Best Places to Buy Replacement Canvas for Pop Up and Folding Trailers

I have a 1999 Jayco pop up and the old owner must have stored in damp a couple of times. I have scrubbed and scrubbed but cant get the black spots of the canvass. I don’t think it is hurting anyone it just looks unsightly.

I hunted around for best places to buy nre canvass fabric for my pop up and ended up with these two companies:
Bear Creek Canvas and Canvas Replacements

Cost at Canvas Replacements was 903.00 + shipping and Bear Creek Canvas was 975 BUT had free shipping.

I had expected to pay close to 2,000 so I was very happy with this price ;-)
I live near US border so just had shipped to PO Box and took my chances with customs. ( I did not have to pay anything extra)

Fixing Leaks in Pop Up Trailer Fabric and Canvas

There are lots of posts about leaky roofs and how to fix- but what happens if you happen to get a tear in your canvass or fabric?

Fix Tear in Pop Up Trailer and Tent Trailers

I had a bizarre accident last month where I g=forgot to put in support frames for the bed and at 3 am it all came crashing down and my day after and I literally rolled out of the bed ( not fun!) The next day when repairing to make matters worse I pushed a piece of the frame to hard when it wasn’t in place 9 another don’t) and made a small tear in the seam of the fabric/ I did sew up fairly well but the next time it rained sure enough small droplets of water were seeping though where I tore at the seam.

I could buy a whole new set of canvass for thousand + dollars.
What I did do was track down this AMAZING product- EternaBond

I used this on inside of tent trailer and works PERFECTLY! I am so please with product. It supposedly is a permanent fix and so far so good :-)

Another Make Your Own Mosquito Repellent – Homemade Bug Spray that is EASY and WORKS!


I posted several years ago on how to make your own mosquito repellent, Home Made recipe for “Natural” Mosquito Repellent.

Make Your Own Mosquito Repellent for babies and Kids

I am posting another updated one using cloves and other nice smelling ingredients.
You can get a small pray bottle that pumps out a fine mist at any drugstore but you can also get cheap at dollar store in the cosmetics/personal hygiene section.

This is the recipe that I have fine tuned and like best- mostly beciase if the scent :-)
this recipe id for 8 oz and can easily be doubled or tripled

you need 60 drops or approx. 1/2 teaspoon of your choice of essential oils listed below:
( I use a 2:1:1 Lavender:Clove:Eucalyptus mix. I would use some tea tree but my kids hate the smell)

Tea Tree

1/2 Cup distilled water ( can use water that has been boiled)
1/2 Cup witch Hazel
optional- 1/2-2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin. All this does is help combine oils with water .

How to Make Homemade Bug Spray

Put your water and witch hazel into spray bottle. Add glycerin and essential oils. Really don’t worry if you add too much of the oils.. will just make it stringer not less effective.
Put on cap/sprayer and shake up. Make sure you shale before using especially if not using the glycerin.

This works really well- let me know if you use and what combo you tried!

Campsite Set Up 2013


This is my set up on my trailer site 2013. I am very happy with it! I bought a new to me trailer last summer- a 1999 Jayco Eagle 10UD. It is 10 foot box and pops up with kind bed on one side and double on the other it is perfect for our needs. No hot water or shower or furnace but hook up for water and 3 ways fridge. I picked up in fair good condition for 1500.00 CAD. There were what I thought were rust stains on seams but found out it is seam sealer.
Also some black moldy spots in some parts of the tenting whch have been faced with lots of scrubbing and hydrogen peroxide.Never use bleach or tent fabric- will eat thru it eventually and remove any protective coatings.

Bot of a disaster earlier in the month when awning ripped off front of trailer and could no longer use add a room. I could use add a room if I bought new canopy which runs about 400.00 and not sure if worth it.
Previous owners did not angle poles of awning to allow excess water to drain and the canopy stretched and warped allowed HUGE quantity of water to build up and eventually weight ripped it completely off. Had nice surprise when came up to trailer for the weekend.

The build quality not even close to my Fleetwood Sun Valley ( lost in divorce) but there is a $15,000 price difference so somehow I will soldier on!

We put down some mulched up pine to absorb water and not make site so muddy and not only does it look great it really works.

Washing Dishes While Camping: Portable Sinks

I the OLD days we used a plastic tub and heated water up over the campfire to wash dishes. Now you can take a WHOLE kitchen with you.

Check oit this Coleman Exponent Outfitter Camp Kitchen from Coleman.

Features a sink with drain, sliding shelf for stove. paper towel holder (!) and a backgammon.chess board .
I am not sure how I feel about this. With the trailer I have been feeling less and less like we are even camping. I do LOVE not getting wet but I have become very dependent on things like electricity and water to the point of what I think is ridiculous- I canot go camping without my electricSunbeam King Arlington Electric Heated Warming Mattress Pad, White

Skiing Memories

For those of you who don’t know- our family loves to ski (we are Canadian after all! ) . I grew up skiing and my dad was always going to Banff and Whistler to ski. many times he went to Europe ( not good for the marriage) and would go for a week or more with his ski buddies to places like Courchevel, France or Austria staying in a courchevel chalet . This drove my mom crazy- she wen t sking once wiht him and broke her leg.
The times I remember going with him were not that pleasant- my brothers and i were were left to fend for ourselves on the less dangerous hill while my dad tried to kill himself. I mostly remember never being able to find my dad and being freezing cold.
It isi a wonder i will even set foot on ski hill!
We love goin with kids and it is more about fun than thrills.

Buying Your Second Trailer First

It happens to me every year. I LOVE our Fleetwood Sun Valley and it suits our needs perfectly. With gas prices sky high I am pleased we went tih a pop up and not a full toe trailer. Having said that – every year I start boresing an dlooking at newere, bigger and so-called better RV’s. I can browse online for hours looking at local online ads and RVs for sale type sites.
They say you should by your second trailer first- meaning that many people buy their first trailer/RV – usually a folding trailer and then end up trading up a couple of years later.
At the time I wasn’t sure we would make it in a pop-up trailer over the long haul but we have been to Florida several times now and the longest we have stayed in our trailer has been 5 weeks. It does get a bit cramped sometimes but after looking a bigger models I can;t see how they would be any better. So, I guess we did buy our second trailer first.

Make Your Own Firestarters For Camp Fire and Fireplace

I make a bunch of these in the Fall when I am making candles for gifts. I sue the left over wax for making these fire starters and citronella candles.

Making your own firestarters is very easy. You don;t need and candle making supplies- stuff you have hanging around in your kitchen will be fine. The only thing you may need to buy is some cedar chips ( can buy at any pet store or department store it is used as bedding for hamsters, etc) . Get a small bag- a little goes a LONG way.

Here are supplies:

Wax ( you can use canning was i.e. paraffin wax available at grocery store, old candles, cehap dollar store candles or buy at craft supply store. If you have a choice get wax meant for pillar or votive and not container wax)

Double boiler or similar. If you have old metal coffee can use this. You are going to melt wax and add wood chips and is messy. If you have an old pot or metal coffee can this would be good to use.

Cedar chips or similar. ( some people will also use dryer lint or shredded paper)

Optional: very small paper cups, cardboard egg cartons or large ketchup cups found at fast food restaurants.

1. Melt the was on your stove top. Do not do this without double boiler- never have pot with wax on direct heat. Keep on eye on wax so it doesn’t get too hot- when it is melted and clear you are good to go.

2. Add wood shaving/lint/paper and stir. You Will need to act fast so wax doesn’t harden. Add enough so material is pretty much covered.

3. You can just put blob on cookie sheets and use just as is. I find this messy. I prefer to put into egg cartons and cut up. Also can can spoon into ketchup containers.

4. Done!

All you have to do is light with match when you are starting a fire. these work better than any fire starter I have ever bought.
I keep in ziplock bag.

If you are using as fire starter for your fireplace I would add more material to wax- too much wax can cause creosote buildup in your fireplace liner.

Also- do NOT dispose of old wax or melted was down your drain. It will clog.

Cool for Camping and Girl Guides: 10-minute electronic leather band

Go to love this! The maker/creator claims this only takes 10 minutes to do- which means it would take me x 10, so 100 mins. It si a leather band that has wires an d built in battery- a bracelet/band that lights up with neat little charm. Cant wait to make thse for camping this Summer- my girls will love them
Take a peek at these neat electronic leather bands to make yourself. Looks like materials are simple to work with but hard to come by- will have to do a special order I don’t know if local Radio Shack has supplies or not.