"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Sunday, April 24, 2011

How we travel

   We travel by way of a 2006 Chevy 1500 Crewcab towing a 2002 Casita Spirit Deluxe travel trailer.  The trailer is 17' long from tip to tail, but is equiped with everything one needs.  It has a propane stove, 3-way fridge, microwave, AC, furnace, rear and side dinettes, fantastic fan, and a full bath with shower.  It is equipped with both grey and black tanks and a 25 gallon fresh water tank.  We have made some modifications such as installing shelves in the closet and converting the rear dinette to a permanent bed with the addition of a custom made memory foam mattress. 
   As I was nearing retirement we begin to look at different rv's.  We had always planned to travel after retirement, but we weren't sure what we wanted.  We looked at mostly class B motorhomes and 5th. wheels.  We had never seen a Casita until spotting one in a friends back yard after Hurricane Katrina.  Knowing they owned an almost new motor home, I called and asked her what it was.  She told me it belonged to her sister and it was a really neat trailer. After looking it over and doing a lot of internet research, we were hooked.  Solid fiberglass, 3500 lbs. loaded.  Being small  also has many advantages over the larger rigs.  We can get into most any spot, even in some "full' parks.  We can access some really fantastic out of the way locations for boondocking. Not too large for small ferry's. Think a sailboat on wheels.
     In the truck we carry an Army surplus tool locker loaded with all the misc. small tools and other items one might need while away from home.  We also have two plastic hampers which hold bottle jack, 1 lb. propane bottles, charcoal, levelers, hose's, etc.  We carry a Coleman roadtrip propane grill and also a very small charcoal grill.  A folding table, outdoor carpet, a couple or three folding chairs, ice chest and a Honda EU2000 round out the load.  We try to leave home with the rear cargo area half empty to accomadate anything we may pick up along the way.....................jc 

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