Around the beginning of July 2018 after the closing on my condo, I bought a small Nissan truck—and after a misstep (wherein I bought a travel trailer too big for me) I became the proud owner of a T@B 320 Boondock Lite! This is a teardrop trailer and a sweetheart! A kitchen, bathroom and shower, furnace and air conditioner, and comfortable bed. Room for Gatsby, room for me!
So, less than two weeks after moving out, I went to a short, shakedown trip to eastern Maine, Canada, Vermont and New Hampshire—just to determine what to bring, what to leave behind.
left my home in Maine, off to see the world.
October 25, 2018
When is a trip a life? This trip is my life. This little T@B trailer is now my home, where I live my life. It’s sometimes not so much fun but usually a lot of fun. A lot. Why wouldn’t it be? No schedules, no constraint, other than weather and mountain ranges and closed roads.
Six months have passed since I sold the condo, bought a teardrop trailer and left my home state of Maine. It’s hard to know where to begin—back in July 2018—or now, on New Years Day, 2019?
Starting with pictures, since taking pictures is one of the passions driving this trip.
My teardrop trailer is a 2018 T@B model 320-S Boondock. They’re made in Sugarcreek, OH by NüCamp, who employ many of the Amish residents in their area. The quality of workmanship is superb. They use solid wood, dovetailed cabinetry jointing, and durable materials and components. The “Boondock” models have extra clearance with large off-road tires and a pitched axle. It’s lightweight and tows easily with a small truck.
I named her Coco because her profile reminds me of a small hen—
Coco has a small kitchen with a two burner propane stove, a sink with hot and cold running water and a three way refrigerator. She has a toilet with a shower, and air conditioner, a two way, three speed fan, and an Alde radiant heat furnace that runs on electric or propane. The dinette table swivels to multiple positions, and can be removed to make up a 70 by 73-inch bed. The windows are double paned with screens and shades. Altogether a pleasant, light-filled space.
I must say, I was clueless about the ins and outs of owning, towing and maintaining a travel trailer. I’d been listening to and watching You tube videos and podcasts about traveling the country in small, lightweight trailers for a few months.
So… I had what turned out to be unrealistic expectations of the dealership in Bangor, Maine, to acquaint me with all the systems onboard. The only previous towing and backing up experience I could claim was with a lightweight boat trailer!
However, anyone who knows me knows I have confidence. That’s how I roll. How hard could it be? As I drove out of the lot, I asked myself if I was making a mistake, and then just drove onto the turnpike on-ramp figuring I’d cross bridges one by one as they appeared.
That evening, I was set up in the provincial park on Campobello Island. Unhitching was easy; hitching up again was easy. I spent several days on Campobello, in Lubec, Eastport and West Quoddy Head. Then I stayed in campgrounds in Maine and Vermont, knowing with each night I spent on the road that I hadn’t, after all, made a colossal mistake.
In May of 2018, I decided to call a local realtor to talk about selling my condominium. I’d been there nearly 20 years, long enough to spend in any place (to paraphrase Dolly Copp). The house was an old sea captain’s home in near the Maine coast with its own history as a big old Maine cottages sometimes do—from the sea captain’s home, to a plumber’s warehouse and rooming house. When they came to rebuild it as six condos in the 1980’s, it was missing some original hardware, windows and doors, but it still had the very wide floorboards and large beautifully proportioned front rooms with fireplaces intact. My part was the ell which stood off at 90 degrees from the main house; it has two stories, a mansard roof, open plan, and the nice wide pine floorboards. The house stands a hill, on a few acres of lawn and wood, right on a pleasant village street. In June it was ready to show, and the first day on the market it sold for well over my asking price. Caveat was, I had to move in three weeks. I did it!