Finding the right Travel Trailer

by Tanya on September 24, 2013

We’ve been dreaming about the possibility of living on the road in an RV for years now. There are of course reasons why full-time can’t work right now so we made the decision to go ahead and get a Travel Trailer now to use on on shorter trips, to get to know the lifestyle in preparation for the future. Hubby’s parents have been full-timers for over 20 years now and we have friends that full or part-time as well.  Loving road trips and camping, this seems like a natural progression for us.  We’re in our third year of Unschooling as well, couldn’t be a more perfect fit.

So, we’ve been on the hunt for the perfect Travel Trailer to get us started. We sold and upgraded hubby’s Tacoma to a 2007 5.7L V8 Quad cab Tundra for towing capabilities, are selling our timeshare, making space in our backyard for the trailer and various other things to downsize and get our finances in order to live more freely.  In this process of choosing a trailer we’ve gone full circle. The first one we found was a 2006 Jayco Kodiak 26QS. A ’26 ft trailer for pulling with a rear slide holding a queen-sized bed.  This one was perfect with a quad-bunkhouse for the kids and white cabinets. We let it go because it didn’t have a side slide to make the interior more roomy.  After that we got swayed to some larger, newer models, specifically the Sunset Trail by Crossroads and the Autumn Ridge by Starcraft.  Realizing these were really too long, too heavy, too much, way more than we need right now for our first rig, the search continued!

Looking back at the original model, we knew we loved the rear slide and needed bunks of some sort. We found that Jayco made a 25QS, with double bunks, the rear queen bed slide and a SIDE slide! Yay! But…  We also want to purchase through Camping World, we really like the sales guy who showed us the Starcraft and several other models. Liked them over Lazydays here in Tampa, CW has more locations nationwide, a membership to Good Sam Club and a nice warranty. Anyway, they don’t have any 25QS’s here, had one at their lot in SC with mold and/or water damage, no thanks. Well, because I’m a nerd and perpetually researching things to death, I found that more RVer’s with rear slides buy the Keystone Outbacks over the Jayco Kodiaks.

The Keystone Outback 250RS

The Keystone Outback 250RS

And then I found it, a used 2008 Keystone Outback 250RS, the twin to the Jayco Kodiak only better, better quality and an outdoor grill, AND it’s at the Camping World in Arkansas. I’m on it!  Hopefully it’s in good condition and not sold yet, waiting on a call back right now, my lack of patience and excitement is killing me! Oh, did I mention it also has white cabinets?


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Rosemary- Motivating Other Moms September 24, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Wow! I can’t believe it’s been 3 yrs already!! Time truly does fly by! Fun that you should say you are selling your timeshare. We just purchased our first one. Something I NEVER thought we would do, but it feels right. However, after we did and I saw you travel trailer shopping, I looked at my husband and say, why didn’t we just buy the travel trailer that we have always wanted? DUH! LOL

So happy for you and the family!! This truly is perfect for you all! I see more great adventures in your future! Who knows, maybe one day we might join you.


Tanya September 25, 2013 at 10:09 am

Thanks Rosemary! We got a lot of great trips/years out of our Hyatt TS, we’ve had it since the late 90’s. The sale of it will pay off our Disney Vacation Club which we plan on keeping for now. We’d love to have you join us someday, like anything else, when the time is right it’ll happen!
xoxo T


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