This trailer is currently rented out to nice single woman who may decide to buy it, but that is not definite. For now, I am leaving this information up so please take a look. I encourage you to read my notes below and check out the FAQs at the end of this post.
I have always called this trailer a Writers Retreat. I traveled in it solo and lived, worked (and volunteered) while traveling over the course of about 18 months. I wrote everyday – and being alone with your thoughts can really progress your writing and help you make big life decisions without the input from well-meaning others. If you want to make a life change or just live for yourself more, you may need to start with getting away from all the things holding you back – maybe permanently or at least until you sort things out.
Over the past several years, I have been contacted my many women through this website that wanted to change their lives and asked how I went about it. Some had difficult transitions to make. Others, just wanted to change jobs. Many wanted to get away from relationships that were holding them back from living their best life. If you are reading this, you are not getting any younger. For me, I had to make some major changes. I had people in my life – good people – but they had their own agenda for me. I had worked and raised two children (mostly as a single mother) for 40+ years and one day a few years ago, I decided it was my turn. In a nutshell – that’s how this whole thing got started. I started with the trailer travel alone – and it worked for me – so I wrote (and re-vised) a lot of things on this website about that change and I am trying to write more about what I am doing now. I can say this without hesitation: everything I did in the past few years, made my life better.
The Travel: I parked for a week or more and volunteered at great places – like a wild animal park, hiked, lost 10 pounds (because I was active and happy), dry camped at wineries and farms for free, met all kinds of wonderful people… What can I say? The experience changed me and my life for the better. After 18 months, I needed to stop and find a new start that was not “rolling” – and I ended up near Tucson. I am now writing all the time, working as a contractor on my own time, painting again (have some work in a gallery), and I am surrounded by people (new and some old friends) that support me.
The Trailer: As mentioned, it is currently rented but not yet sold. I am happy to discuss your specific situation. Options are open.
It has never been smoked in or had any pets (or children) inside. The trailer is a 2015 Camplite DBS trailer. The “S” means it has a slide which adds a surprising extra bit of room. It is approximately 15 feet long (the box size).
Concerns you might have and actual questions I’ve been asked:
- I am a female and I am not sure I can tow a trailer but I want to explore the US and meet other great traveling ladies like the ones at Sisters on the Fly. Oh, please. You and I know women are just as capable as men and many things we excel at. If you have kids, you learned on the job. There is nothing hard about this – you just need to learn a few things. I am 5’4″ (actually 5’3.5″ now – I am apparently shrinking) and 120 lbs (okay. 129). If I can do it, you can too.
- I don’t know anything about towing a trailer, did you live on a farm or something?
LOL. No. I worked in an office all my life as a technical writer and marketing VP (sometimes just a marketing person where it seemed like I was just taking out the trash). I knew nothing about trailers or towing. I didn’t even know what a torx screw was and I had to search the internet to find this out so I could change the table top. I had never even turned on a propane tank! These days everything is on YouTube, so if you are not afraid of a bit of learning and trying new things, you’ll be fine. Sometimes you just need to try new things, and you’re not getting any younger. Well, that’s my motto, anyway.
- I don’t know if I can back up a trailer. I’m worried. Again, if I can do it, you can. Here is one major tip: Pay close attention as to where you pull into places. Leave yourself room to get out. If you pull into a store parking lot or restaurant, park in the back, take up two spaces and make sure you can pull through going forward. But that said, backing up is a thing to learn, but I can do it and so can you.
- What did you do for work or income?
I quit my job and that company continued to keep me on as a consultant for nearly 6 months. It was just a few hours a day. They knew I was traveling and that didn’t impact my work. I had paid off debt on credit cards – so my bills were low. I found a couple of other small technical writing projects and worked on my computer using mobile wireless from the trailer. Caution: If you plan to do this, do not use public WiFi. Get a VPN or mobile wireless box from your cellphone provider. Yes, it will cost you more. Plus, I usually found free places to stay (check out HarvestHosts.com but there are others).