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 transitions. If you want to make a big life change, 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.
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. Read more about that at my Retreat Site: VidaRealCenter.org
The trailer is for long term rent – at least 4 months at a time. Sorry, but I do not want to hassle with short term rental situations. At some point I may sell it. Depending on where you saw this advertised, some things have changed. I sold the tow vehicle and I am not selling the trailer right now, but I will be. I am happy to discuss your specific situation. I may do a lease-to-own contract for the right buyer.
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).