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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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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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Exploring the northern California, Oregon and Washington coasts in the late fall

Rugged Oregon coast, just off Hwy. 101, looking north in central Oregon.

  Exploring the northern California, Oregon and Washington coasts in the late fall can be quiet, scenic and intoxicating.  Gone are the maddening crowds of summer, and weather in November and early December can be sunny, with crisp, clear days. It can also be wet, as we discovered along the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. On [...]

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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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Yosemite’s high country – beautiful in late summer, early fall!

My spouse and I just returned from 3+ days in Yosemite high country, following Hwy. 120/the Tioga Road up to Tuolumne Meadows. While the rivers are running low, and some of the waterfalls have dried up – this is still stunning country, clean air and worth your visit. Posting some pictures of Olmsted Point, Tenaya Lake, [...]

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California coastal dreamin’, Bodega Bay, the Russian River, Ft. Ross and north to Mendocino

The old Bodega School was used to film some of the scenes from Hitchcock's classic movie, 'The Birds'.

Shorebirds, sea lions, quaint towns and spectacular Pacific coastal scenery – just 2.5 hours from San Joaquin County! With arguably the most scenic stretch of California coastline and late summer/early fall the best time of the year to visit, the coast from Bodega Bay north to Mendocino is too close not to make it a [...]

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Vintage travel trailers; great investment, and, total class in campgrounds!

Our 1958 reproduction Scotty Junior teardrop, in front of St. George Lighthouse in Florida.

Last week, my travel blog featured a half-dozen vintage travel trailers we recently toured at a classic trailer rally at Lake Tahoe in June. We have owned two tiny teardrop trailers; our first was a cute little reproduction Kit Kamper, popular after World War II and one of the more frequent teardrop trailer styles seen today. [...]

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Ease of travel with a teardrop trailer; it’s David vs. Goliath!

Our Scotty Junior on the N. California coast!

Our Scotty at home in the Pinnacles National Park campground, amidst the behemeth trailers and fifth-wheels. All those owners want a tour of our little trailer! Rear galley with plenty of storage room; some teardrops have built-in gas stove or sink, this one does not. The back interior cabinets of our 58 Scotty offer lots [...]

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Travels with a teardrop, other tiny trailers, Part II

A nice teardrop, with an added "side tent" to expand living area, overlooking Ocean Cove Resort north of Jenner, CA.

Possibly the nicest teardrop we have seen, built by Dan Hazard out of Manteca; 5′ wide, 10′ long, with an expanded, luxury rear galley, microwave, air conditioning, generator – very elaborate! Our new 58 Serro Scotty Junior teardrop, with builder Tom Scott, a West Virginia shop teacher. We have towed this little trailer across the [...]

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Touring the west in a tiny trailer; life with a teardrop or other small campers

This 58 Serro Scotty Junior teardrop is our current small trailer, lovingly build three years ago by a West Virginia shop teacher.

This Aliner pop-up camper yields a hard-sided, rugged camper, sleeping up to six, and folds for compact and aero-dynamic towing with small vehicles! This classic 1970s Compact II, made in CA, is light-weight, sleeps four and the inside offers a pop-up allowing standing room for six-footers! A variety of small modern vans are converted to [...]

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