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Yosemite National Park offers quiet solitude after summer crowds depart!

Half Dome towers in distance as small crowd at Glacier Point gazes in awe.

With summer crowds long gone, Yosemite National Park offers quiet solitude in November… We are spending three days and nights in Yosemite Valley in our reconstructed ‘64 Scotty camping trailer. With forecasted sunny weather predicted for our three days, and no rain or snow descending on the afternoon until the day of our departure, the [...]

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So, you want to own a classic travel trailer?

Our rebuilt, newly painted Scotty after several years languishing in our garage.

So, you want to get a classic travel trailer? Challenges on the way to a successful rebuild… Owners of classic travel trailers, when asked “why?”, give these answers. “We wanted a small trailer easy to store, tow and that offers good gas mileage”. “We aged out of tent camping and wanted more comfort”. “We’ve seen [...]

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Fall camping in northern California; also a good time for camper buying!

A new T@B trailer, owned by our Sacramento friends, is a lovely small to mid-size trailer with a popular retro look.

Fall camping in northern California; it’s also a great time for camper buying! Whether you’re a fan of tent camping, small trailer, larger trailer or motorhome camping, some of the nicest weeks of the camping season lie ahead. We’re blessed, living in Central/Northern California, to have wonderful options within a few hours in any of [...]

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Teardrop and larger classic travel trailers; class, comfort and a smart investment!

T@B trailers, available new for about $20K, used for less than half that.

Classy, comfortable and a smart investment; teardrop and larger classic travel trailers… Years ago, with kids in school, we would load them into a small car, pack our camping gear into a canoe, car-top the canoe and head off to Mount Rainier National Park or remote campgrounds on the Olympic Peninsula for a week or [...]

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Tiny touring; seeing the USA with a small, comfy travel trailer!

A classic Airstream Caravelle, with retro tow vehicle.

Touring in a tiny trailer; seeing the USA with a small, comfy travel trailer… Last summer, Susan and I spent nine weeks crossing Canada on the Trans-Canada Highway to their Maritime Provinces, turned south down the New England coast to Maryland and headed back across the USA on historic Highway 50. We toured with a [...]

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Back into Canada: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, to historic Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Ottawa's huge Parliament Building dominates government edifices on "the Hill".

This column offers insight into our exploration of our huge neighbor to the north, Canada (it’s the fifth installment of our “cross-Canada and the US trip – see my earlier posts for the first four!). From Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, we motor more than five hours to Sudbury. Rolling forest and vistas of Lake Huron [...]

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Exploring Lake Superior: Ontario to north, the upper Michigan Peninsula to south…

Upper Tahquamenon Falls, 200' across and 50' tall, plunges, headed towards the lower falls four miles distant.

Exploring Lake Superior: Ontario to the north, the upper Michigan Peninsula to the south… The ‘Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald’, waterfalls and wild country! We are exploring the north and south shores of mighty Lake Superior, the largest fresh water lake in the world, while joining a classic Scotty travel-trailer caravan for a tour of [...]

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Comfortable, frugal travel – think tiny trailers in the New Year!

Our '58 Serro Scotty Junior teardrop trailer at St. George Island Lighthouse, FL.

This article is for those of you who have the time and energy to travel extensively in the United States and Canada. My spouse and I have been retired three years, and have toured about 70,000 miles through these two wonderful countries. If you are blessed with both the time and desire to travel extensively, [...]

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Classic travel trailers – is refurbishing or rebuilding one right for you?

Our '64 Scotty Sportsman, shortly after purchase. Looks cute, eh?

For the past 11 years, my spouse and I, having aged gracefully out of the tent and car-camping expeditions of our youth and middle age, have traveled extensively in the US and Canada in two small teardrop camp trailers. We have had great fun in those tiny campers (both reproduction models of a late 1940′s [...]

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Classic trailers are “the show” at Trailerfest at Tower Park Resort, CA!

German classic Eriba Puck offers standing room, front kitchen and queen bed in 800 compact pound trailer!

Recently, almost 250 classic trailers were on display for the fifth annual Trailerfest event, at Tower Park Marina just west of Lodi. We walked through several dozen, particularly admiring and walking through small trailers from the feet up to about 15 feet in length. The argument for small, classic trailers is large.  They are small [...]

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