I have to tell you guys the whole story, b-cuz once again, Chuck is humble and won't bragg. (And he was not there for most of this-ironically) But, I am the wife, and I'll bragg on him any day. And, all of you proud owners and co-owners (especially builders and co-builders) of a tiny trailer, TD, should applaud too.
Here's the story. We pulled into the trailer hookup lots like we had soooo many times b-fore on the campgrounds (usually through this area and back to the end or primative areas to set up our tents. which then took the rest of the afternoon to do so.) This time was different, but, we still had the 'obviously little one', uhmmmp, yes in our site all around us are huge trailers, RV's and other, usually with a big W and some mountains painted on the sides. Which btw, I appreciate too, and I am very happy for these people in their ability to have obtained this level of size and comfort in thier travel vehicles. I just don't have a quarter of a mil. lying around. I don't have the kinds of vehichles that tow the larger ones. Then there is insurance and.....well, you get the idea.
I then realized very quickly there really are lots of 'kinds of' the bigger ones. Always again some larger, or smaller. Some have this or that, and some sleep this many or that or 22! people. So, Big and bigger is the idea right! well, I have always known while Chuck and I built this tiny trailer that "I just don't get it"? And as he seemed more and more excited about the plans. I seemed to ask, Why do it small? just get it a bit bigger here and there and.....he built it.
Well, as we began to enjoy this first camping weekend trying out the almost finished "Coat of Many Colors", People were coming (always when Chuck was gone! ug) over to, "see our Tear Drop from their other campers" with comments like. "I love this! We want one too." Commenting that they are so much easier, and you can take them everywhere or anywhere. Then a second couple walked up and asked about our "Little cute trailer!" (at this time I'm thinking it kinda looks like the freezer from my Grandmothers back porch to me since the decorative paint job is not done....not it a bad way, just all white so far" I just didn't see it yet.) Then a third couple of folks got off their motorcycles and came over to ask "Can we peek in to see what the inside looks like". Then our daughter said...."My daddy built this." when asked where did we get it, and where could they get one.
Then, I got it!!.......People loved our Tiny Trailer cuz it said to them, look what dreamers do. Build it themselves. And they start small. But, all the folks who had a larger RV said. This one has most everything we have in ways of comforts. (Maybe give or take a shower or toilet or two). But, this one is do-able
. For the average person. Anyone can enjoy these Tear drops, and we can pull and tow and park it too, yep even the gals. (One lady asked.... as she shouted from the car. Is that a DeerDrop? Whatever?) She had heard of them too, and this web site, telling us about where to find it on the internet as we smiled and said we knew about it and thank you. What all these admirers and onlookers had in common is that all wanted one. They walked away encouraged that they too could build one one day, why, if the average man could do it I could too. And again,,, I got it!
This little trailer that I sit in even now with my lap top, has all I need as far as comforts for travel, it is obtainable, affordable, towable, and enough in a smaller pkg. But more so it brought my family and some freinds together to build and to travel again, and it has brought my family together again to be there for each other when one of us has a dream. Whether it is huge with a big 'W' on it and eight satelites on top, or even if it is a tiny little white freezer box, that everyone wanted to see! Bringing us together where the 2 tires meet the highways. And it says, we did it, like we do in America ...(what they don't know is Chuck is not just the average guy, he is extra ordinary, unique and inventive, like most of you guys too.) So applaud yourselves, go ahead
And, keep on doing it until all your loved ones around you "get it". They'll catch on. Or they will go camping just once and see how wonderfully fun, convenient, affordable and comfortable it is. No matter how big. (btw, Chuck was not there each time a person came up to pat him on the back. I felt sooo bad for him.) He did not get the praise he deserved. But, Emi, our daughter did, and we told him. And, she loved saying, "My daddy built this!"
Be Blessed All, Mary, Chucks Wife.