New member Kate - Las Vegas area

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New member Kate - Las Vegas area

Postby Elisavaet » Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:22 pm

Hello all,

I currently live full time and occasionally travel in a 10,000# 5th wheel, but it is just too big for me to head off onto BLM land every weekend as I'd like. I am in the throes of research on how to address this.

I have run the gamut from 38' 5th wheels with designer interiors to Tab's and just about everything in between. What I am looking for is a reasonable space for full time living along with enough ruggedness to routinely take forest service roads into the wilderness and go just a tiny bit off the track to find that perfect spot. Since I can work from home one to two days per week, my objective is to leave for the mountains (from Las Vegas) after work on Thu. Work from my camp on Friday (see, then have Sat and Sun to myself, get up early Monday and head into work. I may be able to get two days work from home in which case I'll be in Vegas 3 days and 2 nights, and in the wilderness 4 days and 5 nights.

I've looked at:
- Tab... right now I'm thinking the shower might be a bit small... but did it! I'm only 5'3" so that might work.
- Tab 400... seriously? They added 1' to height and width and 3' to length and used it up for a two person dinette with (apparently) still no reasonable provision for wardrobe? Glamping at it's best yes, but fulltiming in a "tiny" home, no.
- Starcraft Autumn Ridge Mini 17XTH toy hauler... it's big and it's cheaply built like most RV's (except apparently the Tab).

What I'd like is:
- 4 Seasons as I like to go to the mountains year round, plus I'm a contract software developer. I was in Seattle for four months last year and who knows where I'll be next year.
- Rugged enough to get off the trail a bit. There are off road trailers ( ... n-Trailers) but typically they aren't geared towards full time all the time but rather occasional tent camping.
- Small - I'm a small person. My 5th wheel has TOO much space. I'm thinking 6' x 12' would be good.

The Tiny House community no longer builds "tiny" - see They start at 20' and 10,000 pounds and go up. I'm thinking about going to a tiny house workshop, but not sure how much use it will be to be the only person there interested in an actual "tiny" house that is rugged enough to be routinely towable onto remote roads and probably isn't going to look all pretty and "Cape Cod".

The Expedition Portal community thinks those of us that want anything larger than 5x8 with 38" of headroom are nuts (and perhaps we are!).

The teardrop community... hmmm, with the Tab 400, rPod, etc., maybe teardrops are an area I can fit and get some advice?

At this point I haven't decided whether I'm going to buy something I can live in now and modify for "solo adventures" or if I'm going to build from scratch, convert a cargo trailer, etc. I'm just gathering info and it looks like there is a lot here!

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Re: New member Kate - Las Vegas area

Postby pchast » Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:28 pm

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Re: New member Kate - Las Vegas area

Postby bc toys » Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:40 am

Welcome Kate from another las Vegas camper we are a small group of DO cookers and campers but we do have fun camping together have you thought about cargo conversion there are 2 in our group you can make your on style as to what you want in it Rick Beach could live in his full time but he has lot of weight in it as where I could spend a few days in mine but I carry little weight Also there is a place on 13th street on the right if you are going north up town area (you really got to look for it you can see it over the top of his fence) that has a bunch of tiny houses bet he would work with you on your needs/wants Well hope to see you out camping sometime we are under Las Vegas dutch over enthusiasts if you want to check us out
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Re: New member Kate - Las Vegas area

Postby Ron Dickey » Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:46 am

I would suggest using your experience in camping and build your own that fits what you like and want. You can always improve on what you have.

there are many used ones out there too. look at the bottom on this forum for starts. most of these are homemade.

if you want to buy there are many here are some I would buy if I had the money. I am in love with the raindrop.
I can not list them all. And new ones pop up all the time.

Most do not have a restroom, many use a tent outside with a portable jon. and other used it for a shower tent too.
then there are "roof rack camping shower" you can google that I have always wanted to make one out of a roof rack so it has 2 uses.

Go to a gathering and see what you have been missing!!

both side walls are up...cabinet needs stain.......ongoing 2.5 yr bld build as i find time..... Cross Bow in Build Journals....viewtopic.php?f=50&t=54108
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