The video pretty much says it all.
So, we wanted to move out of our apartment and get back on the road, live like vagabonds again.
But we’re doing it differently than how we did it back in 2013-2015. Instead of riding motorcycles across the country, living in hotels, Airbnb, friends and relatives, we’re going to take our living quarters with us in the form of a toy hauler RV. That means, we’re effectively trailering our bikes.
OK, so it’s not quite the glamorous “living on motorcycles” that we did before, but it’s just a different type of glamorous.
Except this time, our dog Mia gets to join in on the travels.
The toy hauler we’re getting is made by ATC (Aluminum Trailer Company), model 8528. It’s 28 feet long by 8.5 feet wide. I wanted this one because it’s 100% aluminum, meaning there’s no wood, and no chance of rot. It also weighs less than the standard wood-framed toy haulers. Also, ATC produces very few of these trailers, meaning they should hold their resale value.
Our toy hauler will look similar to this (same color)…
It comes with a 5,500 watt Cummins Onan generator. 15,000 BTU air conditioner. Refrigerator, microwave, oven, stove, sink. Queen size bed, shower, toilet. Otherwise, Sash is working out the interior decorating plans.
The genesis behind this move goes back several years for me in my quest to downsize. I like the idea of living in a “tiny house” but I want to be more mobile than what tiny houses are designed to be used for. A travel trailer or 5th wheel RV would probably more comfortable than a toy hauler, but then again, a toy hauler lets us take our motorcycles with us.
I’m pretty sure we’ll spend our fair share of time in RV campgrounds, but I’m determined to spend half the year mooching off of federal land.
So here’s where things stand right now…
- We have until April 7, 2017 to move out of the apartment we’re in.
- We put a deposit on the toy hauler last week. It should be ready for pick up (in Indiana), around April 20.
- We’re selling off (and giving away) more of our stuff (furniture, television, knick-knacks, etc).
- On April 7, we’re driving the pickup truck to Tucson, AZ for a couple weeks. After that, drive to Indiana to pick up our toy hauler
- We’ll then slowly make our way back to San Diego to retrieve our motorcycles.
- From there, it’s Road Pickle!