Starling Travel

March 19, 2015

Popup Camper Modifications

Filed under: Camping,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 12:02 pm

I liked these videos showing the modifications these folks made to their tent trailer. This is the first video with the easy modifications.

These mods from the same people are a little more intense, but the bike rack is a stroke of genius!

I have made so many little modifications to our camper, but I’ve never thought of putting all of them on video. Great ideas here!

March 18, 2015

Trailorboat Sighting

Filed under: Camping,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 8:32 am

I’ve talked about the brilliant design of the Trailorboat before here:

In August of 2013, I was actually able to see one in person in West Valley, Utah. It was part of a beautiful rig.

Trailorboat Sighting August 2013 from Starling Travel

Trailorboat Sighting August 2013 from Starling Travel

Trailorboat Sighting August 2013 from Starling Travel

March 16, 2015

Barbie and Ken Go Camping

Filed under: Camping — Laura Moncur @ 10:11 am

Sometimes when it’s winter or when I’m trapped at home, I take my Barbies camping.

Barbie and Ken Go Camping from Starling Travel

It’s not enough for me, but it does take the edge off a tad. I’ve never in my life found a real life camper as good as my old Barbie Star Traveler. The adventures I have in real life are never as grand as those I had in the backyard.

March 7, 2015

A Wish to Carry My Home on My Back

Filed under: Camping,Motorhomes and Campers,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers,Tents — Laura Moncur @ 1:49 pm

I took this photo on one of my walks with my dog.

A Wish to Carry My Home on My Back from Starling Travel

This snail represents everything I love about camping with our little tent trailer. I love that I can carry my house on my back. My bed smells like me. I can cook myself some yummy food for dinner. It all feels so familiar because we have slept so many times in that tiny trailer. There is something so comforting about carrying my home on my back. That’s why I love traveling with a camper.

Towing with the Subaru XV Crosstrek from Starling Travel

March 6, 2015

The Last Prius Campout

Filed under: Camping,Places To Visit,Utah — Laura Moncur @ 1:40 pm

I didn’t know it at the time, but the anniversary trip Mike and I took in August of 2013 was The Last Prius Campout. We camped at Wasatch State Park in Northern Utah and had I known it was our last campout with that car, I would have taken more pictures.

I was looking through photos the other day and I found the few that I took.

The Last Prius Campout at Wasatch State Park from Starling Travel

We had a great time on that campout and I wrote about it when I talked about camping fondue: Starling Travel – Camping Fondue

Camping Fondue from Starling Travel

Right after this, we bought the Crosstrek and we have adored it, using it for all our camping trips ever since, but the Prius was a great car for camping and it pulled that tent trailer like a trooper.

Here are a couple more shots:

The Last Prius Campout at Wasatch State Park from Starling Travel

The Last Prius Campout at Wasatch State Park from Starling Travel

February 25, 2015

Thoroughly Uncomfortable

Filed under: Camping — Laura Moncur @ 1:14 pm

I wish I could personally talk to Patricia Moyes and explain camping to her.

I simply cannot understand the passion that some people have for making themselves thoroughly uncomfortable and then boasting about it afterwards. Patricia Moyes from The Quotations Page

It reads:

I simply cannot understand the passion that some people have for making themselves thoroughly uncomfortable and then boasting about it afterwards.

  • Patricia Moyes

She might not have been talking about camping when she wrote that, but MANY people believe that camping is something that is thoroughly uncomfortable. And they are right in some respects. I remember nights freezing in the mountains of Northern Utah. I remember nights when the air mattress had lost all its air and we were sleeping on the hard rocks and packed earth. I remember sweating while pounding in tent pegs in the same hard ground.

But you know what?

I ALSO remember waking up, opening up my tent and seeing rabbits eye me warily. I remember a ground squirrel so friendly that we seriously considered taking him home with us. I remember waking up at midnight to go to the bathroom and seeing more stars than I could ever see at home. I remember dipping in the cool water just to take the edge off the heat before popping out again for more relaxing on the beach. I remember snorkeling in a man-made lake and being delighted by the most boring of fish in my gaze. I remember eating burned food out of a foil-wrapped hobo dinner and it tasting better than a dinner at a fancy restaurant.

When I am camping, I experience “hardships” that I could easily avoid by staying in a hotel, but at the same time, I experience beautifully zen moments that I would never see from the comfort of that hotel room. The thoroughly uncomfortable is redeemed by the inexplicably beautiful.

THAT is why those people boast about it afterward.

February 5, 2015

How To Add A Handle To A Camping Chair

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

I found some ADORABLE camping chairs at K-mart. They match my camper perfectly, so I had to have them, but I HATE the stupid bags to hold and carry them.

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

So I added a clasp to keep the chair closed and a handle to carry it. If you want to do the same for your chairs, here are the directions.

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

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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 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:

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