My thinking was that it might be nice to have the use of a camper trailer that is light enough to haul behind my little Subaru Forester and small enough to store in a single car garage bay. It's also a good idea to find one at the close of the warm season because they are cheaper then.
I looked around for quite a while and finally found a suitable used camper not too far from St. Louis. I purchased the beast and since I didn't have a trailer hitch on my vehicle, they graciously towed it to my home, where we set it up in the back yard. It appears to be in good shape and boasts enough room to accommodate 4 or five people. It also has a heater, a refrigerator as well as a propane stove. It can be hooked up to a 115V outlet and water faucet
I set it up in my back yard when I first got it, but only
recently towed it to Babler State Park, just a little west of here. Just
me and my man Draco.
I just made reservations for one night, just to test it out. It took me forever to set it up with a little help from a kind fellow camper. There were quite a few very large RV's in the park but no tent campers or even small trailers. For one thing, the shower and toilet facilities were shut down for the season and only a few out houses were available to us. We set up around 4 pm and it got dark just a little after 5 pm. Draco and I were sitting in the camper just looking at each other. For entertainment, we listened to NPR on the radio, the little heater barely kept the inside temperature of the camper tolerable, and then it started... the wailing and gruesome howling from the nearby woods. They might just have been coyotes but I'm leaning more toward packs of wolves. I was sure they started circling our campsite looking for an evening meal. You add an outhouse that even the skunks gave a wide berth, no fresh water supply and the prospect of temperatures dropping below freezing and you have a very dire situation on your hands.
Draco and I did the only sensible thing, we took flight. We abandoned the camper and took the 20 minute ride back to the comfort of our home. We congratulated ourselves on the wisdom of the move. Yes, we're not ashamed to admit it... The "Hardy Boys" wimped out. I went back the next day to pick up the camper. Mind you, I'm not giving up... totally...yet. I guess we'll try again when the weather warms up again.