Last weekend was a little bit bittersweet.
J and I decided it was time to get rid of our old tent trailer. It was a 1983 Bonair with orange stripes that had originally been his grandpa's, then was his brother's, and became ours about 4 years ago. This thing was ooooold.
When we first got it, we set it up in an empty lot beside one of our friend's houses and spent about 8 hours cleaning it up, organizing everything and sewing up all the holes in the canvas (there were a lot). We got some of those gold house letters from the hardware store and posted "Nodecker and Meg" on the back. (The +1 was added a little later).
By the end there were countless rips (though only one really big one), one of the side zippers had busted and we had a towel hung up keep out the bugs, the door didn't work properly and if you didn't close it just right the whole thing would pop out and one of the pullys in one of the corners snapped so one side sagged like crazy. But, the heater and stove worked so we could take it out in the winter, it could be covered in a tarp to keep the rain off aaand it kept most of the bugs out.
I think the main reason we decided to get rid of it is because we don't have anywhere to put it. It was being stored at one of J's friend's houses, but they are moving soon. Since it wasn't at our place, we couldn't just pop it up to take a peek inside and see what was there, we couldn't clean it out after, or leave it set up to dry if it was wet. And for the weekend trips that we do, it's a pretty big hassle to pick it up, set it up, take it down and drop it off again.
So from now on tenting it is. We took out all of our stuff and boxed it up, gave it a sweep and posted it free on Craigslist and it still has the "Nodecker and Meg +1" on the back.