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  1. Hilldweller

    Awning verses an ez up

    Right now
  2. Hilldweller

    Awning verses an ez up

    We're teardroppers and use both. There's an awning on both sides of the trailer for weather protection and an EZ-Up professional to go over the hatch, again to get out of the weather. The Pro model has a very substantial build and has stood up to 75 mph winds (staked at the feet and guy lines)...
  3. Hilldweller

    Tired of all the "huge" RTT's. So I made my own.

    Like family hour. 6'5"/225. It's so good when somebody gets it. If there's enough demand maybe he'll introduce the "Hobbit" model...
  4. Hilldweller

    Tired of all the "huge" RTT's. So I made my own.

    Give him puppydog eyes and he'll cave. He's a good dad; can't resist puppydog eyes... What are you trying to have him add? You two together represent some crazy engineering mojo.
  5. Hilldweller

    Tired of all the "huge" RTT's. So I made my own.

    How much weight can it hold? Jack likes to climb on the roof to take pictures... ;)
  6. Hilldweller

    Shower Tent/Privacy Enclosure

    Mirtes loves the mat in front of the door to the teardrop. Lightspeed is similar to Joolca but the Joolcas go up easier/faster. Very close in concept though. And Lightspeed doesn't have a full-time floor. I like a floor when it's a potty tent. We camp near lakes and streams and both frogs...
  7. Hilldweller

    How did Northern Indiana become so popular for RV Manufactures?

    My teardrop was made by Happy Valley Trailers, mostly Amish craftsmen. I've been dragging it around for almost 10 years and it's still solid as a brick, no squeaks, rattles, or separated seams. But they were Ohio, not Indiana. When Happy Valley bought Little Guy they moved manufacturing to...
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    Shower Tent/Privacy Enclosure

    The Joolca is about as good as it gets ---- but nothing is perfect. I'd rather have a removeable floor. @FrenchieXJ shared a great idea with us while camping several years ago --- rubber restaurant mats, the ones with the holes in them, buy the big mat and cut it into 3 manageable strips...
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    Recommendations for rechargeable LED lantern for table?

    I've "warmed" up a few lamps through the years by tinting the lens with Duplicolor Metalcast Yellow spray paint. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000994BUW//?tag=2402507-20 A really long essay on light color by my old buddy Dan (includes tinting instructions)...
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    Shower Tent/Privacy Enclosure

    We've got one of those too. Sux in the wind; twists around like one of those turbofan-dummies that they have in front of used car lots. In nice weather, fine.
  11. Hilldweller

    Best Car Camping Cooler

    Yep. A relative bargain in this segment. I'd go to the Wallyworld though. With all of the Black Friday fanfare they've got going right now you might score a deal.
  12. Hilldweller

    Recommendations for rechargeable LED lantern for table?

    We have a little one from Walmart that runs on 2 AAA batteries. Was $5 and I've changed the batteries twice in about 9 years. Also has a red LED that spares your night vision.
  13. Hilldweller

    Best Car Camping Cooler

    I'd still recommend the Ozark Trails or any of the others from California Innovations. They recently purchased a factory in the Atlanta area; a friend of one of my colleagues runs the place and QC is excellent. https://californiainnovations.com/ They get back to you pretty quickly if you ping...
  14. Hilldweller

    Towing with a Jeep Wrangler

    I had a JKU with 3.73 gears and a manual trans. It towed my teardrop better than my previous JK, a 2008 2-door with an automatic, but I'd still call it a miserable tow-pig. It didn't mind going slow but in our hilly area I was rowing gears like a maniac on highways. I'd keep the trailer...
  15. Hilldweller

    anyone done long term #trailerlife with a teardrop or similar?

    We camp in ours year-round but never more than 2 weeks at a time. Usually about 60 nights a year. For winter --- If I have power hook-up, we've got an electric mattress warmer. Very cozy. If boondocking, I've got 12v electric blankets; you have to keep an eye on your consumption though since...
  16. Hilldweller

    Lets see some full size pictures...

    Need to post that here: https://expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/do-you-stand-on-your-vehicle-when-theres-nobody-holding-a-camera.220151/
  17. Hilldweller

    Shower Tent/Privacy Enclosure

    I have a Joolca (sets up in 30 seconds) too. Your linked enclosure is neat but on this coast we'd want a roof. Ours serves as potty much more than shower and there's no shortage of rain. Other than that, rack-mount means you never have to worry about where to stow it. Is the rack-mount...
  18. Hilldweller

    Last resort fire starter?

    ...is what happens if you don't take proper care of beer nuts....
  19. Hilldweller

    Last resort fire starter?

    And spare under-britches...
  20. Hilldweller

    Tired of all the "huge" RTT's. So I made my own.

    Kos will have to assemble that one then. Chad's an inch taller than I am. ....we'll be able to fit two Mikeys in there though... ;) Can't wait to see it. Very slick product. Chad always builds neat stuff.
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