Travel Trailers Sioux Falls SD

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Spaders RV Center
(605) 339-3230
1601 E. Robur Dr.
Sioux Falls, SD
Schaaps RV Traveland
(800) 622-6560
3100 West Russell
Sioux Falls, SD
Black Hills RV Rentals LLC
(605) 673-3600
24992 Sylvan Lake Rd
Custer, SD
atv, quad, all terrain vehicle, 4 wheeler, 4wheeler, toy hauler

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Dakota Rv
(605) 348-1212
3831 N Deadwood Ave
Rapid City, SD
Mid-States RV
(866) 531-6942
10400 Recreational Drive
Summerset, SD
Spader Rv
(605) 339-3230
1601 E Robur Dr
Sioux Falls, SD
Great Plains RVs
(800) 697-3140
28020 Boondocks Ave
Worthing, SD
Jacks Campers
(800) 356-1812
I-90 Exit 330
Mitchell, SD
Fireside Camper
(800) 504-0528
914 43rd St Circle East
Watertown, SD
Spaders RV Center
(605) 339-3230
1601 E. Robur Dr.
Sioux Falls, SD
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T@B Microlite Travel Trailers

By Bill Siuru, PhD, PE   

Travel trailers and motor homes seem to get bigger every year and more luxurious with ever more creature comforts. Now, you can even equip your motor home with a real sauna. The downside is huge fuel bills for even a short trip. Well, here is an option that will allow you to camp in comfort and only need a vehicle with a 2000 pound towing capacity to pull it.

Exterior of the T@B Microlite Travel Trailer

Many of us remember the tiny teardrop trailers that were popular decades ago. Some people are restoring old teardrops that date back as far as the 1930s. Others are building new ones. You can find plans on the Internet, as well as companies offering turnkey units. Thor Industries' Dutchmen Manufacturing is offering a lineup of T@B Microlite Travel Trailers that improve on the already very efficient teardrop design and has added the availability of modern features found in much larger travel trailers.

First of all, the new T&B teardrops are a bit longer (15' 6''), wider (6' 7") and taller (7' 9") than the old teardrops. The interior height of 5' 9" allows many people to actually stand up inside, well at least stoop. This definitely wasn't the case with the original design where the interior space pretty much only allowed for sleeping. The interior dimensions can even accommodate a queen size bed in one floor plan. The T&B can be stored in most standard garages.

Exterior of the T@B Microlite Travel Trailers

On three of the floor plans, there is an inside kitchen complete with sink, two-burner stove, ice box and ample storage space. A 1.8 cubic foot Norcold three way or 12-Volt refrigerator is optional. You can also order a Cool Cat 12,000 Btu air conditioner with a heat pump or 12,000 Btu LP heater with thermostat and fan. The A/C is located inside so the trailer's streamline styling is not marred by the typical roof top unit. Also, there is room for storing a Port-a-Potty inside. A fourth layout features a clamshell rear door that opens up to expose a complete kitchen, just like in the original design.

Optional kitchen for the T@B Microlite Travel Trailers

Unlike most of the original teardrops that were made largely of hard-to-maintain wood, the T&Bs features an AluFiber construction that combines aluminum with fiberglass and laminated over foam. This design means a long life. The T@Bs features an Al-KO Kober ultra light, galvanized frame. It rides on an rubber torsion, independent suspension axle. The frame includes a surge brake coupler, parking brake, easy-up tongue jack, and four corner stabilizer jacks.

The T@B's high-gloss automotive finish is easier to clean compared to traditional fiberglass and aluminum finishes. An UV resister reduces yellowing and fading. Either a white or silver finish is offered with a choice of Grey, Orange Krush, Mellow Yellow, or Cherry Red exterior trim.

With gross vehicle weight ratings of under a ton and hitch weights of only 110-154 pounds, these microlite travel trailers can be towed by virtually any vehicle with a 2000 pound towing capacity. They come equipped with a built-in surge...

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Vintage Travel Trailers

By Bill Siuru, PhD, PE   

Recently I pulled into the Vail Lake Resort near Temecula, California and was transported back many decades to when people camped in 'canned hams,' 'bread loafs,' 'streamliners' and 'teardrops.' That's because the Vintage Trailer Rally was being heldin this nicely restored trailer park with lots of old oak trees. Of course, these terms aptly described vintage travel trailers like Airstreams, Shastas, West Coasts, Spartans and so forth because of their distinctive shapes.

The event brought back memories of the 'trailer trash' camping sites used by 'tin can tourists.' Back then, campers cooked on Coleman stoves rather than in microwave ovens, sat around campfires rather than in front of 32-inch flat screen feed by a satellite dish and slept in sleeping bags rather than on king-sized beds in their megabuck motor coaches.

Now many RVers cannot get along without air conditioning and email, others are into vintage camping and travel trailers of the 1970s, 1960s, 1950s, 1940s and even the 1930s. Most of the trailers have been restored to new, sometimes better than new condition. Some owners 'rough it,' keeping their vintage rigs just like when they were used decades ago complete with turquoise and pink interiors. This includes equipping them with appliances, camping gear and memorabilia of the period. Others like trailers that 'look like old ones, but camp like new ones' with the latest RV amenities inside like air conditioning, generators, microwaves and flat screen TVs.

They don't come much more noticeable than this bright yellow 1937 Ford towing a yellow teardrop trailer.

Some even hook up their trailers to equally vintage tow vehicles. For more pulling power, they might have a modern Chevrolet or Ford small-block V8 installed under the hood and of course, air conditioning.

Pink Ford pickup pulling matching pink and white trailer.

If you want to get into this growing hobby, you better hurry. Old trailers that have sat behind barns, in fields and in junkyards for decades are being gobbled up and restored by collectors and investors. While there are several professional trailer restorers to do the work, many are being 'brought back' by individuals in their garages and backyards. Simple, and made largely of wood and aluminum, restoring one can be done by even pretty novice do-it-yourselfers. Anyone having owned a modern motor coach with all the goodies, especially one that is a few years old will appreciate these vintage RVs. There is little to go wrong, and if something goes awry, it usually can easily be fixed with a hammer, screwdriver and a pair of pliers.

The way they camped back then.

Because of the popularity of these old rigs, there are many vintage trailer rallies held around the country every year. However, most owners use them for their vacations and camping adventures. Pull into a RV par...

How you might decorate a trailer in the 1950s.

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