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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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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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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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Central Florida; “big Ag”, and, old towns not feeling the tourism love of the coastal cities!

Old shuttered theater and closed auto shop in Pahokee are emblematic of Central Florida towns that don't receive the tourism bounty of the coastal cities.

Water cannons, mounted on huge “big Ag” trucks, thunder water 150 yards into Florida fields. Lake Okeechobee is huge, outlined by giant levies courtesy of the Army Corps of Engineers and our federal government. Huge levies and water channels take Everglades water to oceanside towns in East Florida. Sunrise over Nine Mile Pond in Everglades [...]

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Teardrop travel trailers gather on California coast (Teardrops, Part 3)

Last weekend, a dozen teardrop trailer owners gathered on the California coast just above Jenner and Ft. Ross, at Ocean Cove campground.  This gathering is an annual affair, the second weekend in October – here are pictures from the last few years. Each year, a number of quality trailers, including several with full galleys in [...]

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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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Crater Lake National Park; azure blue waters, jaw-dropping vistas!

Wizard Island is itself an extinct volcano in the caldera of Crater Lake, now an island as the Mazama Volcano's collapsed volcano filled with water over the last 7,700 years.

  After visiting the park Visitor Center, the Crater Lake Lodge is a great place to start your tour of the 33-mile Rim Drive. Also a fine place to stay, and for fine food, too! The lobby of Crater Lake Lodge is just the place to curl up by the fire and catch up on [...]

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Tiny trailers make for cozy western travels!

Our first teardrop camper was a Kit Kamper, built from a kit in 2004; we towed it with a Nissan 300 ZX. A modern Casita trailer offers the latest amenities, but maintains low weight and strearm-lined shape for easy towing with smaller vehicles. Vintage VW Westfalias can still be found, perfect for camping for two [...]

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Teardrop and other tiny travel trailers; frugal travel in high style!

Author's spouse Susan poses near out Scotty teardrop, every bit as comfy around the campfire as our giant motor-home neighbors.  Picture from Pinnacles National Park.

  Teardrop galley with two burner built-in stove for quick cooking. Galley paired with custom tent added to double the teardrop’s covered “living area” footprint, with Ocean Cove, CA in background near Jenner, CA. Galley detail on one of many teardrop trailers we have seen in our travels! We are gearing up for a three [...]

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