Thursday, February 23, 2017

4 Ways to Save Water While Teardrop Camping

The majority of our teardrop camping time is spent in dry campsites. This means we don't have access to (or want to pay for) hookups like electricity and water. In fact, because our camper is so small, we don't really need to have hookups. Our deep cycle battery takes care of most of our electrical needs, we don't have a toilet or shower to dump, and we are super efficient when it comes to water.

While camping we usually have access to campground faucets, lakes and spring water. However, we can only carry so much with us in our one gallon galley container and our five gallon Aquatainer. Over the years we've found several ways to save water while teardrop camping—especially in desert or high-drought areas.

1. Don't wash dishes

When we have little access to water, we don't actually wash our dishes. Instead we use a spray bottle filled with a little bit of water and Dr. Bronner's soap, spray the dirty dishes and then use a paper towel to wipe them off. This gets off most of the worst offending foods, but very greasy dishes will need to be washed. If we do need to wash dishes, we use just a cup of two of hot water and a soapy sponge to scrub up and then a few cups more of warm or hot water to rinse.

2. Cook foods that don't require water

While camping we don't make too much pasta, rice or other dishes that require water. We tend to grill meat or vegetables on the stove or over the fire, and make dishes that use very little water like couscous or instant mashed potatoes. We also use our grill multiple times without having to clean it.

3. One pot showers

I've already done a post on my minimalist camp shower. We used to set up elaborate showers with solar shower bags, but I've come to the conclusion that simple is better. I take a small metal cooking pot and fill it with about four cups of water, heat it until warm on the stove, and take it and another cup into the camp shower. I've found out that it takes about 1.5 cups of water to get wet and soap up and another 2-3 cups to wash off the soap and shampoo.

4. Drink beer

Drink enough water to keep yourself hydrated. After that, drink beer. :-)

Monday, February 20, 2017

January and February Cool Tears and Tiny Trailers

I've been taking a little time off from the Tiny Yellow Teardrop blog, so I'm a bit behind on getting out some new information. Have you seen the January and February issues of Cool Tears and Tiny Campers? These two issues feature some great restorations and new builders, including Richard Hawkins' Trail Hawk Campers.

Are you as tired of this winter as I am? Check out how to camp in the winter (in Iowa) with Gary Roys and his wife Elaine in the February issue of Cool Tears. In fact, the Sunflower is getting dusted off this week for an adventurous trip to Yosemite National Park in the middle of one of the biggest winters in California history. We'll just have to see what happens.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Mrs. Meyers Clean Day VW Thing and Teardrop Trailer

Mrs. Meyers Clean Day wanted to inspire makers of all things to continue creating—no matter how imperfect their creation was. Last fall, the cleaning product company took to the streets (starting in the Chicago Randolph Street Market) with the world's first auto pop-up workshop.

The workshop is a transforming Volkswagen Type 181 "Thing" towing a shiny teardrop trailer. The Thing transforms into a public maker space where visitors can throw their own pots or design their own textiles. Of course, the teardrop has a sink with Mrs. Meyers soaps where makers can wash their messy hands.

To learn more about the Mrs. Meyers #MakeAndTell campaign, visit their website.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Riverside RV White Water Retro Teardrop & Standy

Riverside RV in Indiana is focused on designing and building lightweight teardrops and larger trailers with a distinctly retro design. Most likely you are interested in teardrop trailers, but Riverside RV also builds several standy campers under their White Water Retro line that I think would interest someone who is on the lookout for something with an interior kitchen.

The smallest of the Riverside RV Retro campers is the Jr. 509. This classic teardrop trailer is just over 13 feet long and comes with a rear galley, storage compartment and an optional 17 gallon water tank. The Jr. is still being developed, but take a look at their other lightweight options.

The 155XL is just a hair under 15 feet long with a generous height of 8.5 feet. Its dry weight is 1,937 lb. and the interior contains a full bed, dinette, kitchen, refrigerator and a tiny wet bath. It has an 11 gallon fresh water tank, 18 gallon grey water tank and a 5 gallon black water tank.

For something a bit larger, the 166 is nearly 16 feet long and 2,180 lb. It has the same interior features in a larger space and a retro style in the checkerboard floor, wood cabinets and the bright exterior colors that range from red to aqua.

Photos by Riverside RV

Monday, January 16, 2017

Barnwood Teardrop Trailer for Sale

If you don't mind looking like the Clampetts while you're camping, this handmade barn wood teardrop trailer will be perfect. Made from barn wood, nicely aged galvanized metal and reclaimed pipe, this teardrop only comes in at 1,000 lb. You gotta love those feed bucket fenders.

It has a basic bed area with storage at the foot and head and a basic galley with cabinets, but no stove or sink. This teardrop is for sale in the Sacramento, California area for $4,800.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Featured Teardrop: Perkgana

Some teardrop owners or soon-to-be owners are willing to pay a fair amount of money for a custom designed teardrop trailer. With the Perkgana teardrops by designer Mauricio Narvarte of Utah, you won't have to mortgage your house for your teardrop. His beautiful designs start at around $5,690 and Perkgana even has DIY kits available for only $3,890.

The Perkgana teardrops include the 8x5, 1,100 lb. L'escargot and the 7 foot by 48 inch, 550 lb. Hedgehog. L'escargot comes with a full electrical package in the galley and interior, a cargo basket, two doors and a queen mattress. The smaller Hedgehog comes with a single door and window, 14 inch tires and a simple interior. If you need a little more space and clearance, the Hedgehog XC is 60 inches wide and comes with a cargo box, 15 inch tires, a 5 inch foam mattress and LED underbody lights.

The Perkgana DIY kit includes everything you need to build your camper (excluding the Northern Tool trailer). Two models are available (a 48 inch wide body or a 60 inch wide body) and all parts are precut and pilot holes are provided. No cutting or measuring is required and all you need are a few hand tools.

Photos by Perkgana

Thursday, December 22, 2016

December Cool Tears Magazine

The December issue of Cool Tears and Tiny Campers is now available online. This issue features the awesome Rockin' Raisin by Mike and Casie Bazay that has room for their whole family. Other stories feature the Tiny Camper Company and a teardrop that celebrates the University of Michigan.