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Get your own teardrop trailer the old fashioned way – win it! Century Casino Edmonton is giving away a Gnome Home on April 29th. Enter your name in the big drum to win a Stream with beautiful maple cabinetry. Read the full details below.
The St. Albert Chamber of Commerce gave Gnome Homes a very warm welcome. We were impressed with the artistry. These folks really know how to Live a Little!
Many thanks to the Chamber for all their good works. They provide leadership, training and advocacy for small businesses like Gnome Homes. The Chamber stays involved with the community – and welcome all the newcomers that stop at the visitor information center.
Make sure you check out the Lifestyle Expo April 20 to 22 at Servus Credit Union Place. St. Albert Chamber Lifestyle Expo
By mid-winter, 2017, it became obvious that Nancy would actually, finally, be retiring at the end of the school year. I had been retired for a decade at that point and was more than ready for her to join me. Because we run a bed and breakfast out of our home here in Jasper and it was fully booked for the summer months, we would have obligations to our guests until late September 2017. There would be no exotic trips for us until the fall.
That meant that we had time to make a plan as to how we could begin to enjoy the next stage of our lives. The discussion moved from whether to travel, to how to travel.
For holidaying, we both prefer simple to ostentatious. I’ve been camping from childhood while Nancy started in her early 20’s. The “fun” of sleeping on the ground wore off for me a decade or two ago. For the occasional backpacking trip, I could be tricked back into a sleeping bag but I reserved the right to whine about it. When I reminded her of that, she quickly countered with the option of a tent trailer or one of those “Boler” type, hard sided things. I said “Have you ever heard of a teardrop trailer?”
It only took a quick look at internet images for her to get it. A strong believer in the principle of a happy wife is a happy life, I now had my challenge of turning her wish into reality.
I’m just anal attentive enough to make the next step a months long research project.
I searched for “teardrop trailers” all over North America. I learned about: home-made, custom-built; kitchens that are galleries; boondocking; wheel sizes; bike racks; refrigerators/coolers; queen size and trailer queen size beds; sinks and water systems – or not; retro fenders, lights, paneling; led lighting; solar panels; utility boxes; deep cycle batteries; painted, coated or galvanized framing; winter camping; campgrounds in Alberta (there actually are campgrounds outside Jasper National Park); plastic cooking bowls and utensils; propane tanks; rip-off Artist’s; destinations; destinations; destinations.
We were prepared to spend what we thought of as big bucks for a small trailer – but the quality HAD to be there.
The building of teardrop trailers has been a hobbyist’s enterprise up until only recently. All too often the businesses actually entering the market have been strong on enthusiasm but thin on professional skills and solid business practices.
That’s why we became very excited when we came across GnomeHome Trailers. Not only were they “local,” they obviously were trying to develop a self-sustaining business. Their interest in a quality product lined up with what we wanted to support. By mid-June we had picked out our model preference, settled on our options and ordered our MetroGnome.
As you can imagine, however, early summer is not the time to order a custom-built trailer. It would be months before ours would be built. None the less, by mid-September we were taking possession of our Gnome.
As mentioned above, our bed and breakfast obligations kept us in Jasper until September 23, 2017. Our plan was to make our maiden voyage to Ottawa to visit our daughter. Three days before we left, four or five inches of beautiful Canadian Rockies snow blanketed our trailer, now set up in our back yard. Just part of camping in September in Canada…
We spent about a week crossing the prairies and Ontario, about a week in Ottawa and about another week homeward bound. We chose to return to Jasper via the northern American states. In late October finding an open campground became an issue. With winter approaching, every day without snow was a bonus. The ever diminishing daylight hours were starting to shorten each day’s progress.
On October 18 we pulled back into Jasper. On October 19 four inches of snow covered Jasper. Our nearly one month on the road in a Canadian autumn had come to an end.
We had seen lots (though not much warmth.) We’d learned much, developing efficiencies every day. And, we didn’t divorce.
Through it all, the trailer performed beautifully, exceeding our expectations. We can’t wait for the return of camping season(s).
Thanks Cees and Brian.
All the best for 2018…
Our latest newsletter December 2017 Newsletter
Our 9 foot Gnome Home has arrived. The Eagle Scout has all the great advantages of the rest of the Gnome Home fleet with that extra bit of room in the galley and cabin. We’ve also got some great packages to dress up an Eagle Scout like a MetroGnome or a Storm or both.
If you want to see the new additions we will have a Storm and Eagle Scout at the Edmonton and Calgary Boat and Sportsman shows. We hope to see you there.
We’ve added a new option to our most popular trailer model. The MetroGnome now has a Storm option package available for immediate order and delivery. For the full details, follow the link.
Gnome Homes will have the official launch of the Storm on November 15th. There will be time to secure 2017 prices.
Live a little!
Congratulations to the RCCCC for a great event on Sunday. There were over 1100 vehicles of all types and ages for our viewing pleasure. Muscle cars, hot rods, vintage, classic and antique. There were lots of trucks and motorbikes too. An excellent event and a marvelous way to raise funds for local charity. Well done!
The burn out on Saturday night was beyond expectations. Fantastic autos smoking up their tires for fun and charity. It was absolutely fantastic. The drivers were great and the organizers really kept things going well. Kudos to everyone involved for a great show and a unique event.
We hope you enjoy the September newsletter with our fall special. Thanks to everyone who sends us pictures and notes. Let us know about your adventures.
Live a little.
We have had a lot of comments on our Gnome Homes. It appears that most people feel Gnome Homes are “awesome.” Perhaps the most interesting is, “so adorable, I would love to propose to my GF on a trip with this.”
Some of the other comments we love:
uniquely Canadian love the wood workmanship – Connie
so cool!! great alternative to tenting – Aliana
simplifies – brilliant beautiful carpentry – Ben
they’re gnometastic ! It’ll make me feel right at home – Dawn
they are so cute and perfect for festivals – Matthew
love it! I could hook it up to my convertible ! – Jessica
Wild! Been looking for such a product for a while. Well done! – Damon
absolutely love them ! Easiest way for me to see this beautiful country – Michelle
These are awesome, practical. Great for bike trips. I am a gnome – Ian
I like the gnews! So “awesome” 🙂 – Katy
More comments are below. Are you on the list? Send us your thoughts.
|Dana||A little crazy cool|
|Rebekah||they are fantastic!|
|Jessica||so cute ! Love it!|
|Michelle||awesome im a gnome at heart|
|Andre||perfect for my lifestyle|
|leslie||the size-i can pull it with my car and it can be made for tall people|
|Marion||very cool idea|
|Paul||they are awesome|
|David||very cool concept|
|Sean||love the gnome's|
|Gina||perfect for road trips!|
|Demi||perfect size for me and hali!|
|Sydney||so adorable,i would love to popose to my GF on a trip with this|
|Rick||I want one|
|Michelle||love the gnome home!!|
|Jayeson||cozy little camping trailer|
|Kyle||it a Beauty|
|James||simplicity and light can pull with my car|
|Ben||love these,perfect size!|
|Gayle||lovly&practical.great for simple&quick getaways|
|Paige||great way to use space|
|Tayler||so cute !|
|Kaylee||love it! Awesomeway to live sustainably|
|Crystal||very cool looking for something like this|
|Ursula||they are great|
|Steven||love them,great idea|
|Jessica||love it! Icould hook it up to my convertible !|
|Kevin||small and awesome|
|Alaina||so cool!! great alternative to tenting|
|Marina||love cars can pull|
|Eamonn||Great would love to have one|
|Calvin||I think its awesome would love to live out of one|
|Victoria||they are super small and awesome|
|Connie||uniquely canadian love the wood workmanship|
|Maureen||awesome to the max|
|Srah||sweet everything you need!|
|Randi||a really neat idea for camping & traveling|
|Rejeanne||so cute !|
|Jendelle||Amazing ! Iwould love one for the family!!!|
|Chantal||Wow ! Always wanted one to travel with|
|Karen||meant for Newfoundland wandering!|
|Jenny||absoluetly amazing ! What a brilliant concept|
|Sandi||LOVE LOVE LOVE|
|Jodi||tiny but mighty !|
|Jakob||awesome want one|
|John & Tina||awesome|
|Shirley||way to go|
|Sean||perfect pair with VW Golf|
|Ronya||great concept I love the marketing|
|Michelle||it'sso cool I want one|
|Katie||I love them!perfect for backcounty+roadtripping both|
|Harmonie||love the idea|
|Scott||they look very functenal|
|Larissa||perfect for my lifestyle|
|Ryck||ingedibly economical+excellent use of space.|
|Nathaniel||nice.need longer bed|
|Terry||awesome.can definatly pull with my smaller vehicle|
|Chris||so cute !|
|Marie-eve||like the size|
|Fawn||great for travel|
|Dawn||they're gnometastic ! It'll make me feel right at home|
|Michelle||absolutely love them ! Easiest way for me to see this beautiful country|
|Chuck||very cute and cool|
|Angela||they are cute,good way to do roadies !|
|karen||love love love such a cool look , my dream|
|Ian||These are awesome,practical.great for bike trips I am a gnome|
|Joaquin||awesome any more models ?|
|Ange||freakin awesome !!|
|Genevieve||so cute !|
|Brittany||I need one !|
|Brennen||such a great idea love it|
|Leslie||im very intrested|
|Sara||like small size for my small 4X4 I spend my time outdoors|
|Rob||love them OMG!|
|Ashley||I like it|
|Karen||Unreal ! An absolute dream|
|Laura||so cute love the cupboards !!|
|Alix||so cute !|
|Brad||would love one !|
|Suzanne||I want one|
|Jacqueline||super cute !|
|Lynsey||love the teardrop trailers|
|Karen||I want one|
|Chuck||look great comforts of home|
|Nicole||I want one some day.....|
|Dave||would be perfect for us !|
|Georgia||great idea nice and small|
|Darcy||Perfect for a single person|
|Barb||very cool +prectical|
|Korrina||awesome handy trailer|
|Ruth||awesome I want one|
|Dale||Nice compact & efficient|
|Andy||great for adventuring|
|Wendy||handy for 2 people and a dog|
|Patti||very cute,luv the everything in a small package|
|Joy||so cute !|
|Matthew||they are so cute and perfect for festivals|
|Marc||the gnome trailer way to travel|
|Naomi||Nice step up from tenting|
|angela||great for short holidays|
|Jenn||I think that they are convienent and affordable way to enjoy nature|
|Darcy||Amazing this fits our modern livestyle|
|Sharon||these campers are perfect for travel! Camping in almost any terrain|
|Kerrie||small but versitile|
|Joanne||they are perfect!!!|
|Mike||pretty cool + functional|
|Yolaunda||nice size !|
|Luis||love it HOPE I WIN|
|Karen||love em! Looking for something to travel through canada/usa . Seems perfect|
|Dayid||Perfect “ keep it simple “|
|Karen||Cool !! my daughter does likethe gnomes creeps her out LOL|
|Matt||Compact & cool !|
|Ben||simplifies -brilliant beautiful carpentry|
|Stephen||really cute !|
|Anna-Maria||love it – I want one !!!|
|Allison||super cool idea ! I want one|
|Kyle||it's so family cute !!!!|
|Kim||great idea's in small space|
|Jeff||great space very practical|
|K (as in MIB?)||pretty neat !|
|Rachelle||it”s adorable!!i want one!|
|Erik||they are awesome|
|Roy||love them ! Awesome|
|Deanna||they are great and really cool idea|
|Leanne||great idea! Love local business!|
|Nicole||Cool! Very nice trailers|
|Marge||Love the idea!|
|Sabrina||Amazing! Smartest invention since sliced Bread!|
|Marrissa||They're adorable & I'd love to own one|
|Tracy||Camping all the time!!|
|Ulises||key to happiness & freedom|
|Jannett||They look cool!|
|Jill||Absolutely fantastic - would be great for races/mountain adventures|
|Vina||so cute! I want one!|
|Jen||very cool great for race camping|
|Mike||Would buy when older & richer|
|Ruth||AMAZING, COMPACT & COMFY.|
|Damon||Wild! Been looking for such a product for a while. Well done!|
|Duncan||Great thank you|
|Kyle||Love it Would like to own. Home build kits.|
|Morag||Bloody brilliant - Love it|
|Sarah||small and compact|
We love our MetroGnome!
We looked at all the teardrops on the market and finally found what we were looking for. It has the most efficient use of space, comfortable and roomy sleeping area, amazing kitchen and is quick to hook up to get out of town. Our first trip was to BC and it towed through the mountains like there was nothing there. Cees and Brian were happy to customize a few extras for us, and throughout the build ensured everything was to our satisfaction. If you are looking for a teardrop travel trailer we highly recommend a Gnome Home. Ron & Janet, St. Albert, AB, June 2017
At Gnome Homes, we get asked how we build our teardrop trailers. We explain and the response is overwhelmingly great. In the interest of sharing, we have created an anatomy of a build in a pictorial form.
We have assembled about 50 pictures that show how our trailers are put together. Not only do we want to share how we build Gnome Homes, we want to show the quality of construction at the same time. The materials and practices are top grade in every respect.
And now, the link to our anatomy of a build
We’re going to Rock’n August!
Please come by and see us at Rock’n August where we will be set up on the Mission side of the walking bridge. If you can’t make it out, and want to donate to the Alberta Diabetes Foundation, please feel free to make your donation at the link below. Wouldn’t it be cool if they discovered a cure for diabetes in our lifetime?
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Torsion axles and tires
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Questions and answers on Power systems.
Sherwood Park Chamber of Commerce Canada Day Parade
It was great to see so many keen folks at the Outdoor Adventure Show in Calgary. Some of the people at the show had their own teardrop trailers (more…)
March is Outdoor Adventure Show month in Western Canada