As you might be able to see right here, we bought a trailer.
It's right behind us! It will be 12 months next week sincewe first started researching buying an RV and since we first came across theOutdoors RV brand.
So that's 12 months we've been researching this and reallybuilding up to this moment.
We visited several different RV shows tosee what's out there.
At first we looked at every possible rig but since wealready had a truck and we liked the ability to go off-road with itwe ruled out Class A and Class C motorhomes pretty quickly.
We looked atbig 5th wheel, travel trailers, airstreams, truck campers and vans as well.
The mainreason we were looking into rv-ing was because we wanted to spend more timeoutdoors and visit the national parks therefore we needed to rig that's smallenough to fit in most national and state parks, bonus points if it could reachboondocking locations.
Lifestyle wise we probably would be moving once or twice aweek and did not really need the city stealth camping.
So we ruled out vans, plus we wouldn't be able to take as many toys like bicycles and skis with us.
Itwas just two of us, no kids, no pets, so no need for bunk beds.
We couldn't find many 5th-wheels shorter than 30 feet or light enough for ourtruck to tow, so we were all ruled out those as well.
We're left with traveltrailers.
We had never stayed in an RV so they thought we should beta testthis lifestyle first.
We rented three different size travel trailers, first via RVShare, and then via Outdoorsy.
com They're like AirBnB for RVs, where youcan rent RVs from private owners.
For the first trip we rented the biggest traveltrailer or truck could tow, which ended up being 27 feet long.
To our surprise welearned it was actually too big.
There was a couch in the middle that we onlyused to pile stuff on.
It took up three feet of the usable space.
We also learntwe want a full queen-size bed not an RV queen, which is shorter.
The second tripwas a weekend in Mendocino with a TAB teardrop trailer.
It was a great littletrailer for a weekend of camping, but for full-time living a bathroom inside thetrailer is a must for us.
The third trip was to try out boondocking.
We rented the 16-feet Airstream Bambi in the Lake Tahoe area.
Boondocking was asuccess and we confirmed that it is a lifestyle we want to live.
As for theAirstream, it is undeniably a beautiful trailer.
16 feet actually felt a decent size just for two of us, but for full-timeliving, we would want a bed configuration where we don't need to crawl over eachother to get in and out of the bed.
So we concluded that we should look at trailerswith an interior length around 20 feet.
Early during our research we came acrossan e-book called Travel Trailer and Fifthwheel comparison guide by Randall Eatonpublished by RVReviews.
net, which is a comprehensive rating guide for each manufacturer.
It was over 250 pages long and contains tons of useful details.
This iswhere we discovered a brand called Outdoors RV, known for its build quality and four season capability.
Next we headed to a dealership to check them out.
Today we are on our way to buy our new trailer! Ideally, we are hoping today to change some options for a trailer that is coming from factory to the dealer to see if we can get that and change it to the exact options we can.
Let's talk about the trailer that we are looking at.
Yeah, so the trailer we are looking at.
It's by a company called Outdoors RV.
And Outdoors RV makes some really really good quality trailers.
We've been super impressed with the build quality They got some great reviews online.
They have a real focus on making trailers that are going to last, that are durable.
So they got good insulation.
They've got really solid, well built construction.
And they are true four season trailers.
And for us and for what we want to do that's super important.
So Outdoors RV was a company that we found about a year ago, as we started our search.
There were few others, companies like Arctic Fox also really well respected, good quality trailers.
But Outdoors RV for us the more we researched, the more we looked into it just seemed to be the right fit I think the big feature, fairly big deciding factor was that it offers off-road trailers.
So, we're not looking to do anything crazy off-road.
We are not looking at the real off-road kind of class B's and thesekind of things, the Sportsmobiles or something but we do want to a trailer thatwe can boondock with that we can take down maybe some slightly rougher unpavedroads or forest roads to get into some really cool places as we start boondocking.
But on that as well we were also looking at a smaller trailer, right? Yes.
So I think a lot ofpeople, especially when they are downsizing for the first time, from what we have read, a lot of people seem to go straight into quite a big trailer we're actually doing the opposite.
Sowe're looking to downsize from a four bed house into a 21 foot trailer.
And part of the reason for that is, you are always meant to be buying the trailer before you buy the truck.
As youcan see, we already have the track so we didn't really want to trade this in.
It's agood truck, we like it, we've been pleased with it.
And that limited the size of the trailer.
But also we want to be able to go to state parks and national parks which quite often have limits on the size of the rigs that you can bring in.
Exactly, those narrow roads, those older stateparks, those older even some of the private parks as well, just means we canreally get that smaller trailer in much more easily.
And the floorplan for this one was really nice as well.
So we are traveling alone, we don't have any dogs, or any children or anything like that.
So we didn't need sleeping space for four.
Wedidn't need a big sofa in there.
We want something that's just going to be areally practical, really useful for us on our travels and the floor plan of this particular model wereally enjoyed it.
It was something that gave us a lot of space ona dinette, it gave us the good sized kitchen.
It had a bed you can walk around, a lot don't have that, they have them pressedup against the end and we did want one that was a little bit more comfortablewith the little side tables.
It's a travel trailer.
Going back to the bed, it is a full size queen bed, not a short queen, or RV queen.
Yes, so again, we are doing this full-time, we want something that's going to be comfortable.
It is a travel trailer like I said, so not a fifth-wheel.
We just don'thave the size of truck to tow a 5th wheel and I think they would be too big.
Initially we were looking at fifth-wheels right in the very beginning, but they were just too big.
We could not find a small fifth-wheel.
So the model that we've settled on isthe Outdoors RV 21 RBS.
I think that's Rear Bath and Slide and it's agreat floor plan for us.
It's got the full size queen bed up front, it has thebig dinette in the slide-out.
So I think it's 84 by 51, so it's a really bigdinette.
It's got a good size little kitchenette area, for the size of trailerthis it is.
And then it has the the bathroom and the sort of closets andthings in the back.
The closet is fairly big size.
Good size storage closet.
It's also got a few other nice featuresthat we really like.
The tanks on it are really large.
So it's got an 78 gallon , I think, freshwater tank.
And both the gray and the blackand nearly 40 gallons each.
We want to be able to boondock for extended periods sothat's a great feature for us to have These are the largest tanks I think I have ever seen on any trailer.
I think so.
And certainly we did look atsome of the the Airstreams as well and these are much larger tanks than the Airstreams come with that was a big selling point for us.
so we went to the dealerand while we were thinking we were thinking of changing the options for theincoming RV that will be coming in the next few weeks in March.
But they also had some of the same model number on the lot.
We saw those and when we looked through the differences between what options we would really want versus what's already on the ones in the lot and what can beinstalled afterwards we actually ended up buying the one that's on the lot.
We got a very good deal on it that we felt was fair for the unit on the lot.
It had only be there 35 days and it was kind of further back of thelot, so I didn't receive as much food traffic as some of the other units.
So we felt pretty good about that.
Today we paid down the deposit and they are going to do the pre-delivery inspection, make sure everything is good, clean it, and then we will pick it up in three weeks.
Yes we've got three weeksto get everything ready to pick up the trailer.
Yeah, I am excited! Very exciting! And then I suppose, weekend after that we could take it for a very short camping trip nearby home to make sure that everything works.
Today we are going to pick up brand RV, and Outdoors RV 21RBS.
After we pick up the RV we plan to take it to CAT scales.
When buying a new RV when it's completely empty, that's a good chance to take it to the scales and measure what's the dry weight.
The plan this weekend is to take the trailer home and tomorrow will put it in storage But then the next weekend, we will take it on our first maiden voyage.
bring it all the way in sync, okay got it.
There's an LED light by each one ofthose fuses and when that fuse goes out the light goes.
So you know whichone it is, which is real convenient.