I love the Fun Finders, but that wasn't one for which you asked opinions. Of your choices, my vote goes to the Coachmen. 1) The lack of counter space in the other models would drive me nuts. Even my T@B has an "L" shaped kitchen counter. 2) We are constantly in and out to obtain things from the fridge. You can almost reach items without even going into the camper with the Dutchmen model. 3) I don't believe I'd want the door by the bed, as has been mentioned.
One of the things I love about the Fun Finder is the front window, which all of my campers have had. I dislike not having one. I also love the white cabinets.
I see someone already posted the link to RV Sue and Crew. That's a wonderful blog of a woman and her two dogs who FT in a 17' Casita.
I have a T@B and know a lady that lives in hers while volunteering at different organizations. Chris and Cherie also full-timed in their T@B clamshell before moving to a 17' Oliver and are now in a bus.
I stay in my T@B up to two weeks and am never ready to return home. When my daughter is along for long trips, we keep our clothes in the back of my Jeep.
A man on the Teardrops and Tiny Trailers forum lived in his standard teardrop over the course of a year.
I would recommend a trial run of at least 3 months.
If you are limiting yourself to those loops you will limit the sites. I am out on Business trip but when I get home I have a map that has site ratings and I can give better advice. The reservation website has photos of the campsites. I will not have many photos in the loops that you requested since we don't stay in that area of the campground.
Yes, obviously this limits the sites to choose from, but that's where the others will be. The point of attending a rally is to be near them. As it is, I may not get in those loops anyway as there are many signed up to attend. I did view photos of sites from the reservation page, but many times there is a camper blocking the view of the actual site. Would be nice to see more photos.
I will be attending a rally held at Elkmont, and would like recommendations on sites within loops J, K, L, M, and N. Would love to be by the water, and size of site can be small as I camp in a T@B pulled by a Jeep. If anyone has any photos of sites within those loops, I would sure appreciate seeing them!
I travel solo most of the time with my little T@B. I, too, use the telescoping magnetic tennis ball set for hooking up. I also like to place a rock, pine cone, stick, or other object on the pad where I want my driver's side wheel to "land". It keeps me from getting out to see if I've landed where I really want to be.
I like the GPS for the fact that it shows me what side of the road I need to be on for exits and "Y"s that I will be approaching. It gives me ample time to get in the correct lane.
I don't plan out too much of my route because I like to be spontaneous. If I see something that looks interesting, then I investigate it. I took an 11-day trip this spring, though, and got in a difficult situation at a fuel stop where the tanker pulled in and blocked my exit. He was going to be there 45 minutes. Ugh. Backing out was difficult without a spotter because of the******they sell and have lined up at the end of pump islands (bottled water, firewood, etc), as well as people zipping by pulling into the grocery store, which shares the lot. I made it, but it wasn't pretty.
Bakerkids, fun to see those pics of Green Bay and Kohler-Andrae, one of our favorite parks. If you want to go next year, make reservations ASAP. Wisconsin takes reservations 11 months in advance, and you'll need them!
Ya, I will need to if only I can plan that far in advance. Some of our favorite spots at local COEs are the same way....
Loved camping at Kohler Andrae State Park near Sheboygen, WI. The CG was booked for electric sites for the weekend, but we were there on a Thursday night and nabbed a great electric site, No. 88. Lots of space. No hookups except electric and water was already shut off so no flush toilets or showers. Hope we can go back in August for Packers training camp. Here is our site, as well as some tailgating photos at Lambeau Field.
Beautiful Lake Michigan!
Tailgating at Lambeau:
We had plenty of visitors:
...and plenty of food :C
Not technically a campsite.... Our daughter married in our backyard and opted to not have wedding cake. Instead, they had a friend serve cinnamon rolls out of our T@B.
Although we live in southern IL, my SIL lives in Peru, IL, so we've stayed at Starved Rock. I found their sites to have a large amount of space. This photo was our site last summer, and the "lane" back to the site was very long.
OP, I just realized you're from Olney. Small world. I just worked there Monday. I work a circuit, and am in Olney from time to time. I sometimes bring the camper and stay at Red Hills or Sam Parr in Newton if I'm sent up there on a Friday or Monday. Congrats on your purchase!
Yes, the add-a-rooms are wonderful! There are several varieties. We have the 2nd generation Thermarest. We've slept "several" when the room is attached.
Oh, you probably don't want to ask me about my obsession, er, I mean T@B. :) We have a very active owners' forum, but when Yahoo changed the format we found it difficult to access files. Tons of mods and accessories, etc., there though, and I wouldn't own a T@B without being part of this group. Yahoo owner's forum
They have the answer to everything.
We have small get-togethers as well as larger rallies with 60 some T@Bs present. One of my favorite is the Blue Ridge Rally hosted by Sharon Sigmon every spring in NC. We also have a Yahoo group for used T@Bs, equipment, etc.
You're probably aware there are different floor plans, including a bathroom model. I like the fact that it's perfect for me solo, as well as hubby and I (he loves the larger-than-queen bed), but with our add-a-room our adult kids can come along, too. The Coolcat will cool/heat the add-a-room.
We have two active Facebook pages, and I belong to an international FB page, as well as a midwest page. If you desire more info or photos, or just have questions, fire away....
This forum has a vintage TT section, as well, it's just not very active. It's a subcategory of travel trailers.
You can see trailers on the main Sisters on the Fly site, as well.
Here's another SOTF trailer, Cluckingham Palace, owned by Kaye England. All photos are from her childhood or her farm and animals.
A couple more...
I'm a member of the Sisters on the Fly. If you google that you'll see photos of many vintage trailers as well as videos. There's a vintage, glamped trailer on Ebay now, and they have a video.
There are several Facebook glamping pages where you will find a large amount of trailer eye candy.
Some members of SOTF, myself included, did not go the vintage route. Trips and events with the Sisters are a ton of fun! Here's my Daisy:
Here's a photo of my T@B and the "Bookmobile", owned by fellow SOTF, Rebecca Amerson, a retired librarian. The books are titles she submitted because they're her favorites. The bumper is a pencil. All details of paintings were submitted by her and have meaning to her.
I suppose we stand out like a sore thumb with our yellow T@B, which, BTW, had the same parent company as Airstream. Since you're cramped in a TC, though, it's not for you. lol You might be interested in this web site, though:
T@B and Airstream