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Living in an RV : Day 10

I've lived in my RV for 10 days now. I have only gone back to the condo to get clothes, and to sleep one night (basically I picked a loud parking spot that was 10 feet from the condo and it was 5am so I just went inside instead of driving to a quiet spot). A lot of things have panned out as expected, but there have also been some big surprises.

I could go on and on, but you probably get the idea. I totally love living in this RV. It's a great feeling to drive over to my mom's house and have her say "Oh, you didn't happen to bring those tickets, did you?" and to just be able to walk into my house and get them.

My parents are really into the RV thing, which is funny. They're always a bit skeptical about my schemes. My dad helped me take out the CRT TV and the Microwave which I replaced with a flat panel and a flash bake oven. My mom made me nice curtains. I'm trying hard to resist the urge to totally trick out the RV. The carpet smells a bit musty so I might put in granite tile or bamboo floors. I think that would be neat.

Maiden Voyage of the Tenement on Wheels

On Nine2Five Refugee

Been trying to figure out what combination of rig / camper / trailer to go with when we head out on the road. A pop-up tent trailer pulled behind my Ranger was near the top of the list.

We came across a 1980 Starcraft Starflyer 17' tent trailer for the whopping cost of $600 complete with 80's burnt orange and tan color scheme. I picked it up a couple weeks ago. I've spent the past couple weeks checking out the electrical, airing out the funk of 30+ years, evicting spiders and cleaning. The thought was we'd spend this summer using it to see if its a viable option for long term travel.

This past weekend we took it out for a trial run. Picked a close in county park with power & water and set up our "classic" tent trailer among the new RVs of the weekend warriors.

I'd have to say the trailer worked out nicely. My Ranger pulled it just fine, it was easy to maneuver and it felt great knowing I didn't have to finance it for 10 years like those around me. We were surprisingly comfortable in it. We ended up sleeping in the smaller front bunk as the rear bunk is a pain in the ass to crawl past the dinette to get into and the tables near the front bunk made a good night stand. prior to sleeping in it, the way the bunks setup with spindly aluminum rods supporting 1/2" plywood did not instill a ton of confidence in me. I envisioned something giving way and ending up in an embarrassing pile of burnt orange on the ground while the neighbors cast condescending glances our way with the especially cruel ones laughing hysterically. We made it through the night without incident and my confidence in the structural integrity of the bunks moved a little more towards the acceptable range.

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