If you know me, you know that my goal is to own a big RV one day. I’d like to live in various RV parks, towing a car (or even my Jeep), making friends and exploring. That isn’t going to happen any time soon because I still have many years of full-time work ahead of me. But I still want to sleep in the woods. I have an amazing tent, but a campsite of that size takes a bit of time and effort to set up and break down. It’s great if it’s not too cold or too hot outside, but not too great if the weather isn’t cooperating.
I need to get to places with my Jeep so I can go wheeling, so I needed to find something I could tow with it. The towing capacity was 2,000 pounds when the Jeep was stock, but I’ve added a lot of weight to it since then. Some shopping turned up a few options:
- A converted truck bed with a tent on top of it;
- A lightweight popup tent trailer.
Option 1, above would be great for taking my lodgings with me on a lot of trails, but it wouldn’t be as comfy as my big tent. I probably wouldn’t be able to stand up in it, and it would be fairly dirty. A no-frills camping situation. I like frills, so I wasn’t thrilled with Option 1. I’d been shopping for something for a few years but never really came close to buying anything for this reason.
Then I stumbed over Livin’ Lite, a company making all-aluminum popup travel trailers that were very lightweight. The QuickSilver 6.0 version is small when it’s set up, but I could get it anywhere with my Jeep. I went to Camping World to check out this model and the QuickSilver 8.0/8.1 and decided against the 6.0 because it is so very small. If it was raining all day and I was stuck in it, it would not be a good day. I ended up buying a Coleman-branded 8.1 model. Can you believe it only weighs 865 pounds? You can push and pull it around by yourself. It will fit in my garage, too.
The difference between the 8.0 and 8.1 is the size of the beds. The 8.1 has a queen bed and a twin bed instead of two full beds, so I went that route. I found a yellow one. It has A/C and a heater (good!) but no off-road package or cook stove inside (not so good). I’ve found a company who makes axles that I can use to lift it, and I can bring my regular camp stove inside. Problems solved! I have a lot of camping trips already planned for the summer, and I’ll let you know how things progress. I’m excited to be sleeping off the ground!