I’m sure by now you’re drooling with anticipation and must know how our domestic experimenting started. Yes, I know it’s been less than a day… but I can’t wait to share 🙂
Ready to see what we used as a test to see if we could hack the tiny living quarters???
Wait for it…..
Yes… that’s a tent! It’s a small two person, nylon tent… our as we called it… our one room bungalow.
We did have to incur a small nightly fee as we decided to stay in an RV park for the first several nights, rather than try to make it in a more primitive setting. But we felt the $20 per night fee was a bargain after paying what we had been. As a bonus, in addition to power and water, we had use of nice hot showers and a laundry room. If you’re ever in the Vaccaville, CA area I highly recommend the Vineyard RV Park. Everyone on the staff was great and the grounds and amenities were nicely maintained.
Our kitchen consisted of two coolers, a small tabletop propane grill and an electric coffee maker. After usually just having a mini-microwave and tiny fridge in the hotel rooms, our setup worked just fine. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Joe so happy to grill a burger! Which was something he hadn’t been able to do since we left CT. As we predicted, because we love to cook together whenever we can, we were sure that no matter what type of RV we decided on, it would have to have a conventional kitchen (i.e. stove, oven, refrigerator and microwave) which is standard in most units anyway. Other than that (and a bathroom) we didn’t feel we had any other must-haves on our list.
It narrowed down to the fact that we didn’t want the expense and maintenance of the motor home. Even if we could find a small, light weight fifth when we would pull with the F150 we would need to have a fifth wheel hitch installed in the bed of our truck. That wasn’t going to work for us as we need to travel with Joe’s gang box full of tools for work. We also ruled out (for the time being) the truck camper. In order to travel in one we would not only need a much bigger truck, but also the power to pull a cargo trailer for the gang box.
So… that left us searching for a light weight travel trailer. Our wish list was short. The kitchen appliances needed to be in good working order, we were hoping for at least one slide out, and/or a decent sized bathroom, it had to smell “fresh” inside (no mildew or cigarette smoke stench or stains) and most of all it had to have good bones. We could work with an outdated interior design, but we needed a good foundation.
Having such a short list should make it easy to find something… right? Ha! Not so much. The experiment was the last week of April and first week of May. We didn’t make a purchase until the middle of June. We looked from Washington all the way to Texas as we drove to the next project In Freeport, TX. We found just what we were looking for just outside of Houston. She’s the lovely little camper you see pictured in my header.
We haven’t given up on the truck camper idea yet. At this point we’re thinking we may be able to make that transition in about five years. By then Joe shouldn’t have to work full-time (and then some) as much and we will be able to do the remote boondocking we’re dreaming about.
I’ll leave you with some more pics of our tent camping experience. It really was a great time. I think I’d like to just grab our back packs and tent and hit a trail on foot for a night or two. There is something so soothing about being alone (together) in the great outdoors.
The second place we camped at was the Kern River State Park. The park grounds were very nice and when we were there the park wasn’t quite full so it was peaceful. I do have to say that for $22 per night I would have liked to seen better maintained bath and shower houses. They were pretty bad. But all in all a nice quiet spot, not too far from the metropolitan area.
That’s all for now.