Convoy

Since we bought this weird little trailer and wondered aloud on the Internet what it might be, several people have come forward with the same trailer.

It’s exciting. There’s the extra-knowledgeable and super-helpful Chris Springer in Tennessee; a commenter named Woody Toolmaker; a Kim in Iowa, who has a 140 model Play-Mor; the survivalist in the Colorado woods; and of course, us, the Oinkety people in Colorado Springs.

Seems to me like this is enough for a trans-America convoy (slow-moving).

Our trailer is coming along OK — still a lot of work to be done, but we’re enjoying it as-is and thinking about it as a “working trailer,” not a show trailer. He’s not some fancy-pants Airstream who lives all pampered in someone’s yard like a fat, silver poodle. No, this trailer goes into the woods.

We’ve changed the tires, greased the bearings, painted the interior, upholstered the cushions, removed the head-knocker shelf, replaced the “fridge” with a set of drawers, installed a “bathroom” and updated all the hardware inside. Still left to do is the exterior paint, trim removal and seal work, skin replacement on one side, undercarriage, and electrical. We’ll get there. Also, for anyone wanting some advice or information on fixing up these trailers, check out this forum, a veritable treasure trove of knowledge: http://repairingyesterdaystrailers.yuku.com/

Meanwhile, here’s some pics — of ours and yours!

Kim's Play-Mor trailer in Iowa

This is Kim's Play-Mor trailer in Iowa. Seriously adorable. It's a 140 model, so it's a little smaller than ours, but it sure is a looker.

 

Chris Springer's Play-Mor trailer in Tennessee

Chris Springer's Play-Mor in Tennessee is virtually identical to ours.

 

The Oinkety Play-Mor trailer at Rampart Reservoir, Colorado

Here's the Oinkety trailer at Rampart Reservoir campground in Colorado. I'm relaxing with a cold beer after hauling in four fish with my new fly rod. Four. Fish. A glorious day.

 

The interior of our trailer

Here's the interior of our trailer, with the updated paint and upholstery. Curtains to come later.

 

Ten-four, good buddies. Oinkety over and out.

Maiden voyage!

We thought it would be fun for my birthday to take the trailer on its first trip, so we loaded everything up and headed to my favorite fishing spot, Deckers.

The trailer wasn’t 100 percent completed yet, but we decided to give it a shot anyway. A test run, if you will. We also looked at it as an opportunity to see how everything works and to see if there’s anything else we need to do. It was also an opportunity to test out my new fishing rod, the Sage Vantage 590.

A few things we learned:

  1. Tying the leader to the tippet is kind of hard. I kind of caught a fish, but when the knot failed, so did the catching of said fish. Next time, fish. Next time.
  2. There’s a bunk bed in the trailer that has to go. We bumped our heads no fewer than a dozen times on this damn thing, and so the next time I’m around it with a screwdriver, it will be removed. Storage be damned!
  3. In the woods, cupcakes are better than real cake.
  4. Flushing the Sanitation Equipment Visa 248 Deluxe Portable Toilet took some getting used to. Good thing nobody had to poop.
  5. When debating about whether to turn the heat on, in freezing weather, it’s probably a good idea to just go ahead and turn the heat on.
Getting the trailer hooked up

Hooking up the trailer is pretty easy. It's light, so it's adjustable by hand, and also, I am superb at backing up.

Travel trailer interior

The top bunk, where the blankets and pillows are stored, is really just a place to knock your head. It's going to be gone soon.

Interior travel trailer

Adrienne built a nest at the front of the trailer while I was out fishing. Comfy.

I built my nest in the trailer soon after landing.

I enjoy a good nap, too. This is my nest, on the other side of the camper.

Happy birthday

No, this isn't the Blair Witch Project. It's me and Adrienne, with light from my birthday cupcakes!

Birthday cupcakes, 2011

Adrienne made awesome cupcakes for my birthday. They had coconut and sprinkles. Perfect.

Birthday cupcakes, 2011

Despite the warmth of the birthday candle on my cupcakes, I still needed a hat (made by my friend Andrew Long, who chose journalism instead of hat-making for some reason).

After dinner and the cupcakes, we played cards by candlelight. Adrienne also wore a hat, but it was store-bought.

After dinner and the cupcakes, we played cards by candlelight. Adrienne also wore a hat, but it was store-bought.

Travel trailer maiden voyage, 2011

Mmmm. Salad.

Travel trailer maiden voyage 2011

For dinner, Adrienne made a LOT of food. Here's the corn. We thought we'd have a camp fire, but with fire restrictions, we had to make everything in the oven. Turned out great.

Birthday trip to Deckers, Colorado, 2011

In addition to the corn, we also had chicken and mashed potatoes.

Camping trip, Deckers, Colorado

One of the nicest things about camping at Deckers is that the water is right at the site, so you can hear it always. It's very soothing.

Camping trip, Deckers, Colorado

This is an OK way to spend a birthday.

Camping trip, Deckers, Colorado

Our campsite, right on the water.

Camping trip, Deckers, Colorado

The Jeep pulled the trailer pretty well. Some slight sluggishness on the hills, but you know what? Go around me, Mr. Fast-Pants.

Camping trip, Deckers, Colorado

Morning coffee at the campsite in Deckers.

Camping trip, Deckers, Colorado

Dinner at Deckers, with chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, chips and wine.

Camping trip, Deckers, Colorado

The trailer. Still needs a little bit of a paint job, but for a 40-ish-year-old trailer, he's looking pretty good.

Camping trip, Deckers, Colorado

The stove presented a little bit of a challenge. The oven has a pilot light. What about the stove? We couldn't find a pilot for it, so we just lit the burners as needed. Everything worked great, though.

Camping trip, Deckers, Colorado

The cushions came out great, too. Now if someone would just fix that floor.

Camping trip, Deckers, Colorado

The light blue worked a lot better than the dark brown. Should have used a glossier paint, though, which would have been easier to clean. Lesson learned.

 

Camping at Deckers, CO

We recently went camping at Deckers which is about an hour to an hour and half from Colorado Springs. Lone Rock Campground to be specific. It was awesome. It’s not a very big campground and it wasn’t crowded on the day we went.  I reserved in advance online at ReserveAmerica so we got a site right on the river.  There were a few kids splashing around so Mike couldn’t fish right from the campsite. But they were very well behaved so it was fine.

Our campsite at Lone Rock Campground, Deckers, CO
Our campsite at Lone Rock Campground, Deckers, CO
Our campsite at Lone Rock Campground, Deckers, CO

Our campsite at Lone Rock Campground, Deckers, CO

Mike’s mom, step-dad, and uncle came out for the day bt it was so nice out there we convinced them to stay for the night.

Lone Rock Campground, Deckers, CO
Lone Rock Campground, Deckers, CO
Our new rock band! Me, Uncle Joe, Mike, Mike's mom Linda at Lone Rock Campground, Deckers, CO

Our new rock band! Me, Uncle Joe, Mike, Mike's mom Linda at Lone Rock Campground, Deckers, CO

Linda supervising the tent assembly

Linda supervising the tent assembly

It's under control!

It's under control!

I don’t like grungy old musty sleeping bags so I insist on bringing real bedding when we go camping and it is NICE.

So cozy inside the tent.
So cozy inside the tent.

After the tent went up Linda and I put our feet int he water. Mike’s step-dad Paul actually went for a swim. We just watched.

Hanging out on the river.
Hanging out on the river.

Mike got in a little fishing before dinner. Paul took these pictures.

Fishing on the South Platte River at Deckers, CO

Fishing on the South Platte River at Deckers, CO

Fishing on the South Platte River at Deckers, CO

Fishing on the South Platte River at Deckers, CO

Fishing on the South Platte River at Deckers, CO

Fishing on the South Platte River at Deckers, CO

Fishing on the South Platte River at Deckers, CO

Fishing on the South Platte River at Deckers, CO

Fishing on the South Platte River at Deckers, CO

Fishing on the South Platte River at Deckers, CO

Fishing on the South Platte River at Deckers, CO

Fishing on the South Platte River at Deckers, CO

When we first got there it was raining. We weren’t sure if it would keep raining so we unpacked everything and put it under thw canopy. It did eventually stop raining and was beautiful! But we didn’t really bother to move the stuff. It wasn’t very organized!

OMG we're so trashy!
OMG we’re so trashy!

Mike’s parents brought their cute little dog with them. They also had a tent and a sleeping bag in the back of their car like true Coloradoans, so when they decided to stay the night, it was pretty easy.

Barney and Paul
Barney and Paul

So I know it’s the big trendy thing to cook big, elaborate fancy meals when camping these days, and I’ve done that. But now I’m more into a retro thing — hot dogs, hamburgers, s’mores, that sort of thing. I did make some marinated feta before we left, tho. Just a block of feta, olive oil to cover, and some herbs from my garden. It was super good.

Marinated feta with crackers.
Marinated feta with crackers.

Mike is always dismayed when I want to bring the cast iron camping. But it’s the only way you can do this! Like oldey timey cowboys or pioneers or something.

Cooking over an open fire is the best.
Cooking over an open fire is the best.

I prepped all the confetti corn stuff ahead of time so I just had to toss it into the pan and cook it when I got there. The beans were from a can. They were delish! We also roasted hot dogs over the fire. Retro!

Confetti corn and baked beans.
Confetti corn and baked beans.

Later when it got dark we had s’mores and looked at the stars. It was during a meteor shower so we had a great show!

Cooking over a campfire- fun!

Cooking over a campfire- fun!

I guess this is the Lone Rock that the campground is named after.

I guess this is the Lone Rock that the campground is named after.

We’re definitely going to go camping here again next year. We’ll make reservations in advance again (you don’t have to, they do have walkups available) so that we can get a riverside site. Maybe we’ll bring some more people- you guys want to come?

Gardening, Home Improvement, Lunch Downtown Colorado Springs, and Fishing in Deckers

I am still irritated that I waited so long to bring my tomato plants out to the junkyard where there’s full sun. I liked them so much on the deck! Anyhow, they totally kicked ass in the past month. They’re huge, even the ones I started from seeds. There are a few tomatoes and lots of flowers but I don’t think I’ll wind up getting much cuz it’s cold now.


The other day was really nice so we went for a long bike ride.


Stopped for lunch at East Coast Deli which for some reason doesn’t have a website. Their egg salad sandwiches are the best thing ever.

Their rueben was really good, too. Not all huge like they can sometimes be.

It was really nice outside on Friday so we went about 45 miles up into the mountains to Deckers and DM did some fishing on the South Platte River. I sat and read magazines on the shore while he fished.

I never trust the weather here so I wore a long sleeved shirt and was way too hot. So DM gave me his tee shirt. LOL. He said he looked like a hillbilly in this outfit with no shirt on, and he did, so I had to have a picture.


He even caught four fish! He threw them back tho.

I made some roasted veggies the other night. I make them all the time but usually just mix them all up in a big pile. This time I separated them and I thought they looked pretty so here they are. Exciting!

Since it’s so cold here today and supposed to get to freezing tonight I brought a bunch of my plants inside. All the herbs I put in the kitchen and the tomatoes I put in the outside hallway. It’s still cold out there but not as bad as the actual outside and it gets pretty decent light from the window. We’ll see. I might put them back outside next week if the weather is nice again. The herbs are probably in for the winter, tho. Hopefully they won’t die in there.

I got this little cart in Amarillo on our way back from Dallas. Cute, huh?