Almost a year ago, we were driving on I-15 and we came upon this teardrop camper.
I could tell it was interesting and unique from way back, so I asked Mike to slow down while he passed it so I could get some photos.
It looked like it might have a Betty Boop theme based on the decal on the side.
It caught up with us in Fillmore at the gas station and I got another shot of it.
I never did meet the owners, but I would have liked to talk to them. I always love to see these great little guys on the road. The fact that it was also towed by a vintage car as well, just makes me even more happy!
Living so near Zion’s national parks, I see a lot of different campers in the parking lots of Costco, Cracker Barrel and Walmart. Lately, I’ve been seeing these cute little green and purple camper vans from Jucy Rentals.
I saw this one in the Cracker Barrel parking lot a few months ago and I loved it!
It looked like what I have talked about doing for a long time by putting a popup tent on the top of a car and building a galley out the back.
After I saw this camper, I looked them up online and they originated from New Zealand and have just barely came over to the States. They truly have a brilliant design. Here’s a video that shows you all the features of the camper. Skip to the 2:11 minute mark to see the camper features.
When I was at Lake Mead a few weeks ago, I saw two Jucy Rentals.
I never saw the campers, but the top beds looked like they were pretty roomy and comfortable.
Ironically, seeing these campers everywhere doesn’t make me want to rent them. It makes me want to make a camper van of my own.
Of course, renting them is really reasonable.
When it costs nearly $200 a day to rent the smallest of motorhomes from Cruise America, $70 a day sounds pretty good. When what you’re renting is a cute little van that’s hilariously easy to drive, even through a fast food drive-thru, then you’ve got yourself a deal!
I saw this video on Facebook and I about jumped out of my seat. I didn’t read the headline. I didn’t turn on the audio, it just started automatically playing. All I saw was a motorhome just driving into the water and sailing away.
It drives 80 mph down the freeway and 7 knots on the lake. You can’t take it out on the ocean and I certainly wouldn’t take it out on a windy day, but holy cow! That’s cool!
The price of that baby is 1.2 MILLION dollars! I KNOW motorhomes regularly cost that much. I KNOW that yachts regularly cost that much. I realize that is a perfectly acceptable price tag for a vehicle that traverses land AND water.
My beloved little camper only cost us about a thousand bucks.
And that boat that we got last year that is still in need of a good motor, well, it cost us about the same amount.
Sure it needs a new motor and the Tangerine Turtle needed a plethora of little fixes and tweaks to make it perfect, but for less than 1 percent of the cost of the Terra Wind, I can have a fully working boat and camper. LESS THAN ONE PERCENT!!
I LOVE the idea of a fully amphibious recreational vehicle. I understand that technology like that COSTS money. I just can’t get myself to even dream about spending that kind of money on something so frivolous, especially when I can find suitable replacements for less than one percent of the cost of it.
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.
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…
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…)
I found this advertisement in the April 1970 National Geographic.
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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.
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:
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…