Freespirit Recreation Introduces Lightweight Tent-Topped Camping Trailers

Bend, Oregon-based Freespirit Recreation manufactures lightweight, tow-behind, tent-topped camping trailers for cars and motorcycles in three models: the Journey XL Tent Trailer, the Journey XL Off Road Tent Trailer, and the Spitfire XT Motorcycle Tent Trailer.

Journey XL Tent Trailer
Journey XL Tent Trailer

The chassis portion of the Journey camp trailer is built of 14-gauge steel combining sturdiness with fuel economy. It is coated with a zinc primer before it’s powder coated, which increases its resistance to corrosion.

The trailer, which comes with a rechargeable power source, has 43 cubic feet of storage space and three lockable doors. The trailers are equipped with Timbren axle-less suspension systems.

The four-season tent folds out and sets up in seven minutes and sleeps four on a memory foam mattress 2½ inches thick.

Freespirit Recreation started out with an emphasis on dealership sales but has recently branched into direct sales through trade shows and at the Bend headquarters.

The basic unit costs about $6,000.

Journey XL Off Road Tent Trailer
Journey XL Off Road Tent Trailer

Journey XL Tent Trailer

The Journey XL pop-up tent trailer camper is an easy, manageable way for families to gear up for adventure. The inside of Journey XL is separated into two compartments and has an additional option for a custom cargo floor covering. The Journey XL has huge storage capability with three large, locking cargo doors located two in the front and one in the back.

Specifications include:

Curb Weight: 758 pounds

GVRW: 1,366 pounds

Cargo Capacity: 608 pounds

Tongue Weight: 85 pounds

Spitfire XT Motorcycle Tent Trailer
Spitfire XT Motorcycle Tent Trailer

Journey XL Off Road Tent Trailer

Looking for a lightweight Off Road camping experience that works with smaller cars and trucks just as well as with larger vehicles?

Explore further with a versatile Journey XL Off Road Tent Trailer. A no fuss way to explore and camp the way you want to. Each trailer is constructed of 14-gauge steel, lockable cargo doors, custom colors and vinyl wraps, military grade suspension, a four season waterproof tent that sleeps four to five and plenty of extras.

Specifications include:

Curb Weight: 829 pounds

GVRW: 1,609 pounds

Cargo Capacity: 780 pounds

Tongue Weight: 92 pounds

Journey XL Tent Trailer
Journey XL Tent Trailer

Spitfire XT Motorcycle Tent Trailer

Camp in style with the classy, sleek, and comfortable Spitfire XT Motorcycle Tent Trailer.

Sleep two full sized adults easily with plenty of extra space.

A removable, locking tongue makes storing the 6.6-foot x 3.5-foot Spitfire XT easy and compact. Removable and interchangeable trunk lid capable of accepting various racks and other mounting equipment. A pop up, four season waterproof tent that can expand upward for taller campers but compacts down with a small footprint.

Specifications include:

Curb Weight: 829 pounds

GVRW: 1,609 pounds

Cargo Capacity: 780 pounds

Tongue Weight: 92 pounds

Journey XL Off Road Tent Trailer
Journey XL Off Road Tent Trailer

Details

Freespirit Recreation

Address: 63043 Plateau Drive, Bend, OR 97701

Phone: (541) 306-3812

Website: www.freespiritrecreation.com

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Trailmaster Introduces 2013 Aspen Sentry Camper

Trailmaster Inc. announces the addition of a camper equipped with a queen size bed to its Aspen line.

Aspen Sentry camper from Trailmaster
Aspen Sentry camper from Trailmaster

The Aspen Sentry also features 22 cubic feet of independent cargo space under the mattress.

Weighing just over 300 pounds with only 24 pounds of tongue weight, the camper can be towed by compact cars and large motorcycles, according to a company news release.

Cargo may be stored and accessed in two ways—while on the road, the top of the camper can be lifted, exposing the entire cargo bay, or after camp set-up, simply lift the concealed cargo door under the mattress.

Set up can be accomplished in one minute.

The Aspen Sentry sports 12-inch wheels on a 41-inch wheelbase and provides superb handling at highway speeds.

Brakes are offered as an option.

When ‘closed’, the camper body only measures 47 inches by 60 inches.

Current price from the manufacturer: $3950

The Aspen is also available in two other models, the Classic ($4150) and Ambassador ($4150).

Details

Trailmaster Inc.

Address: PO Box 1313, Des Plaines, IL 60017

Phone: (800) 398-9090

Website: trailmasterinc.com

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Texas RV Dealership Opens Museum

They rumble through the Texas Panhandle by the thousands to get to New Mexico and Colorado, and now, recreational vehicles have their own museum, right off Interstate 27.

Traveland RV Museum encompasses up to 7,000 square feet and is home to dozens of iconic RVs. (Source: rvmuseum.net)
Traveland RV Museum encompasses up to 7,000 square feet and is home to dozens of iconic RVs. (Source: rvmuseum.net)

Jack Sisemore and his son, Trent, opened the RV Museum this spring behind their Amarillo, Texas, RV dealership, Sisemore Traveland, at 4341 Canyon Drive. It showcases RVs they have bought and lovingly restored over the years, just because they wanted to.

The museum’s free, and they won’t even try to talk you into buying an RV while you’re there, the Austin American-Statesman reported

Inside a 6,000-square-foot metal building, the RVs are staged with picnic tables and other camping paraphernalia, so that the museum has the surreal feel of an overnight trailer park — but with air conditioning.

“We’ve been restoring RVs for about 25 years,” Trent Sisemore, a former two-term Amarillo mayor, says. “We just love doing it.”

Most of these campers, trailers and motorhomes are so beautifully restored that they actually gleam, though a few have been intentionally left in the condition in which they were found (although they’ve been cleaned). About 15 of the Sisemores’ 25 vintage RVs are on display at any time.

The first RV you see when you walk in is a 1948 Flxible bus used in the 2006 Robin Williams movie “RV,” which plays in a constant loop on a TV screen near the long red-and-white bus that Trent Sisemore hunted down in a Hollywood studio.

Nearby is a 1953 Fleetwood that the Sisemores found in bad shape at a gas station 15 years ago. It took two years to restore, they say. A cute little 1936 Alma trailer had been sitting in a barn since 1955 until the Sisemores recently found and restored it. There’s also a 1937 Kozy Kamp tent trailer, one of the first built.

This 1948 Flxible bus was refitted to become Happy Max in the Robin Williams movie 'RV.' Trent Sisemore found it in Hollywood and bought it for the museum. (Source: Helen Anders/American-Statesman)
This 1948 Flxible bus was refitted to become Happy Max in the Robin Williams movie ‘RV.’ Trent Sisemore found it in Hollywood and bought it for the museum. (Source: Helen Anders/American-Statesman)

With the exception of a 1937 Elkhart Traveler, the Sisemores recently acquired, all the RVs have steps at their doors, and you’re welcome to go inside and look around. Each is staged with appropriate kitchen gadgets, books, games and other knickknacks from its period.

A 1975 Itasca — in mint condition with only about 6,000 miles on it — reminded me of the RV my parents bought after my father retired. My kids and I took a lot of trips in that one.

A 1946 Kit Manufacturing aluminum teardrop trailer is a real charmer. It’s small but efficient, with a mattress inside the trailer and a kitchen in its “trunk.” The trailer was built with Army surplus aluminum after World War II.

The RV Museum has picked up a lot of buzz among RVers, and on the day I visited, there were about a dozen people there, wandering around fairly reverentially, talking softly about their own RV experiences.

Along with RVs, the museum displays about a dozen vintage motorcycles, because Jack Sisemore loves motorcycles. His favorite is a 1952 Blue Harley.

“My father had one like it, and he gave it to my brother, who rode it all through high school,” he says.

A replica gas station in the museum is a tribute to Jack Sisemore’s career. With money he borrowed from his grandmother, he opened a Chevron station in 1963. In the ’70s, he wanted to travel with his family, so he rented an RV. He later started renting RVs to other people, and that eventually led to the opening of his own RV dealership. Now, the family’s involved in RV manufacturing as well.

Oddly, the Sisemores still find time to vacation in RVs themselves.

“I leave here usually the last Saturday in September, and I’m gone for three to 3 1/2 weeks to Maine,” Jack Sisemore says. “That’s where the majority of these things have come from. We go junkin’, I call it.”

Details

Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum

1962 Airstream (Source: rvmuseum.net)
1962 Airstream (Source: rvmuseum.net)

Admission: Free

Hours: Monday–Friday, 3:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Address: 4341 Canyon Drive, Amarillo, TX

Phone: (806) 358-4891

Website: rvmuseum.net

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Life is all memory, except for the present moment that goes by you so quick you hardly catch it going.

—Tennessee Williams

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