After lots and lots and lots of planning… We just ended our first adventure in our new home. Our Forest River Salem 27DBUD.
Over a year ago, we got really interested in living full time in an RV, traveling around to gorgeous areas, and working remotely. We were both sick of the monotony of our living situation. We do a lot of traveling together and are never happier than when we are on the move. So, we found full-timin’ in an RV was the perfect solution. Being able to travel around to scenic places, always be steps away from great hiking trails, and having the great outdoors as our own backyard was exactly what we wanted. With an RV, we also have the option of stopping for long amounts of time if we want to stop moving around for a little while or find somewhere we really love! After a job I was working on ended, we decided to pull the trigger. We told our apartment we would not be renewing our lease (which ended in two months) and then the clock was on. We spent a long time deciding between a motorhome or a travel trailer trying to figure out which would best meet our needs.
We narrowed our choices down to the Forest River Salem 27DBUD (left) or the Thor Four Winds 28Z (right).
We ended up choosing the Forest River Salem 27DBUD. We settled on a travel trailer mostly for the lower cost but we also liked the floor plan and the larger counter space in the kitchen on the 27DBUD. Everything we need–not too big and not too small. At 29′ 6″, it makes it in under the max trailer length for most parks. Plus, with no engine, there are less costly repairs. If we had gone with a motorhome we would’ve towed a vehicle with us and that would require maintaining two engines.
We picked it up from Fun Town RV in Giddings, Texas and made our way to Bastrop State Park. I was nervous driving such a big trailer, having never driven a trailer before, but the first drive was really comfortable and felt like I was in control even though the roads were slick from rain. We got a GMC Sierra 2500 HD pickup truck as a tow vehicle to insure that we would have sufficient towing capacity on steep mountain roads, as we plan of spending a lot of time in the mountains!
(Here’s a cute pick with our Boston Terrier, Gizmo. Don’t worry we aren’t towing in this picture–safety first!)
Once we got to the campsite, it started to rain (just our luck). Our set up was relatively quick and easy for the first time despite the rain. No major hiccups. The facilities were very nice for a state park. Full hookup campgrounds (20, 30, and 50 amp power, water, and sewage), paved pull-through sites, and updated bathroom facilities with showers.
Had a great first night in the trailer with Gizmo. It seems like she will adapt pretty quickly.
The next morning the weather totally cleared up and turned into a really beautiful day. We took a long hike through Bastrop State Park, trekking through the forests that were burned down in the 2011 fires. I would definitely recommend hiking the whole trail system. It took us about 2.5 hours at a leisurely pace. This time of year, April, is a great time to come out here to enjoy the trails.
You could see our trailer from one of the high points in the park far in the distance!
We had to bring our trailer into Austin before 3pm, to put it in storage, otherwise I would have done a campground review as that is one of my main goals with this blog! We will definitely be making back out to this great state park soon so stay tuned.
Matt, Meaghan, and Mo (Gizmo)!