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May 20, 2015

Unbelievably Cool House Truck Is A Castle on Wheels

Filed under: Motorhomes and Campers — Laura Moncur @ 8:19 am

This video knocked me off my feet! I can’t believe the ingenuity of Jola and Justin, who have built a castle on wheels!

Here is a picture of the truck all folded up and ready to drive on the highway.

Jola and Justin's Castle on Wheels from Starling Travel

Here it is unfolded and livable.

Jola and Justin's Castle on Wheels from Starling Travel

Some of the amazing innovations are the clothing storage that lies under the bed turret.

Jola and Justin's Castle on Wheels from Starling Travel

Here is the upper observation deck.

Jola and Justin's Castle on Wheels from Starling Travel

Their Yin and Yang toilet area with a composting toilet.

Jola and Justin's Castle on Wheels from Starling Travel

And even a full-sized bathtub on the roof.

Jola and Justin's Castle on Wheels from Starling Travel

The design and architecture that has gone into this home on wheels is absolutely amazing! So impressed!

Via: Couple Creates A Tiny Sustainable Three Story House Truck – Take A Look Inside | Collective-Evolution

May 18, 2015

Teardrop on I-15

Filed under: Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 7:44 am

Almost a year ago, we were driving on I-15 and we came upon this teardrop camper.

Teardrop on I-15 from Starling Travel

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.

Teardrop on I-15 from Starling Travel

It looked like it might have a Betty Boop theme based on the decal on the side.

Teardrop on I-15 from Starling Travel

It caught up with us in Fillmore at the gas station and I got another shot of it.

Teardrop on I-15 from Starling Travel

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!

May 14, 2015

Jucy Rentals: Small Campers Big Adventure

Filed under: Motorhomes and Campers,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 11:39 am

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.

Jucy RV from Starling Travel

I saw this one in the Cracker Barrel parking lot a few months ago and I loved it!

Jucy RV from Starling Travel

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.

Jucy RV from Starling Travel

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.

Jucy RV from Starling Travel

The reason why I am seeing so many of them lately is because Jucy has a rental location in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jucy RV from Starling Travel

I never saw the campers, but the top beds looked like they were pretty roomy and comfortable.

Jucy RV from Starling Travel

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.

Jucy RV from Starling Travel

Of course, renting them is really reasonable.

Jucy RV from Starling Travel

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!

May 9, 2015

Terra Wind Amphibious Motorcoach

Filed under: Motorhomes and Campers — Laura Moncur @ 12:38 pm

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!

REALLY cool, until I found them online.

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.

It’s just…

My beloved little camper only cost us about a thousand bucks.

The Tangerine Turtle from Starling Travel

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.

1968 Glaspar Towed by a Subaru Crosstrek XV from Starling Travel

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.

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…

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