OK. So I hope that I have already established that I was not expecting to actually buy a travel trailer. This, however, does not mean that I wasn’t ready to. My SWMBO and I have always believed that things happen to us for a reason. And that is how the trail to our new travel trailer began a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. (1yr, Huntington Beach, CA.)
My wife was driving a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica that was a perfect car. In my world, perfect car = no payment. But there was trouble in paradise. The Pacifica was starting to show it’s age, with all the pains and breakdowns that go along with a lot of mileage. I knew that she was not happy with it, but remember, it was a perfect car. But I also knew that we were living on borrowed time, with a big repair bill just waiting to bite us in the patootie. So I started looking around, just to see what was available. I was in no particular hurry to find another vehicle, because we also owned a 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser. Can you tell that I like Mopar? If the Pacifica bit the big one, she could always drive the PT.
But the PT was not a perfect car. And if I had to own a car that was not perfect, I wanted it to be something that had a little more cajones than the PT Cruiser. So I window shopped. I looked at quite a few used vehicles, but then I came upon “the” truck. A 2011 Dodge Durango Crew. This thing had everything, but the most important thing to me was the factory installed Class IV tow package with a 5.7 liter Hemi. I knew that someday we might want to buy a small travel trailer, something to try out the camping lifestyle.
The Durango has a decent towing capacity, about 7550 Lbs. I knew that we could find us a small trailer well under that weight when we decided to look. I even thought that I might build myself a teardrop trailer. My dad owned one for a while, but I can’t ever remember us taking it anywhere camping. We always camped in tents. My younger brother Rocky and I would play inside the teardrop in the garage, kind of using it as our fort. But I digress. I was talking about how we ended up in the position to buy the trailer we did.
My SWMBO was really not too keen on buying a new truck, but I finally talked her into just going and taking a look, maybe a test drive. It turned out that it was a pretty sweet truck, with all of the bells and whistles that I knew she would love. We took it for a test drive, and wouldn’t you know it, we ran out of gas during the test drive. I thought, “well that’s it, we won’t be buying this truck.” But the SWMBO fell in love with it, and the dealer gave us a great trade in value on our PT Cruiser. So once again, we were driving home another Mopar vehicle, a new to us Dodge Durango with only 18,000 miles on it. And little did I know that it was only a matter of time before my trailer dreams would become a reality.