4 More Cool Trailers

In a day where many recreational vehicles can easily cost six-figures and measure 40-feet or more, some people are returning to basics resulting in the minimalist RV trend gaining momentum.

Numerous vintage trailers, Airstreams, and other cool campers have been featured in Vogel Talks RVing. From modular trailers to bizarre shaped campers here are four that’ll certainly turn heads.

Teal Feather Camper

The Teal Feather Camper
The Teal Feather Camper

There is no other camper on the market quite like the Teal Feather. A modular camper that fits on a utility trailer or pickup bed, the Teal Camper is 8.5 feet long, 6 feet wide, just over 6 feet tall, and weighs a mere 500 pounds, hence its name.

The camper can be put together by one person in 60 minutes by piecing together panels made of polyethylene plastic filled with insulation. Only a Phillips screwdriver is purportedly needed for the job. When taken apart, the camper’s parts occupy a space of 4 feet by 5 feet.

Inside, the camper features a sink with a drain and a bottle to pump water to the faucet. The cabinets look more like a duffel bag—they open with zippers—though they have shelves and panels to support storage of belongings.

Dub Box

Dub Box is a customizable camper manufactured in Oregon.
Dub Box is a customizable camper manufactured in Oregon.

The Dub Box is a fun and creative retro camper with a new twist. The initial design was born from the American vintage trailer, merged with retro styling, and infused with modern conveniences for style and comfort. While it may appear that the company buys up all the Volkswagen camper vans remaining on the planet, Dub Boxes are manufactured from new fiberglass shells.

The initial design was born from the American vintage trailer, merged with retro styling and modern conveniences for style and comfort. And the rest of the design is up to you.

Dub Boxes are light enough to be towed by most vehicles, compact enough to be stored in a garage, the exterior and interior decor is customizable, and the layout can be altered to suit its intended use.

Eggcamper

The Eggcamper: Lightweight molded composite travel trailers
The Eggcamper: Lightweight molded composite travel trailers

As the name suggests, the Eggcamper has a distinct eggshell look.

Distinctly different in design and function, Eggcampers are handmade from nine molded lightweight composites — the entire camper weighs less than 2,000 pounds — and thus is easy to tow.

The entire exterior is intentionally painted an eggshell white color, which obviously helps give the product its name, but also makes it simple to clean and easier to keep cool.

The company also offers a smaller Teardropp trailer that’s based on a shape that was popular in the 1930s and is manufactured using a similar process.

Mehrzeller

Mehrzeller, a multi-cellular caravan
Mehrzeller, a multi-cellular caravan

If you don’t like to follow current trends and prefer to stand out from the crowd then this bizarre shaped caravan trailer with sleek angular lines, the Mehrzeller, may be the recreational vehicle for you.

The multi-cellular caravan  design can be entirely personalized by each customer resulting in an attractive one-of-a-kind trailer. The configuration is generated by a computer using the customer’s inputs, and then the final design is done by parameters from the architects to yield an attractive and practicable result. The caravans are produced using the principles of “mass customization”: this allows both the individual wishes of the customer to be accommodated while producing the caravan with series methods.

Worth Pondering…

All things are possible until they are proved impossible—and even the impossible may only be so, as of now.

—Pearl S. Buck

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RV/MH Museum Introduces Historic Shasta Exhibit

Elkhart, Indiana-based RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum recently introduced its newest exhibit featuring a retrospective on the evolution of the iconic Shasta brand of travel trailers.

1954 Shasta display in the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum, Elkhart, Indiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
1954 Shasta display in the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum, Elkhart, Indiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The display includes a 1954 Shasta that’s been in the museum’s inventory for years and a 2015 reissue of a 1961 Shasta Airflyte 16sc, courtesy of Mick Ferkey, owner of Greeneway RV, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, and a member of the RV/MH Hall of Fame board of directors.

While the reissue of a 1961 Shasta Airflyte 16sc has the look and style of the 1960s model, it is fully equipped with modern features and appliances, including a full bath, according to an RV/MH Hall of Fame press release.

“Shasta has a rich heritage and is the industry’s longest producer of RVs. The brand has been in continuous product since its founding in 1941,” said Darryl Searer, president, RV/MH Hall of Fame.

“When Californian Robert Gray built the first Shasta ‘house trailer’ to be used as mobile military housing, he had no idea his homes on wheels would play a major role in establishing a billion-dollar industry—or that the little trailers would spark wanderlust in Americans that would carry them across the miles and into the next century.”

The evolution of the Shasta display in the museum actually began when Mark Lucas, president/general manager, Shasta RV, a division of Forest River, noticed a yellow and white 1961 Shasta for sale sitting in a front yard, just up the road from his office in Middlebury, Indiana.

1954 Shasta (left) and 2015 Reissue of a 1961 Shasta Airflyte 16sc (right)
1954 Shasta (left) and 2015 Reissue of a 1961 Shasta Airflyte 16sc (right)

“I’ve always been a car guy. I’ve restored and customized a bunch of older cars. My wife has a 1960 Cadillac convertible with a white interior,” said Lucas.

“So when I ran across that 1961 Shasta I envisioned towing the restored 1961 Shasta behind my wife’s car. I bought it and brought it to the factory.”

As it turns out, a restoration was not as easy as Lucas first thought.

“We started to pull it apart and discovered it had aluminum water tank and aluminum water line, so I said, ‘Pull it out and we’ll replace it’,” Lucas continued.

“They said, ‘It’s got that old style wiring,’ so I said, ‘Pull that out and replace it.’

Lucas’ crew kept pulling it apart until they ended up with a bare frame. He laughed and added, “That wasn’t part of the plan—my wife’s going to be pretty mad. I got with our engineer Mark Dunithan, and we started researching parts and found that about 80 percent of what we needed was readily available.”

Dunithan suggested to Lucas that they just build a brand new one for him.

But rather than just building one, they came up with the idea of building 1,941 in honor of Shasta’s first year.

Lucas said, “There were some things that were hard to find. We had to get a casting made for the Shasta emblem on the front, and we replicated the door handles. Vendors really stepped up for us. For example, Hehr International, an RV window manufacturer, remade those awning style windows for us.”

Cadillac_ShastaLucas unveiled the 2015 reissue of a 1961 Shasta Airflyte on the opening day of 2014 RV Open House, and by noon the next day, the complete product run was completely sold out.

It was during the RV Open House that board member Mick Ferkey noticed the product and fell in love with it. Ferkey knew the museum already owned 1954 Shasta and thought a display of the 1954 Shasta alongside the reissue of the 1961 could be an exciting and educational exhibit for museum visitors.

The problem was that Shasta limited sales of the new model only to its own dealers, and Ferkey was not a Shasta dealer.

Ferkey talked to Lucas about his idea and ended up convincing him selling him one for display in the museum.

“I think it’s fantastic,” Lucas said.

“One thing that I’m honored to do is to direct such an iconic brand such as Shasta. So to have our reissue of the 1961 Shasta Airflyte sit beside a 1954 Shasta at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum is exciting, and it’s also humbling.”

Museum visitors will find the new exhibit in the Go RVing Hall and will be able to compare the advances in enhancements to the RV lifestyle between these two historic travel trailers.

2014 limited edition Shasta Airflyte in production.
2014 limited edition Shasta Airflyte in production.

Worth Pondering…

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

—Les Brown

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The Appeal of Pop-Up Trailers

Pop-up trailers are a blend of RV and tent, combining the best of both types. They give you the comfort and security of a travel trailer and the openness of a tent.

Viking Epic Pop-Up Trailers
Viking Epic Pop-Up Trailers Consumers Digest Best Buy

Pop-up trailers, which are also known as pop-up campers, folding tent trailers, and folding campers are lightweight trailers with collapsible (usually canvas material) sides that fold for aerodynamic towing by a motorized vehicle. When set up, they provide cooking, dining, and sleeping facilities for up to eight people.

Pop-up trailers are an affordable way for the budget buyer to get into RVing, a viable first step of RV ownership.

They are lightweight and make a lot of sense to campers especially young families and those looking at upgrading from tent camping to an RV.

Added to the fact purchase prices are much lower than a conventional RV, they provide a wonderful camping choice.

The RV Industry Association (RVIA) is forecasting the industry will ship 10,900 pop-up units to retailers this year and will remain unchanged in 2015.

TrailManor SilverTrail Edition
TrailManor SilverTrail Edition

Although the market for pop-ups has been eroded somewhat following the recession, there are still new pop-up trailers coming out that will continue to attract new customers who have decided that tent camping just isn’t fun anymore. And today’s pop-ups have some definite advantages over their predecessors.

They’re definitely not your dad’s pop-up. Early pop-up trailers were bland—not much more than a wheeled box with a bed and table. They have become a lot easier to set up and take down. Today’s pop-up trailers are much more automated with more power lifts that reduce setup and take down time. When you add to that the incredible number of new features—everything from updated floor plans and fabrics to extra storage and power points, their appeal has been broadened.

SylvanSport GO
Lightweight and easy to manage, the SylvanSport GO can be pulled by even the smallest of cars.

Today, they are much improved and offer more appeal. There are even off-road models with dirt tires and a deck on which to carry an ATV.

Setting up a pop-up trailer is relatively simple and should take about 20 minutes.

Park your pop-up in a level spot. Secure the wheels with a tire locking chock. Raise the trailer tongue high enough to disconnect the tow vehicle. Pull the tow vehicle away and level the trailer.

Release the roof latches, and raise the roof using the crank handle or winch extending the telescoping poles on each corner of the box.

Next, bunks at the front and the back of the trailer are pulled out by hand. Then, the tent material (which is fastened to the box and to the roof) is unfurled, pulled over the ends of the bunks, and attached. Interior support poles for the bunk and the entry door are then installed.

Depending on the configuration and included equipment, several additional set up steps may be required. These steps include hooking up to utilities (electricity, water, sewer), reassembling the dinette, unfolding the sink, turning on systems (water pump, water heater, etc.), making beds and unpacking belongings.

Earlier articles on Vogel Talks RVing have featured several brands of pop-up trailers, each boasting unique features.

Bunkhouse Pop-up trailer
Bushtec Products’ Bunkhouse Pop-up trailers has introduced a new pop-up travel trailer.

The Bunkhouse Camper manufactured by Jacksboro, Tennessee-based Bushtec Products features pop-ups weighing less than 300 pounds that are popular with motorcycle riders.

The TrailManor is a low-profile hard wall trailer that opens and closes with the touch of a remote control. TrailManor’s “tow low/live high” concept appeals to campers desiring comfort and luxury beyond that offered by the typical pop-up trailer.

The Viking Epic Series of pop-up trailers offers eight floor plans in the $9,615-$13,401 price range. Manufactured by Coachmen RV, a division of Forest River Inc., the Viking Epic Series was named a 2014 Consumers Digest Best Buy in the “midrange” category.

Billed as “Mobile Adventure Gear” rather than a trailer, the SylvanSport Go is an 800-pound pop-up trailer that can carry extra outdoor equipment such as canoes and trailers and can be towed by a small car.

Worth Pondering…

Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.

—James Dean (1931-1955)

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When Less Is More

The Mogo Freedom proves less is more with the design of its Mogo.

The Mogo Freedom proves less is more with the design of its Mogo.
The Mogo Freedom proves less is more with the design of its Mogo.

The flexible space allows outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy camping.

Mogo Freedom said it is looking to challenge everyone’s views on the caravan/trailer. When designing Mogo, Matjaz Korosec and Ross Design from Germany followed the adage of less is more—the luxury lies in its simplicity.

Conceived after a period of downsizing, Korosec started looking for alternative, cost effective solutions that would enable taking holidays regardless of economic constraints. He and his family wanted to enjoy all the benefits of camping, but without the accompanying rigmarole.

They needed to be able to transport bicycles, kayaks, kites, and all manner of equipment easily and safely, but with a smaller vehicle than they had used previously. With a wealth of experience derived from working for caravan industry heavyweights Coachman, Fleetwood, and Adria UK, Korosec created the concept for this transportable unit.

Back in 1949, British designer Samuel Alper’s vision was to produce cheaper, lighter caravans for the masses. His mission came to fruition when the Sprite shape was launched in 1951, enabling families with regular sized vehicles to tow a mobile home and holiday at leisure.

The Mogo Freedom proves less is more with the design of its Mogo.
The Mogo Freedom proves less is more with the design of its Mogo.

Recycling this philosophy, the Mogo Freedom goes back to basics—with an ethically produced unit, designed to enable the user to utilize the space with total flexibility. From an aesthetic perspective there are elements reminiscent of the familiar mobile homes of yesteryear, but with the capability to project any functionality.

With a maximum load weight of 750kg (1,653 pounds), there is no need for a driver’s towing license or a vehicle with an engine size exceeding 1.0 L. With these proportions, the Mogo Freedom can be stored inside the average domestic-sized garage.

The unit core is constructed using modern, super lightweight Banova Balsa wood from renewable eco plantations. The walls of the Mogo are reinforced with newly developed plastics—normally used in the building industry, providing the unit with strength, thermal insulation, and impact resistance.

The Mogo also features specially designed tools and lamination technique by German producer Vöhringer. During the assembly all parts are bonded. All seams and doorframes are toughened with brushed aluminum for added protection and durability.

The Mogo Freedom proves less is more with the design of its Mogo.
The Mogo Freedom proves less is more with the design of its Mogo.

To enhance the camping experience Mogo Freedom added two essential gadgets: a mobile kitchen for outdoor chefs and a prolonged supply of electrical power for modern nomads.

Joe Baughman, a camping enthusiast from Leeds, Utah, invented the mobile kitchen. During a camping trip to the picturesque, yet remote, Lake Powell, he felt the need to consolidate all epicurean gear into one kitchen unit. He patented the Grub Hub, a new compact system that is an outdoor workstation with tables, counter, a place for a stove, a lighting stand, and of course the kitchen sink.

Hubi is crystalline solar panel that transfers light during the day into direct current electricity stored in the Lithium battery. The stored power can then be accessed through a 12 Volt outlet, two USB chargers or enjoyed in the form of LED lights.

A single 10 Amper hour (Ah) Lithium battery with a 20 watt peak (wp) crystalline solar panel powers a laptop for 8 hours, charges a tablet 8 times, or a smart phone 15 times. The battery is fully charged in 7-10 hours using 20 wp capacity solar panel.

Regardless of chosen motivation, the Mogo Freedom allows users the opportunity to indulge themselves in whatever outdoor activity they wish to engage in.

Camping is cool, yet again.

When a tent is too muddy, a teardrop too small, a folding camper too much work, and a caravan too dear, then it is time for a Mogo.

VW Up towing the Mogo Freedom
VW Up towing the Mogo Freedom

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Mogo Freedom

Mogo Freedom, revolutionary multifunction trailer, is an equipment transporter, a support vehicle, a campervan—whatever you need it to be.

Mogo Freedom is easy to tow, fits in your garage, and is safe, strong, and comfortable.

Website: www.mogofreedom.com

Worth Pondering…
Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony.

—Thomas Merton

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The Out-Of-This-World Cool Cricket Trailer

Despite what Matthew McConaughey might have you believe, Airstream trailers are not the only cool campers out there. No, there are others.

The Out-Of-This-World Cool Cricket Trailer
The Out-Of-This-World Cool Cricket Trailer

In an earlier post on Vogel Talks RVing, I introduced the adorably minimalist Cricket Trailer.

Designed and built by Garrett Finney, an ex-NASA architect, the part tent, part RV Cricket Trailer is out-of-this-world cool.

Combining his small-space expertise and backpacking background, Finney designed the Cricket Trailer, a small, self-contained pop-up trailer. It’s his response to today’s house-on-wheels bigger-is-better RV cul­ture.

The Cricket is a kind of hybrid tent and trailer, made of aluminum, wood and steel, with a pop-up style roof—not a house on wheels but a portable adventure living space.

The name Cricket was inspired by an early design sketch, in which the lifts on the pop-up looked like the legs of the insect.

Many of the people who are buying Cricket trailers have never owned a camping trailer before. In describing the company’s philosophy, Finney harkened back to the old 7-Up ads from the 1970s.

The Out-Of-This-World Cool Cricket Trailer
The Out-Of-This-World Cool Cricket Trailer

It packs most everything you’ll need for a week or longer on the road, and despite its small size does not skimp on function.

It’s light. The Cricket Trailer weighs only 1,460 pounds unloaded, yet packs on board fresh water and grey water tanks, an energy-efficient lightweight electric water heater, electrical shore power connection, exterior shower system, a recessed sink with folding cover, energy efficient-water pump, and optional energy efficient refrigerator. All the comforts of home, only smaller and roadworthy.

And there’s ample storage. Lift up a seating cushion to reveal substantial gear stowage space. Under-bed and under-kitchen counter storage adds to available space for your stuff. The roof mounting points were designed to accept a number of modern car top cargo systems.

It also strikes an interesting chord between full-blown trailer and utilitarian pop-up. The walls are rigid from floor to ceiling, and with a simple pop, the roof extends a few feet revealing mesh windows and allowing air circulation.

Underneath, the Cricket Trailer totes a rugged torsion beam suspension and features a foot of ground clearance (an extra two and a half inches with the Sport Edition), built to military spec stress testing standards.

The Out-Of-This-World Cool Cricket Trailer
The Out-Of-This-World Cool Cricket Trailer

The Cricket Trailer is now available in two models: Standard Cricket and Sport Edition.

Features and specifications common to both models include a queen size bed, interior standing height of 6 feet 4 inches, water heater, indoor sink, external shower, and high output LED interior lights.

Optional trailer fixtures include 5,000 BTU air conditioner ($560), tongue box ($315), roof rack bars ($300), kid’s berth ($280), portable toilet ($140), top loading fridge ($1,000), 80 watt solar electric pack ($700), second battery ($240), road safety kit including mounted spare tire ($375), great outdoor kit including awning ($375), and kitchen furnishings including coffee and portable stove ($280).

The Standard Cricket complete with v-berth lounge, water heater, and exterior shower
package starts at $21,700 MSRP.

The Sport Edition complete with exclusive silver panels, higher ground clearance, rugged build, road safety kit, and roof rack standard starts at $24,290 MSRP.

Although the Cricket is earth­bound, the results are out-of-this-world cool.

The Out-Of-This-World Cool Cricket Trailer
The Out-Of-This-World Cool Cricket Trailer

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Cricket Trailer

Cricket is a lightweight pop-up trailer, a covered wagon for the New Frontier.

Cricket is a base camp for outdoor fun. Lightweight and athletic, cricket is towable by many four-cylinder engines.

With sleeping room for two adults and up to two children, cricket’s NASA-inspired design and integrated plumbing and electrical systems enable days off the grid.

Three-dimensional storage allows cargo for a long weekend or a longer journey. Built from sensible materials, cricket is affordable, aerodynamic, and rugged enough for dirt roads and gravel tracks.

Address: 6261 Richman Avenue, Unit F, Houston, Texas 77057

Phone: (713) 861-2540

Website: www.crickettrailer.com

Worth Pondering…

Find what brings you joy and go there.

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Nest Caravans Upscale Molded-Fiberglass Trailer

Robert Johans built his first camping trailer over twenty years ago.

Nest Caravans Upscale Molded-Fiberglass Trailer
Nest Caravans Upscale Molded-Fiberglass TrailerNest Caravans Upscale Molded-Fiberglass Trailer

And several years ago he took his passion for the outdoors and camping to the next level and launched a Bend, Oregon-based trailer manufacturing business called Nest Caravans. The company plans to exclusively manufacture molded-fiberglass travel trailers.

He has contracted with Composite Approach, a Bend-based maker of aircraft fuselages and other products, to manufacture the fiberglass shells and components using vacuum-infusion. Creating a vacuum forces the fiberglass onto a mold and infuses the fabric with resin, which allows for a stronger composition.

The idea has been in the works for several years. In 2007, Johans opened The Egg Plant to restore and customize vintage fiberglass travel trailers, which carry the nickname, eggs. Through The Egg Plant, Johans realized there was a demand for upscale, compact, and lightweight travel trailers.

“It is this experience working from old eggs that our new egg has been hatched,” he told the Bend Bulletin.

He said many people are down-sizing their travel trailers to reduce fuel costs.

Nest Caravans Upscale Molded-Fiberglass Trailer
Nest Caravans Upscale Molded-Fiberglass Trailer

To meet this market demand, Nest Caravans has eliminated the steel framework typically found under other trailers.

Nest Caravans recently rolled out the prototype Jay/1S, a 17-foot-long unit designed with high-end fixtures and a look that says it belongs on the highway as much as the campground.

The travel trailers, built for two, are outfitted with fixtures worthy of a yacht or an airplane, Johans told the Bulletin.

He chose fittings from those industries, rather than outfit his trailers with typical RV fixtures, for their higher quality and durability.

The basic trailer, built with an aerodynamic design, comes with basic amenities, including a two-burner stove and queen-size bed. It also comes with two solar-power options.

Johans designed it with baby boomers in mind, the avid tent camper who’s aged to the point that a night on the ground is less appealing than it once was.

Nest Caravans Upscale Molded-Fiberglass Trailer
Nest Caravans Upscale Molded-Fiberglass Trailer

“This is a compact trailer, and we’re still encouraging people to actually camp,” Johans told the Bulletin.

“This is not a home on wheels; we’re not talking that kind of aesthetic.”

The next step for Nest Caravans is getting the word out and taking orders.

Turnaround time for each unit, built to order, will be about four weeks, a time Johans said he expects to shorten. He foresees that, with time, the Nest Caravans will become a sought-after classic.

Nests are made to order. The basic model is 17 feet long, 80 inches wide, and weighs about 2,000 pounds.

Starting price is around $35,000.

Production begins May 2015.

Nest Caravans Upscale Molded-Fiberglass Trailer
Nest Caravans Upscale Molded-Fiberglass Trailer

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Nest Caravans

Address: 64955 Collins Road, Bend OR 97701

Phone: (541) 323-6920

Website: www.nestcaravans.com

Worth Pondering…

The RV lifestyle is like nothing else.

It’s leaving home, exploring America, and yet bringing your home along with you!

Stopping at a wayside picnic area, preparing lunch in your kitchen.

It’s sleeping in your own bed every night, yet waking up to a new vista each morning!

The sounds of a crackling campfire; of a mountain stream, of frogs, and crickets.

It’s families drawn closer; it’s retirees being rewarded for many years of labor.

—Loren Eyrich, Two-Lane Roads

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The Phenomenon of Teardrop Trailers

The teardrop trailer gets its name from its unique streamlined shape.

Teardrop trailer plans
Teardrop trailer plans

Conceived more than 75 years ago, the teardrop trailer has stood the test of time. A common sight from the late 1930s through the ’50s—many were home-built—and were popular because of their sleek, aerodynamic design, and lightweight materials.

A teardrop trailer is generally small, ranging from 4 feet to 6 feet in width and 8 feet to 10 feet in length. They are usually 4 feet to 5 feet in height. Wheels and tires are usually outside the body and are covered by fenders.

The March/April, 1939 issue of Popular Homecraft ran a story and plans for a teardrop trailer designed and built by Louis Rogers of Pasadena, California in the 1930s for his honeymoon coach. This teardrop slept two and had a raise-up deck lid for the rear kitchenette with ice box and stove. A curtain-enclosed dressing room outside the starboard entry door provided privacy while dressing.

The February, 1940 issue of Popular Mechanics ran a story and plans for an egg-shaped teardrop trailer. It was built on a 1924 Chevrolet Superior front axle with disk wheels from a 1930 Chevrolet.

The floor was of tongue-and-groove oak over a spruce chassis. The exterior was 1/8-inch pressed board sealed with varnish. This 9-foot x 5-foot 9-1/2-inch floor plan featured a pressurized water tank with running water to a sink, a stove and ice box in the rear kitchenette. The cabin provided standing room beside the double bed for dressing, a small clothes closet, a chemical toilet, and a single entry door on the starboard side.

Vistabule teardrop trailer
Vistabule teardrop trailer

Following World War II Kit Manufacturing produced “Kit Kamper” teardrop trailers. They soon learned that what the public wanted was not a kit, but a completed trailer. Kit Manufacturing made the decision to produce the teardrop trailers in completed form. The 4-foot x 8-foot Kit Kamper tear drop was destined to win the hearts of Americans—and a place in history.

A total of 4,500 Kit Kampers were produced in 1946 and 1947.

Their popularity faded as vehicles became larger, fuel was cheap, and recreational vehicles increased in size. In 1948 Kit went into production of a more conventional 8-foot x 14-foot “coach” with demand far exceeding production capability. The Kit Kamper teardrop assembly line was ended.

Teardrops have recently gained a resurgence in popularity. New fuel efficient cars, combined with today’s modern teardrop trailers now allow you to once again enjoy the open road in modern comfort and retro style.

While a lot has changed since the introduction of teardrop trailers on the American highway, the reasons for owning a teardrop trailer are the same today as they were when your father or grandfather built his teardrop in the family garage.

Lil’ Snoozy Goes Camping
Lil’ Snoozy Goes Camping

Teardrop trailers are sleek, aerodynamic, and practical. Depending on the model, your teardrop trailer can sleep up to three adults or two adults and several children.

Teardrops can be pulled by any vehicle with a hitch—even the smallest of vehicles such as the Mini Cooper or the VW Beetle can easily tow a teardrop trailer.

Whether you’re a weekend camper who enjoys spending time with the family, or an avid outdoorsman who hunts, fishes, or rides a four wheeler—there’s a teardrop trailer that will suit your needs. There are even teardrops for towing by motorcycles.

A variety of unique teardrop trailers have gained in popularity including the Vistabule, Lil’ Snoozy, Safari Condo, Tiny Trailer, Little Guy, Eggcamper, Geistwerks, and Moby 1.

Streamlined and weighing just 1,220 pounds, Vistabule can be towed behind nearly any small car.

Customers love the Lil Snoozy, a fiber glass travel trailer, because Lil’ is only 17 feet, 3 inches in length; 7 feet, 11 inches in width; and 7 feet, 5 inches high.

Safari Condo Alto R Series (retractable roof)
Safari Condo Alto R Series (retractable roof)

Safari Condo tear drop trailers offer an electric retractable roof providing more interior space than traditional teardrop trailers.

Teardrop trailers have come a long way since those original teardrops, but still offer all the enjoyment and fun that the original teardrop owner came to expect.

Worth Pondering…

Live with passion.

—Anthony Robbins

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5 RVs You Likely Can’t Afford

In the world of luxury travel, private jets and super-yachts are the most popular options. But for those who want to stay on the road, the best choice is a mobile home. These opulent and massive homes on wheels often take their interior cues from luxury yachts, with leather upholstery, fine wood cabinetry, and other high-end amenities.

Millennium Luxury Coach
Millennium Luxury Coach

Millennium Luxury Coach

You’ll be blown away by the efficiency and innovation of a Millennium Luxury Coach.

The opulent features in the 2015 Millennium line—including a sink top glass bowl in the bathroom, quartz countertops, and Swarovski crystal accent fixtures—put this traveling home in a category of its own. The 45-foot, quad-slide 2015 Millennium H3-45 Prevost conversion is powered by a Volvo D-13 diesel engine.

Millennium is a family owned company with over 20 years history in the marine, aviation, and luxury coach building industry. Superior performance, luxurious style, state of the art technology, and excellent customer service sets them apart.

eleMMent Palazzo

eleMMent Palazzo
eleMMent Palazzo

Nowadays, you can’t help but pay a lot for a feature-laden motorhome. However, the expensive madness goes over the top with an eleMMent Palazzo that sold  for a staggering $3.1 million in sunny Dubai. This opulent slightly bizarre luxury RV is made by Marchi Mobile, an Austrian company.

The Palazzo features two floors of entertainment and extravagance, with a giant master suite, and multiple bars. The party piece of the eleMMent Palazzo is the Sky Lounge, a rooftop terrace that can be deployed or retracted at the simple press of a button.

A step up from the Palazzo is the eleMMent Viva–V.I.P. shuttle. The Viva starts where the Palazzo leaves off but features a chauffeur booth and six high-end lounge and massage chairs that recline for sleeping.

KiraVan

KiraVan
KiraVan

The KiraVan, a giant custom built off road recreational vehicle, includes an office, kitchen, and bedrooms as well as its own motorbike and drone.

Capable of traveling most anywhere, the KiraVan was designed by Californian inventor Bran Ferren for his four-year-old daughter Kira, who has her own pop tent on top of the truck.

Capable of traversing nearly any terrain, from mud-swamped roads to rock-covered trails to small bodies of water, the six-wheeled “terrestrial spaceship” will be able to travel up to 2,000 miles without resupply and navigate slopes as steep as 45 degrees thanks to a special suspension system—an incline that is difficult to climb.

The cockpit also has a special vibration reducing chair, as well as control for drones that can fly ahead to check traffic.

Volkner Mobil Performance Bus

Volkner Mobil Performance Bus
Volkner Mobil Performance Bus

Fully customizable and 40 feet long, Volkner Mobil Performance Bus features a wall that slides outward to create extra space, along with a state of the art entertainment system and a fully equipped kitchen. An incredibly luxurious “palace on wheels,” its sumptuous interior features leather seats, stone tiles in the kitchen and the bathroom, wide-screen TV, and Bose home entertainment system.

Most impressive of all is the built-in garage under the vehicle. For the owner who wants to travel in comfort without leaving behind the Ferrari, this is the way to go. Volkner has also created a motorized garage into its high end Performance models capable of swallowing whole Porsche 911s, Jaguar XK8 Cabriolets, BMW 6 Series Cabriolets, Maserati Quattroportes, and a Mercedes Sports.

Based on how it is equipped, a Volkner Mobil Bus can cost between $1.2 and $2 million.

Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel's RV
Vin Diesel’s customized and insanely over the top fifth wheel trailer

It could be assumed that action star Vin Diesel of The Fast and the Furious fame has a love affair with wheels. It then only makes sense that he has a home on wheels as well. While it isn’t fast or furious, Vin Diesel’s customized and insanely over the top fifth wheel trailer is a mobile luxury getaway.

Designed by Anderson Mobile Estates, one of Hollywood’s top mobile trailer companies, the two-story, 1100 square foot mansion-on-wheels requires a the power of a semi to keep it mobile. Once on location, the roof pops up and walls slide out to make way for additional floor space.  Top of the line media equipment, granite kitchen counter tops, a private office, and a kids play area are just some of the luxurious comforts of home that Vin Diesel can take on the road with him.

Worth Pondering…

Stop wishing; start planning: A goal without a plan is just a wish.

—Larry Elder

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Musician Mayer Sports Off-Road RV EarthRoamer

An increasing number of celebrities enjoy relaxing in the same way we do—in a recreational vehicle.

John Mayer poses with his EarthRoamer Xpedition vehicle  (Photo source: Instagram)
John Mayer poses with his EarthRoamer Xpedition vehicle (Photo source: Instagram)

And an increasing number of off-road RVs are rolling off production lines, up mountains, across deserts, and right past traditional RV parks and campgrounds.

Grammy-winning musician and songwriter John Mayer decided he needed the ultimate recreational vehicle, a formidable go-anywhere, live-anywhere vehicle.

So he did what any guy with hundreds of thousands of dollars to spare might do—headed to Dacono, Colorado, and the folks at EarthRoamer.

The difference between these RVs and grandma-and-grandpa rigs starts from the ground up. Your typical recreational vehicle is a luxury home-on-wheels, but it’s also a cumbersome beast that requires modern roads and spacious camping spaces.

The average off-road RV chassis is far more compact and agile often including 4-wheel drive, oversized tires, and even lift kits.

Arguably, the most off-road capable RVs on the planet, EarthRoamer, is built on the chassis of a Ford 550 or 650 4X4 pickup truck.

But these off-road condos aren’t solely focused on taking you into the backcountry; they also help you thrive once you’re there.

EarthRoamer Xpedition vehicle interior (Photo credit: RJ Sangosti /The Denver Post)
EarthRoamer Xpedition vehicle interior (Photo credit: RJ Sangosti /The Denver Post)

Mayer posted a photo of his new massive truck on Instagram and wrote in the caption, “I am a proud owner of this most formidable go-anywhere, live-anywhere vehicle.”

“One year and many meetings in the making, she’s all mine. Completely hand-built in Colorado by extremely talented and innovative men and women. Who knows where I’ll end up next.”

Mayer could end up most anywhere.

Measuring in at more than 26 feet long, the Ford F-550-based EarthRoamer is designed to go around, through, and over just about anything.

Inside, the XV-LTS has an overcab bunk compartment, storage cabinets, a bathroom, shower, kitchenette, and seating for up to eight.

Powering this turbodiesel four-wheel drive behemoth is a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8, packing 300-hp and 660 pound-feet of torque.

Think Hummer + Land Rover +Jeep + high-tech house all rolled into one state-of-the-art package.

But before you custom-order your EarthRoamer keep in mind that prices start at $280,000 for these Xpedition vehicles, with no options. Add on a lot of extra features and you’ll get to a cool million.

No word on the final tab for Mayer’s custom job.

The vehicles weigh 13,000 to 17,000 pounds, yet still average 12 miles per gallon on the highway thanks to that turbo diesel powerplant under the hood.

EarthRoamer is Freedom

Owners of EarthRoamer Xpedition Vehicles have the freedom to travel, camp, and explore on their terms.

With 253 million of acres of public BLM land, 193 million acres of National Forrest land, 6,624 state parks, and 58 national parks in the United States containing thousands of beautiful remote campsites, you could easily spend a lifetime of adventure without ever leaving America

For more adventurous travelers, the world becomes your backyard with an EarthRoamer

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EarthRoamer

Dacono, Colorado-based EarthRoamer is the global leader in Xpedition Vehicle (XV) engineering, design, and manufacturing.

EarthRoamer was the first to build Xpedition vehicles in North America and their Ford F-550 based EarthRoamer XV-LT model line is currently the best-selling Xpedition Vehicle model in the world.

They have over 130 EarthRoamer Xpedition Vehicles on the road and almost two dozen repeat EarthRoamer buyers. EarthRoamer vehicles are 100 percent American made.

Address: 5073 Silver Peak Ave, Dacono, CO 80514

Phone: (303) 833-7330

Website: www.earthroamer.com

Worth Pondering…

The past is a ghost, the future a dream. All we ever have is now.

—Bill Cosby

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Is ForFreedom The RV of The Future?

The arrival of 2015 signals not only a time to look back on the past year, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes.

Is ForFreedom The RV of The Future? (Source: tuvie.com)
Is ForFreedom The RV of The Future? (Source: tuvie.com)

Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of millions of Americans and Canadians, it is no wonder that “enjoying life more” and “relaxing in the outdoors” have become popular resolutions in recent years.

As an important step to a happier and healthier living, more and more families are choosing the RV lifestyle as a means of relaxation in the great outdoors.

The arrival of a New Year also signals the introduction of new motorhomes, fifth wheels, travel trailers, and other recreational vehicles and accessories.

But have you ever thought about what RVs of the not-so-distant future will look like?

Is ForFreedom The RV of The Future? (Source: tuvie.com)
Is ForFreedom The RV of The Future? (Source: tuvie.com)

Sure, we’ve seen the Caraviso, Buffalino, Romotow, Colim, and numerous other concepts, but the ForFreedom may be the one that blows all of the others out of the water.

Designed for ‘urban living’, the ForFreedom is touted as being an ‘expanded living unit’ for the urban couple in need of a short break.

The flowing caravan trailer form is aimed at creating stability and fuel economy. Due to its compact size, this caravan trailer is easy to handle and connect to your car.

The interior has been designed to be easy to personalize. The interior includes a modern style with a very simple finish that can easily be adapted to match the owner’s style and taste. Gone are the standard finishes and stereotypical furniture of existing RVs on the market today. Comfortable as well as functional, it contains a larger seating area and spacious full size double bed.

Although the ForFreedom looks rather small from the outside, you’d be surprised at how spacious it really is. And that is a result of the sliding chassis and pivoted center, which allows for the living unit to open up and expand into a large living space with potential to create a panoramic view, the likes of which you’ve never seen before.

For efficient heating, the walls are made of sandwiched fiber glass with closed cell insulation.

Is ForFreedom The RV of The Future? (Source: tuvie.com)
Is ForFreedom The RV of The Future? (Source: tuvie.com)

Internal electric heating with solar panel on the rear section to provide a more environmentally friendly alternative to standard motorhomes and trailers. Discrete storage solutions, including large rear storage can also be accessed from outside for convenience during transport.

At arrival this compact living unit opens up with the aid of a sliding chassis and pivot on the one side to dramatically increase the size of the living space. Through the use of an adjustable canopy a private lounge area is created with a panoramic view of the surroundings.

Additional detail explanation from the designer includes:

Compact size

Modern furnishing

Choice of interior and exterior color scheme

Flush fitting hob with cover

Standard size bathroom

Water tank capacity: 50L (13 gallons)

Total length when connected: 7.2 meters (23.6 feet)

Caravan/trailer height from floor: 2.6 meters (8.5 feet)

Caravan/trailer width at widest point: 2.3 meters (7.5 feet)

Caravan/trailer width at narrowest point: 2 meters (6.5 feet)

Caravan/trailer interior height: 1.9 meters (6.2 feet)

Car length: 2.66 meters (8.7 feet)

Car width: 1.72 meters (6.6 feet)

Is the ForFreedom the recreational vehicle of the future?

Could you see this replacing your current home on wheels?

Is ForFreedom The RV of The Future? (Source: tuvie.com)
Is ForFreedom The RV of The Future? (Source: tuvie.com)

Worth Pondering…

To re-create yourself anew in every moment in the grandest version of the greatest vision ever you had about Who You Really Are. That is the purpose in becoming human, and that is the purpose of all of life.

— Neale Donald Walsch, in Conversations with God

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