So, I am planning to buy a travel trailer. I was going to wait until July 2014, which is my 60th birthday. However, the van is feeling cramped and cold. I want to make hot coffee without shivering outside. I would like something more than a port-a-potty.
For a long time I loved to rough it- setting up a small tent, eating camp grub by the fire, sleeping outside in grizzly country (Yellowstone, Tetons, Glacier National Parks). I kind of smirked silently at those old folks in trailers with generators. So, how ironic, that as I approach 60 I want more camping comfort. I guess it is the normal progression of things. The alternative is to just stay home ….. definitely not an option. I still have exploring to do. When I retire I want to do LOTS of exploring, maybe even full time for awhile.
When I first moved on from tents, I bought a little pick-up with a topper. About 4 years ago I bought an Econoline cargo van and set it up as a little camper. It has been awesome. Last month, when I had to make coffee in a snow storm, I decided it is time for the next level!
At first I planned on a Class C RV, like a Minnie Winnie. However, as I read, researched, and contemplated my needs, I began to think that a travel trailer is a better option. For one thing, I already have the van and it is in good shape. It is a 2006 with only 80,000 miles. Also, I love to wander, so being able to unhitch a trailer gives me more options.
There is one big problem: I have never driven a trailer of any kind. It scares me a bit. Yet I know other women who drive them, and they say it is fine once you get the hang of it. Also, my son is not keen on the idea of a travel trailer, but he offered some good advice about driving with a small trailer of some kind to see what it feels like.
I have spent hours looking at used RV ads, trying to learn about floor plans and prices. I have created my first “must have” list, as follows:
- separate sofa/chair and a separate bed
- heater, AC
- electric hitch
- stabilizer bars
- double axle
- ultra light
Sample Floor Plan:
That is all I know for now. I am still learning. Trailers 24 feet long are perfect but I am thinking that for a “first” trailer, that is a bit long. So I am thinking around 20 feet. Any advice?
I have a big road trip coming up in the van (to pack up mom and help her move) so I won’t buy before then. Sometime this summer (after getting the van ready) I will hop onto I-25 and just head south, stopping at all the RV places along the way (Cheyenne, Longmont, Denver, Colorado Springs, Albuquerque). When I find something suitable, I will hitch it up and come home.
I welcome all thoughts, ideas, suggestions!
For blog followers who were expecting a humorous tale I don’t want to leave you without a laugh, so here it is
Maxine speaks to me! I love her dog, they remind me of Tango and myself