We love you guys: A Customer Testimonial

We love our customers, and we love the products we sell them.   We take special care designing and building each and every one of our products, be it a 6 person family camping tent from the PahaQue  line, or a trailer tent for  an R-pod or T@B trailer from  the PahaQue custom line.   We love camping and the outdoors in general, and we like to think that our products help you enjoy the outdoors as well.    We especially love it when you  show us some love back, and tell us how much you appreciate the stuff we make.

About a year ago Kevin and Amy where preparing  for the road trip of a lifetime with their new Aliner Scout.  They found the PahaQue Custom A Frame Visor on our website, and knew that the shade would make their trip more enjoyable.   Since each one of our PahaQue Custom tents is made to order, delivery often takes 4-6 weeks.  But Kevin and Amy would already be on their trip  by then.  So after a phone call we were able to deliver their   Pahaque Custom Visor before the start of the trip. They took their Aliner Scout and their  Visor on an epic trip, covering over 25,000 miles and  then checked back in to let us know how much they enjoyed the product.

” PahaQue customer service was excellent.   They rushed us our new visor for our A-Liner Scout  so we could enjoy the shade on our upcoming trip.  1 year,  25, 000 miles and countless set up and tear downs later,  the Visor is still going strong and PahaQue Custom has gained a loyal customer”- Kevin D

We are glad we  played a small part in helping Kevin and Amy enjoy their road trip.  We knew the Visor would withstand the rigors of the heavy use, but it’s always nice when our customers let is know they appreciate it.    Do you have a story or a testimonial you would like to share with us?   We can’t wait to hear from you.   Just email us: Happytrails@PahaQue.com

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Kevin and  Amy’s Visor in orange to match their Subaru

 

 

Tips to stay cool at the campsite this summer

Summer was officially here a few weeks ago, and many campsites are seeing record high temperatures.  The heat can certainly  make a camping trip less fun than it could be.  But we have a few tips to keep you cool.

  1. This first one seems obvious,  but campers sometimes forget to look for a good shady spot.   It’s especially easy to forget this if you  take off work on Friday night, and arrive at your favorite campsite as the sun sets.   But setting up  your tent in a nice shady spot, will help keep you cool throughout the day.   Pay special attention to where the sun and shade will be in the middle  of the day in the afternoon.  If you have to be in direct sun for part of the day.  Make it the morning, when it is typically cooler.

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    The Pahaque Rendezvous 4 person tent is  getting some great shade under the pine trees.
  2. Camp near water if you can.   You can not only hop into the water to cool off, but the evaporation of  that lake or river actually cools the area around, and it can be a few degrees cooler  near the water.

3. Get up off the ground.   Ventilation underneath you can help keep you cool for an afternoon nap, or even through the full night.   The Pahaque Hammock  is easy to setup, comes with a unique spreader bar to keep you comfy, and you can get a rainfly to keep the morning dew off your face.  it even comes in one person models, as well as 2 person models for all the snugglers out there. DSC_2316

4. Ventilate your tent.  Remove that rain fly, open the windows and let the breeze come through.  You want as much airflow through there as possible.  This  is where a roomy  tent with nice big windows comes in handy.   The goal is to let as much heat escape as possible, and to let  as much breeze come through as possible. If there is a prevailing wind, set up your tent so that the wind comes right through.

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The BaseCamp Quick Pitch  tent is easy to set up, has plenty of room, and will let the cool breeze come on through.

5)   Dress properly.   Light colored clothes will  reflect rather than absorb the sun’s rays, as well as protect you from getting burned.   Your morning may start off with  long pants, but be prepared to change into shorts as the day goes on, and a hat the keeps the sun  off your face is also key.   It can keep you cool and  keep you looking young!

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These are just a few of the tips we have for keeping cool  during your summer camping trip.  We hope you find a few of them useful.  And we would love to hear about your favorite way to keep cool.  Just email us: happytrails@pahaque.com and tell us  how you beat the heat!

 

We love seeing your photos

We love seeing your photos of PahaQue gear being used in the real world.    We really can’t get enough  So keep on  tagging us on Instagram  or on Facebook.     In the meantime, we’ll share some of our recent favorites.

Jeanine Pettit shared this photo of her fun setup with her Little Guy Max with a PahaQue Custom  awning.

 

Trina shared this excellent photo of the BaseCamp Quick Pitch tent nestled among the pine trees in Mount Laguna Califormia.    If you want a sturdy, fast setup tent for the family, this one is it!

Good for the soul. #nature

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I know we are featuring two pics from  Janine here but  Janine is having so much fun that we couldn’t resist.   This is a great view from under neat her PahaQue Custom  awning that she attaches to her little guy trailer.

And here, Finella Loch  gives us a night time pic of her Safari Alto and PahaQue Awning.

And finally Erik Amborn  shows of his PahaQue Custom  R-Pod Awning  in the colors of his favorite basketball team.   Erik,  is all about adventure with his R-Pod, his jeep, and his PahaQue Custom Awning.

We are honored to be part of your adventures.   Just keep the photos coming!  Just remember to tag us on Instagram  or on Facebook.

We are finally old enough to buy a beer

IBM’s Deep Blue beat Gary Kasparov at chess, the Dow closed above 7000 for the first time, Steve Jobs returned to Apple, and Tiger woods became the youngest golfer to win the Masters golf tournament. The year? 1997. It was also the year the PahaQue launched the Pamo Valley Tent as our first product. The Pamo Valley featured bathtub-style floors, all-mesh roofs, built-in awnings and 100% waterproof performance. Those features were innovative for the time, it was tough to find a family tent that had all those features. But eventually those all came to be standard on any  family camping tent worth its salt.

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As  early version ( 1998) of the Pamo Valley tent, tested in a real world conditions.  Including 40+ MPH wind gusts in the Bradshaw Mountains of AZ

In 1999 we released the PahaQue Teepee, a one of a kind privacy and shower tent. Nobody was making a similar product at the time, and we and practically invented the category of privacy and shower tents. We have been busy since then, and constantly moving, designing, and implementing new techniques and features. We’ve created innovative screen rooms, multi room tents, and an innovative hammock design. In that 21 years we’ve seen so many of our designs become industry standards, that it would be easy to get frustrated at copycats, but we believe imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and the industry has recognized our designs with countless awards. So we just keep pushing forward with new innovations in family camping tents.

 

While PahaQue Wilderness is old enough to vote, go to college, and buy a beer, PahaQue Custom is still is still a school kid.. It’s been less than a decade since we first used our design and manufacturing experience to create high quality tent awnings and covers for T@B and T@G teardrop trailers. We quickly became innovators in that space as well, and PahaQue Custom now makes covers, awnings, shades and tent rooms for all types of camping trailers, including Alto, R-Pod, and A frame campers. We’ve recently added fun patterns, and designs,, improved as well as improved attachment systems. We’ve even collaborated with the iconic Airstream brand, and helped them develop side and rear tents for their Basecamp trailers.

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Our Collaboration with Airstream on the Basecamp Rear tent
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Our Alto Canopy, new for 2018.

 

Our 21st year is turning out to be an exciting one. We’ll be introducing some new items, and improving our existing products. 21 also seems like a good year to introduce a new PahaQue website, so we’ll soon be pushing out a new site with a new look and streamlined ease of use. 21 years seems like a long time, but we feel like we are just getting started, and we look forward hitting 30 and beyond.

You don’t have to wear a raccoon on your head.

We’ve shared a few of our favorite Spring time camping spots, but so far we haven’t ventured east of the Mississippi.  Our last two campgrounds have been great spots, with scenic vistas.  Places where you can pull up your trailer and set up your side tent,  and  and have fun for a solid week.    But want to make sure our East Coasters know about some of our favorite spots, without having to drive 2 days to get there.  This next spot is a HUGE national forest, and this one is named for an American  frontier Icon  famous for wearing a coon skip cap( although some say he never wore such a hat).

 

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Cave Run Lake   Picture by Ryne, Salyer

The Daniel Boone National Forest  in Kentucky  is comprised of over 7000,000 acres of rugged terrain.   The park is so big that it is split up into 4 separate ranger districts,    There are  over a dozen tent camping campgrounds where you can set up  family tent and enjoy the great outdoors.   There are  7 or 8 campgrounds that allow campers, including some fun group campgrounds that are great for big get-together.   You’ll have so many options in the Daniel Boone National Forest, that you won’t know what to do with yourself.   Our last two featured campsites where great, one was on the ocean, and one in the arid landscape of West Texas.      So Daniel Boone National Forest is the first spot to feature fresh water recreation.    With 4 lakes and 3 rivers, you’ll have plenty to choose from.   Of course there is also mountain biking, fishing, OHV riding, horse riding and rock climbing.    There is literally something for everyone at this park.

 

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Hiker on suspension bridge over the Red River, on the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail By US Forest Service – Southern Region – 

There are so many great camping spots, and so many fun activities, you should plan out your trip before you leave home.  The US National Forest Service site is a great place to start.    Once you’ve planned it all out,  pack up your family  camping tent,  or your camper, head out and enjoy some of the best camping  in the US.

 

 

 

It’s called Big Bend for a reason.

Spring is here, and so is Spring break. In our last post, we shared our favorite West coast camping spot: Point Mugu Point Mugu is a great place to  do some family camping, or to do some long hikes and escape the hustle and bustle. The 14,000 acre Point Mugu state Park is only 30 minutes from Malibu, and 2 hours from LAX, but you feel like you are a world away. But our next park is over 50 X as big as Point Mugu, and almost 300 miles from the nearest sizable town. Big Bend is named for the “big bend” in the Rio Grande river that forms a 1,000 mile border between Texas and Mexico.

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The Rio Grande River along the US/Mexico Border

 

Big Bend National Park is not only a giant park,  it contains a wide diversity of plants and animal.  In fact 1,200 species of plants, more than 450 species of birds, 56 species of reptiles, and 75 species of mammals call the park home.  With a little luck, you’ll spot a golden eagle or a gray fox. If you are exceptionally lucky, you’ll see a cougar, or even a black bear, and you’ll almost definitely spot a javelina.

This large park contains an entire mountain range,  and borders 118 miles of the Rio Grande river. The variety of terrain offers many options, and you can choose to river raft, fish, canoe, hike, off road, and more. This is a great park to escape crowds, as the distance from any sort of populations center ( 300 miles to El Paso, almost 400 to San Antonio) makes this one of the least  visited national parks in the country. For much of the year, there are  plenty of tent camping spots where you can set up your PahaQue Promontory for the family, and RV/Camper spots where you can roll up with your R-Pod or T@B trailer, set up your side tent, and settle in for a week of adventure. But In March and April, It’s best to plan ahead.You are probably too late to reserve a spot for this spring break, but you’ll also find camping at the nearby Big Bend State Park, as well as several private campgrounds near the park.

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Within a couple of hours of the park, you can also check out the Marfa lights, the town of Lajitas, and you can even make your trip international by crossing the Rio Grande and having  lunch in the Mexican town of Boquillas. Big Bend is a long way from anywhere, but it’s definitely worth the trip.

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Resources:

Visit Big Bend  https://visitbigbend.com

Big Bend National Park   https://www.nps.gov/bibe/index.htm

Big Bend State Park  https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/big-bend-ranch

Our Favorite West Coast Camping Spot: Point Mugu

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For us, march means Spring Break, and Spring Break means camping.  So we wanted to share one of our favorite California  camping spots: Point Mugu.   Point Mugu is only 90 minutes from Donwtown Los Angeles, but it might as well be a world away.    This secluded 14,000 acre state park is just off of Highway 1, and features over 60 miles of hiking trails, as well as mountains, beaches, and amazing sunsets.     In the Winter and early Spring ( NOW!) you  can sometimes catch views of migrating whales from your beach side campsite.    Point Mugu  is a great spot where you can pull a camper like  your R-Pod or T@b trailer  right out on to the beach,  you can also tent camp on the beach sites or on more traditional parking  pads.    If  the Point Mugu State Park is full, and you can’t find any camping spots there,  an excellent backup is  Leo Carrillo State Park, only 8 miles away.   And  you’ll find plenty of supplies, along with some of the best surf in SoCal only 14 miles away in Malibu.

 For more info, check out the Ca State Parks website, and let us know your favorite beach camping spot in the comments below. 

 

 

 

 

PahaQue Design for Airstream Basecamp

PahaQue Custom has extensive experience designing, producing, and selling high quality  side tents, awnings, visors, and accessories  for T@B and T@G trailers, A-liner, R Pod, Little Guy, and more.    So when the folks at Airstream needed help designing and producing tents for the new Airstream Basecamp, they knew exactly where to turn. 3-Aistream04-Back-Tent-0003

PahaQue Custom worked closely with Airstream beginning in 2015, before the first Airstream Basecamp rolled off the factory floor.  Work even started before a prototype was available, so the design crew at PahaQue actually used CAD files from AirStream  to build a full scale model of the Basecamp  roof out of plywood. This allowed PahaQue to achieve  almost perfect fit before the  first prototype arrived, at which point final design changes and fit modifications were easy to make.

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Designing an early version of the tent around a plywood replica

The Basecamp tent utilizes a unique attachment that makes it easy to set up and take down, while also keeping out the harshest elements.  But the Basecamp tents are not just functional, they were designed to look great as well.  Airstream campers  have an iconic look, and it was important to maintain that  visual aesthetic.  “We’re pretty proud that we were able to design tents that complimented the cool geometry of the trailer itself.” said Jeff Basford, President of PahaQue.   The Basecamp side and rear tents add a total of 120 square feet to camper, making the Basecamp even more versatile and useful.

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So if you love PahaQue Custom and you love Airstream, you are in luck.   You can get these tents along with your Airstream Basecamp trailer at any Airstream dealer, read more about the tents on the Basecamp on Airstream’s website here.

 

 

 

Chef Jason’s World Famous Camp Side Kebobs

Chef Jason’s World Famous Camp Side Kebobs

 

Who doesn’t like kebobs? Warm up with these around the camp fire or on the patio. Just because it is winter doesn’t mean we can’t grill, does it? And kebobs are just plain fun. The key to making these special is in the marinade. Of course there are countless marinades you can do. You can play mad scientist and come up with all manner of concoctions. The idea here is to have fun with it and experiment.

 

Major Players

 

  • Beef cubes – Don’t use stew meat here. London broil is really great, but sometimes I even use New York Strip or rib eye (my personal favorite). Just make sure it’s cut into 1-inch cubes. 4 to 5 per kabob, so you’re looking at about 3lbs for 7 to 8 servings
  • 1 ½ cups plain yogurt
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil, plus 2 to 3 tsp for tossing veggies with
  • 1 Tbsp Salt and 1 Tbsp course ground pepper (white pepper if possible)
  • 6 or 7 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of chopped rosemary (Now, you’re not using the dried stuff in little plastic jars, are you?)
  • Finely chopped (leafy) fresh herbs (parsley, tarragon, marjoram, cilantro, etc…)
  • 3 to 4 medium-size button mushrooms per kebob
  • 1 large onion, quartered and layers separated into petals
  • Wooden skewers

 

OK, the fun stuff:

First we’ll start with the marinade. Combine the yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper, garlic, and rosemary in a blender and blend until smooth. Add beef cubes to a gallon-size zip-top bag and pour in the marinade. Push out as much of the air as you can and seal the bag. Massage contents gently to make sure every piece is coated. Store in the refrigerator or icebox for at least 3 hours and up to 12. Also, soak the skewers in water at the same time, for a good 3 hours. I don’t like handling raw meat at the campsite so I prefer to assemble these at home and transport them in disposable aluminum baking pans covered with foil.  Its also easy to make a few meatless ones for your herbivore friends. 

 

Drain away marinade and discard. Toss mushrooms and onion petals with 2 to 3 tsp olive oil and salt. Use 3 to 4 beef cubes and 3 to 4 mushrooms per kabob, alternating, with onion petals separating the beef and mushrooms. Leave at least an inch of skewer on each end for handling. Cook over medium heat on all 4 sides until browned and slightly crisp. It should be about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Remove from heat and immediately sprinkle with the fresh-chopped herbs. Let cool for at least 5 minutes. Crowd-pleaser? I think so…

Questions/comments/requests/suggestions/limericks/thoughts on life/childhood stories? Feel free to drop me a line at jasonr@pahaque.com.

Photo Contest Time! Win a $100 Gift card

We love getting photos from our loyal customers.  We love seeing our gear being used, and we love sharing those photos with the PahaQue community.   We figured  the best way to get those photos is via a photo contest, and to give away a $100 gift card.  So here is what we need from you:

Email us at happytrails@pahaque.com and attach a photo of your PahaQue Custom or PahaQue Wilderness gear out in the real world.   Include your Instagram handle if you have one.    We love photos include people,  and pets.     In return for your lovely photo, you’ll get a chance at a $100 PahaQue Custom gift card, and a our everlasting appreciation.     Be sure to read the full contest rules below, and send us your photo by February 28, 2018.

 

 

 

Photo Contest Rules: Entries should be submitted via email as a JPEG, PNG, GIF, or TIFF attachment  Each photo should include photographer’s name, location, caption.  Any photographs including identifiable images of people must include subject’s permission.  The photographs must be your own original creations. You must be the sole owner of the copyright of any photograph(s) submitted.Your submission of each photograph is your guarantee that you are the author and copyright holder of such photograph. By entering, you also warrant that the image does  not violate or infringe upon the copyright, trademark, rights of publicity, privacy, or any other intellectual  property or other rights of any person or entity.By virtue of their entry, contestants agree  that the PahaQue and PahaQue Custom   may adapt, edit, and/or modify their photographs in any way and may also publish or  otherwise use their photographs for promotional or other purposes .  Your Submission constitutes agreement of this use  without compensation, right to royalties, or any other  compensation.