The mythical, and much desired, travel trailer has suddenly joined our little family. Like Mist Cottage, it is tiny, old, and in need of tender loving care. We call our new addition Iris.

This is Iris, our new-to-us used travel trailer. She was manufactured in Winkler, Manitoba in 1977. As you can see in this picture I took of her yesterday, she is dwarfed by the other travel trailers around her. Downsizing seems to be a theme in our lives!
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We bought Iris yesterday. She is a 1977, Triple E, 14 foot (hitch to tailgate), fibreglass trailer. She has the original tiny refrigerator, a two burner propane stove, a small sink with a hand pump, and an propane heater; we don’t know if any of these appliances and amenities actually work. She is in reasonable shape for her age, with some rust on the metal components, and a few sags and wrinkles here and there, but she is roadworthy. We hope to bring her home next weekend. We had to drive quite a distance to have a look at her, it took us all day to drive there and back home again.

I have been looking at trailers ever since my 1971 Airstream Argosy was destroyed by a falling tree. I was heartbroken at the loss. We did not replace the Argosy. Until now, Attila had no time off in the summer months, not even weekends, so that camping was not a possibility. Until Tank we did not have a vehicle that would tow a trailer. Now that Attila has weekends free, and Tank is sitting in the driveway up for an adventure, camping is a possibility. And, the big bonus, this year we get a one week vacation in the summer months!

We have to laugh at ourselves, that as soon as we find ourselves in a position to pay our bills comfortably, we add a new one to the roster. Humans!

Worldly Distractions


Date: 5:00 AM EST Sunday 28 February 2016
Condition: Not observed
Pressure: 100.8 kPa
Tendency: rising
Temperature: 2.7°C
Dewpoint: -0.3°C
Humidity: 81%
Wind: WSW 13 km/h


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John Green

Hello there dear reader.

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Congratulations on your find and welcome, Iris. We look forward to hearing of your adventures.

I know about that funding thing, but it’s also economical to strike when opportunity arises. That’s why we do all that high-tech juggling, isn’t it?


Best of luck with Iris and may you have many great adventures together. 🙂

Still the Lucky Few

I hope you and Attila have the flexibility to be able to pick a warm and rain free week this summer so you can truly enjoy your holiday. I used to trailer a lot when the kids were small, but hated rainy conditions!


I always thought a camper was out of my price-reach till a friend offered his for $500. I thought it was a great price, because I had the money to write a cheque immediately. Since then, I have never used the camper for camping. It is parked in a shady spot in the farmyard, and in the summer I go there to sit alone, sometimes fiddle with my scrapbooks, write in my journal, or even just lie on the bed and listen to the birds. I love it as a little sanctuary. Glad you’ve found yours.

Bex Crowell

I adore your Iris. It will be so much fun for you both. Congrats.