Comfy, cozy and efficient travel trailers; you asked for more!

Happy Camper, soon to be introduced to the public and made in the LA area!

A new T@G teardrop, seen in the Grand Canyon's North Rim.

A Hunter Compact II classic with pop-up roof makes for easy, aero-towing; made in CA during the 1970s.

A newer Casita offers all the amenities in a small package.

A rare Modernistic teardrop trailer, nicely redone, from the 1940s.

JUCY rental van, advertising "everything including the kitchen sink", are becoming popular and offer a roof-top pent-house which pops open to sleep two.

Our little Serro Scotty teardrop with open rear pantry, weighing just 800 pounds and towed by 4 cylinder auto.

We recently returned from a 23 day tour of eight national Parks – Great Basin in Nevada, the five stunning ones in Utah, the Grand Canyon North rim and a return through Yosemite. A week ago, I profiled some of the small, efficient camp trailers and camping set-ups that are becoming increasingly popular; several of you asked for more inspiration, hence, the little trailers, below!  They make me wonder why folks would ever purchase and navigate huge motorhomes or giant fifth wheel trailers.

In our recent travels, we have seen all these campers, some new, some of them not so new, some of them true classics.  They share common attributes; small, easy to tow with a four or six-cylinder vehicle, easy on gas, easy to store, and all quite comfortable.  Best of all, they are relatively inexpensive to purchase, and if bought wisely, can be sold years later for nearly what you paid for the little camper.  Lastly, most nearby campers will want to see and chat about your trailer (“can you really sleep in that?”, or, “do you carry your dogs in that little trailer?”).

On our tour, we camped 15 nights in a reproduction ’58 Serro Scotty teardrop, measuring 4 feet wide, four feet tall and eight feet long (and, seven nights in a nice timeshare in Park City, UT).  Weighing only about 800 pounds, our little teardrop trailer is pulled by a 2013 Ford Escape four-cylinder SUV – we get 23.5 MPG towing our little sleeper coach.  We are just as comfortable (well, almost) as neighboring couples in 25 to 38 foot motorhomes and fifth-wheels; the air, sunshine, views and campfires are identical!

As noted earlier, we cruised about 3,200 miles, paid about $420 for gasoline, and averaged about $8/night for camping (all in national park, Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management campgrounds, we get half-off with our federal ‘America the Beautiful’ senior pass, just $10 for life!). For more efficient and scenic travel, camping in a small, maneuverable trailer is truly hard to beat.

In recent travels, we took photos and chatted with owners of other small, comfy campers – and thought we would share some of them with you! Here are some of our favorites; whose owners rave about comfort, ease of handling and low-cost of both purchase and ownership.

For more info: For good resources for purchasing used, small campers, see Craigslist or eBay (you can put up a daily search for what you seek). Local dealers like Pan Pacific Trailers in French Camp carry tent-trailers, the R-Pod and smaller tear-drop trailers. Camping can be booked in national parks and federal campgrounds through, or 877.444.6777.

Coming: Watch for my report on our recent visit to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Pipe Spring National Monument and Mono Lake, coming this Wednesday!

Happy travels in the west!

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