Quick back-story, I moved back to Western WA in January to take a new job at the mothership. Brought my 26' TT to stay in for "a couple weeks"
while looking for a house to buy. A couple weeks turned into several months, and meanwhile the RV park here - and the people in it - are so nice
I eventually decided to forego buying a house, and instead started looking for a larger RV to live in full-time.
I would have liked something in the 38' range but I wouldn't have been able to get it into my space. Full-time spaces are hard to come by in this park - I'm lucky to have landed the space I did
. So not wanting to stay in "the shoebox" indefinitely while waiting for a longer space, I accepted the 34' limitation and began looking. I looked at a lot of fivers locally, learned a lot from reading this forum
, studied a lot of floor plans, and settled on a 2008 Carriage Cameo LXI 33CKQ. I paid a pretty hefty price for it ($39K) but it's in absolutely pristine condition. It TRULY looks brand new, inside and out, like it's never even been used. at. all. I couldn't be happier with it!
With four slides, it's just big enough for a single person to not feel cramped, perhaps even entertain occasionally
. (The only really tight spot is between the bed and the closet. I can live with that.) The U-shaped kitchen adds a ton of storage and counter space, and separates the rooms nicely. But the best part is all the windows. I have it backed right up to the lake, and the wraparound view is absolutely lush, and adds tremendously to the spaciousness of the living room.
Did I mention I couldn't be happier?
I've spent a couple weeks getting it just how I want it - added stabilizers to the landing gear. Installed a ventless W/D combo (and subsequently bought an iron and ironing board!
). As the tail end is overhanging a steep bank, I relocated my rear stabilizer 5' forward so it's on the asphalt. And of course upgraded the AV with a 55" LED screen, streaming Blu-ray and updated surround.
I don't have any plans to move it in the foreseeable future, just bought it to live in right now, don't even have a TV yet - but I really like knowing that for the price of a TV (and a hydralift for my bike), I can take my beautiful home on the road. :-) In the meantime I'm sitting here looking out at the ducks and Great Blue Herons, and what I believe are Osprey, and I'm a still pretty amused at what's transpired. If you'd told me a year ago I'd be living in a "trailer" full-time...