Win a Teardrop Trailer

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.

 

 

Warm Chamber Welcome


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

A testimonial from Jasper

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.

Let 2018 begin like a soaring Eagle

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.

Eagle Scout

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.

Let the off-road begin…

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.

Introducing MetroGnome with Storm package

Gnome Homes will have the official launch of the Storm on November 15th. There will be time to secure 2017 prices.

Live a little!

River City Classics Car Club Show & Shine

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!

River City Classics Car Club

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.

 

What people say about Gnome Homes

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.

DanaA little crazy cool
Ryancool
Lymannlove them
Rebekahthey are fantastic!
Bonnie“love”
Jeffreycool
Elizabethcool cool
Micheleawesome!
Jessicaso cute ! Love it!
Joeawesome!
Michelleawesome im a gnome at heart
DavidCool !
Andreperfect for my lifestyle
lesliethe size-i can pull it with my car and it can be made for tall people
Shelannepractical
Traviscool
Jimnice
Marionvery cool idea
Jamiewicked idea
Michelleawesome
Paulthey are awesome
Natalielove it
Danielavery cool
Davidvery cool concept
Seanlove the gnome's
Dianaawesome
Rebeccathey're awesome
Jessicaeverything
Briannathey're awesome
Ginaperfect for road trips!
Demiperfect size for me and hali!
Krystaamazing!!!
Sydneyso adorable,i would love to popose to my GF on a trip with this
RickI want one
Michellelove the gnome home!!
Jayesoncozy little camping trailer
Kelilahawesome
Cherylawesome
Jenvery neat
Sangkeuncool cheap
Kyleit a Beauty
Gretelvery practical
Scottfantastic!
Jamessimplicity and light can pull with my car
Leahlove it!
Benlove these,perfect size!
Jordynlove it
Ursulacute cool
Lynnamazing!!!
Gaylelovly&practical.great for simple&quick getaways
Bevway cool
Bruceneat
Korinnalooks great
Robertnice
Paigegreat way to use space
Vanessaamazing!!!
Wayneawesome
Taylerso cute !
Kayleelove it! Awesomeway to live sustainably
Jeanninevery cool
Darrenvery exciting
Crystalvery cool looking for something like this
Kellylove them
Shealenecute,love them
Ursulathey are great
Stevenlove them,great idea
Jessicalove it! Icould hook it up to my convertible !
Kevinsmall and awesome
Braeawesome
Alainaso cool!! great alternative to tenting
Charsuper cool
Keithawesome
Danacool
Marinalove cars can pull
Wandaawesome
wallygreat
Rjso nice
EamonnGreat would love to have one
Justinlook comfoutable
Nadineawesome
Kayleyawesome
KylaBrilliant!!
Vafawonderfull
cyndiawesome
CalvinI think its awesome would love to live out of one
Victoriathey are super small and awesome
Daraawesome
Connieuniquely canadian love the wood workmanship
Maureenawesome to the max
Srahsweet everything you need!
Lanchaslove it
Arianaawesome
Corycool concept!
Michellevery cool
Traceysuper cool
Romanthey're cool
Randia really neat idea for camping & traveling
Briancool unit
JuliaGwynawesome
Rejeanneso cute !
Bricelove them
JendelleAmazing ! Iwould love one for the family!!!
ChantalWow ! Always wanted one to travel with
BrandonWant
Brentfantastic!
Mikeexellent
Karenmeant for Newfoundland wandering!
Jennyabsoluetly amazing ! What a brilliant concept
Robertlove it
Jennyawesome
Geoffawesome
Chrisso cool!
Shelleyawesome
Calvingreat
SandiLOVE LOVE LOVE
Natashaamazing!!
Karineawesome
Nelsonvery intresting!
Colleenawesome
Jasongood
Joditiny but mighty !
Jakobawesome want one
Maryvery cool
Jenawesome
Mrs Lenoraawesome
Jaimeawesome
Leslievery cute
Fionaawesome
Naomiso cool!
Kingaawesome
John & Tinaawesome
Shirleyway to go
CornelisSICK
Seanperfect pair with VW Golf
Sabinevery cool
Jessicacute
Ronyagreat concept I love the marketing
Riaawesome idea
Carlosawesome
Davegreat
Michelleit'sso cool I want one
KatieI love them!perfect for backcounty+roadtripping both
Eugenypretty cool
Murruylike
Markwonderfull
Beckyawesome
Jenniferlove..
Harmonielove the idea
Scottthey look very functenal
Larissaperfect for my lifestyle
Heather-marievery cool
Joshgreat
Ryckingedibly economical+excellent use of space.
CurtisYEAH !!!
Nathanielnice.need longer bed
Owenamazing !
Mikepretty impressive
Patrickthey're cool
Terryawesome.can definatly pull with my smaller vehicle
Taniafabuelus
Shannonawesome
Heatherits awesome
Lexivery cool
JCcool
Shelbyperfect
Chrisso cute !
Marie-evelike the size
Fawngreat for travel
Devinawesome
Rickawesome
Chloelove it
Dawnthey're gnometastic ! It'll make me feel right at home
Michelleabsolutely love them ! Easiest way for me to see this beautiful country
Chuckvery cute and cool
Angelathey are cute,good way to do roadies !
karenlove love love such a cool look , my dream
Breckenawesome
Mikeawesome
IanThese are awesome,practical.great for bike trips I am a gnome
SeanBrilliant!!
Joaquinawesome any more models ?
Wayneawesome
Judycool stuff
Nancygreat
Warrenexcellent
Angefreakin awesome !!
Robawesome
Fredawesome
Julievery nice
Genevieveso cute !
Marvingreat idea
Kentpretty cool
Barryawesome
BrittanyI need one !
Barbamazing !
Brettawesome
Shelbieawesome
Brennensuch a great idea love it
Porschefantastic idea/design
Benlove it
BraydenRad
Justinlove them
Leslieim very intrested
Mickawesome
Mikecool
Saralike small size for my small 4X4 I spend my time outdoors
Roblove them OMG!
Bevvery cool
Kristiancool
AshleyI like it
KarenUnreal ! An absolute dream
Lauraso cute love the cupboards !!
Mikeamazing !
Kristycool
Anniesuper stylish
Kirstinawesome
Alixso cute !
Bradwould love one !
Robertawesome
Laura-leenice
SuzanneI want one
Lawrencecute
Jacquelinesuper cute !
Lynseylove the teardrop trailers
KarenI want one
Chucklook great comforts of home
NicoleI want one some day.....
Davewould be perfect for us !
Robertlove them
Nataliewant one
Carleycool
Laurieamazing !
Normanneat
Georgiagreat idea nice and small
DarcyPerfect for a single person
Kerryawesome
Jeffcool
Barbvery cool +prectical
Nancyvery cool
Stuartawesome
Krislike it
Gloriait's awesome
Vickygreat
Karynso sweet
Brianawesome
Lorrainelove them
Korrinaawesome handy trailer
Ruthawesome I want one
Brycecute+practical
Stellaintresting
Tonyawesome
Ritavery cool
DaleNice compact & efficient
KatieFANTASTIC!!!!!!!
Andygreat for adventuring
Jennintresting
Wendyhandy for 2 people and a dog
Lisareally unique
Pattivery cute,luv the everything in a small package
Katieawesome
Joyso cute !
Sheilaawesome
tracyawesome
Marylove it
Matthewthey are so cute and perfect for festivals
Rominaso cool!
Janetcool
Marcthe gnome trailer way to travel
NaomiNice step up from tenting
angelagreat for short holidays
JennI think that they are convienent and affordable way to enjoy nature
Lesadorable
DarcyAmazing this fits our modern livestyle
Billawesome
Coraleelove them
Loganneet
Sharonthese campers are perfect for travel! Camping in almost any terrain
Kerriesmall but versitile
Jennieawesome
Joannethey are perfect!!!
Mikepretty cool + functional
Warrenintresting
Yolaundanice size !
Luislove it HOPE I WIN
Adrianlove them
Elisewant one
Samawesome
Danielso cool!
Karenlove em! Looking for something to travel through canada/usa . Seems perfect
Kimsmart& neet
Paulintresting
DayidPerfect “ keep it simple “
Stephenawesome
Bredcompact
KarenCool !! my daughter does likethe gnomes creeps her out LOL
MattCompact & cool !
Iancool idea
Matthewawesome
Julesawesome
Bensimplifies -brilliant beautiful carpentry
MartinSO>MUCH.WANT
Stephenreally cute !
Briandisirable.
Anna-Marialove it – I want one !!!
Nataliapretty cool
Joanneintresting
samawesome
Allisonsuper cool idea ! I want one
Lisavery cool
SteveRight size
Rcool
Kyleit's so family cute !!!!
Johnawesome
Joeloveit
Kimgreat idea's in small space
Elenacool
Joanneexcellent
Janettegreat
christaLove them
Carolawesome idea
Samso great!
Jeffgreat space very practical
K (as in MIB?)pretty neat !
Arliethe best
Amandaawesome unit
Janetvery neat
Robynnnice
Blakegreat
Georgieawesome
Juliecute
Joseyvery unique
Cathypractical&adorable!
Jeannetteawesome
Cindyterific!
Joannacool
Roblove them
Rachelleit”s adorable!!i want one!
Noelaneat
Erik they are awesome
Marjawesome
Roy love them ! Awesome
Deannathey are great and really cool idea
Nellyvery cute!
Roy
DanGreat!!!
KimAwesome idea
MargiAwesome!
Nicholas VERY NICE!
Leanne great idea! Love local business!
S Nice!!
Christyadorable!!
Trevorpretty cool!!
NicoleCool! Very nice trailers
RaquelAwesome!
MargeLove the idea!
SabrinaAmazing! Smartest invention since sliced Bread!
ChristineAmazing!
Joshgreat idea
MarrissaThey're adorable & I'd love to own one
AngeleWow!
TracyCamping all the time!!
Jennyawesome!
Uliseskey to happiness & freedom
Barblittle!!
JessicaAmazing!
Leanne Fun!
AndiOMG CUTE!
Shane Very Neat.
Patawesome!
LisaFantastic!
DanicaSO COOL!
JannettThey look cool!
MariaSo cool
Wendygreat!
JanaPerfect!
JillAbsolutely fantastic - would be great for races/mountain adventures
Vinaso cute! I want one!
SusanPretty cute
Jenvery cool great for race camping
MikeWould buy when older & richer
NicoleAmazing
Mike cool.
RuthAMAZING, COMPACT & COMFY.
VictoriaSo cool
DamonWild! Been looking for such a product for a while. Well done!
JustinPerfect!
Sharon Love them
DebWow!!!
KyleKool!
PeterVery cool!
NicolaThey're awesome!
PascaleAdorable!
KeithCOOL
DuncanGreat thank you
JuliaCool!
EricRAD!!
JillianAmazing!
SueIntriguing
KyleLove it Would like to own. Home build kits.
Marie-SoleilGenial!
MoragBloody brilliant - Love it
DerekAwesome!!
Sarahsmall and compact

A letter from Ron & Janet

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

Anatomy of a build

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

Rock’n August

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?

Gnome Homes support for Diabetes donation page

Rock’n August home page