Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Tiny Trailers Are Camping--Here, There, Everywhere!

Falls Lake State Park, North Carolina. "Heavy rains yesterday, but the rest of the weekend should be good."
(B. Ruger photo)

Slowly and carefully, tiny trailer owners are moving out into the world again. Folks want to camp, but they also don't want to get sick or to spread this COVID;19 virus. But slowly and carefully, folks are venturing out again, towing their little trailers and parking them in beautiful climes. Campers are engaging in a variety of safe, socially distancing activities--bicycling, kayaking, hiking, or just plain relaxing around camp. Photos are being posted on social media, beautiful and inspiring photos, and I think it's time to share some.

Oregon's Mount Hood. (K. Dahlquist photos)

Out West, one tiny trailer owner is camping in her T@G and riding her Pivot Mach 6 mountain bike on Mount Hood. She can ride all day and still have a good bed and camp to return to, self-sufficient and safe.

"This is how we roll."

Basecamp set-up

The T@G includes aftermarket side wings for the rear galley, which were bought from Meme Eberspacher at Etsy.

Rent a kayak prior to considering buying. (M. Chapman photos)

With a focus on the Midwest, another tiny trailer owner decided to head east from Nebraska to NE Iowa to enjoy some kayaking. "The Upper Iowa River is such an Iowa treasure!" the tiny camper owner said. She and a friend floated the river and stayed in a city park in the town of Kendelville, "called, surprisingly,  Kendelville City Park. I typically do not go east from my home base of Nebraska, but having seen a YouTube video on this river . . . a momentous trip was planned. Temps in the 50's at night and 70's during the day!! It was damn near, perfect!!"

Upper Iowa River

My wife and I have considered kayaks before, and these kayaking photos were certainly an inspiration! "Kayaks are a hot commodity currently with covid happening," the camper/kayaker said. "I had never kayaked before I purchased, but I had done canoeing and white water rafting for years. I've no regrets and really enjoy pushing water in my yak."

The American Teardrop at Kendelville City Park

Setting up her camp was easy with her American Teardrop, manufactured in Auburn, California. "It's a 2012 Falcon and is 100% 200-watt solar, running to a deep cell marine battery housed in the box on the tongue. DVD watching, phone charging, lights, Fantastic Fan, anything 12 volt," was the rig's information.

Don't worry! This is not the tiny trailer and tow vehicle route! (Nick Uthe, photographer)

Mountains and tiny trailers are a good match because twisty roads and grades aren't the gas-guzzling challenges that the big rigs find. A third tiny trailer traveler, the Salt Lake City photographer Nick Uthe, recently camped in the Ouray, Colorado, area and saw some beautiful off-the-beaten-path country. His journey wasn't for weekend RVers, though, because some of the roads he traveled were nominal, but oh, the beauty!

Bean trailer, equipped for the roads less traveled.

Taking his Bean trailer on Yankee Boy Basin trail, the camper found the smaller, first-come, first-served campsites a couple miles up the trail already filled up. "I ended up pushing the limits a bit," he said, "by bringing the trailer past those parts, as I know 4x4's can easily make it to the end of the trail. There were no camping signs past a certain point, but I'm almost certain people were overland camping back there. I would have needed a spotter to make it past the rocky shelf portions (I wouldn't want to back out with the trailer) about a mile past the campgrounds." He ended up boondocking because there wasn't an open campsite within an hour from Ouray. Weekends are busy!

Adding that the Ouray area is "an incredible spot to explore and hang out, tiny trailer owner Nick Uthe suggested to not come during the height of camping season because you probably won't get a campground.

RTTC Polar Bear, the same model as mine . . . beautiful color! (K. George photos)

Finally, the owner of an RTTC Polar Bear chose a more relaxing trip, visiting several parks and campgrounds all within her home state of Wisconsin, proving that it's possible to travel closer to home and to still safely explore and discover.

Northern sunset

"Well, it wasn’t the trip to Acadia and Sleeping Bear Dunes as we had planned," the camper said. "However, we did discover a new-to-us state forest with loads of great campsites and nice facilities. Ten nights on the road—Northern Highland American Legion State Forest-Crystal Lake campground, then Twin Bridges a very nice Marinette County Park before heading home to Peninsula State Park—all in our home state of Wisconsin. A couple of waterfalls, a bit of rain, heat and then very cool up north nights. Lots of ice cream cones and supper club take-outs ensued."

Peninsula State Park

Climbing into your safe little tiny trailer after a full day's adventure of biking, hiking, kayaking; or the restful pleasure of just enjoying nature's beauty, camping is revealing itself to be a way to get out of the house and to still maintain those safety measures necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic the world is experiencing. There is beauty in the world--even close to home--and the low expense of smaller trailers makes it easier than ever to get out and enjoy!

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  1. Love this post! Everything looks so wonderful during this crazy time. Thanks for sharing the rigs!

  2. Thanks! The calming effects of nature--even if it's only photos of nature.

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