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September 22, 2015

Shoe Organizer in a Tent Trailer

Filed under: Camping,Motorhomes and Campers,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 7:13 am

I saw this image on Pinterst and it looked like a really good idea:

Shoe organizer in a tent camper from Starling Travel

I don’t have a full bed like what is shown there, but there are only three of us, so I thought I could do something like that in the Tangerine Turtle. It worked out really well.

Shoe organizer in a tent camper from Starling Travel

I cut the shoe organizer, just like the picture showed, but the edges were a little frayed. I then took a lighter and singed the edges so they wouldn’t fray anymore. I screwed it into the wall with small screws on all four corners. It worked really well for us.

Here is how it looks from a little further away.

Shoe organizer in a tent camper from Starling Travel

Our camper is so small that we were tripping over the pile of shoes in it. There really was no place to put our shoes except “in the way.” This organizer really helped keep things tidy and less tripping. If you have a tiny tent trailer, try this and see if it helps. It sure helped us.

September 2, 2015

CornFest Teardrop

Filed under: Places To Visit,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers,Utah — Laura Moncur @ 10:26 am

Last weekend at the Enterprise, Utah CornFest, I saw this awesome teardrop trailer.

CornFest Teardrop from Starling Travel

It was for sale for $4500 and I wouldn’t be surprised if it sold before the day was out. It was in immaculate condition.

CornFest Teardrop from Starling Travel

The bed appears to be a full-sized bed.

CornFest Teardrop from Starling Travel

There is storage above the pillows.

CornFest Teardrop from Starling Travel

Your feet nestle in below the shelving for the galley.

CornFest Teardrop from Starling Travel

The galley looks absolutely perfect!

CornFest Teardrop from Starling Travel

Seeing this teardrop really made me miss the one we used to have. It was so easy to tow and set up. If you’d live to see more teardrop trailers, we’ve featured many here:

August 30, 2015

Dixie’s Camp-R-Tow: Rent A Glamper

Filed under: Camping,Places To Visit,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers,Utah — Laura Moncur @ 12:53 pm

At the Enterprise CornFest yesterday, I saw the cutest campers for rent.

This company is located in Southern Utah, close to Zion’s Park, so you can rent a camper to take into the National Park.

Let me show you Betty and Peggy, two of their vintage campers: (Continue Reading…)

August 29, 2015

Pickup Playhouse

Filed under: Camping,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 6:34 am

When I was shopping at the local thrift store back in July, I saw this pickup playhouse that looked awesome.

Pickup Playhouse from Starling Travel

It’s obvious that this little house was made for a different truck with a longer bed. They loved it so much that they kept it with the new truck and left the tailgate down.

Pickup Playhouse from Starling Travel

If you look carefully, you can see a vent on the side, so it must get pretty hot in there, especially since it’s painted black. Good in the winter to keep warm, though.

Pickup Playhouse from Starling Travel

I wonder what they use this playhouse for. I’ve seen the truck several times in town, so they don’t take it off and put it back on for camping. It’s permanent. I like to imagine that they go camping so often that they don’t feel the need to take it off.

Whenever I see campers for thousands and thousands of dollars, I remember little campers like this one. It probably cost less than one thousand dollars to build in full and it has lasted at least two pickups. Next time you think you can’t afford a camper of your own, remember this little pickup playhouse and know that a good camper is within your reach.

August 23, 2015

Coleman Fold Up Shelves

Filed under: Camping,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 10:34 am

I love the design of these fold up shelves found on some Coleman popup trailers. Here they are unfolded.

Coleman Fold Up Shelves from Starling Travel

When it’s time to close up the camper, here they are folded up.

Coleman Fold Up Shelves from Starling Travel

The efficiency of these campers is surprising to me. Why don’t all popups have these fold up shelves? They would be so helpful.

August 13, 2015

Deborah Carson’s Grandma: A Glamper Before Her Time

Filed under: Camping,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 1:46 pm

I love these photos from Deborah Carson on the Glampers on the Loose Facebook Group.

She posted:

Here is my Grandmother…the Original Glamper… they had a Spartinette

Deborah Carson's Grandma Glamping  from Starling Travel

love these pics…;)) Then later on a Terry..

Deborah Carson's Grandma Glamping  from Starling Travel

I took these from slides and transfered them to disk for my Grandparents Anniversary.

Deborah Carson's Grandma Glamping  from Starling Travel

I adore everything about these photos, especially the orange table in the last two photos. Such great design!

August 11, 2015

Happier Camper: Versatile and Lightweight

Filed under: Camping,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 9:05 am

I saw a link of Facebook for this camper. It made my heart leap for a moment.

Happier Camper from Starling Travel Easy To Tow

It is a tiny and lightweight (only 1100 lbs.) camper that has modular furniture inside that can be moved, stacked and adjusted for whatever you need. Here is a video showcasing that idea.

The modular furniture can be removed from the camper and used outside as well.

Happier Camper from Starling Travel Cube with Cushion

There is storage in the cubes as well.

Happier Camper from Starling Travel Cube with Lid

Here is another video showing some of the other features like the cool blind on the window and the lighting.

There is an optional Transcool cooler. They are a 12 volt cooling system that are supposed to work pretty well.

Happier Camper from Starling Travel Transcool Cube

The table can be used in a wide variety of spots in the camper.

Happier Camper from Starling Travel Table and Cushions

There is a cute and lightweight awning that can give you some more shade.

Happier Camper from Starling Travel Lightweight Awning

There is a spot to charge your devices using the 12 volt system.

Happier Camper from Starling Travel Charge Your Devices

Now, here comes the part where my heart skipped a beat. Because there is a huge hatch in the back of the camper, you can use it to store your gear. It’s big enough to hold a kayak.

Happier Camper from Starling Travel Room For Your Kayak

You can load up your mountain bikes into it.

Happier Camper from Starling Travel Load Your Bike

You can even use it to transport your motorcycle!

Happier Camper from Starling Travel Load Your Motorcycle

There is so much to love about this camper! The pricing starts at $15,950 for the base model, so it is actually cheaper than the base model T@b, which is really cool. If you are looking for a tiny camper, this one has versatility down pat!

Via Happier Camper HC1 | Outside Online

August 2, 2015

Buddy Box: An Expensive, Plastic Chuckbox

Filed under: Camping,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 6:50 pm

I saw this on Pinterest. It’s called a Buddy Box.

Buddy Box in a Van from Starling Fitness

They are really cool chuck boxes that latch into the seat rails of certain vans. They are made in Germany, but fortunately, they have an English language version of their site:

I thought these were genius. There is a box for water, one for a porta-potty and one that turns into a table. Unfortunately, the prices are absurdly expensive.

In order to get the setup like you see in that photo (including the mounting plates for the C-rail), you would need to spend 1994 Euros or $2195. When I can get a pretty good tent trailer for only $700, it seems insane to spend THREE times that much for just three little units.

Of course, you could build little boxes just like this to fit into your vehicle. The Cook Buddy is very similar to the plans for the Work Top Box from Blue Sky Kitchens.

They sell it starting at about $200. For a TENTH of the cost, you get a great work station. If you’re handy, you can build them yourself with their plan book:

In the end, those Buddy Boxes are cute and look kind of cool, but with a little plywood, you could recreate them and it would only cost you a tenth of what they cost.

Via: Camper Kit: Convert Any Van with the Buddy Box System | Designs & Ideas on Dornob

August 1, 2015

Sideways Starcraft

Filed under: Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 12:04 pm

This Starcraft tent trailer came up for sale on our local classifieds and it is something totally different. At first, it looked completely normal, until I realized that this was the BACK of the trailer.

Starcraft Sideways Trailer from Starling Travel

The bunk ends don’t pull out over the hitch and the back. They pull out over the driver’s side.

Starcraft Sideways Trailer from Starling Travel

And the other bunk pulls out over the passenger side.

Starcraft Sideways Trailer from Starling Travel

They were selling it for only $700. Here was their description:

Awesome little trailer by Starcraft. It has running water, spare, new cables on the winch to pull trailer up. All canvas in perfect condition. No tears, rips or even stains.

Starcraft Sideways Trailer from Starling Travel

I really wish they knew the year and make of the trailer. I am so interested in the history of it and how long they made sideways tent trailers. The inside makes it look like late Sixties or early Seventies.

Starcraft Sideways Trailer from Starling Travel

It has one of those built-in ice chests. We had one of these on our Palomino. I loved it because it would just drain the melted ice out of the bottom of the trailer. It made it REALLY easy to keep it filled with ice and cold. I think that’s the ONLY thing I miss from the Palomino tent camper we used to have.

Starcraft Sideways Trailer from Starling Travel

I keep getting surprised by all the different ways that you can make a camping trailer. This sideways tent trailer is really interesting and I wish I could find more information about it!

July 24, 2015

Jeff Furr’s Awesome Harbor Freight Camping Trailer

Filed under: Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 11:35 am

This video was recommended to me by YouTube and they were spot on. I LOVED this video of Jeff Furr showing his camping trailer that he built from a Harbor Freight Trailer. It’s a long video, but it taught me so much.

After watching it, I wondered if they slept in the camper or only used it for galley and gear storage. Fortunately, someone already asked that question. Here was his answer:

I just use it for hauling gear, also for water storage and power supply. I had considered making it into a sleeper at some point but not at this time.

Here is a slideshow of the trailer build.

The most important thing I learned from this video is the existence of hurricane hinges. I have seen many teardrop builds and everyone has trouble with the hinges leaking. They’ve done things to prevent the water from entering at that point, but all of them end up with leaks. I had trouble with my teardrop galley because of that as well.

Hurricane Hinge on a Teardrop Trailer from Starling Travel

Image via: planovet – Photobucket

With hurricane hinges, the water is less likely to enter the camper because it’s designed to keep the water out. I had NO idea that they existed and suddenly, my camper build project has gotten that much easier. The hatches over the bed bunks will have hurricane hinges!

Every time I look at the camper build projects online, I learn something new. I am very excited!

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