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Old 09-20-2013, 09:07 PM   #15
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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 19 trailer.

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!

Specific questions:
  • 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.
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Old 09-20-2013, 09:21 PM   #16
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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...
I've shared elsewhere that my wife an i are living full time in a 38ft 5th till we pull the plug on our current careers. And we laugh because we really enjoy the cozy space of the van+egg in some ways more than the luxury of the expansive 5th wheel. Once we do unplug, the mobile suite goes to the kids or for sale!
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Old 09-20-2013, 10:40 PM   #17
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I've shared elsewhere that my wife an i are living full time in a 38ft 5th till we pull the plug on our current careers. And we laugh because we really enjoy the cozy space of the van+egg in some ways more than the luxury of the expansive 5th wheel. Once we do unplug, the mobile suite goes to the kids or for sale!
Like I stated above we do quite nicely in our pickup and 13' Scamp. Now that camping season is getting close I'm going to have to do a couple things to the Scamp. Close is 3 months away, we do most of our camping starting in January. Could be as early as the 26th of December.
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Too tense

(it's a pun). We're far from full-timers but do go out for a week at a time in our 8' (Yes...that's the whole thing) LiteHouse. We unroll the awning and set up a table to use as a kitchen outside. Depending on the weather and where we are, we often set up a couple of large tents; one a 10x20 "portable garage" that we use as a living room, and a small popup that is home to the portapotty and a solar shower (the solar bag hangs outside facing the sun). That makes two tents (too tense...that would be the pun). We clothespin colorful sheets to the side of the tents to define the space and provide privacy.
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:07 AM   #19
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I jumped in with both feet Dec 2010 in a 16ft Scamp Deluxe, got rid of money pit (house) in Ga. May 2011. Don't miss it. My TV's a Jeep TJ. It can be done. If don't like the location I can move. It would have been easier if I'd started out with RV, less crap that I don't need.

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