Choosing our trailer was QUITE an ordeal. You see, we didn’t even set out to buy a trailer. We were RV all the way. At the time, we had some money from selling our house and we were going to spend about 45-50K on a nice big RV. We even found one with bunk beds and a Chevy chassis and all the features we wanted in our budget. However, the sale fell through at the last minute. My concern with this particular RV had been that it was used hard and really needed some repairs. They had agreed to said repairs and then, after we made our deposit, went back on their word. We figured it was for the best and that, most likely, this RV was used too hard and would have become a bit of a money pit for us. After this happened, we started rethinking our choice to spend so much on an RV at the time anyway. We had some other bills to pay down and other priorities. We didn’t really think a trailer would be an option for us since we don’t own a pickup truck, just a Toyota RAV4.
We started off considering pop-ups that we knew we could tow… the problems with the ones in our weight range were just how verrrry small they were, as well as the fabric walls (I tend to be quite cold). We ended up looking into Jaycos because of a pop up we had seen at a dealer… and lo and behold we came to find they offered several models in their Jay Flight series that we could tow!
We checked out all the floorplans available with a GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) of 3500 lbs, which is what our tow-package-equipped RAV4 is capable of towing. We debated a lot but we knew 1. we wanted bunks, whether for Brian’s kids to join us or for kids of our own and 2. we wanted actual seating besides the dinette. The other bunks model didn’t have a couch, just the dinette, so that was out. Models with a “real” bed didn’t have the bunks, so as much as I would have LOVED not to make our bed from the dinette every night, and to have a closet, that just wasn’t in the cards. That left us with just one choice… the 184BH.
Now it was just a matter of seeing it in person. Once we did, we were sold. Pretty modern styling since it’s a new 2015 model, we liked the cabinetry and countertop etc and it was plenty big for just the two of us (and the kids)…. for vacationing. We knew if we ever went full time, it wouldn’t cut it. But we did plan to spend a month in it for our honeymoon traveling the pacific northwest coast…. which we are! It has a lot of great storage spaces. Of course we would love to have a bigger trailer, slideouts, etc… but you can only tow so much with a RAV4. We do have goals of getting a truck and a bigger rig for full timing 🙂
For reference, here is the floorplan:
There was really nothing else like this out there in a weight we could pull, so it was a pretty easy decision for us to make! Now we are happily rolling down the road 🙂