This is a quick post to wish all of you a joyful New Year, with the blessings of good health, the abundance of all that is important to you, and the opportunity to follow your dreams.
Our lives have been filled to overflowing the past few weeks. Another word for that would be crazy, with a capital “C.” As if the holiday season, time with family and friends, and preparing to leave our hometown of Ashland after a 3-month stay wasn’t enough, we bought a new trailer. The first thing most people say when they find out we’ve been living in a 21’ travel trailer: “You haven’t killed each other yet?” Nope, we haven’t, although if crankiness was fatal, we would both be long gone. Because I tell you, living together 24/7 in a too-small space is going to test even the most harmonious relationship.
Moving Up From Our 21′ Bigfoot Trailer
We’ve had our 21’ Bigfoot trailer since January 2008, and have hauled it to the San Juan Islands several times, cross-country to Texas and Florida three times, and on a half-dozen extended trips to the Southwest and southern California. We figure we’ve lived in the Bigfoot for at least three years, including full-time since June 2013. We love our little trailer. It’s a Canadian-built 4-season rig, with many of the amenities of the nice big rigs (real wood cabinetry, big refrigerator/freezer, lots of storage space). Nonetheless, it was exactly four steps from the dinette to the bed, there was no place to sit except the dinette, and I had to stand in the bed to make it because it’s walled in on three sides. Changing the sheets took me at least 20 minutes of acrobatic maneuvers.
Settling Into Our New 27′ Arctic Fox
We’ve been casually perusing other trailers over the past year, but never saw anything that we liked as well as our little Bigfoot. But three months in the short, dark, chilly days of an Oregon winter finally pushed us over the edge into getting serious about our search. We found what we were looking for in an Arctic Fox, an Oregon-made trailer that’s also a 4-season rig, with solid wood cabinetry, an even bigger refrigerator/freezer, a separate bedroom with a walk-around bed, a bath with a separate vanity, and best of all, a slide-out with a sofa. All of this, in only 27 feet. It’s perfect for us, because it means we can still fit into all of the places we like to stay, some of which are difficult for bigger rigs.
It took a lot of research, a lot of searching, and two 300-mile trips in the winter rains to Portland to get our new rig, but we brought it home mid-December. We’re finally settled and organized (cannot believe how much time it took to move between rigs) and are heading out as I write this on our first big adventure in our new home on wheels. We’re so happy you’re coming along with us! (Inside tour coming soon!)