Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday Teardrop Photo

This summer I was at Great Basin National Park when the Strawberry Fire broke out. My campground, the Lower Lehman campground was fine, but the campground next door was evacuated and during the fire one firefighter lost his life. It was a little unnerving to go to the sleep in the trailer with a fire raging just one hill over.

Monday, November 28, 2016

5 Best Portable Potties for a Teardrop Trailer

Probably the most often asked question of teardroppers is, “Where’s the bathroom in this thing?” Well, larger RV owner, us teardroppers don’t usually have the luxury of a flush toilet in our little trailers, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t have a nice toilet experience.

While my husband and I primarily use public or campground toilets on our teardrop travels, I have seen a wide range of portable toilets that are usually tucked into a shelter right next to a teardrop trailer. There’s no need to suffer when teardrop camping with these five portable potties that are lightweight and affordable. Of course you could always make your own like SoCal Overland did.

Kampa is actually a company based in the UK, but they have one of the most streamlined and handy camping toilets around. The comfy seat will fit any tush and there is no risk of tipping with its wide base. It has an interior water container that you take to to a public toilet to empty. It’s handy toilet paper holder hangs on the site. This toilet also won’t break the bank.

I like portable toilets that don’t look like portable toilets. The Hassock by Reliance looks more like a bucket, but has some nice features. First, it has a contoured seat that feels like a real toilet; second it has a removable inner bucket that makes thing easier to clean. You use Double Doodie bags with this toilet and it also comes with a free sample of Bio-Blue toilet deodorant. The handy lid also has a toilet paper holder.

This toilet not only pops up conveniently from a handy holder, but it comes in several different colors: blue, yellow and camo. The Turbo Toilet by Blackpine can support up to 330 lb. and includes 12 biodegradable waste bags and 12 odor control powder packets that can absorb up to two liters of liquid waste.

The Cleanwaste is a handy toilet that unfolds to reveal a comfy seat and a backrest, all on a sturdy set of legs. Waste is held in a waste bag that uses enzymes, so you will need to buy and pack several bag kits. However, this toilet is said to support up to 500 lb.

If you want to spend a little more money for some luxury, the Thetford Curve is a stylish option. This odorless portable toilet has battery powered flush controls and a holding tank that you don’t have to access or even see until it's ready to be emptied. It only weighs about 10 lb. when empty and has a handy carrying handle.

Top photo by SoCal Overland

Friday, November 25, 2016

Friday Teardrop Photo

Last Thanksgiving the Sunflower spent the night in the snowy forest of Sierra Hot Springs. Her owners went off to enjoy an amazing dinner and a dip in the steaming springs. She had to stay in the campground.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Tiny Yellow Teardrop 4 Year Anniversary Giveway

It's so strange to think that I've had this blog for four years already! I started Tiny Yellow Teardrop to answer the questions I received from people while on the road with the Sunflower. In that time I also collaborated with Kirsten Dirksen of Fair Companies on a video about my trailer which already has over one million views. Yikes! All those people have seen me in my colorful thermals. :-)

So speaking of something colorful, I would like to celebrate my readers with a giveaway. A few years ago I featured the Little Sun solar light on the blog and will be giving one away in time for the holidays. All you need to do is mention your favorite Tiny Yellow Teardrop blog post on your choice of social media with the hashtag #yellowteardrop4year. I will choose and contact the winner using The contest will end on December 2, 2016. Good luck!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Featured Teardrop: Drifthouse Campers

I love to see when small companies take the teardrop design and turn it on its head…er…roof. Drifthouse does this with its new Adventure Trailer where you have the choice to stand up and cook inside.

While this is not a typical teardrop trailer, the Drifthouse Adventure is a microlite camper that only comes in at 1,250 lb. Inside is a kitchenette with a sink, faucet and drain, and a Murphy bed that converts to seating with a small folding table.

On the exterior of the camper is a customizable space to store bikes and other outdoor gear. The trailer also has a screened door and windows. The trailer keeps things simple with a rubber floor, roller shades and a pretty pine interior. The Adventure Trailer is also completely solar powered with Goal Zero.

The Drifthouse campers are still in production, but this trailer is being sold for $6,250. If you are interested in purchasing one, you can contact the company at their website.

Photos by Drifthouse

Monday, November 7, 2016

Teardrop Trailer Burial*

I apologize again for the lack of posting lately. I had a death in the family and have been taking care of everything that goes along with that. I've had a few days to think about about both life and death and have a totally different view on how to live and what to live for.

The person who passed never really got to live the life they wanted, and I want to make sure that doesn't happen to me. The favorite times in my life are the days spent camping, traveling and being with friends and family, and I intend to make sure that continues as long as possible. Live life today and do it your way.

*The photo above is not meant to be morbid, but if I wasn't being cremated, I wouldn't mind leaving this world inside a stylish, black teardrop towed by a hearse.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Useful Teardrop Item: Magnetic Hooks

Any item that can serve several functions is a good item to take teardrop camping. Lately, we have been using these magnetic hooks from a home improvement store and they come in handy for everything from hanging towels and garbage bags to attaching things onto metal bear boxes.

You can pick up several of these hooks for under $10. While my teardrop trailer doesn't have a lot of metal on it, we do use these hooks on the side of our camping table for garbage bags, towels and barbecue tools and to hook towels over our propane tank to protect it from the sun. They also come in handy if you have a metal bear proof food box in your campsite. We love to hold up our ice chest cover with them and hang up hats and clothes. Just remember to detach them and pack them away before you leave your site.