|Working on a small Chromebook makes online tasks easy
|5 x 10 Rustic Trail Teardrop Camper, Polar Bear
|Front cabinets, walk space, then the dinette/bed conversion area
I want to make it very clear, though, that the greater space of the "little" Basecamp rather than the "tiny" space of the Polar Bear standy in no way makes the Basecamp better than the Polar Bear. It's just different. In many ways, the two trailers share attributes. The Polar Bear is the largest (tallest) of the RTTC line, and the Basecamp is the smallest of the Airstream line; space it tight in both, but space in both is sufficient for comfortably waiting out a storm. My wife and I decided on the slightly larger but still "little" trailer to make it easier for her to work online while we were camping--especially if the weather were inclement, hot or cold, windy or buggy. We also just wanted to extend our generosity to ourselves, if that makes sense. We've helped out friends and especially family, and what's wrong with a special treat for ourselves? Nothing, we decided!
|In the empty campground, a little extra space
A morning of inside cooking and writing was my solution for rainy day activities--and maybe some reading or a movie if it came to be a long day of steady rain. I have rain gear for bicycling, but steady rain and muddy backroads would perhaps be a bit much, although you never know! Funnily enough, I've camped here at Indian Lake Campground for three nights now and haven't yet used the Basecamp's cookstove--no, wait, I did turn a burner on briefly to warm a tortilla by holding it over the flame. I decided today I'd have a more elaborate lunch, or perhaps a lunch/brunch because I'm having scrambled egges, home fries, and steamed vegetables for lunch. Bake the potatoes in the toaster oven; cook the potatoes and eggs with a few onions and some salsa in our cast iron skillet, and steam the veggies in the Instant Pot. I'll be using three appliances, but I think the clean-up will be minimal. I will also get a chance to use the sink to wash the dishes. Up to today, I've been using campground water and washing up outside to keep the filling of the blackwater tank to a minimum. Old tiny trailer habits, but today I live dangerously, or at least extravagantly!
|Cooking inside, using stove, appliances, and sink--a small but usable space
The storm did intensify, though, and while my intention was to focus on cooking, I found that I was continually distracted by the storm, having to deal with the wind and rain. Here is a loose timeline of my extra duties while cooking lunch.
- 11:00 Finally closed the front door because of wind and rain. Wiped down the door after closing it.
- 11:15 Because of the rising and falling gusts of wind, the awning poles fell down. Even with the poles down, the wind beneath the visor kept the it horizontal to the ground.
- 11:20 I replaced the visor's adjustable poles with my Cabela's poles, which are more sturdy. Those poles also kept falling down as the rising and falling wind lifted the visor, the tent pole tips slipping from the visor grommets. I've decided to let the visor flap; the wind is too strong to take the awning down.
- 11:25 The weather radar shows the campground to be at the edge of this thunderstorm. I'm glad we're not in the strongest storm area! If there's a lull in the wind, I'll drop the visor; otherwise, it's going to flap!
- 11:30 I just noticed that I hadn't opened any of the front window curtains. Duh! After opening the curtains and watching the rain and wind whipping the lake, I thought, "Wow, this trailer has a great view!"
- 11:45 The wind had dropped a bit, and the rain is just sprinkles whipped by gusts. I dropped the visor and made sure it wouldn't blow away, taking out the pole tent stiffener. I'm still worried about limbs hitting the trailer roof. Just heard another thunk.
All this took place while I was prepping my ranchos huevos, steamed kale, and pesto. Lunch went well, though. Everything cooked easily, and all the pots cleaned up with just a wipe. One thing I learned, though. From now on I'll open up the Instant Pot pressure cooker outside. It steamed up the window when releasing pressure, even with the ceiling vent fully open and the fan on high. I enjoyed washing up in the sink, but washing dishes inside raised the blackwater tank four percent. I think continuing our old practice of washing dishes outside and using the campground's water will significantly increase the time between blackwater dumps. There's nothing wrong when using the camper's sink when necessary, though. Having a self-contained camper really makes a difference when it's storming outside.
I've also found out from last night's and this morning's experiences that I really like it when I can open the front door and use the screen. The ceiling fan (and the air conditioner) are noisy, and the side hinged windows don't widely open. Therefore, it can feel stuffy in the camper if the door is closed. I have a couple of quieter fans I can use to move the air--a small nine-inch fan and a four-inch USB powered computer fan. They help keep the camper air fresh when the camper is closed up.
|The branch which hit the roof, now broken into two sections
|A paved country road that skirts the river
|A wild night
|Rain and more rain
|The red hot water pipe and a bin full of water
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