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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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Trailerfest and Rio Vista Bass Derby/Festival…head for Delta this weekend!

See vintage trailers like this Airstream Caravelle and woody tow vehicle, and 200 more, at Trailefest!

Here are two reasons this weekend to head for our San Joaquin/Sacramento River Delta: the fifth annual Trailerfest, a “back to the 50s”-themed gathering of 250 classic travel trailers and campers at Tower Park Marina, just west of Lodi on Hwy. 12, and the 68th annual Rio Vista Bass Derby and Festival in Rio Vista. [...]

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Grand Canyon’s North Rim, ghosts of the past and Pipe Spring National Monument

View from the Walhalla Overlook, distant, center, shows the Unkar Creek Delta where Anasazi farmed squash, corn and beans about 1,000 years ago.

One hundred forty six years ago, explorer John Wesley Powell and his rag-tag boatmen churned into the Grand Canyon and gazed in awe at the canyon with walls a mile high. With our first trip to the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, it was hard not to feel the same amazement that Powell and his crew [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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Cozy, efficient campers make for comfortable, thrifty travel!

This '71 Camp Mite offers 6' standing room with the roof is popped up, and light-weight, aero-dynamic profile for ease of towing.

We have just returned from a 22 day tour of seven national Parks – Great Basin in Nevada, the five stunning ones in Utah, the Grand Canyon North rim and a return through Yosemite (OK, make that eight national parks, though we merely passed through Yosemite). Along the way, we viewed and camped with a series of [...]

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