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Old 04-02-2014, 11:15 PM   #1
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Bonnie says retirement looms large(for her). She's got the traveling, see the world, itch. Time to dust off the trailer rehab project, a '78(or '79) 4500 Trillium with dinette/bed and front goucho. Hence the 1 room retirement home. Wait, retirement home sounds too sedentary. Well whatever.
I'm working to bring her up to technically new standards while trying to maintain the original simplicity of purpose. Part of the simplicity is one room not two. NO BATHROOM.
Is it feasible for two people to spend months traveling North America sans onboard toilet/shower room? Been eyeing floor plans of 19, 21,and 5.0 Escapes. This is more than 2' itis. First love is still our little Trill.
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David, its all in the comfort level. Honestly, I wouldn't consider it with another person. I want that illusion of privacy, and being able to contain the aroma lol. Sure people have done it...but that's not how I really want to be...but I almost bought this to live in Home of the Flicka 20 Sailboat totally doable...but is it what you want to do?
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Bonnie says retirement looms large(for her). She's got the traveling, see the world, itch. Time to dust off the trailer rehab project, a '78(or '79) 4500 Trillium with dinette/bed and front goucho. Hence the 1 room retirement home. Wait, retirement home sounds too sedentary. Well whatever.
I'm working to bring her up to technically new standards while trying to maintain the original simplicity of purpose. Part of the simplicity is one room not two. NO BATHROOM.
Is it feasible for two people to spend months traveling North America sans onboard toilet/shower room? Been eyeing floor plans of 19, 21,and 5.0 Escapes. This is more than 2' itis. First love is still our little Trill.

Simple answer YES.. It's been done.
My experience, we're not full timers but spend 3 to 4 months every year in our 13' Scamp sans onboard toilet/shower. Not even a portapotty. Our travels usually take us to National Parks, BLM campgrounds, or Forest Service campgrounds, no reservations, NO HOOKUPS. When we enter to campground we look for the toilets and try to camp close but not on top of unless they're flush toilets. (It gets a little stinky too close to vault toilet).
Showers are another thing, we can usually find a shower someplace. Many National Parks will have pay showers run by a concessionaire. In between showers I use "Fresh Bath" towelettes.

In the winter months we go south to places like Death Valley, Bull Head City, AZ, Organ Pipe Cactus NP. In the summer it's Oregon and Washington mountains, or maybe Northern California mountains.
You go where the weather is mild.
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Yes! We have active members here, in their 80s, that full timed in a 13 foot Scamp for YEARS. They traveled in summer and spent winters in Quartzsite, AZ.

Dave and Leslie eventually upgraded to a 16 ft Scamp with bath, and own a stick house in AZ now, but they still travel as they can.
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Thank you for your replies. I've read Dave and Leslie's threads in the past with interest. Being 6'4" and 225#, a 13' Scamp is hard for me. I've soloed for a couple times in one for short periods. Bonnie and I would both be bruised and battered after a night in a 48" bed.

Byron, we have had similar back country back grounds. I've spent long stretches in small tents with backpacks, gravitated to Boundary waters canoe camping last 20 years now. Good training for sharing smaller basic accommodations. Bonnie has never embraced sleeping out in the elements or in tents. She likes sleeping in the Trill though. I'm thinking bathrooms and hot showers more campgrounds than not. Boondocking might bring an interesting reaction.
We've been vacationing in Sedona with friends every March for the past few years. Hard to return to our dormant summer paradise in northern Michigan. Lots of beautiful temperate places to explore.
Thanks Gina,
I've always enjoyed your humor and wit you bring to your posts. It would be a pleasure to sit and share stories over a cup of wine down the road someday.
I sometimes wonder if Bonnie will be more or less enthusiastic the 2nd month out.
We'll have our 1st 2 or 3 week trip this summer to the Northeast.
Good to be back, Dave
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I don't see how you could full time without a bathroom.
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I don't see how you could full time without a bathroom.
me neither...its just roughing it a way I wouldn't want to.
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I don't see how you could full time without a bathroom.
Wow, agree, that would be a tough way to travel full time. Not
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This is an interesting topic, and one I feel I got a little beat up on over on the thread about removing the bathroom from a Scamp. To each his own of course, and I considered a 13' U-Haul before actually buying our 16' Scamp. I am a lot happier with the bathroom, however small. It is just my 10 (almost 11 year old) daughter and myself at present. And "we" need a place for privacy during the night. It may be more piece of mind to a single Dad than a real need but it is my money, and I opted to spend it on a bathroom. At some point in the future when my daughter no longer wants to hang with Dad, I hope to attract the interest of some mature female companion to go camping. I suspect that task will be easier with the little bathroom.
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If you can go one night without a bathroom, you can go 365 nights. It's not like a trailer bathroom offers a vanity, makeup storage, good lighting, or any of the comforts of a luxury home bathroom. If you can get a shower at a campground, and use a porta potty when away from modern conveniences, what difference does it make if it is one night or many?

I suppose if you are going to stay in wintry or soggy weather it would matter, but most fulltimers seem to go south for the winter.

You can always check into a motel once in awhile for a little pampering.
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If you can go one night without a bathroom, you can go 365 nights.
Maybe.... but anyone who has had Montezuma's revenge when camping or travelling appreciates the on board facilities.

Doing the 100 yard dash in the middle of the night, in the pouring rain, in close to freezing temperatures is not fun.
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Maybe.... but anyone who has had Montezuma's revenge when camping or travelling appreciates the on board facilities.
Amen.
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Maybe.... but anyone who has had Montezuma's revenge when camping or travelling appreciates the on board facilities.
However, at that point your spouse is going to have to move out of the trailer, anyway. Go to a motel, check-in, and suffer in comfort.
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It's just me, but I have a sensitive stomach and I grew tired of the wee hours of the am pullin clothes on fast and running for the porta-castle...I like having my porta pottie inside.
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