @ 8:33 am

This time lapse video of Yellowstone is STUNNING!

I love the view of Grand Prismatic Springs from above because it’s so hard to get there on your own. When you see it, it’s usually from the bottom, where you can’t see the whole thing. It looks so good and makes me miss Yellowstone.

December 21, 2014

Jeep Action Camper

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

As cool as Stacey and Dan’s Teardrop looks, I can’t help but love this Jeep Action Camper!

Jeep Action Camper from Starling Travel

Here is a video slide show of it:

Here’s how easy it is to get from the cab to the camper (if you’re bendy).

I like this design and I love that it turns a Jeep into a compact camper. So awesome!

December 20, 2014

Kleine Cabine

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

I saw this camper on Facebook and I just fell in love with it!

Kleine Cabine from Starling Travel

The full description is available on Instructables:

Kleine Cabine, Dutch for Little Cabin. You are looking at a one-of-a-kind Douglas fir camper, pop top with ALL solid wood.

I had never thought of making a pop-top out of wood. For some reason, I always thought that I would need to buy one or salvage one off another vehicle. This idea opens up a bunch of options for me!

Kleine Cabine from Starling Travel

Features are: 50 ft RV cable, 2-6 volt golf cart batteries, 50 Watt solar panel, upper cabinet space with storage under the bed.

More photos after the break: (Continue Reading…)

December 19, 2014

The Vitality of Thought Is in Adventure

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

I adore this quote and think about it often when I can’t travel.

The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them. Alfred North Whitehead from The Quotations Page

It reads:

The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them.

  • Alfred North Whitehead

Whenever I am feeling cooped up and unable to travel, I make a plan. I plan a short and inexpensive trip that we can take that is fun and enjoyable. We are in the middle of the Christmas holidays and I can’t just hitch up the camper and run away, so I plan. We have a few weeks free in a month or so, so we are going to take the camper and go somewhere fun.

I might not be able to take an adventure today, but I refuse to let my dreams of travel just stay an idea. Something must be DONE about them!

December 18, 2014

The West Jordan Sleep N Tow

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

I found this trailer on KSL Classifieds and I’m strangely impressed with it.

Sleep N Tow from Starling Travel

I’ll leave Mark to the description:

This unique New Trailer design is perfect for the sand dunes or hunter that wants a warm place to sleep and haul a 4 Wheeler with ease!

Sleep N Tow from Starling Travel

Sleep N Tow from Starling Travel

You can also take out the bed and haul things with the back ramp that lowers and it has a sliding door to get inside from the front as well that way you leave the ramp closed!

Sleep N Tow from Starling Travel

You can also just put a Hammock and a couple of chairs inside and have a little living space!

Sleep N Tow from Starling Travel

It comes with full size bed and buddy heater!

Sleep N Tow from Starling Travel

I used it on the deer hunt and stayed nice and warm with the heater! Come and check it out! I am also renting this unit for $100 a day so call if interested! Mark Home 801-706-2406 and Work 801-706-2406

Sleep N Tow from Starling Travel

Sleep N Tow from Starling Travel

Toy haulers are an entire category of campers that I have neglected mostly because I don’t like to ride “toys.” If however, it’s just you and one other person, this camper might be perfect. A bed and a way to haul your four-wheeler is all you need sometimes.

December 17, 2014

A Jeep And A Teardrop

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

You might recall that in 2012, Mike and I traveled the country in a teardrop trailer that I adored. When Sean came to live with us, however, there just wasn’t enough room for all three of us in that tiny trailer, so we sold it to Stacey and Dan, my sister and brother-in-law.

They now have the PERFECT tow vehicle to match it!

A Jeep and A Teardrop from Starling Travel

Here is another photo from the other side.

Jeep Rubicon and Teardrop American Outbacker from Starling Travel

Even though that Jeep can haul WAY more than that tiny teardrop, they look absolutely perfect together and I die of jealousy every time we go camping together!

You can see this camper in full here:

December 16, 2014

Camping In Yellowstone

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

This photo just made me wish so hard for a time machine.

Camping in Yellowstone from Starling Travel

I really believe that if I invented a time machine, I wouldn’t use it to kill Hitler. I would use it to travel to a Yellowstone that was filled with bears and retro campers. Is that wrong?

December 15, 2014

A Better Homemade Awning

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

I have finally done it. I have made a good awning, that is lightweight, adorable and sturdy in the wind!

A Better Homemade Awning from Starling Travel

Here it is from another angle:

Homemade Awning on a Jayco Tent Trailer from Starling Travel

If you remember, I had some trouble with my awning before. You can read about it here:

I fixed the problem of it falling down in the wind and made it even more portable. Read more to see how: (Continue Reading…)

December 14, 2014

Why RVs Are Better Than Hotels

Filed under: Camping,Motorhomes and Campers — Laura Moncur @ 10:25 am

This video is EXACTLY why I love my tent trailer and would rather stay in it than a hotel room.

Here are Chuck’s reasons RVs are better than hotels:

  • You load your luggage once. No packing and unpacking in each city you stop.
  • You have your own closet and sleep in your own bed.
  • You have your own stocked refrigerator, not a mini-bar with overpriced items in it.
  • You can cook healthy meals in your RV and save money.
  • You know who slept in your RV bed the night before.
  • Your RV is cleaned by you, so you know how clean it is: no bed bugs, strange bodily fluids or uncleaned glasses.
  • Hotels are not always near the places you want to visit.
  • No elevators or long hallways to negotiate with luggage. Just pull into your spot and go.
  • You meet cool people at campgrounds.
  • Campfires!!
  • RV campsites cost less than hotel rooms and are sometimes free.

This is a great list, but it’s kind of skewed toward luxury RVs, which are EXPENSIVE!!

We have a tiny tent camper with no bathroom or fridge. You can see it in this photo compared to a large fifth-wheel next to it:

Even A Tiny Camper Is Better Than A Cheap Hotel from Starling Travel

How does it compare to a cheap hotel room?

EVEN BETTER! Here’s why:

  • Easier to park than a huge camper. We literally can ROLL it into the campsite by hand if we need to.
  • A spot near the campground bathroom is WAY better than emptying a black water tank.
  • We only spent $1200 on the camper two years ago. No payments. Those inexpensive campsites really do cost LESS than a cheap hotel room because we didn’t pay a ton of money for our camper.
  • We can still sleep in our own bed and cook our own food.
  • We get 25 mpg with our car pulling our tent camper, so gas is as cheap for us as it is for a hotel traveler.

I have no desire to go back to hotel traveling. Whenever I have to stay in a hotel, I feel put out and miss my little tent trailer. If you feel as if camping in an RV is roughing it, you have the wrong idea. If you WANT to rough it, then I understand how sleeping in an RV might not feel right, but if you just want to travel the country and enjoy beautiful views, then an RV is the best way to go.

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