If you’ve always wanted your camping experience to be more elevated, the new Stingray Tent, built by UK company Tenstile and distributed in San Francisco, is a new design that looks like a floating sea creature. The Stingray, which can be set up on the ground or suspended in the air is a three season tent that can fit up to three occupants and their gear.
This aerial tiny shelter is made of UV resistant and waterproof materials and anodized aircraft aluminum poles. The full tent is 13x13x13 feet and it can pack down to 27×10 inches. A rope ladder and ratchet straps come standard and optional accessories include luggage nets, tablet pouches, shoe nets and mobile phone pockets. Two access points in the bottom hatch allow occupants to access various parts of the tent and you sleep in a 6 ounce reinforced cordura hammock. They are currently on sale for $799. The Stingray Air, with a removable, PU coated waterproof polyester flysheet sells for $1,199. Which stings just a little bit.
So, if you are looking for a more clandestine tiny house, you only need to look up.
Photos by Stingray Tents
While on a recent teardrop trailer trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, I ran into a Texan named John who travels around the country for work. He lives simply out of a camping trailer I had never seen before. His Roll-A-Home camper is small enough to be towed behind his small sports car, yet it expands and pops up into a structure that is large enough to stand up in.
This camper is more than a glorified tent, though. When folded down, the trailer is towable behind a small car or a motorcycle, yet everything inside is still accessible in the 18.5 cubic feet of cargo area. The trailer body is constructed out of fiberglass and also doubles as a luggage rack. The tent is made with breathable, waterproof and UV resistant fabric and when erected the entire tent is 88 inches high and clears the ground. Both the standard (47 x 78 inches) and wide bed (73 x 80 inches) models include five double zippered screen windows and a screen door. Setup only takes a few minutes.
The entire structure also has lighting, independent rubber torsion bar suspension, plugs for 110 volt or 12 volt appliances and slide outs and external shelters are available to extend the space. The weight for the standard model is 325 lbs. and 385 lbs. for the wide model. The cost for the standard trailer is $4,499 and the wide bed is $4,999. Optional features such as a storage box, screen room, spare tire or carpet are extra.
Photos by Roll-A-Home and Christina Nellemann
For someone who wants to be close to nature, but doesn’t mind a little less privacy, a new bubble hotel/campground has been built just outside of Paris by designer Pierre-Stephane Dumas. Each of his “rooms” are transparent, air-filled plastic bubbles placed discretely in the garden of the Chateau de Malmaison, which is the former home of Napolean’s Josephine.
“I think nearly everyone of us has dreamed of something like this,” Dumas said. He built these bubbles primarily to stargaze from the comfort of bed without having to set up a tent. Continue Reading »
This last summer, my husband and I took a three day whitewater rafting trip on the South Fork of the American River in central California. This area of the state has a culture of its own. While the mountains and the coast have the ski and surf bum, the American River is home to the seasonal river guide. Many of these river guides come from all over the country to raft and kayak one of the most popular rivers in the West and they live from May to October in a hodgepodge of dwellings.
The river guides we rafted, ate and played in the water with lived in tents at nearby campgrounds, in temporary buildings on land leased by various rafting companies or in VW buses in the parking lot. One of the guides even lived the entire summer in a hammock strung up between two live oak trees. The guides used the campground bathrooms and showers and cooked in outdoor kitchens. Around the river, and in the massive, thorny blackberry bushes these free spirits squat in what might seem like terrible living conditions, but what they see as the best way to experience the river. Continue Reading »