Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Teardrop Photo

This teardrop trailer is available as a rental on Airbnb. Located in Mariposa and close to Yosemite National Park, the owner allows the trailer to be towed to a nearby site or guests can sleep in the trailer on her land.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Teardrop Decluttering and Organization

Even though we are fully into the new year, winter can be a good time to declutter and organize your teardrop trailer and get it ready for camping season. Because teardrops are so small, they have a tendency to accumulate items over time that can quickly take over much needed space.

I tend to declutter and organize my teardrop in the fall, but take another swing at it in the winter and spring...just to make sure I got everything. Here are a few tips for decluttering and getting organized for life on the road.

When was the last time you used it?

Each item in a teardrop should have some use or it just takes up space. Ask yourself when was the last time you used a certain pot or pan, an article of clothing, a container of spice or sauce, or even towels and sheets. Can you take a trip without it and be fine? Put those items to the side or store them away from the trailer. After your next trip, if you missed it...put it back in.

Question, but allow, some decorative items

Some teardroppers love to bring along decorative items for their camp like vintage stuff, flags, lawn ornaments, etc. Sometimes these can bring joy to your camping experience. However, take into consideration the space and weight they take up and if they are really worth it. For example, I love my little American flag as a camp marker, but gave up on extra string lights for the campsite.

Pack like with like

Are you always looking for one particular item? Be sure you pack it with items like it. Keep your everyday jacket with your other clothes, keep all utensils together, all games and books together and don't spread toiletry items throughout the sleeping area and the galley.

Is it too heavy, annoying, large, etc?

Is there something that you tend to pack and bring along because you always have? Is it a pain in the butt to haul around, set up or pack away? If it deters you from camping happiness if might be time to let it go. We did that with some very comfortable, but huge camp chairs. They were so heavy and hard to pack in the car. We are now fine with smaller and more compact chairs.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Featured Teardrop Trailer: Serro Scotty Lite

The Serro Scotty name is synonymous with classic American camping trailers. The company now has a retro style teardrop trailer called the Serro Scotty Lite. This 960 lb. camping trailer can be towed by four-cylinder vehicles and features the classic Scotty decals. However, it does not include the classic teardrop galley. Everything is self-contained inside the living area.

The trailer is made of industrial grade .040 aluminum with baked on paint residential grade vinyl flooring and American birch wood. The interior includes a couch that opens up into a queen bed a Fantastic Fan, three opening windows, two interior lights, cooler, five gallon water tank, portable toilet, window valences and shades. A simple shelf is located above the bed for storing items and two cubbies are located under the couch for the potty and other gear.

Other standard features on the Serro Scotty Lite include:
  • Exterior porch light
  • City water hook
  • 13” heavy-duty trailer radial tires
  • Baby moon hubcaps
  • Marine battery
  • 7-way plug in cord
  • Two rear stabilizer crank jacks

A factory direct Serro Scotty Lite costs $9,995 with additional options like electric brakes($350), A/C ($250), and a spare tire ($150).

Photos by Serro Scotty and Randy's Trailer Town

Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday Teardrop Photo

The Sunflower and the Stargazers teardrop trailer (with a nice set of Tibetan prayer flags) set up camp near the entrance to Yosemite National Park. Because of the uneven ground, chocks and rocks came in handy.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Four Ways to Plan for Your 2016 National Park Trip

This year marks the centennial of the National Park Service and parks all over the U.S. will be offering opportunities for visitors to learn more and be inspired by "America's Best Idea." Most likely many of us teardroppers will be visiting at least one National Park this year and here are five ways you can plan for your upcoming trip.

WATCH: "Rock the Park"

Rock the Park is a TV series (currently showing on Netflix and Hulu) featuring two enthusiastic young men tackling the backcountry of our nation's National Parks. They do everything from whitewater rafting and rock climbing to learning about how Yellowstone National Park recycles waste. While you might not want to go everywhere they do, their energy and the scenery is infectious.

LISTEN: NPR Road Trips: National Park Adventures: Stories That Take You Away 

NPR's Road Trips Series takes the excellent reporting of NPR into story formats that cover any type of road trip you can imagine. The National Park Adventures CD tells the stories you don't normally read about in guidebooks. The CD also cover lesser known parks.

ORGANIZE: Build Your Trip with has a Beta version of their Build a Trip planner where you can discover and reserve camping, lodging, permits and tours at the National Parks, National Forests, monuments and public lands. You can add each location to your trip planner. You will need a login and password.

FOCUS: National Geographic Illustrated Trail Maps

Nothing gives you a better view of a National Park than its hiking and walking trails. Be prepared for these trails with a waterproof National Geographic trail map. You can choose from illustrated maps that show trails, roads and landmarks or topographic maps for more experienced hikers. All proceeds from the sale of these maps are donated to the National Geographic Society.