I had an idea it might be fun to see what kind of SOBs we have had in our past.
Some may be fortunate enough to have an Airstream as their first travel trailer, but I suspect many of us have had a history with many different kinds of units. So just for fun, tell us...where did you begin?
Our first family camping was in a 3 man dome tent for Brad and myself and dog, and two mountain pup tents for our children. That was great to get us outdoors but the disenchantment began with pit toilets, coolers, sleeping on the ground, and exposure to cold and rain.
A Jayco 806 (8 foot box-6 sleeper) was our first towable. Aah the good life began, heat, portapotty, foam mattresses, water feed to a single sink with manual pump from a a 5 gallon totable jug, cooler with drain to let replacable melted ice escape. Appointment included Corelle dishes and sleeping bags. Yes that was good for many years.
But then the Jayco 1406 started looking good. A shower and privacy for the potty, overhead cabinets, and a king bed. Room to spare in extended 27' We were styling then.
Sooner or later as you start to acquire more "stuff" to enhance your camping, making camp and striking camp starts to feel, well, laborious. Standing in the elements unprotected pulling on end bunks and following "sequences" to become mobile again was getting old.
Our first hardsided unit was a 21' Towlite from Hi-Lo. And it was cool. Now the bears would have to work harder to get us. Our "stuff" and dog was more protected in the lockable unit. Setup consisted of pushing a button as hydrolics raised the roof.
Now we were in the habit of looking towards new units, fun to do, but dangerous. A new larger SUV meant we could go bigger still. If we went with a 26' Towlite, we would gain an oven, ducted heating, permanent queen size walkaround bed, and lounge. However by now, we start wondering why we just don't get our first full profile trailer. No buttons to push, full storage top and bottom, no cables, no drafts. Hmmm...no white boxes hubby said. It would have to be an Airstream!
In the fall of 2003 we bought a Safari 25' side sleeper, and within 6 months saw a 25' Classic at the International Rally in Lansing and traded right then. But then came Homecoming 2005 and I saw IT! A 25' Safari FB SE. The floorplan and look of the SE was perfect. Not too plain, not too fancy, but this one was "just right." Many of the Classic and International features with a permanent dinette, queen size walkaround bed, generous L-shaped galley and split bath. Now just how can they get so much in one 25' trailer? And we will have it by Friday!!!! Yeow
Pictures of out last SOB, the 26' Towlite.