Picked up my trailer from Dennis Dillon RV in Boise, Idaho on September 15, 2016. Drove it 650 miles to my new “Snowbird Home” in Boulder City, Nevada. This Winter I will be doing numerous modifications to upgrade the trailer.
After a major downsize in my lifestyle, I am having fun learning to live full time in a trailer 24 feet long with 220 SF of living space. Great challenge! After receiving numerous requests for trailer photos, I post the following Slideshow. Enjoy.
I almost learned the hard way. Road signs like this mean something.
Oftentimes, you will see Road Signs like this with white cross memorial markers along the highway. There is a reason. I was driving home with my new 2012 Lance 2385 in tow behind my 2007 Ford Expedition. I was 65 miles north of Ely, Nevada after dark. Driving about 55mph when two young antelope jumped in front of me on the highway. I hit the brakes, hit the horn and slowed the Expedition and trailer down to 35mph. You don’t want to swerve and lose control. One of the antelope ran off the highway. I tagged the second antelope with a glancing blow at the right front corner of my truck. I came to a full stop and turned on my flashers. Surprisingly, no damage to the truck. No broken headlight. Nothing. I was darn lucky. In a hard braking situation, the towing characteristics of my Ford Expedition towing my Lance 2385 was exceptional. I was able to maintain control and not end up in the ditch or in the oncoming lane on a lonely two way highway.
I share my story here with visitors to my BLOG as a warning to not drive after dark in heavily populated Wildlife Areas. You won’t find me out there again when the sun goes down. Glad that I am still around to share the story.
I don’t know why I had to drive 3700 miles to find the perfect travel trailer. That is the equivalent of driving from Las Vegas, Nevada where I currently live to Anchorage, Alaska. I drove 3700 miles in the span of 4 months. I am now home with my new 2012 Lance 2385 travel trailer in the driveway. I am satisfied that I have found travel trailer that will work for me to full-time for the next several years. I will share my thoughts and comments on my new trailer in future BLOG POSTS.
How did I drive 3700 miles, you ask? Here is the breakdown:
1300 mile RT to Boise, ID. Bought a 2009 Nash 22H. Decided it was too small.
500 mile RT to San Bernadino, CA. Delivered the 2009 Nash to a new buyer.
600 mile RT to Phoenix, AZ to look at a toyhauler. Trailer was a lemon. Dealer a crook.
1300 mile RT to Boise, ID to pickup my new 2012 Lance 2385 travel trailer.
3700 miles total
Continue reading “3700 Miles To Buy A Lance Travel Trailer”
Trailer sits on a lot in Boise, Idaho. Waiting for a new owner to hook up and set sail. Previous owner took pride of ownership. Only four years old, trailer has aged well. Built solid. Built tough. Designed to withstand the weather of four seasons. Stands tall with a factory 7″ lift kit to go off road and explore the unknown. Delivers a large kitchen and large bedroom. Over sized windows to bring the outside……..inside. Ready to go. To perhaps retrace the steps of places where the trailer has been, ready to explore places new.
I like what I see. I put down a deposit. Time to “Saddle Up” my Ford Expedition and pick up in two weeks. Back to Boise. I have found my new travel trailer.
When you buy a travel trailer from a dealer, as the buyer, you have reasonable expectations of purchasing a trailer that is clean and in good working order. The dealer is supposed to be the expert with RV skills that exceed mine. That is what I thought on Friday, August 19 as I headed south 300 miles to pick up a used toyhauler I was buying from a dealer in Phoenix. Continue reading “Dealer Showdown in Phoenix”
Maybe it is all about “Erasing The Boundries” To travel. To just Go……….
“Set Me Free” – Chris Rea
Having spent some time with my 2009 Nash 22H trailer, I have come to the foregone conclusion, “Travel Trailers Are Not Made For Tall People.” I really liked the well built Nash trailer. Problem is, I stand 6’4″. I could not stand straight up in the shower stall. The 74″ queen bed was too short. And with 6’6″ headroom, I could not easily walk around inside the trailer with a baseball cap on, let alone my cowboy hat! Continue reading “Travel Trailers Are Not Made For Tall People”