A quick review for those who have followed, offered advice, and encouragement, and 4 1/2 years on this forum researching and planning , I am ready to purchase my travel trailer. I am waiting for the winter rates - one of the numerous tips I have picked up on here.
In order to be able to retire and afford to do some travelling in a small travel trailer, I knew I had to get a couple things taken care of - #1 a reliable tow vehicle; I purchased my 2011 low mileage Silverado truck, and #2 buy a small house: and I'm currently in process of moving in after a couple months of renovations. I paid cash for both, so I can retire on a modest pension without any monthly bills other than living expenses. Both HUGE accomplishment for me.
I envisioned full timing for a year when I retire next spring from teaching high school. Honest reflection convinced me that I am not cut out for het nomad life on a full time basis. I would miss family and friends too much, and as a bachelor travelling alone, I know I would get lonely and bored. I have decided that I am more cut out for 1-2 month adventures, besides the occasional extended weekend trips closer to home.
Another change after serious considerations; I've backed off of purchasing a "Cadillac" model that would serve as an apartment on wheels with all the luxuries of home, including the necessity of a trailer to accommodate my 6'5" frame. Bottom line; I can't justify $20-40K for a "toy".
So I am now ready for the final step; "the purchase". I WILL take advantage of the winter discounts and buy something under $10K. I realize that all I really need for my month long excursion is a bed on wheels. Eliminating the need for a min 6'5" interior height allows so many more options. I can adjust to stooping over in the trailer, and realize I will actually spend very little time in the trailer except for sleeping. My living room will be outside at camp.
I have received so much advice on here - I recently went thru some of the posts I started and fell like I have done all the due diligence I can possibly do. Now it time for experience learning.
I'll be keeping my eyes on every trailer in my price range this winter. I'm nervous still, I am not mechanical at all. Reread a thread on what to look for in used trailers. Great advice from members here. Still I recently got took on buying a used riding lawnmower - a real piece of crap. Now I am really nervous about the same thing happening with a trailer. I'm looking for a 13-16', something along the lines of a used scamp
. I am stil lsold on the fiberglass trailers.
Wish me luck. I am so looking forward to hitting the road next summer/.