31 Jul

Objection #2 – I don’t know how to tow

Many women we meet at campgrounds and events express the most wonderment over the fact that we towed the trailers to our location by ourselves. They can’t imagine doing that.  In overcoming this objection (which is really fear) I want to first focus on the bewildering aspect.

Everything that we don’t know how to do holds a sense to us, that there is some secret skill or God given attribute that the person who knows how to do it has that we don’t. Those who are not athletic are in awe of people willing to run 26 miles for fun. If you can’t make it to the mailbox without rapid heartbeat the idea of becoming a marathon runner yourself seems impossible. The thing to remember is that the runner did not wake up one morning and run 26 miles. There is a START point  in all new things and with towing it is this.

 
 

Adopt the attitude that you will learn how to do this and you will be successful at it. I learned a great deal of skills from my dad who was,  and still is, a classic 1960’s dad who did all the home repairs and renovations himself. I oftened helped him in his basement workshop and even as a kid I can remember thinking that my dad, who was not a carpenter by trade, knew how to do a lot things that he was not employed at doing.  I asked him one day how he knew that he could make all the kitchen cabinets in our house and his reply changed my life!  He said, “Well…I looked at the guy who does this for a living and I said to myself…when he gets up in the morning he puts his pants on one leg at a time. I put my pants on one leg at a time so, I guess I can do this too”.

The life changing part,  that I did not realize was life changing at the time,  was that I started to look at things that I wanted to do and didn’t know how to do,  with the attitude that I will just have to learn this.   Towing is a learned skill like any other.  You start off slowly and build up. You learn the basics and you build from there. You start in your church parking lot and then you begin towing around your neighborhood. You hook up and unhook your trailer 20 times until you feel that you’ve got it down. You pick a time of day when traffic is low in your area and you practice getting on and off the highway. You drive two towns over and park in the far end of the shopping center and pull out again. You get a friend that tows and you ask them to encourage you and to ride shot gun with you and talk you through it. You start by reading everything you can about it and having information. Knowledge reduces fear. You watch Youtube videos that give tips.

 


http://howto.curtmfg.com/Pages/index.cfm.20.html

Uhaul has some great videos that give good information that you should have before you start.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZkjOGIP85o&index=27&list=PL023786C1FEAFE54C

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZ8DRC_fWSg&index=28&list=PL023786C1FEAFE54C

 
The most important thing to have is the attitude that you can and will do this. Remind yourself that it is being done everyday. The women who are camping and towing and doing things and going places had a starting point. There was a time in which they knew nothing at all about it. My friend Mary was such a person. She was fascinated by the whole sister on the fly, girl camper movement and thought it was a cool thing that other people did. I kept telling her to join us and she kept saying, “I don’t have a camper. I don’t know how to tow. I’ve never left my family before.”   With encouragement and patience Mary learned to tow, bought a camper and is now going places and doing things with her girl camper friends and with her family too. Mary has converted her family into campers. She overcame her fear and took it one step at a time. This same Mary who was so shy that she wouldn’t ask a question at a PTA meeting,  is going to Wyoming next week to learn how to rope and ride and brand and barrel race. It all starts someplace. It’s one step at a time. Just start today by reading about it.  Slow and steady does win the race.

 
Happy Trails


29 Jul

Objection #3 – I don’t have anyone in my life to help me fix up a trailer

My dream has come true ! Shasta is reissuing their iconic 1961 Airflyte! One of my favorite all time travel trailers. The reissue was designed in honor of the company’s 75th anniversary and will meet all current building codes while mantaining the vintage appeal right down to the log cabin siding and jalousie windows. 

the original classic yellow
 

A Sister on the Fly’s beautiful Shasta

Restored to perfection

the interior of the reissue



Read all the wonderful news below and then eliminate objection #3 – “I don’t have anyone in my life to help me fix up a trailer!

http://rvdailyreport.com/products/shasta-to-reissue-an-updated-1961-airflyte/

So many women tell me at RV shows and Fairs that they love the trailers that girl campers have but they don’t have anyone to help them with a trailer. I say the same thing each time. Buy new! Don’t let the fact that you are not handy or don’t have someone willing to restore a vintage trailer for you, stop you from becoming a girl camper. I can guarantee you that the women on camping trips in tents, cabins and sharing with a friend are having just as much fun as those with restored and decked out trailers. It’s like saying you won’t go to a concert unless you have a front row seat or you won’t go on a tropical island vacation unless you can fly there first class.

With this reissue you don’t have to sacrifice anything!! You have all the beauty of the originals with the added benefit of a bath and shower, air conditioning and heat, flat screen TV, bigger bed and the beauty of the birchwood interior! This is a no-brainer. I think too many would be girl campers get caught up in the idea of their own private sanctuary and don’t realize the work involved in restoring a vintage trailer. There are safety concerns with axels and tires and rotted wood and old wiring that must be addressed before you get to the fun part of putting your design stamp on it. With a new trailer you get to skip all of that and get right to the part we all long for; making up that beautiful bed with the chenille bedspread you’ve been saving and installing all your vintage collectibles in the cabinets! I have seen a few manufacturers make a vintage styled trailer with retro color scheme and paint job but they fall short once you get inside and see the ugly RV fabric and plasticized walls.  The authentic interior of this reissue is what I think is finally going to get my husband to part with his 1960’s Frolic!

22 Jul

Objection #1: I don’t have a trailer!

For those that believe that girl camping is all about the trailer I would like to share with you some pictures of women whose spirit is bigger than their budgets. They are not letting the lack of a trailer stop them from having girl fun. I really admire these women who have a very “can do” attitude and just want to be out there doing things and going places. They join in all the fun without the worry of towing and leveling and hooking up and backing in. It’s more about the people and places and less about the things, although their things are beautiful!

Some tents are homemade. Some are store bought and glamped up. Some girl campers choose to rent a cabin or stay at a local B & B and visit the campsite. The point is to not let the lack of a camper keep you from enjoying all the fellowship and comraderie of women doing things together. It is actually better to go to these events without a trailer and ask questions about where to get a trailer, what a buyer should ask a seller, what is a reasonable amount to pay? Acquire lots of information. Know your likes and dislikes. Learn what features you want in a trailer. Decide if you want to go vintage or buy new and customize it to fit your style.  Keep an open attitude and go camping with the idea that you want to be part of the great outdoors with people who do that with alot more pinache than most!!

http://thebeehivecottage.blogspot.com/2011/08/glamping-in-tent.html