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April 28, 2015

Trailer Step Plans

Filed under: Motorhomes and Campers,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 8:16 am

Our tent trailer doesn’t have a step built in, so we had been using a fold-up plastic step. Unfortunately, our cute little red step collapsed on us last camping trip, so we decided to make a new one.

Trailer Step Plans from Starling Travel

We made a trailer step that could double as a toolbox.

Trailer Step Plans from Starling Travel

Read more for the plans to build one of your own and more pictures. (Continue Reading…)

April 27, 2015

Aliner Storage Addition

Filed under: Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 8:59 am

I am beginning to think that the Costco parking lot is the BEST place to see cool campers. I saw this classic Aliner yesterday and I was lucky enough to talk to the owner about the storage he added on the back of the camper.

Aliner Storage Addition from Starling Travel

More details after the break: (Continue Reading…)

April 26, 2015

Epic Old Trailer in St. George

Filed under: Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 10:09 am

So many times I highlight gorgeous and glamorous campers that have been restored to a beautiful shine, but the other day, I saw a trailer that was just as impressive in its epic oldness.

Epic Old Trailer in St. George from Starling Travel

There are lots more pictures after the break. (Continue Reading…)

April 24, 2015

How To Cover a Fold-Up Aluminum Table with a Chair Bag

Filed under: Camping — Laura Moncur @ 12:11 pm

How to cover your fold up aluminum table from Starling Travel

Not long ago, I did a post on how to add a handle to a camping chair:

That gave us the freedom to carry our camping chairs without the stupid bags. Then I thought, what could I do with the stupid bags…

How To Add A Handle To A Camping Chair from Starling Travel

I use little aluminum fold-up tables next to my chairs and I thought it would be cute if they were covered to match the chairs, so that’s exactly what I did. Here are the directions if you want to do the same thing. (Continue Reading…)

April 23, 2015

Discover Real Travel Adventure!

Filed under: Camping,Motorhomes and Campers — Laura Moncur @ 7:18 am

I found this advertisement in the April 1970 National Geographic.

Airstream Ad from National Geographic 04-1970 from Starling Travel

It reads:

Discover Real Travel Adventure!

Want to visit exciting new places? Or maybe you’d prefer sunbathing in Florida or relaxing beside some inviting stream? Perhaps you know a road somewhere you’d like to follow to the end. It’s all the same with an Airstream Land Yacht… good beds, bathroom, hot and cold water, refrigeration, heat and light independent of outside sources wherever you go – for a night, a week, or a month, Airstream Land Yachting means real travel independence – no time-tables, tickets, packing. You just tow your Airstream lightly behind your car and follow your travel whims wherever they urge you to go. Yes, it’s the exciting, better way to travel anywhere in the world. For extra fun join a Wally Byam Caravan.

write for free new color catalog – Thrilling as a world cruise.

That is exactly what I love about camping in my tent trailer. I don’t have that bathroom or refrigeration, but I do have that freedom. There are so many campgrounds with hookups that I feel as if I can travel anywhere with my camper.

Before I read this ad fully, I had never heard of the Wally Byam Caravan Club, but apparently they are still around:

They have many rallies where they get together. In my region alone, there are four rallies planned this summer. I’m seriously impressed that they are still around and getting together. Unfortunately, I would have to buy a $40K camper to join them, but I am encouraged that they are still around.

April 17, 2015

Pinterest Firestarter EPIC FAIL

Filed under: Camping — Laura Moncur @ 8:50 am

Several months ago, I found this pin from how to light a fire | Over The Big Moon

Firestarter Pin from Over the Big Moon

I thought it was a really good idea, so I had been saving up my garbage so I could make these cool fire starters. On my birthday, last week, we had a lovely fire in my backyard fire pit.

Unfortunately, those fire starters performed less than admirably. They LITERALLY repelled the fire. Click on the picture to see it full-sized:

Firestarter Pinterest EPIC FAIL from Starling Travel

You can see that the fire was raging. You can see that one of the logs was down to coals, but those fire starters refused to burn. They sat in the conflagration unscathed like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.

From now on the dryer lint and toilet paper rolls are going in the garbage where they belong…

April 10, 2015

Larry’s Antiques in Cottonwood, Arizona

Filed under: Alabama,Places To Visit,Shopping,Tourist Attractions — Laura Moncur @ 11:24 am

Nothing says road-tripping like an amazing antique store and Larry’s Antiques fits the bill! I visited there last weekend and it was a blast!

Larry's Antiques in Cottonwood AZ from Starling Travel

Check out all the cool stuff I saw and the zen moment I had after the break: (Continue Reading…)

April 9, 2015

One Trailer to Rule Them All

Filed under: Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 8:47 am

When we stayed at Dead Horse Ranch State Park last weekend, I saw this awesome teardrop trailer. The owners were leaving when I walked past, but they were willing to take a few minutes to quickly show it to me.

One Trailer To Rule Them All from Starling Travel

I asked what the writing on the bumper meant. It looked strangely familiar and I felt like I lost a few geek cred points when she said, “It reads, ‘One Trailer to Rule Them All.'” Also, their license plate read, “Gamgee.” That’s the last name of Sam Gamgee, played by Sean Astin, one of the hobbits who took the ring to Rivendell.

One Trailer To Rule Them All from Starling Travel

The hatch opens up a galley in the back, like most teardrop trailers.

One Trailer To Rule Them All from Starling Travel

The bottom sides open up and reveal the cooler and the rest of the galley. Brilliant design!

One Trailer To Rule Them All from Starling Travel

It was such a good looking teardrop, I really wished I had seen them BEFORE they were trying to leave so we could have talked more.

One Trailer To Rule Them All from Starling Travel

I’m so grateful that she gave me a quick tour before they had to head out! Safe Travels, my precious!

April 8, 2015

Dead Horse Ranch Arizona State Park

Filed under: Arizona,Camping,Places To Visit — Laura Moncur @ 8:50 am

For the first time, we stayed in Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Arizona. I love the Arizona State Parks. They are so organized. I love the emails I get about a week before the trip, reminding me of my visit.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park AZ Reminder Email from Starling Travel

We stayed in the Red-Tail Hawk Campground for the Popup Portal Rally.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park AZ Red-Tail Hawk Campground from Starling Travel

Our site was number 51 and it faced perfectly so that the afternoon sun was shaded by our camper.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park AZ Site 51 from Starling Travel

Here is a shot of site 57. The sunsets are beautiful here.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park AZ Site 57 from Starling Travel

Each site has a fire pit and some of them have BBQs as well. The camp hosts sell firewood.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park AZ Firewood for Sale from Starling Travel

While we were there, the campground was very windy. We had to take down our awning and thank goodness for the Martha Stewart grommet and bungee cord trick or our tablecloth would have flown away.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park AZ Windy from Starling Travel

There was a nice playground over by the lakes and my boy liked the swings a lot.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park AZ Playground from Starling Travel

It was a great place to stay and it was so close to Cottonwood and Jerome, so we were able to look at the shops and you could even taste the wines at the wineries in the area. Thank you for such a lovely weekend, Arizona!

April 7, 2015

The Tangerine Turtle Tour

Filed under: Arizona,Camping,Places To Visit,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 1:37 pm

I’ve finally done it. I’m finally done with my camper. My 1993 Jayco Eagle 8 has been rechristened The Tangerine Turtle.

The Tangerine Turtle from Starling Travel

Here is a video tour:

You can see some photos after the break: (Continue Reading…)

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