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Baja Man

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Posted: 07/10/22 12:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Currently have the TT listed in my sig.

Retired last year at 58 and soon to be turning 60!

I camp with wife and two sons....one in grad school (23yo) and one with Autism (17yo) who will always be with us. He loves to camp!

Older son and wife do not want me to sell the trailer, regardless of how often we use it. They love the floor plan and always want the ability to take it camping when we travel as a family. Ok, I can live with that.

That being said.......

There appears to be opportunities when not everyone wants to go on longer adventures (2-4 weeks) or as often as I want to go. Therefore, I am considering traveling solo. Although after a few days, I may feel lonely without them (as we have always traveled and camped together since the kids were little). Local 3-5 day trips are the wife/older son's preference and maybe 3-4 times per year.

I would like to go on 1-3 week adventures where fishing is involved. Both fly and conventional.....coast, mountains, rivers, and lakes.

I have considered purchasing a truck camper (TC) and use it when traveling solo. I am excited about these solo trips, just not sure I will fully commit and do it very often. Maybe I can aim for 2-3 times per year.

I already have the TT but I feel as it may be too big for solo travel. Parking, RV parks, overnight sleeping while on the road, etc....appear to be easier in a TC.

Questions:

1. Is traveling solo in the TT too much of a hassle and not worth it? I do prefer the comforts of the TT, over a TC.

2. Does anybody here do something similar to what I am thinking?

3. Other options, ideas, etc?

Thanks!


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Posted: 07/10/22 12:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you camp within walking distance of the desired fishing hole, a TC would work well. If not, a TV can get you to the hole while the TT stays put. Also depends on how long you stay in one place IMO. TC for short stays. Like going into town? TC makes that difficult. I had a TC and dumped it for a TT with TV.


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Posted: 07/10/22 12:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I travel/camp solo most of the time. Even if camping with others, we all have our own campers.

I suggest you use the trailer that you already have for solo trips for a year. See how much you enjoy the solo trips before investing in another rig.

While you take these solo trips, make notes of what you like and don't like about solo travel with the trailer. Consider things like how much you move between campsites, do you need to drive the vehicle to fishing sites away from camp, and so on.

Also, consider if your younger son would be able to join you on any of these solo trips.

After a year, you can better determine if buying a second camper is worth it or if using the existing trailer is sufficient.

Practically, the benefit of the trailer is that you can drop it at a campsite and drive just the vehicle around the area. This is great if you are in an area with a lot of fishing lakes nearby. It is also more likely to give you greater tank capacities. Also, a camper on the truck could limit your ability to reach more remote fishing sites than if you are driving just the truck.

The benefit of the truck camper is that you are likely to be able to reach more remote campsites than you can driving the truck and trailer.


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As you generally ask these personal opinion questions as the majority of your participation here, I feel this is less about campers and boats and more about your ability to make decisions or possibly something else limiting your decision making ability.
And why is a TT harder to bring along, by yourself vs with others? Are there duties or functions that you have to rely on other family members to do when using the TT?
Example. You have a TT. You appear to like the TT. You said you would prefer it to a TC. You know where and how you travel with the TT.
I can’t even pick out if you are asking how much more convenient a TC is for traveling (surely you get the concept of trailer vs no trailer) or if you’re asking us if you’ll be ok being away from the family for a week.


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Posted: 07/10/22 01:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Any boating in the picture?

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A truck camper with a toilet and shower would meet all your needs for solo camping.

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Posted: 07/10/22 01:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I agree with toedtoes, before you buy an addition RV use the one you have.
Try solo trips and see if you enjoy being solo.
From there you can decide if you want to go solo in a different RV.
I occaisionally go solo with my 39' fiver...not often maybe once or twice a year.
Sure its overkill but 2 trips a year doesn't warrant a 2nd in my book.
After a trial period if you decide you like going solo than maybe you can add a 2nd dedicated solo rig.

* This post was edited 07/10/22 07:50pm by Lantley *


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I wonder if any of the vans that where set up by people watching You tube would make good deals for solo trips?

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Posted: 07/10/22 02:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

X3 on trying the one you have.


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Posted: 07/10/22 03:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've done both and it really isn't much of a hassle to go solo with a trailer. And you have the freedom of your tow vehicle without the rig when you need it. Just MHO but I wouldn't invest in another RV if I were you.


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