Say It Isn't So!

Tacoma RV Show

"How could you leave me? We we have such a wonderful time together. Remember our first trip to Pismo Beach and you were so excited to just be there with me? We had fish tacos and watched the sunset. You said 'I love you.' "

 Our first outing with Eggburt, a rainy Pismo Beach, 2011.

Our first outing with Eggburt, a rainy Pismo Beach, 2011.

 A romantic sunset at Pismo Beach.

A romantic sunset at Pismo Beach.

"I know, I do love you very much," I reply. "But I think I've met someone that..." I hesitate to carefully select my words. "Well... someone that has more space. Someone with a sink and an inside toilet."

Breaking up is hard to do, it is true. But after eight years of traveling with our teardrop trailer "Eggburt," we are looking at moving on. We are looking at getting a new camping trailer.

 We were wondering, what goes on inside the Tacoma Dome?

We were wondering, what goes on inside the Tacoma Dome?

 This one is too small.

This one is too small.

 Is Goldilocks looking for a bed that isn’t too soft?

Is Goldilocks looking for a bed that isn’t too soft?

This month there was an unusual walkabout opportunity at the Tacoma Dome, the Tacoma Fall RV Show. Yes, big names I have never heard, like Apache Camping Center, RV Country, Valley RV Supercenter, and Blue Dog RV. They were putting on their best show and all in one place. We went to see what the recreational vehicle outlook is for replacing Eggburt. We have looked on Craigslist and retailer’s websites, but nothing beats standing inside.

We were modern-day Goldilocks checking out a new little abode in the woods.

 Eggburt has relatives that are bigger and include a toilet. My favorite, T@B.

Eggburt has relatives that are bigger and include a toilet. My favorite, T@B.

And I love the "showcase" of brand names; Hummingbird, Rainier, Cougar, Sandpiper, Solitude, Bigfoot, Arctic Fox, Glacier Peak, and who could resist a Mini Winnie? Big outdoor names that make you want to get up and go.

 And this one is too big. We aren’t Alpha Wolves.

And this one is too big. We aren’t Alpha Wolves.

 Inside compact sink and two burner combination. An interesting concept.

Inside compact sink and two burner combination. An interesting concept.

We aren't looking for something that can leap over tall buildings in a single bound, but our aging bodies are encouraging us to seek a few more creature comforts to keep us happy campers.

There are some things about Eggburt that we just won't give up. Eggburt is so light, we forget we are towing him up steep mountain passes and on rough dirt roads. Set-up involves unlocking the doors and opening the top vent. When we aren’t on the road, he stores in the garage, ready to go at a moment's notice. Every trip, someone asks us about our teardrop trailer. “Is there a bed in there?” “How does it tow?” “It is so cute!”

I’m not asking for much. Not big.

Just easy.

And maybe cute.

We want easy to store, easy to tow, easy to set-up, easy to take down, easy to clean, easy to park, easy to cook, easy to stand up, and easy to get up in the middle of the night when I need to attend to personal body functions. We mostly stay in campsites, but occasionally we go to RV parks, and we want to have everything necessary to “boon-dock,” stay outback, get off the grid, camp where no one is nearby, off the beaten trail, all alone in the environment to look for birds and take photographs. Something always ready for a new Whelan on Walkabout adventure!

 Could this one be just right? Keith’s favorite, the A frame pop-up.

Could this one be just right? Keith’s favorite, the A frame pop-up.

A toilet inside. Inside Kitchen, and a table to sit at night or during bad weather. When I wake up in the middle of the night, it is difficult to find my clothes, put on clothes, find my flashlight, open the door to the cold of the night, and walk the 30 yards to a cold toilet seat. Then go back, hoping that the neighbor’s dog won’t bark and I don’t see a bear in the other campsite.

In the morning, one of us needs to be awake enough to get dressed, go outside, open the kitchen, and wait in the cold for the coffee to brew. Coffee and breakfast with Eggburt gets cold quickly and if it is raining or windy, Eggburt’s kitchen is impossible to use. Cooking outdoors is a fair weather camping activity.

 Very cute and it would still be a conversation piece.

Very cute and it would still be a conversation piece.

But then again, Eggburt is such a good sport, and we have so many wonderful memories together. How could we part? He has been so loyal. There is still Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park and other National Parks to explore! Can we do it without Eggburt? Can we sell our BFF?

We don’t make fast. After seeing the options, we will need more time to get used to the idea of a new travel trailer.

“But he’s so cute!” Maybe, this one is just right.

Maybe, next year…

 New Year’s Day at Death Valley National Park.

New Year’s Day at Death Valley National Park.