Since leaving Vermont, my Teardrop has been riding out the winter in my parents’ barn in Pennsylvania. I miss it! This week, while I’ve been home, I’ve been working on it, getting “the Rattler” ready to set sail in March.
One project I’ve been scheming for awhile: a wood floor! I want to keep the Teardrop as light as possible, so as not to tax my trusty “Raven” too much (empty it weighs about 600 pounds, well under my Subaru’s 2,000-pound tow capacity), so I went shopping at Home Depot for some lightweight wood laminate flooring. I found tiles made to look like parquet flooring for 89 cents each. The Teardrop’s floor is 4 feet by 4 feet, so I was able to install my fancy parquet wood floor for $16! Score.
The other upgrade is courtesy of my dear mother, who gave me something for Christmas I’ve never ever heard of: a propane camp oven! This little Camp Chef range and oven runs on those little green propane canisters. Now I can bake cakes in my Teardrop!
Next time I swing through Nebraska to visit Egon, my Teardrop’s mastermind, we’ll see about redesigning to the kitchen to incorporate the new oven. I think I’ll have to pull it out and set it on the ground to use it — it gets hot on the outside and I don’t want a fire hazard in the Teardrop! But it would be nice to be able to store it in the kitchen area. For now, it slides neatly under the bed.
I can’t wait to hit the road! Right now my plan is to go southwest to New Mexico in March, spend April in Utah, head to Oregon in May and then spend the summer hiking and boondocking in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. Stay tuned for another summer on the road with the Blonde Coyote, the Raven & the Rattler!
What route will I be taking to New Mexico? I have no idea yet! Check out my previous post: How To Plan A Killer Road Trip!