In the last month I have been busy dredging up information on what I hope to be the next great experience of my life! What I am feeling, however, is kind of a let down. I know so little about camping, that even when viewing videos from Phil that are intended to show me how easy things are, I feel intimidated, wondering if my excitment will continue in the face of taking down and putting up by myself.
The idea of solitude continues to plague me. I have always been a person who takes tremendous joy and comfort in sharing experiences with another person. Being alone and watching a beautiful sunset or sunrise, building a fire, cooking something to eat...these are all things that I would prefer to share with someone. I confess that my enthusiasm lags when I try to picture myself doing these things alone, but I have to accept that is never going to change. So, I can either sit in my tiny apartment alone (which is actually easier to take because its too small for more than one person) or I can at least try to find some fun and joy in life by going out on the road. I think I will take the road, and so the search continues.
My recent search, thanks again to Phil, has brought me to other options than the Teardrop trailer. One is a "time out trailer" that is often used with a motorcycle. It is pulled along in a low platform that, when you get where you want to be, opens up into a one or two person sleeping arangement. The outside is canvas, and it has several screened windows that provide ventilation. It is only a sleeper; no seating or benches, but you can put luggage, etc. on top of the container which is hooked up to your vehicle. This one seems to start around $3,000 and goes up.
These are pretty similar to the pop up trailer that I think we have all seen at one time or another, but smaller and more creative in design. In fact, even though the one I looked at only had a bed in it, I think there might be others that would be larger and have a place to sit on a rainy day.
The other product I have looked at is a "Scamp." Oddly enough there seems to be tons of interest in vintage campers, in a variety of disrepair, and a growing number of people who really enjoy fixing them up. I have to say, some of them are really cute! If I still had a house to put a camper in the garage, it might be fun for me to take one of these on and fix it up on my own time. But since I don't have a place to store and paint this type of vehicle, I would probably have to buy one that is already refurbished... and pricey! Unfortunately, it looks like I would also have to travel a bit to reach them; there doesn't seem to be a lot in the Midwest.
I still plan on going to Missouri after the first of the year to look at some teardrop campers, and possibly rent one for a weekend to see if it's something I like doing on my own. I am going with my daughter Patty and will try to get a video of the eperience. Until then, I will continue to search.