Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Oh boy!

Not far from us there's an old drive-in theater, which in the past few years has become something of a trailer storage location.  I've always been fascinated by the supposed trailer graveyard, but haven't had a clue about what goes on there.  I alway figured they were just hoarding trailers for the apocalypse.  Turns out they're actually selling some, as I discovered on Craigslist. They had a listing for a tiny Fireball, too small and too rough for us.  But it gave me the open to get in touch.  We should be able to go poke around there soon to see what they have!

I'm excited.  Who knows what treasure lies sleeping in there?

Where old trailers go to die - or live in limbo

The Circus Drive In

Circus 1

Who knows what we'll find... who knows?  Will there be clowns there, living in the trailers?  It's the Circus Storage, after all...

I hope there are some clowns.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Trailerspotting - it's a bit like trainspotting, only there's no heroin involved.  No visible tracks on your arm, but the addiction is there.  Once you've got trailers on the mind, you're looking for them everywhere and noticing them where you've never noticed them before...

Last week when we returned from vacation, and began our second week or so of wanting a trailer (so badly, so badly wanting), I spotted this trailer just a few short blocks away from our house.  It must have arrived while we were gone, put in place to taunt me every day when I drive by to and from work.

What's this?  A trailer has appeared up the street from us!

Aristocrat Lo-Liner

An Aristocrat Lo-Liner, year unknown.  Just sitting there.  Winking at me as I drive by.  I'll be watching closely to see what the new owners do with it, if anything.  They don't mow their lawn much, or pick up their empty garbage can when it falls over in the wind (for days), and most recently they've left the windows of their pickup truck open... for days.

This isn't the trailer for us, but it's about the size we're looking for.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Take the Caravan Challenge!

My English husband tells me they hate people with trailers in England.  They clog up the roads, and are generally annoying.  Top Gear BBC takes the "caravan challenge" to see what the fuss is, and things don't go too well...

The dog seems to like the holiday, when it's not car sick.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Whoa there, Nelly!

Lesson number one in the search for the perfect trailer - these things take time!  Just because you decide you want a trailer and you go on Craigslist and you find the CUTEST little trailer doesn't mean you should run out and buy it.

It's well taken care of, and the interior is nice.  Read more about it here while the listing is still up.  He's renewed the listing twice now, so it seems nobody is jumping on it.

Hold your horses - we haven't even looked at any trailers yet, so it's probably not a good idea to dash out and buy the very first thing that catches our eye.  In fact, she's got one major flaw - NO BATHROOM.

Oh well.

But she's done something very important for us.  She's helped us to start thinking about what we do want in a trailer, and what is unacceptable.  We need to stop, take a breath, and look around at the different things out there before we dive in.  That's going to be part of the fun - the learning and shopping around.  There are a lot of different trailer makes out there, and some of them are much more appealing than others.

I ordered four back copies of Vintage Camper Trailers magazine.  That should help us wrap our heads around the possibilities!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

The beginning...

Old Travel Trailer

How did this madness begin?

It started innocently enough, not long ago.  I got to thinking that tent camping is swell and all, but frankly, I'd rather not sleep on the ground anymore when we travel.  And now that Michael has a bum leg... well, you know how it is.  I think it's called AGE.


Then I started thinking about what form our travel abode might take, and I immediately eliminated several possibilities.

When I was a kid, we had an Apache tent-trailer (followed later by a larger Jayco model).  Not bad, but just a bit too much like a tent for me.  Here's our Apache in Deer Lodge, Montana, on the way to Chicago.  I was nine on that trip.  The station wagon you see here was my high school ride - oh so cool!

Camping with the station wagon!

Teardrop trailers were the next to fall by the wayside.  While they do look cool, the fact they're basically just a bed with outdoor cooking facilities was not a big sell.  We want to be able to sit inside in bad weather and not have to be IN BED.  A few years ago we were in Zion during some really bad weather, and had to sit in the car until it was time to sleep (never mind it was October so it got dark really early).  That was pretty miserable, and I don't want to do that again.  We need a nice enclosed dry space to relax in, to read or eat or talk, and not have it seem like being in bed the whole time.

We also know that we don't want something too big.  No land yachts for us!  As long as it has a bed, a table, and a TOILET we'll be happy!  Affordability is a must, though we don't want to do major restorations ourselves.  Structurally sound, but ready for some modification.

And it has to look cool.  If we're going to do this, we want to have fun!

I'm Serious!

I'm going to get me a vintage trailer!  I mean it.  And this blog will tell the tale of my search for the perfect little gem.

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