Couple turns heads everywhere they go with compact trailer
Carla Burris and Darby Martz of Dickinson knew it was for them the minute they saw it. The sleek, silver camper looks like it’s straight out of Star Trek. Burris affectionately calls it, “my little spaceship.”
The tiny camper is a MyPod built by Little Guy Trailers.
Burris, a health science teacher at Friendswood High School, and Martz, a mechanic for Clear Creek Independent School District, had been searching for a camper for a year. Not finding anything in their price range, they decided to look on Craigslist, when a listing caught their eye.
“We actually lucked into it,” Burris said.
They traveled to Austin to check it out and learned the 2015 camper had never been used.
Everything was still in plastic, the tags were still on the TV and the original owner had never registered the warranty, Burris said. The model usually runs about $12,000, but the couple was able to buy it for significantly less.
Since purchasing the camper in March 2016, they have camped at Galveston Island and Brazos Bend state parks. The camper draws attention wherever they go, Burris said.
“It’s really popular at campgrounds because they all think it’s so cute,” Burris said. “They all want to look inside.”
People always ask: “How do you fit in there?” Martz said.
It’s roomier than it looks, Burris said. The couple can both sleep comfortably, she said.
The camper is preferable to tent or RV camping, Burris said.
“I know it’s better than tent camping because I don’t have to lay on the ground and worry about all the little rodents and fire ants,” Burris said.
Compared to large RVs, the MyPod is virtually maintenance-free and easy to set up, Burris said.
“If there’s ever a hurricane here, we can just pack up that little thing and go,” Martz added.
The MyPod comes equipped with a full-size bed, air conditioning, 19-inch TV and a DVD/Blu-ray player.
The couple bought a tent that attaches to the camper that’s used as a screened porch and changing room. The camper can be plugged in and houses a battery outside, and can be equipped with solar panels.
One of the nice things about the camper, which weighs about 500 pounds, is it fits in the garage, Martz said. And it’s easy to tow, he said.
“You don’t even know it’s behind the car,” Martz said. “Weighing about 500 pounds, the camper can be pulled by a small car. You can actually tow it with a motorcycle.”
One of their favorite things about having the camper is getting to meet new people, Burris said. The couple recently took it to a tiny trailer rally in Kerrville, organized by Princess Craft RV.
Each fall and spring, tiny trailer lovers converge at a campground to have painting parties, beer and wine tastings, and a scavenger hunt designed to meet neighboring campers.
At one event, Burris and Martz came away with the prize — a camping chair.
“It was neat to see how everybody fixes their camper up,” Burris said.
Inspired by all the tiny trailers, the couple added custom curtains and installed “mood lighting” — lights that change colors.
“You just make it your own,” Burris said.