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R-pod 196 tabbed for 2nd Annual Girl Camper charity raffle

In 2018, founder of the Girl Camper podcast, Janine Pettit, organized a raffle to benefit the HoldYou Foundation, an organization based in Sherman Oaks, California that assists families facing financial hardship due to a child with a life threatening illness or injury. The foundation assists with services such as rent & mortgage payments, utilities, groceries, gas, child care, transportation, and insurance premiums. The prize was a 2019 Little Guy Mini Max, and the raffle generated some $61,000 in ticket sales at the close of the raffle in February 2019.

In September 2019, the 2nd Annual Girl Camper charity raffle was started, and will conclude February 14, 2020. This year, the grand prize is a 2020 R-pod 196. But it’s not just any R-pod. As Janine tells us, “We partnered with Spoonflower to take it from “Factory to Fabulous.”  Spoonflower is a fantastic company that creates custom fabrics, wallpapers and linens from your own designs. You can upload your own artwork or use any of the art other designers have already created. I chose three different designs from three different artists and installed them in our r pod 196 to give it a home feel. What is great about the Spoonflower paper is that it is very easy to install and it is also removable if you decide to go with a different aesthetic.”

“I chose a pattern called Freedom Arrows by domesticate for the “bedroom” of our little home on wheels. I love the complimentary colors of the rust and navy. It was a nice complement to our Beddy’s Bed pattern as well.  The bed in the 196 is a standard size Queen with lots of storage underneath it. On ether side of bed are nice wardrobe closets that provide lots of space for hanging clothes. The doors are frosted and when the interior closet light is turned on at night they make a pretty nightlight.”

Continuing on to the bathroom, “Modern Geometric by Lemonni was the winner for our bathroom paper. I love how sunny it is and it fits this bathroom that, while small, packs a punch. There is an overhead fantastic fan in the bathroom and the shower stall has a large skylight that lets in so much natural light. The lower sink has cabinet space for toiletries and the medicine cabinet has three pretty deep shelves. There’s also a towel storage shelf with bungee netting and a slightly bowed shower curtain for a little extra elbow room. The US map is a treasure of mine at home that I just had to lend to the project because it is such a great match to this wallpaper. Don’t look for it if you win the trailer though, I’m keeping it!!”

The living area features a jackknife sofa that converts to a twin bed for additional guests. It too had a makeover with new fabric installed on it. As Janine says, “When we took this camper from “Factory to Fabulous”, we took the sofa out and had it reupholstered to give it the comfort of home. I was pleasantly surprised it went far beyond aesthetics…that couch was really comfy. It has a large widow behind it to bring in lots of sunlight.”

The kitchen is basic, yet useful. It comes with a recessed two-burner stove, which gives you ideal cutting space. And the sink is a deep, stainless steel that comes with a swivel faucet. The convection microwave oven makes cooking a breeze and there is ample pantry, cabinet, and drawer space. The refrigerator is a 6 cubic foot, gas, electric, and battery powered double door with separate freezer.

Some basic R-pod 196 specs include a length of 22 feet, dry weight of 3578 lbs, fresh water tank holding 36 gallons, and gray and black water tanks each holding 30 gallons.

To enter the drawing , you can buy your tickets online here: https://www.rafflenetwork.com/public/102/1444 Tickets are just $10 each, and currently just under $21,000 worth of tickets have been sold. This is a great cause, so let’s get onboard!

For an in-depth walk through with Janine, click on the video link here:

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And now a word from our sponsor: Rustic Trail Teardrop Campers

Over the years I’ve followed several small manufacturers I’ve become aware of, typically via social media, and have watched how they progress over time. One that fits that category is Pilot Mountain, North Carolina based Rustic Trail Teardrop Campers, and I couldn’t be more pleased they’ve chosen to partner with us on The Small Trailer Enthusiast.

Founded in 2013 by Jonathan and Kathy Sechrist, 2nd generation owners Levi and Magon Sechrist now run the family business, located southeast of Mount Airy.  Rustic Trail has put out over 400 campers in that time, which is quite impressive considering they only have about 8 employees total. And when you factor in their wait time on a build is about 90 days, they are keeping everyone busy.

Rustic Trail specializes in lightweight teardrop and stand-up trailer floorplans, with five floorplans ranging in weights from 1,000 to 1600 lbs and lengths up to 14 feet from hitch to tail. The base color is white, with the exception of the Kodiak Stealth which is gray. You can also have a 3″ colored stripe along the sides as well, at no additional charge, with several colors from which to choose.  For full specs and options, click on the individual links to the models below:

The E-Koala starting at $4950:

The Kodiak Stealth starting at $8450:

The Papa Bear starting at $6700:

 

The Grizzly Bear starting at $7700:

The Polar Bear starting at $8750:

I remember seeing a Rustic Trail at a rally in southern Indiana – I believe it was a Polar Bear. Since there was no one on the site, I just scoped it out from the peripheral. Just from the exterior, I liked what I saw. What I have learned over the past couple years following them on Facebook is they are well connected with their customers. Rustic Trail has an exceptional website that’s easy to navigate through, as well as quite thorough. Their Facebook page covers a lot of bases as well. Informative without the non-stop little camping memes that too many RV manufacturers & dealers continually post that has no relevance to their product (Can you sense a personal pet peeve here?). Their company Facebook page (click here) has over 4,500 followers, but there’s also a very active Facebook group for owners and potential owners to communicate (click here) that has nearly 3,000 members. There’s also an annual reunion rally for owners to congregate (click here).

Rustic Trail Teardrop Campers does not have a dealer network. However, their owners can be found nationwide, and if you’re not in the North Carolina region, it’s safe to say you can find owners in your area to check theirs out. But mark your calendars if you’re on the New England area, as they will be at the Springfield, Massachusetts RV, Camping, and Outdoor Show, February 14-17, 2020 – click here for details. They will have on hand a Polar Bear, Grizzly Bear, and Kodiak Stealth.

But if you can make it to their home base in Pilot Mountain, NC, you’ll get to see everything there. To learn more, visit their website at https://www.rustictrailteardrops.com, or visit them at 1281 West Dodson Mill Road, Pilot Mountain, North Carolina, or give them a call at (336)444–4017.

And to give you an idea how a Rustic Trail Teardrop Camper is built, check out this cool time lapse video. As you can see, the crew there enjoys what they do and puts together a well built product. My take: Buy with confidence.

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