9/23/13

A Mystery Solved

If you have been following along for a while, then you may remember my post from our Glacier/Teton trip last September when we puzzled over how this rig works.


Last night we had some folks with a similar rig pull in next to us. Fortunately for us (not so for them), we peeped shamelessly this morning from our open window as they packed up to leave. I didn't take any pictures, as that would seem to step over an imaginary line I've drawn for myself when I'm doing my Peeping Thomasina routine.

So, I imagine this has puzzled you for the past year, as it has me, and today I'm here to lay to rest this mystery of a year's standing. Here's how it goes (and I'll use last year's model to demonstrate). First, you fold down those diagonal supports in the front and rear. Then the vertical arms on the back and front fold in and down. First, the back, and then the front folds over the now-folded down back end. It makes for a tidy, if long, towing package. 


It seems to me that this would preclude any sort of cabinetry at the top of the rig. Now, I'm dying to see inside of one. Maybe next time we see one, we'll wait for said campers to leave, and then go peer in the windows. It would be easy to do while we're out on our walk inspecting pooper tubes. 

Speaking of pooper tubes ("please don't" I can year you saying), you simply would not believe the mess we sometimes see when folks set up their pooper tubes. It seems to me that anyone with a passing familiarity with the laws of gravity (the definition of "gravity" serving a dual purpose here) would understand that the turds are not going to go round and round and back and forth in a tangle of pooper tube hose as they make their way to the sewer. No. 



And I'll just say right here that Mike is an expert setter-upper of our pooper tube. These things are important when you are camping. The problem with these other pooper tubes is that the hose is too long. (I figure I might as well give you the scientific explanation now that I've opened this, um, can of waste water.) So what is a pooper to do with miles of pooper tube hose? Huh? Now, really, I ask you. This is clearly something to ponder. One night while we're making our rounds, I'll take the camera along and show you some real loo loos.

So Mike in his infinite wisdom and knowledge of all things related to turds got himself a hose that is collapsible. I won't even try to explain this. You'll just have to take my word for it. He can make his pooper tube any length he wants depending on the distance from trailer to sewer. It is truly a marvel of engineering.

And that's the long and the short of it.

20 comments from clever and witty friends:

Teresa in Music City said...

So "glad" I read this post while eating my breakfast this morning LOL!!! Of course, I couldn't resist a promised mystery solving, could I?

Lyndsey said...

Ha ha you have really cheered up my boring day with such vital information (especially the pooper tubes. I've never seen these rigs unfolded or returned to normal size but they seem like magic how they grow - now mystery solved.

Cathy Tomm said...

I just had to come see more about this trailer. Next time you see one you should just ask to see the inside. The owners maybe proud to show it off.

WoolenSails said...

Lol, you are having one of those days, the weird questions and thoughts that go through our heads;) I have seen those trailers and wasn't impressed with the rooms inside and seems as much trouble to get it up and down, maybe they have improved.

Debbie

Marla said...

Everything I ever wanted to know about pooper tubes and more! Lol! Lady, you are a wealth of information!

Junebug613 said...

You crack me up! Here's the link to the manufacturer of that crazy camper. In the "show room" you can see some of the interiors.
http://trailmanor.com

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

You have certainly put my mind at ease! LOL

LynCC said...

hehe - Totally brought the movie "RV" up to mind! lolol

Colleen said...

LOL! Dad Mom and I were like a well choreographed set up team. But some people were ridiculous. Especially the rental RV people.

Tami C said...

Glad you finally figured out how they did their magic! Hope that helped some of your boring day!

Lynne said...

Interesting fold out trailer! The last part of your post was a bit tongue-in-cheek (excuse the pun)!

Brown Family said...

The collapsible tube is the only kind to have. I have watched those crank down trailers before. They do have cabinets but I can not remember hor they worked!

Dana Gaffney said...

I googled that "trail manner", it's kind of interesting to see how it folds up, but storing things would be a nightmare I think. No cabinets like you thought, just windows along the top.

kc said...

If I had known just how important physics was in all the matters of poop & pooper hoses, I might have paid more attention back in high school. Might not have understood it as well, without the application of such knowledge, but might have at least TRIED to pay attention. As it was, I just got my answer (by whatever means possible), took the inverse (converse?) and used that. Passed it with A's & B's and have absolutely NO understanding of anything I supposedly learned. But, I know enough to empty the black tank before the gray water tanks!

Not much soundproofing or insulation in those Hi-Low's, is about all I know about 'em.

Dar said...

You had my curiosity peaked with your caption, so as I ate my steel cut oats, I read your colorful post! I almost choked on my toast! You need a warning up front -- early in the post that this might cause milk up the nose or spraying liquid from laughter! You are so full of entertaining information. Love it.

Jacque said...

:) Mike is indeed a wonder....ain't it great to have engineering types around? Hehee!

treadlemusic said...

OK, Barb, inquiring minds wanted to know and you took care of that subject admirably! Now, we can moo-ooo-oooove on, eh??? LOL!!!! Hugs.......

Patti said...

Fascinating! Here's the scoop. . .

http://www.trailmanor.com/index.htm

I wonder how the cost compares with a tent trailer, however. We were certainly at our upper limit when we bought our new one.

quiltzyx said...

I didn't realize at first that the whole thing sort of folded into a third of its size. hmmm. I looked at the website, and there doesn't seem to be much of any storage. (I noted one "outside storage" area) Yours looks much nicer. And you have the big PLUS of Mike too.

Kate said...

Your posts are always so educational. I had no idea pooper tubes existed.