Originally Posted by TheGreatJesse
Hello! I've been researching the prospect of moving into a travel trailer full-time, and stumbled into your wonderful community while researching an Escape
A bit about me: I'm 27 years old and live in the Pacific Northwest. I moved out here to go to law school but decided to take my career in a different direction, and currently run a web-based business in addition to my full-time job. I am an avid mountaineer, backpacker, mountain biker, camper, and all-around outdoorsy sort of dude, and I'm drawn to the freedom that full-timing will offer. I spend (on average) 3 nights/week out backpacking, and have been living in a small basement for some time now, so I'm accustomed to tiny living quarters.
I plan to quit my current job and focus entirely on my own entrepreneurial endeavors while living in the RV. Since this is a financial decision more than anything, I'd appreciate some advice. I drive an FJ Cruiser and need something that I can haul with the FJ. I love my car and want very much to keep it, as it has proven invaluable on the rugged mountain roads I frequent.
Ideally, I'll be parking my trailer at resorts (for long-term stays) and campsites, and using my car to get around and run errands, as well as drive where my trailer cannot go!
- Does anyone here use an FJ Cruiser to pull a fiberglass trailer? If so, what equipment do I need to add to my rig? (2013 TrailTeams Edition)
- I've toured a few smaller trailers that seem suitable for living, but there is no substitute for experience. Is a 19' enough room for one skinny dude?
- I really want to minimize my spending in anticipation of a very extended backpacking adventure. Is it realistic to expect to actually SAVE money while full-timing?
- Am I missing anything that I SHOULD be asking?
No 19' if not big enough you need at least a 38' Class A motor home to full time, with a big screen tv, and a laundry facilities.
Just pulling your leg.
It depends on what you really need. There's been couples that full timed in a 13' and several in 16' Scamps. Along with a number of part timers like us that are out for over 3 months at time could go a lot longer in our 13' Scamp
(without A/C or toilet or shower). We're also converted backpackers and use a lot of the same techniques we learned backpacking, less is more.
Another couple that travels extensively in a 16' Scamp