October 21, 2011

Cool Campers...

We saw every make, model, size and iteration of traveling abode while we were away for the summer. We were invited into large motor homes, impressive fifth-wheels and other Airstreams, but the ones that always drew my attention were the little, cute ones.

When we stayed at the Rock Island/Moline KOA in Illinois we were pretty much cheek-to-jowel with the other travelers. (The campsites were minimal allowable size and close together.)

Late one afternoon, this truck pulled in with a little (I suspect home-built) trailer behind it. My mind immediately transported to my childhood and memories of piles of old Popular Mechanics magazines usually stored in a window box in our front entry. I remember seeing photographs and plans of things like this little camper. I always thought it would be an incredible feat that someone could take all the raw materials, assemble them in an artful manner and create a mobile place to rest ones head after a day of traveling.
This couple pulled into their campsite, retrieved coolers and chairs from the back of their truck, and within a matter of minutes they were enjoying cheese, crackers and glasses of wine. The little camper had a comfortable bed in the main compartment with windows on the doors, a roof vent on top and (check out the arrow in the photograph). the back hinged opened to reveal a covered kitchenette! I love the quilt on the bed...and the pillow shams had moose on them! There was no bathroom consideration, but all the KOAs have bath houses to cover personal hygiene matters, so that's not a problem.

I was so fascinated that I just had to snap photos before they left the campground the next morning. I thought you might be interested in seeing cool campers, too. So, from time to time, I'll share photographs with you from our travels. When possible, I'll show you the insides, but mostly you'll see exteriors. (I hate to impose on our temporary neighbors.) Consider this the first installment.
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sunny said...

How cute! I dream of owning a little tear-drop camper and touring the country in it. I"ve never even seen the inside of one, but I know I want one!

Sue said...

thats the sort of thing my dad would have built in his youngers days. Can't imagine how tight it was on a hot night though!

Carol said...

Well, living on the border and working in Elkhart Indiana which is THE RV MFG capitol of the world, I see it all. There are lots of homemade travel trailers around here. Guys that make them all day long and go home and design/make their own. I know YOU won't be surprised. Some of those good ideas have helped to re-start the economy here with new companies popping up to make ultra lite versions to offset the high petro prices.

Chris said...

This is going to be a fun series, Donna. Rubbing my hands together in anticipation :-)

Createology said...

Oh how I adore the tiny little things in life. These small campers/trailers are adorable. It would be fun to have one but I would prefer to have personal facilities in mine. Recently went to Cabelas for grins and checked out the camping equipment...very expensive compared to many years ago. At this age I shall stick to reservations and maid service.

Jillayne said...

How cute! I love how people come up with ways to do things that are somewhat unconventional - good for them!

papel1 said...

We own a small travel trailer and when in RV parks we love walking around and looking at the different models. I love the teardrops and remember the originals from years ago.
Judy

Minimiss said...

That is so dinky.

Michelle May said...

I could probably live in that. Of course, the bunnies would chew the crap out of it! hee,hee,hee.

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