Monday, July 8, 2019

Bears in the Wild: RTTC Tiny Trailer Tales

The Green Goddess, a Polar Bear tiny trailer, in her natural habitat

It always great to meet up with friends, with people who have something in common. "Bears in the Wild" is a series of articles featuring a single, epic trip by owners of the same brand of camper I have. I own a Rustic Trail Teardrop Campers Polar Bear, the "standy" version of the RTTC line-up. Along the way, I've met some great RTTC owners--and quite a few are taking off on grand adventures.

"Bears in the Wild" articles are travelogues of the adventures of RTTC owners, focusing not on the owner but on the expedition--a trip down the Oregon coast, a jaunt up to Canada--a single jaunt, maybe for a month or a week or a weekend. Just as it's one thing to interact with nature in a zoo or botanical garden, it's quite another to be out in the wild and have a deer . . . or a bear come into view. The tiny trailer Bears in these travelogues are beautiful to experience in their natural habitat, out on the road or tucked away in a beautiful camp setting.

So go ahead and enjoy these migrations, these snapshots of Bears in the Wild. They are the first of many travelogues. If you are interested in all the travelogue articles, featuring any and all kinds of tiny trailers, stay tuned for a future Tiny Trailer Travelogues page. Mountains and rivers without end . . . and beautiful tiny trailers like flowers in the forest.

Below are links to our "Bears in the Wild" travelogues, with a bit of information and a photo.

Enchanted Trails Sojourn
It's funny how articles come into being, how I am motivated to write on a particular subject. This post was inspired by the above photograph. I've been holding back this image for about seven months, waiting for the right moment to write an article--waiting for the right angle. <more>

Cold Weather Dash to the Badlands
Fall--and a fast-approaching winter--have sharpened my interest in cold weather camping. I'm still planning a December camp-out if the weather holds for a coupla-three days. It was the changing weather and the beautiful photographs posted by John D. Pappas on the Facebook group Rustic Trail Teardrops Camper Owners Group that made me decide to write this travelogue. <more>

2019 Gathering of the Bears: RTTC 2nd Annual Tiny Trailer Gathering
My first inkling that attending the RTTC 2019 Gathering would be different than most of my camping trips was when I was sitting in my camp chair underneath the Green Goddess's awning, reading and relaxing after the long road trip. It was Thursday afternoon, October 10, the first day of the Rustic Trail Teardrop Campers "Gathering of the Bears." I had arrived early on Tuesday and was all set up in Site 2 of the North Campground at South Carolina's Huntington Beach State Park. <more>

Off to the Maritimes: Mary Larson and Her Grand Adventure
Of all the possible trips Mary could take, why did she choose the Maritimes? "In all honesty, I’m a transplant to Central Virginia from the Upper Midwest, and I hate the beastly hot summers here. I always either head to the Blue Ridge or I head north. I’ve been to Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia but had never done it in my camper." The big draw for this trip was to head to Newfoundland to see icebergs. "Everything else was just a wonderful part of a wonderful journey." <more>

An RTTC Kodiak to Remember
Inspiration and design are two attributes of a dynamic individual, and I think I've met a tiny trailer owner who is about as dynamic as you can get. Rustic Trails Teardrop Camper owner Lynn Keel was active on the RTTC Facebook groups even before she bought her trailer. She read comments, asked clarifying questions, and started at some point jotting down information that would help her provide the RTTC company all the information it would need when its employees began building her rig. <more>

How Ruben Rolls: the 8,000-Mile Tiny Trailer "Maiden Voyage"
"I have wanted a travel trailer for a while, and I was considering a larger Winnebago Micro Minnie or something like an R-Pod.  I even visited a couple dealers but dreaded another monthly payment. The RTTC Grizzly was the perfect answer. What was going to be my down payment would just about pay for the whole trailer." <more>

Pacific Coast Tiny Trailer Meander with Nancy Rushefsky
One woman.  One dog.  One tiny camper . . . together for six thousand miles. The result? "My confidence restored!" says the woman. In late summer in 2018, Texas resident Nancy Rushefsky took off for a 6,000-mile jaunt with her dog Mayla and her Rustic Trail Teardrop Papa Bear camper, gone for five and a half weeks for an epic solo journey. <more>

The Traveling Teardrop Sisters: a Tiny Trailer Owner Profile
Ann Schnepf and Betty Hanscum are the Traveling Teardrop Sisters. The sisters travel a lot together with their tiny trailers and have discovered that they create a parade-like effect. "I travel in tandem with my sister," says Ann, "so there are two teardrops going down the road. I am in the lead, so by the time a car is passing me, they have already seen my sister. The looks we get are hysterical." <more>

Tiny Trailer Travels West with Bob and Dian Teschke
Last year in June of 2018, Bob and Dian took an "epic cross country trip," in their words. It wasn't their first time across the country because in 2002 they had driven from California to Ohio in two cars with their young sons and three dogs, staying in motels as they moved--one of those epic migrations most folks have endured at least once. Think forward to last year, sixteen years later, just the two of them traveling: "no kids, our dog Zoey, and bringing our bed with us in the form of a teardrop." <more>

Tiny Art of Teardrop Trailers: Jim Cook
We own what we love and love what we own. That's the saying, anyway. We tiny trailer owners can also truly say the trailers we own give us lots of love and joy right back at us. And there are a few special teardrop owners who paint radiant, colorful pictures of their lovely trailers. RTTC Grizzly owner Jim Cook is one of those artists who spreads the joy with his palate of vivid color. <more>

Tiny Trailer Owner Profile: Lee and Lori Gandy
Judging from the photos posted on social media, tiny trailer owners Lee and Lori Gandy have many opportunities to camp in beautiful spots in South Carolina . . . and they are taking full advantage of those opportunities. These two happy campers have owned their Rustic Trail Teardrop Camper for one and a half years. It's a Grizzly model, a bit taller than the Papa Bear teardrop, yet still short enough to fit into a garage. <more>

Fall Leaves and Camping, Please
It's late October, just past the harvest moon, fifty-five degrees, and the trees are in full reds and yellows, the sky blues and grays, and the fire is a quiet companion as I sit and write at my camp at Jefferson County Park, a campground just four miles from my house. In the first half of the month, my wife and I spent five nights at this park; now we are spending four nights, enjoying the mild fall weather with our new tiny trailer. <more>

Tiny Trailer Owner Profile: Rob Dickerson
Tiny trailer owner Rob Dickerson is from SE Missouri and considers himself a retired Ozarkian, his career with Bass Pro Shops. Last June he bought his tiny trailer, a Rustic Trail Kodiak from Rustic Trail Teardrop Campers, a small, family-owned business in North Carolina. <more>

Tiny Trailer Owner Profile: Jo and John Fesler
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!" <more>

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