This was our first trailer. It was in bad shape when we bought it, but we removed rust and painted the frame. We replaced the awning fabric and installed a fresh marine battery, a new microwave, and a new 12v 15 inch TV. This video also shows that we were working on removing fading and peeling graphics, and we were polishing off years of sun damage, and waxing the exterior.
We had a good time with this little trailer. It was just what we needed to start out. It served us well on many trips, including one to The Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, and up through Montana, The Little Bighorn Battle Field, Mt. Rushmore and other places along the way.
We have a newer and more spacious camper now, and we like it, but this little guy has a fond spot in our hearts.
More luxury, space, state of art doesn’t necessarily mean more fun. A little elbow grease and a modest budget may be just fine to get involved with trailer/truck camping. Smaller units are easier to maneuver and fit in older state campgrounds. They are lighter weight and can be towed by half-ton trucks.
I believe in getting the sleeping arrangement right, getting a good mattress, or combination of mattress and pad. A comfortable night, safe and secure, with the rain and cold (or heat) on the outside, while you are sleeping can’t be beaten. Add a short trip to the bathroom at night to the list. Life is good!
Winnebago Micro Minnie line fits very well with a half ton pickup. The weight and sizing makes a lot of sense and keeps the costs down too. This particular unit is interesting. It has a lot of room and being a Fifth Wheel, it ought to handle well and be a little easier to back in as compared to a comparable travel trailer.
I’m all for modest sizes in travel trailers and I’ll write about that in depth in a future post. This seems like a reasonable compromise for the person who just feels better with more interior space.
Expressing a few thoughts about having, using, and driving a pickup truck seems like a good way to open my ideas up about my business plans for FP4T, LLC.
The trucks of today are impressive.
There is a diverse assortment of complementary attachments and tools that aren’t available without a truck.
It’s a way to change your living experience.
Let’s get into these thoughts and consider them in more depth.
Current Truck Design & Technology
Where to begin? Certainly all current automotive design is a vast improvement when we look back at what was available a decade or more in the past. But there seems to be more involved concerning light truck development, as compared to a standard car. Both have the safety advances and the driver assistance features that we already expect. A recent pickup truck from any of the automakers has new features that really augment a truck and that reduces the negatives of owning a truck, while amping up the advantage that a truck has to carry a load, tow, and to do so in comfort and style.
We are already used to some features and they are ubiquitous since trucks and SUV’s are so popular. Having a four door crew cab for example, and GPS Mapping Systems. Multiple USB ports, Bluetooth, and a dozen cup holders for comfort. Fuel mileage is greatly improved, while tow capacity and performance are much better. I used to get 10-12 MPG in my 1996 F250. It had dual fuel tanks with a switch to change tanks. My current F150 with an EcoBoost 3.5 averages between 18-19 MPG. It also has more torque and tow capacity.
There are many more positives. The point is that a truck is both nice to have for utility purposes, and it extremely comfortable, easy to drive, and is fun.
Trucks Fit Our Lifestyle
There are so many opportunities for recreation that requires equipment to enjoy. Quads, motorcycles, bicycles, gear for climbing, boats and other forms of watersports. Add to those my favorites involving camping. Camping trailers, tents, and all the stuff we carry to enjoy our truck camping experiences. Glamping – as they say.
And that’s just the fun stuff. We’re also a society of DIY remodelers and builders. We spend a lot of time and money at the big box retailers buying two-by-fours, plywood, cabinets and appliances to improve our homes. It all has to be carted home.
It’s no wonder that we feel a special attachment to our pickups. They are the key to much of what we consider our happy and productive free time.
The Direction of My Narrative
With all that said, I want to explore this world of stuff. The trucks, the trailers, and the equipment that is tied into this lifestyle. There is just so much to consider and to enjoy. We can look into sports, into businesses, and into travel topics. We can fantasize about the vehicles that are simply out of our financial reach, but at the same time find solutions that we can afford.
There are a lot of ways to enjoy our trucks. Let’s not eliminate any of them. I can start us off with what pushes my buttons, but I am hoping that some of you will want to share your ideas and experiences to. I would welcome your contributions to the topics related to trucks, trailers, tools, and toys.
I hope we can have some fun exploring these truck related topics together.
Since we first started looking for a home in Florida I have been attracted to this sort of idea. We saw the pole barn frame for this idea in Port St. Joe, Florida probably four years ago. It was bigger than what’s shown in this photo and was probably for a fifth wheel trailer.
Here’s what I like: The main ingredient is mobility. I can see us moving up to Maine during the summer and fall and then back to Florida from November through May. We can stop where we want both coming and going. I can envision a setup either in Florida only, or at both ends of the migration. In both places we would leave behind outdoor furniture, a grill, some landscaping tools, and such. Add a modest sized shed for storage to the plan in both places.
This would certainly be modest living, but it might be fun and affordable.