THE RIG: PLANNING, PURCHASING, AND PINTERESTING OUR TRAILER

The choice to live in a travel trailer led to a whole bunch of other choices, both big and small. We were considering things like price, value, if our truck could pull it, and how much space we would need to live and work in. An initial fascination with “tiny house living,” and searching Pinterest for “trailer remodels,” led to an education in being motivated more out of practicality and necessity, with form following function. It just had to be functional. “Cute” wasn’t going to cut it.

 


WHAT WE TOW AND WHAT’S PULLING IT

 

2016 PACIFIC COACHWORKS NORTHLAND 24IKS TRAVEL TRAILER

  • 2016
  • Travel Trailer
  • Floor Plan: Rear Bath
  • Sleeps 4
  • 5,830 lbs
  • 29 ft 0 in
  • 2 slides

TOYOTA TUNDRA LIMITED

When we purchased our trailer at Camping World, they outfitted our truck with a weight-distribution hitch, electronic braking system, and a sway control bar. We were not sure what the Tundra could haul at first. David did research through the Toyota dealership, and through Camping World,  and in the end, we were pleased to find that the weight-distribution hitch could easily meet our needs.


WHY THE SIZE AND LAYOUT WE CHOSE

 

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Image courtesy of PacificCoachworks.com

 

As we started researching and shopping, we soon learned that fiberglass trailers were the most durable, had the greatest resale value, and were the lightest in weight. This meant we could store more inside the trailer. As we began to look at floor plans online, we learned what was important to us to live in full-time:

  • A coat closet
  • A shower that was easy to stand up in, with glass doors
  • A dinette/couch/bed for our living area
  • An entertainment center to watch our favorite shows
  • Ample cooking space
  • To be able to use our own foam queen-sized mattress
  • Access on both sides of the bed

The model we chose was a 24IKS travel trailer from Pacific Coachworks Northland. Trailer model numbers can be the same, no matter which company you are purchasing your trailer from, but this one was in our price range, with the layout we wanted. This length would allow us the space we needed for two of us to live, work, exercise, cook, eat, and relax the way we wanted to. The island divides the kitchen and makes the living space feel more utilized. The two slide-outs give us the width we need to move around. The space between the island and the entertainment center allow for an exercise area by day, or a dance floor by night.

There is storage underneath the bed, the couch/dinette area, and also outside.  We have been learning how to best utilize the space as we live in, and have even gotten rid of more things we didn’t need along the way.

 


WHY WE BOUGHT NEW

When we started out in our research, we had idealized notions of getting a vintage trailer and revamping it. This seemed the most affordable and sustainable option. David is a carpenter, and this could be a labor of love to custom craft the space as we desired. What we came to realize, however, was that with vintage trailers come vintage problems – rust, leaks, mold, and the need to rebuild foundations and systems from the ground up. We were not willing to go this route.

We also learned that new trailers were easier to finance and insure. We wanted something solid and roadworthy, and buying new gave us the option of purchasing an extended warranty that gave us peace of mind for living in it full-time. If something breaks, it’s covered for 7 years.

 

 


THE REVISIONS AND REMODELS



7 thoughts on “THE RIG: PLANNING, PURCHASING, AND PINTERESTING OUR TRAILER”

  • Thank you for taking us with you and painting such a vivid picture of your journey. These are exactly the type of things I was curious about your process thus far!

    • Thanks for following us, Crystal! We’d love to journey with you! Lots more little details to follow. We have learned so much already in this process, and we are only at the beginning of this journey.

  • Thank you for sharing this — it was so fun to read! I would love to see more photos, especially of the pantry. All the best to you both!

  • Love your blog Bridge and David! You guys are REALLY doing it! I dream of being on the road tiny house living. All your entries are exactly the kinds of things I research and think about for “one day”!

    • Thank you for following our journey, Siouxzen. That’s why are writing this blog. We want other people to learn from what we are doing and to make this dream more tangible for people. Just a year ago, it was a complete fantasy for us, and now we are deep in the reality of how great it is.

  • Thanks for sharing the info on your living arrangements. It’s so much fun to see what you’re up to on your journey. Looks like you’re living the dream! I would love to do something like this one day. In the meantime, I will just live vicariously through you!

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