South Carolina may be the homebase for their travels, but Jo and John Fesler haven't let themselves gather too much SC dust since they've retired. Since 2015 they've taken two trips across the US of about three months each, and have also taken additional trips to Ohio and Tennessee. Their travel rig is a Rustic Trail Teardrop Campers (RTTC) Pappa Bear (RTTC's smallest model), which they pull with a Toyota Sienna van. "We have had no problems towing our camper and we have pulled it over 20,000 miles!"
|Mt. Ranier, WA, during their travels
|". . . a real vintage look."
As you can imagine, when traveling in a teardrop for such long distances and time, two people traveling together will either learn how to spend that time well . . . or will stop traveling! Here's some advice the Feslers learned from their travels. "Buy an induction burner as an added cooking option - we've even used ours cooking inside the camper during bad weather (really important when you're on the road for several months because it does rain and snow sometimes (many days at a time even...). We have a foam bath rug on the floor at the door which makes it easier to crawl into the camper (soft on the knees) and keeps the floor cleaner. Understand that a teardrop is small so you have to be willing to adapt to being in a very small space. You also have to get along great with your spouse, being in such tight quarters. A teardrop is much easier to tow and can get into areas that you can't with a larger trailer. Plan your trip so you know in advance what you want to see, but don't be real rigid so you can also wander and explore, or even change direction along the way. We never had campground reservations along the way and just played it by ear, often calling or looking online for campgrounds to stay at for the night. What's nice about a teardrop is that it is so simple to park and set up - we have watched people with big campers spend lots of time getting parked and going through all their set up, leveling, hookups etc. We are usually parked and set up, hooked to electric, all in about 10 minutes."
As successful veterans of the road trip, the Feslers plan this fall to finish their Route 66 trip from Miami, Oklahoma, to Chicago. Traveling across the country through the northern states all the way to Washington state is definitely on their list. In 2019 they plan to make a trip up the east coast to New England to view the fall leaves. The Feslers are living the life that many just dream about. We wish them many more happy miles. A video slide show of their travels is posted on Facebook.
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