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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 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.

March 31, 2015

Beautiful GMC Motorhome April 2011

Filed under: Camping,Motorhomes and Campers — Laura Moncur @ 1:29 pm

When I was registering the Jayco Tent Trailer way back when, I saw this GMC motorhome in the parking lot at the DMV. Even though I had just gotten what would be the best camper I have ever owned, I still salivated over what I consider my dream motorhome.

Beautiful GMC Motorhome April 2011

This is very much like my childhood toy, the Barbie Star Traveler. I had many dreams of traveling in a motorhome that looked like this, but bright, bright yellow.

Beautiful GMC Motorhome April 2011

It is nearly four years later and I still adore this motorhome, even though I love my tent camper with just as much adoration.

Beautiful GMC Motorhome April 2011

In the end, I can’t own ALL the campers. I have to choose one and the tent camper works best for us. The GMC Barbie Star Traveler will have to stay a childhood fantasy.

Beautiful GMC Motorhome April 2011

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 5, 2015

Legoland RVs

When we went to Legoland last year, I snapped some shots of the RVs that they had built in their Legoland towns.

Legoland RVs from Starling Travel

Legoland RVs from Starling Travel

Legoland RVs from Starling Travel

Legoland RVs from Starling Travel

LEGO Friends 3184 Adventure Camper at Amazon.comIf you would like to make some campers like this with Legos, they have made some sets:

We might not be able to own the RV of our dreams, but we can build one from Legos!

February 20, 2015

Taylor Coach – Tiny Campers

Filed under: Motorhomes and Campers,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 12:51 pm

I don’t know how I missed it, but there is yet another Canadian wonder building lightweight campers with the bare essentials that can be towed with regular cars.

Here is a video of their 8 foot camper called the Lil El:

Here is one being towed by a Mini Cooper:

They have a 10 foot camper that has room for a port-potti or a permanent toilet:

These campers are perfectly small and are easily towable, both being under 1500 lbs. Unlike the T@B campers, they look like lopped off regular campers, which are cute in their own right. There is no pricing available on their website, so I have no idea how affordable they are. When is the U.S. going to start jumping on the truly light weight camper bandwagon?!

January 28, 2015

Highly Modified 1987 Scamp Fifth-Wheel

Filed under: Motorhomes and Campers — Laura Moncur @ 8:00 am

I found this Scamp Fifth-Wheel for sale on Craigslist and it amused me greatly. I love it when people put their own personality into a camper and this camper now has quite a bit of personality.

Highly Modified 1987 Scamp Fifth-Wheel from Starling Travel

The owner wrote an epistle about it in the ad. You can see it here: (Continue Reading…)

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.

November 8, 2014

RV and Motorhome Hall of Fame in Elkhart, IN

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

This video is a nice and quiet walkthrough of the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, IN.

I so want to go there and look at all the old trailers in person!

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