One Friday afternoon after we got back from renting a little cabin for Spring Break my husband and I binge watched Going RV. Somehow over the course of the afternoon our conversation went from “That looks really cool!” to “Hey that could be us!” to “Let’s just pop into a dealership and look. We can grab dinner after.” (See how we made it seem all innocent by throwing in dinner after?) Well, “just looking” turned into signing some paperwork and the next thing we know we are RV owners. Well, travel trailer owners to be exact. The purchase isn’t as impulsive as it sounds. We had actually been kicking the idea around for years but after renting a few cabins and tent camping as my son’s Cub Scout leader recently and seeing how much the kids loved it we decided it was time to take the leap. Here’s a look at our travel trailer and our maiden voyage.
We purchased a 2016 Flagstaff Microlite for well under our budget. It is 25 feet long and weighs about 5700 pounds so it’s on the smaller end of the travel trailer scale and was also on the lower end of travel trailer price points. We are first time owners and while we were pretty certain we would love the RV lifestyle we didn’t want to sink a lot of money into a first purchase in case we decided it wasn’t for us. After looking at several models, we liked the floor plan of this one and what we got for the money.
There are two sitting areas with the dinette which was important to us after renting the tiny cabin I mentioned at the beginning of this post that had one couch to sit on that was not big enough for 4 people. Our travel trailer has 3 sleeping areas. The queen bed could also be a place to sit and watch tv as well as shown by my helpful husband in the photo below. It has one slide out to make the space bigger when parked.
It has a small functional kitchen, lots of smart storage which helps with the smaller space. There’s one large-ish closet and two narrow but deep closets, under the bed storage trunk and drawers under the bed and seating areas.
The bathroom also has a tub which is great since the kids hate showers. The fridge is a good size but not a residential size and the oven is smaller than in a home but works great. (We baked an Easter cake in it!) There’s a small tv, stereo, dvd player, and indoor and outdoor speakers.
The outside has a bracket for a tv for outdoor movie night and a mount for a counter and included grill so it’s kind of an outdoor kitchen “lite” if you will. There are also 3 outdoor locking storage compartments which is great for our lawn chairs, outdoor rug, tiki torches, etc. There is also an automatic awning with blue LED lights which should make for some fun evenings.
We had our maiden voyage this past weekend and spoiler alert we are still loving the travel trailer. My husband did a great job towing it even if he was nervous during tight spaces on the freeway a few times. He also ran the hoses and tanks smoothly. Our only hiccup was the campsite itself.
I booked a campsite which shall remain nameless based on Google reviews. We get there and it is indeed clean and the staff friendly. It is also directly next to a bar with a band and the site they put us at backed right up to the stage. See ya. I don’t want to be up at 2 in the morning with two kids listening to a band and revelers. Luckily a beautiful site on a man made lake that we passed had a last minute opening.
We had a wonderful weekend of fishing, enjoying the new travel trailer, and the Easter bunny even found us.
Despite one sick kiddo (Yes, another hiccup.) it was one of the best times we’ve had as a family in a long time and it was cool to think it was OURS. Like my son Ethan said, it’s like our little home on wheels and it is. Our tin home sweet home.
We’ve christened her Tin Gypsy. We already have lots of state parks and RV resorts booked over the spring and summer and can’t wait to get outside and make some memories in Gypsy. The whole purpose of getting her was to be together as a family, see some cool things, and get out and be active. I’m excited Gypsy has become a part of my kids’ childhood.
Look for some upcoming posts on what to consider when purchasing an RV, stocking your RV or travel trailer, decorating your travel trailer, storage solutions in your travel trailer, and well, where to go in your travel trailer. In the mean time we just wanted to tell you in on the big news and let you say hello to Gypsy.