Monday, February 25, 2019

The Green Goddess Is a "Standy" Tiny Trailer

The Green Goddess at her new home

I am surfing the net--actually Pinterest--and run across a photo of my RTTC Polar Bear model tiny trailer. The photo is a front image for an article on tiny trailers that are under 1,500 pounds in dry weight which a person can stand up in, and for the first time I run across the term "standy." Five different trailers are featured, and the Polar Bear is the lead feature. Go, Green Goddess! In fact, it looks like the lead photo is actually my trailer!

Interested in this new designation for my "standy" teardrop, I surf a bit more and land on the Teardrops n Tiny Travel Trailers forum, where there is the thread "Teardrop vs Standy Teardrop," posted in January of 2016. The "standy" has come a long way in three years. "Adirondackersouth," who posted the thread, wrote: "Standy is a large teardrop that one can almost if you are shorter than the average bear, stand up in. I am 5' 10" and this was impossible to do in the one and only Standy teardrop I have ever been on the order of 5 feet and x inches from top of the floor to the ceiling at the door. I think they should call them Stoop's and not a Standy's. But that is my opinion." Included with his remarks is how much he likes the retro look. " Yes, I am a softy for the old, classic look, for wood, for the 1930's - 1960's. There is just a richness and I suppose it speaks in the same tones that the newest house I ever owned was built in 1947 and the oldest 1886. I like them old!"

Tiny Camper Company Stand Up Spam

My first footstep onto that sandy, "standy" trail was the Pinterest pinned photo and article from the website DoItYourselfRV, "5 Lightweight Standy Trailers Under 1,500 Lbs." The article highlights five different "standy" brands and models, beginning with the RTTC Polar Bear and ranging from $5,300 (Tiny Camper Company Stand Up Spam, 5'9" height) to $16,000 (The Relic, a vintage-style fiberglass trailer with "over six feet" of headroom). Two of the featured trailers (Little Guy Trailers MeerKat and Weiscraft Little Joe) are not provided with a price tag, and the base list price for the Polar Bear is listed at $7,975 for the standard model.

The Relic

By the way, here is my editorial rant about how much I dislike websites that post articles without a dateline. How old is the "standy" article? Is the information outdated? Who knows? I couldn't find a publication date. I can say that the current price listed on the RTTC website is $8,400 for a standard Polar Bear, and that reflects a recent increase.

Green Goddess Glamping has written two three articles about tiny trailers and why campers like and buy them.

The Green Goddess in her natural habitat

The last article listed was actually the first post ever written for this blog, explaining why my wife and I chose to buy a tiny trailer as our first camping rig beyond tenting. It also explains our desire for a "standy," rather than the traditional crawl-in, bed-only teardrop style (and we have no negative thoughts regarding that style, which just didn't meet our needs). I have written a couple of "hands-on" articles about daily routines and how they work with a tiny trailer. The small space requires adapting in basically two ways: 1) how to adapt to living outdoors (called "camping"), and 2) how to adapt to living in a tiny trailer from a traditional house's space.

An inside peek 

There are many reasons why the tiny trailer market is booming right now--ranging from the desire for a smaller RV footprint to price to the desire to not have to buy a trailer-specific tow vehicle. If you want to learn more regarding those concepts, then the Green Goddess articles listed above will do the trick.

I like the term "standy," and that's the focus of this article. A "standy" provides a place to change, a workplace with a more traditional space, a more home-like seating possibility, inclement weather inside cooking, and as was mentioned above, that wonderful retro look that turns heads at the campground and on the road.

I remember coming home from a recent trip. It was late summer and nearing lunchtime when I pulled past our town square. Standing at the stoplight were two women as I turned the corner. They both looked at the Green Goddess, bright and lively behind me, and one pointed, the women's heads leaning toward one another as they checked out my one-car parade. They were smiling as I pulled by, and I know they were thinking, "Gotta get me one of those."

I'm so glad I went out and got me one.

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  1. Playing with SticksMarch 22, 2019 at 11:04 AM

    The Green Goddess really is beautiful. It would definitely turn our heads if it passed by.

    1. One fun story is when I was driving back into town from one camping trip, two women were standing at the crossroads stoplight, waiting for the green, as I turned through the intersection. One pointed at the trailer and nudged her companion. They both smiled . . . and made my day.

  2. Playing with SticksMarch 22, 2019 at 11:05 AM

    We definitely need to get a standy!

  3. This might be a good "hands on" article about working with the Green Goddess: "Cold Weather Cooking in a Tall Teardrop."