Morning Sun

11/15/22

Too Small Trailer

 

Adventure Location: Decatur, Al

Today's Date: 11-15-2022

WOW it was a nasty cold rainy windy day. However the itty bitty SSA check got deposited in the checking account last night while we were sleeping so we can buy groceries again. We do not know when the SSA swapped from Wednesday paydays to Monday paydays but this has happened for a few months now.

The continuous light rain gave us an inch and a half of rain since yesterday morning. The campground has an official rain guage that is read every morning and reported to some agency.

The OFM was the first one in the laundry this morning so we got done quickly and back to the Castle to store the stuff away. That was a good thing.

This is a bit unusual. We were somewhere in the last week where some Rvers were discussing minimum size trailers that will work well for full timing. They all agreed that anything smaller than 30 feet was too small for even a single person. They figured that at least a 38 foot fifth wheel was the smallest comfortable size for full time traveling. The OFM held his tongue and just listened to all the stupidity he was hearing.

Nope we will not participate in that discussion. But we will put some facts in front of our readers. The Castle is a 22H Arctic Fox regular trailer. The box is 20 feet long inside and7 feet 6 inches wide inside. Tip to tip the Castle is a bit over 24 feet long. We moved into it in late July 2007 and have lived and traveled in it since then. Yes the OFM is a single man without traveling companions but he lives rather well in it for the last 15 years, now in year 16 since last July. We feel the blog shows that we do not suffer with a rig that is TOO SMALL. Those big rigs cannot follow us to many of the places we can go to.

Here is two pictures of the Castle taken on a whim this morning to show how crowded the interior is after many years of living in this rig that is too small.

From the bed area looking to the bath




From the bath looking to the bed




That is how the trailer looks almost all of the time on the inside. Stuff is laid around and other stuff is stored in the many cabinets in the rig. By the way we have a very near full sized bathtub in the bath and a long clothes closet in there across from the bath tub.

Here is the bed area that started life was a short Queen bed and was modified to be a single mattress to open storage for paddling gear along side the mattress. There is a walking path between the couch and the bed.

bedroom view


Until four years ago when we had to give up yakking and biking because of balance trouble, we had all the repair and maintenance gear inside the trailer along with the toys that go along with those sports. We still lived very comfortably then and now. Now you can see how cramped the OFM has been for the last 15 years and over 200,000 miles of travel in this “way to small of a trailer”. But it sure got us to a lot of trying to have tooooo much fun locations,

16 comments:

  1. Looks good to me. But you have to sort of make up your bed every day, right? If it doesn't take a lot of strength, I'd probably be OK. Aside from that, looks doable to me. And 15 years and 200,000 miles is stellar.

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    1. Just above the couch you can see the blue bed spread covering the short Queen bed space. I will put another picture in tomorrow to show what is what back there,

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    2. I added a bed picture to clarify the set up.

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    3. Ahhhh.OK. Thanks. That is very doable......

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  2. "Those big rigs cannot follow us to many of the places we can go to." Perhaps that thought never occurred to the people who you overheard, especially if they are RV park campers.

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    1. Let them keep thinking that way. There are too many folks out in the back country already.

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  3. Yes, I think there are too many people on the roads now, be it back country or otherwise. We did our RVing from '99 until 2013. Wonderful, fun times. Reservations were not as important then.

    Your Castle looks fine to me. Part of the reason you are able to function so well is that philosophy of yours that has you get rid of anything you don't use regularly. That's a hard thing for most of us. Fewer things give more freedom.

    I LIKE seeing the layout of the place I've read about for so many years. I was REALLY interested in seeing where that &$@# chair lives! Now I better understand how it could interfere with your having fun.

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  4. Thank you for the comment. I had no idea the rig layout was of interest to any one but me.

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  5. I agree with you about all the big rigs on the road. I'm as interested in seeing how people have things set up as RunNRose is, it's fun to take a peak! We have a Cougar 26RLS and it's plenty big for us.

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    1. Thank you. I am an intermittent reader of your entertaining blog and enjoy it very much.

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  6. A good office chair at the table is a fine thing!
    For a great many people (it seems) bigger is better... I think just enough is right.

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    1. It may be a good chair but it is the one that gave me a concussion and later tried to knock my right eye out of my head. However I have retrained it to behave better---------I hope.

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  7. I think the reason some folks obsess about space is because they need it for all their gadgets: instapots, air fryers, portable convection ovens, all the things they think they need because they're afraid to use the propane stove that came with their camper.

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    1. The internet is full of tiny houses and people seem to live in them quite comfortably. The first RV my wife and i had was a 28 foot and we were quite comfortable. My wife and I spent one year in Alaska in a 16x16 one room log cabin with temperatures dropping to 55 degrees below zero. We were comfortable. It is all a matter of planning best uses for your space.
      the Ol'Buzzard

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  8. We downsized our Fifth Wheel because we could not get into a lot of parks. Now we'll try our hand at having tooooo much fun.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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