Just some random "Roschadt" thoughts, maybe you have something to add?
TRANSITIONING FROM ONE FRV TO ANOTHER MORE APPROPRIATE ONE? (Can't quite decide)
Before I knew the market for these things, I passed up a perfectly good '82 17' Bigfoot
for only $4500 (DUH!)...I guess I'd been looking at Craigslist too much and had seen small old trailers in the $500-$900 range for that age and figured they were all the same...(
) and it seemed so big
After that I researched these dang fiberglass things, and decided I really liked them, then I was aghast at their prices. Soon thereafter, I wound up flipping a Casita/car combo deal to my favor, because the Casita
was too spendy for me to keep and someone else got a good deal on it--I got new upholstery for it. Now I have my $1800 '75 Boler
which is in need of "intervention", but it's usable as it, too--and so cute. I am torn between wanting the full amenities but a little averse to the heavier weight
with its sway issues, not being able to use a smaller car to pull (or can you?), I couldn't lift the tongue myself at all on the Casita
(whereas I can lift my Boler
a little) --as a first time trailer owner these things can seem intimidating,. ... long story not as long... If I "tweak" this Boler
too much, i.e. customize it, I think it'd make it less desirable for a resale should I decide to move up in size/amenities later. Right? So, I think I'm just going to make it nice, and standard, for now and take it out a few times as it was designed and then decide.
TERROR ATTACKS AND EMERGENCIES
Does this cross anyone else's mind?...I am a widow with (big) kids and every time they talk about the next "big one" I wonder what we'd do. We have duct tape and extra food and water and tarps at the house, etc., but I like the idea of bugging out of the area altogether if need be, and having the trailer is a small peace of mind...well, it's in the back of my mind in prepping it at least. Last winter we had a wind storm that put the power out for 9 long days
, we stayed at a friend's house up north... but maybe we could've taken the trailer and headed to the sun (if I'd had it).
GASOLINE PRICES, GOING GREEN
I will profess, risking
, that I do not buy in to the causation theories for global warming (not to get all politically incorrect, but I would argue that no scientist has proposed how much CO2 mitigation will actually cool the earth, and none can explain why Mars is also warming, except for solar
variations--that said, I'm not a meteorologist, I'm a biochemist/pharmacologist, but scientific theories must prove valid across the board). I do know that "going green" is now a new religion and I don't even disagree with it for the sake of not being wasteful...myself, with multiple teenagers and ongoing house renovations I had good need for a big Expedition, in the media there's a distinct yet sublime hostility against SUVs, (and with the price of gas it may prove a REAL luxury to own one). After my house renos were done, I'd wanted to move to a regular vehicle and so again, the decision between "miniature yet pullable by regular car" versus "amenities, weight
, larger car" looms again. I am not sure what can pull what. I think gas prices will fluctuate, but generally stay bad and get worse yet as we become progressively more numb to these heretofore unspeakably high prices. Again, the argument for the smaller trailer seems to prevail, but is there some table of what kind of vehicle pulls what kind of trailer? It's the GVWR or something that matters, but I don't think that I've seen that data on sedans, etc...or did I miss something?
As I said, just rambling thoughts...