|Looking in through the rear door|
When I made a comment on one of my posts that I seem to use RVs as hard-sided tents more than as RVs (meaning I don't use the amenities they offer other than for shelter and heat), blogger Boonie suggested I get myself a converted cargo trailer.
The idea intrigued me—after all, most of what I wanted a trailer for was to haul water and food and a few odds and ends, as well as provide shelter. I sure didn't need or use a refrigerator, sink, bathroom, or any of the bells and whistles RVs now come with.
|The end of the bed, looking in through the side door.|
I actually didn't want all that stuff. I'm a simple-minded kind of camper. Tent camping has always suited me, but now I'm getting too stoved up. I sold my Aliner because it was hard for me to put up and down. I also don't like pulling anything very big.
So, I started looking for a converted cargo trailer, but with no luck.
|The end of the trailer opposite the back door and bed. It has a frige and microwave, which I'll never use.|
I decided to take one last look on Craigslist this morning, and for some reason, I checked out Spokane, Washington, something I never do.
There it was—a modified cargo trailer! 6 by 12 feet, with a nice elevated bed with two long drawers underneath, one that would hold a twin mattress. You can open the drawer and voila! A bed!
My chubby Austrailian Shepherd Moki would love it—no more trying to jump up on the bed (Cassie and Weezee already have claimed the bed rights anyway).
|A full-sized regular mattress and not much else. Perfect.|
It was almost new, and insulated and wired for electric with a 30 amp plug-in. Good tires and clearance. I can use my portable solar with it, too.
I thought about it, then called the owner, a very nice professor at a local college. He had converted it for exactly the same reasons I wanted it for—simplicity and cost. His young son slept in the twin bed, but they'd now outgrown it as a family.
|This will be Moki's bed once I add a twin mattress. If she starts snoring, I can just close the drawer (just kidding).|
He had just listed it, so I put down a deposit and will meet him at Flathead Lake, Montana this weekend. He was going over there to go sailing anyway. This will save me about 400 miles of driving.
|The stealth camper...|
Looks like I'll be going up that way anyway. And with this trailer, if I want to stealth camp on the way back, it looks pretty do-able. I may pull over into some ritzy subdivision just to check it out, like I did this time a few years ago in my Casita (though not so stealthily).
Stealth camping is all the rage these days, you know. And I can pretend I'm not a tourist even when I am. Maybe I'll paint "Desert Heating and Cooling" or something like that on the side to make it look like a work trailer.
When I get back I'll add some windows and a big screen room, and then I'll kick back with a cuppa mud while watching the sun set in my favorite place in the desert and try to decide if it was a good decision or just another boondoggle.
I'll keep you posted.