Our T@G Little Guy, "Traveler," is popular for many reasons. A lightweight (800+ lbs) camper, it is comfortable, secure, with an aerodynamic design and easy to haul. The classic "tear-drop" style became popular just after WWII, and has made a recent revival in popularity because the design is so practical, and fun, too.
The easiest camper I’ve ever towed, the minimal weight makes it possible to be towed by most cars. If you have a hitch, you probably can tow it. It takes a TWO INCH ball.
This camper, built in 2014, has the awesome retro design, but with modern amenities, including a new 6 in. thick foam mattress, with Sunbrella upholstery. It is designed so that it will work for either one or two people. It can be converted into a couch during the day, and reconfigured at night as a queen-sized mattress. The camper comes with versatile LED lighting, a blue "night light" or bright reading light, one on each side of the camper, with additional overhead LED lighting if desired, as well as outside safety entry lights over the doors.
Easy entry with a door on each side; the camper has two windows, also on each side, which close & lock snugly, or can be opened. A built-in screen can be raised, to allow ventilation. Another built-in shade pulls down for privacy or to keep out light. A window in each door can be adjusted for privacy or a view. An overhead skylight, with an adjustable fan, opens for additional ventilation.
The 5,000 BTU Frigidaire AC is more than adequate to keep you cool in summer, even in Texas, (with 30 AMP power outlet required at campsite). An electric radiant heater is available, on request, for cold nights.
Overhead cabinets inside can be used to store small items and a built-in storage bin at the head of the camper allows minimal storage for clothes, towels, & other necessities.
A unique feature of the tear-drop camper is the kitchen, accessed from the back of the camper, by opening the rear trunk, which provides shade and shelter overhead, & is also equipped with adjustable LED lighting. The galley kitchen has a small sink, a two burner propane stove and a new Dometic AC/DC refrigerator, which pulls out from underneath the countertop. Capacity 7.9 gallons. The refrigerator will operate efficiently in temperature ranges from 14 degrees to 109 degrees F., and will work when hauling, or plugged into electric 30 AMP at campsite.
A moveable light-weight porta-potty is provided, and can be kept either inside the camper, or you have the option of carrying a small pop-up tent, to set up quickly outside, next to the camper. This is provided as part of the package. Special toilet paper and odor control pods are included at no charge. The porta-potty should be returned empty and rinsed with Dawn detergent (provided) & water. If cleaning is needed, nothing stronger than Dawn dish detergent should be used. Failure to empty and rinse out the porta potty will result in a $50 charge.
The camper is equipped with a rack for two bicycles.
Tires are new, and the camper is equipped with a new full-size extra tire, jack and tire iron and full complement of safety features, as well as a complimentary first aid kit.
NO PETS inside the camper
No smoking or use of tobacco or other recreational drugs, in any form, inside the camper.
Heater, if requested, porta-potty, pop up tent (a place for your portpotty, and wet clothes if it is raining,) lugnut wrench & jack, rubber maid container , Dawn Dishwasher detergent. toilet paper and odor control packet for potty, first aid kit.
Texas has more than fifty state parks; they are well-run, with clean facilities, friendly, knowledgeable park rangers. I have also had good experiences camping in State Parks in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri as well as Minnesota. Iowa May be unique, in that every one of the state’s 99 counties has a county park, many with amenities for electric and water. Some Iowa towns, including Mason city, even have campgrounds! I have also looked for Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds. They may be designed for practicality, more than a wood-land experience, but are less expensive, and great for an overnight stop.
Of course, National Parks and Monuments are often spectacular, but camping has become so popular, it’s often necessary to reserve a spot months in advance. During the summer months, consider National Parks that are out of the way—Great Bend, Chaco Canyon, come to mind. Also Voyager’s National Park in Northern Minnesota.
There are private campsites which are inexpensive, yet have great amenities—often you’ll learn about these spots by word of mouth, or accidentally. I looked for a campsite a few years ago outside Knoxville, Tennessee, and found a great private campsite, which I booked for a month. I’ve also had a very good experience at the RV Park outside Van Horn. I’ve stayed there twice.
If you don’t plan to travel with kids, camping spots—especially in National and the most popular State Parks—are easier to reserve in the fall, after Labor Day.
Other things to note
No smoking inside the camper. Serious—forfeit $500 deposit could result, due to difficulty of cleaning necessary to get rid of smell; mattress & upholstery would have to be replaced. We don’t want your deposit; what we want is NO SMOKING.
Remember to dump the porta-potty—most campsites have a dump station, where you can dump the black water. Next, rinse it out, and clean with Dawn dishwasher detergent, supplied with the camper. Failure to dump the black water means a $50 fee, failure to clean, another $50.