We are 2 days away from our first adventure, picking up a trailer! It has been a whirlwind, full of emotions, research and planning. When we first decided to live on the road full-time, we wanted a Class C Motorhome. One we could drive and use at the same time, which would be ideal with an infant. Clay would be able to drive and I could make lunches and play with the baby, or vice versa, because – equality 😂. But when we sat down to plan the trip, we realized we wanted to spend less time driving and more time actually enjoying the places we were travelling to see! What a concept! Thus came plan B. Travel Trailer. Which also meant we needed to buy a truck, because while my little Versa hatchback is a trooper, pulling more than twice her weight is definitely out of the range of possibility.
So, we started researching trucks. And by we, I totally mean Clay. He would send me different ones to look at here and there, but looking at trucks and cars and RV’s for days on end is not for me. I get overwhelmed. So we narrowed it down to a specific make and model. Chevy Silverado 2500 HD with a crew cab. Multiple things to consider when choosing the right pulling vehicle. Size and type of engine. It needs to be able to actually pull the trailer. Diesel was a must for us, they tend to last longer and get better gas mileage, which is important for towing long distances. Additionally, it is better for towing, and the newer models run cleaner and put out less carbon. Yay for the environment! Not so much for the pocketbook. Diesel’s tend to be quite a bit more expensive, but in the long run worth it. Crew cab was a must! We need to be able to fit a car seat safely in the back seat. Plus, room for stuff, food, toys, animals, sometimes people, etc. One of my non-negotiables was keyless entry, All I wanted was to not have to use my key to unlock the doors. It may seem small and not totally necessary, but when you have a baby in a car seat, a diaper bag, groceries, and a coffee (hello mom-life) in your arms, it’s almost impossible to get a key into the lock. Been there, didn’t want to do that again.
Finally, we settled on a beautiful 2011 Silverado 2500 HD. We got lucky and found one with only 50K miles on it! Basically brand new – or so every other diesel owner has said. But it is perfect for us.
Now to choose a trailer. This, we soon realized, would be the hard part. Especially since we are going to live in it full time.
We I need space. We are coming from a large 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo with all the utilities. Huge fridge with an ice maker, washer and dryer, garden tub, you name it. Our top wants are :
- King size bed
- Plenty of storage/closet space (for a Trailer that’s hard)
- Openness and room to live ( Rebel will be walking sooner than we know 😬)
The king bed limited our options tremendously, but we love our bed now and practically live in it. Lots of movies and baby snuggles. In a way, it makes it easier to choose, because there are only so many models that come with a king. Another factor to weigh is whether to buy new or used. When it comes to travel trailers, the nice thing about used is you don’t have to worry about miles on an engine. There is the obvious wear and tear the comes with used and things may need to be replaced sooner. Since we are planning to potentially live long-term on the road, we didn’t want to worry about maintenance right off the start.
We found a place in Ohio that has multiple. Couch’s RV Nation. At first we wanted a big trailer. Almost too big. It was close to max weight for our truck to pull, and had two bedrooms. Which would have been nice but not totally necessary. It did have an actual wardrobe closet in the master as well as more than the normal amount of storage throughout. It even had an outdoor kitchen, something we didn’t really want to pay extra for if it meant losing a storage cubby. Ultimately, a list was made, we weighed the pros and cons, and we settled on two models with essentially the same floor plan.
King size bed ✔ Bunks ✔Storage ✔ Openness ✔ .
After months of looking, checking out all different options at the RV Show while it was in town, almost buying a Class C, and then a teeny tiny Cougar trailer, we are ready. We think. Hopefully. But really, thank goodness we came to our senses before we signed the dotted line on that Cougar. When I say tiny, I mean I could almost cook dinner from our bed, and there was just a curtain separating the ‘bedroom’ from the rest of the space.
So here we are. I am finishing laundry so we can pack, we’ve gotten lots of snacks for the trip. All we need is to get through the rest of the work week and we will be on our way. Route 66 to Chicago, then to Indiana to visit family, then Ohio. Once we pick her up, we are hightailing it home to take her camping for the first time! It will be a nice glimpse into our future. And we will get to see lots of history and landmarks along the way. If I could go back in time to any period it would be the 20’s, or the 50’s, when packing up the car and heading west on Route 66 was the thing to do. We are going backwards first by heading east, but essentially the same experiences will be had. I am looking forward to seeing The Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Cloud Gate (The Bean) at Millennium Park in Chicago, and everything in between! I will be documenting EVERYTHING, much to the hubby’s irritation. Be sure to stick around…follow us on Instagram and subscribe below for all the details, reviews, and places to see!