More Cavalier Camping – Vintage Style

We spent last weekend camping with our teardrop trailer and vintage trailer friends for whom I do the newsletter. There were 49 trailers there at last count. The weather was almost perfect. It did sprinkle toward the end of the trip on Sunday, but it wouldn’t be camping if there weren’t a little rain. I think it’s rained every time we’ve been out camping in the last three years.

There were a lot of dogs on the camping trip. Some we’ve met before and others are new friends. I was able to get a few of them with their trailers. Spike, who was featured in our Wordless Wednesday post, was camped right next door in a nice little teardrop trailer.

A few of the teardrop trailers
Camping in style
A Cozy Cruiser teardrop trailer

Many of the teardrop trailers are home built while others are built by manufacturers. It’s a lot of fun to see what people have put into them. The traditional teardrop trailer is 4′ x 8′ and has a hatch in the back that lifts up to expose the galley. Two people can fit inside to sleep just fine, but it gets a bit cramped when you add a dog or two.

Some of the tow vehicles

Many of the teardrop trailers are pulled by antique or classic cars. They usually weigh less than 1000 lb, so they’re easily pulled by most cars.

Another tow vehicle and trailer
An Airstream Bambi and a Scamp (I think)
Colorful camping
A beautiful combination
A teardrop trailer from the 1940's
A cute dog named Libby camps here
A great little Frisbee dog
Another camping Cavalier
Live music cowboy style

There was even live music on Saturday afternoon. The Cow Chips played for about 2 hours.

It was all just a little too much to handle

Later that evening we had a huge potluck dinner. Many of us cooked in our Dutch ovens. I made chicken enchiladas, which was enough for about 20 people. I’m hoping that someone who was camping with us took some pictures of all of the Dutch ovens lined up before dinner.

All of this was followed by THE BIGGEST BONFIRE I have ever seen. The camp out was on private property and they had been saving up all of the debris on the property in a giant burn pile. It was a sight to see! It was so hot there wasn’t any chance of roasting marshmallows on it. Someone built a smaller side fire so that people could make s’mores. A big thanks to Spike’s mom for the bonfire picture.

The biggest camp fire I've ever seen

If you’re in to vintage trailers or teardrop trailers, be sure to check out the web site for The Teardroppers of Oregon and Washington, or TOW for short.

Tackle It Tuesday – A Teardrop Trailer Newsletter

Call me crazy, but I’m the editor of a newsletter for the Teardroppers of Oregon and Washington (TOW), among all of the other things I do.

The newsletter comes out four times a year and includes information on upcoming campouts, potlucks, and recaps of prior events. It’s distributed through email and gets posted on the Teardrop Trailer web site.We used to own a cute, little teardrop trailer but sold it a few years ago when we got Kendall. Somehow sleeping in a 4 ft x 8 ft trailer seemed a little too small when you add in two people and a 2o-something pound dog.

The July issue was due out by the end of Sunday, July 31st, so guess when I started working on it. That’s right, Sunday afternoon. I’d procrastinated so long I had to take time out of the first weekend I’ve been home in weeks to get it done. We put some meat in the smoker (more to come on that later this week), and I set off to get the newsletter finished. It took most of the day to get it finished, but I did get it sent off by the end of the evening. If you ‘d like to see it, you can view the pdf here. It’s the Summer 2011 issue. There’s a typo. Isn’t there always? See if you can find it. So, I did it. I finished something for Tackle It Tuesday.

What did you tackle this week?