I admit it. I am not a camper. I’m not even an outdoorsy type. I prefer a comfy chair and a good book to a walk in the woods or an evening around a campfire. But my aversion to roughing it disappeared when the T@bitha, our glamping style TAB, made its way up my driveway.
I couldn’t help breaking out in a big grin when I saw its cute and glossy red and white body. And my grin got even bigger when I peeked in the window. Happily, that peek gave me a glimpse of the T@bitha’s neutral interior. This includes Wales grey upholstery, eco-friendly slate-colored Marmoleum flooring, and white and espresso blazed birch cabinetry. I’d drooled over those features when I saw them in the brochure. Now I was seeing them in person.
The T@bitha’s neutral color scheme appealed to me for a number of reasons. Not the least of them was the opportunity the trailer gave me to use some of my colorful vintage gear and decor. These ranged from a tall round Skotch Kooler to a 50s-style plaid picnic basket, to a quilt and pillows I crafted from an embroidered tablecloth and vintage fabric from my neighborhood thrift shop. I had been collecting these items for years. Now I was excited to take them on the road.
On the road to Elkhart in the T@bitha
Adding more excitement to my experience was the fact that I would be on the road to the annual Elkhart RV Open House. That’s where nuCamp RV would unveil the prototype for its much anticipated TAB 400. The event, expected to draw 4,000 dealers, runs today through Sept. 22.
We arrived at the Elkhart Campground an hour before sunset, which made setting up a challenge. That was particularly true since I haven’t camped since 1975, and I have never camped in a camper. I told you I’m not a camper!
However, nuCamp RV Master Technician Ed answered the call and helped me finish my set-up. I spent the rest of my evening in air-conditioned comfort. I read. I let Frank Sinatra “Fly Me to the Moon” via the bluetooth stereo system and its three speakers. Then, “In the Still of the Night,” I flipped the sofa cushions down and stowed my extra pillows and quilt in the handy storage area behind them. I then turned in for the night on a bed roomier than the queen-size I have at home.
Up close with the T@bitha
Of course, last night and this morning, I had to take some photos to show you how much fun it is to get settled into this sweet and special little camper. And that’s true even if you’re like me — a glamper, not a camper!