We traded our trusty Mazda with 210,000 miles for a GMC Acadia with a towing package. Attached to the tow is our new Travel Trailer, Winnie. She has lots of room for the two of us and a very occasional guest who wants to sleep on the dining table.
Meet Winnie, our newest toy, a 2019 Coachman Freedom Elite Ultra Lite travel trailer.
Winnie gives us everything we need to live comfortably. The trailer is air-conditioned, and has a lovely kitchen with a real gas oven, microwave, and stove. The refrigerator is both gas and electric so it keeps food both cool and frozen for extended periods when we are driving or otherwise without power. The Queen bed is quite comfortable with an added topper. The Dinette doubles as a sort of single bed for an occasional guest. The Shower is easily big enough for a comfortable shower with ample hot water (if we remember to turn it on in time), and sufficient water capacity for about two days of luxury water usage.
We are especially pleased with the three hanging closets, one labeled “pantry” and the other two labeled “wardrobes,” that offer enough hanging space for several weeks of clothing, plus 11 cabinets, overhead and under counters, for everything else we need. The 3-burner gas stove and oven has baked bread and produced excellent omelets and stir-fry dishes, with the heat being removed by an exhaust fan.
Finally, Winnie trails easily, with the only problem being I sometimes forget we are towing!
We felt it was time to expand our horizons from the many beautiful places we explored by boat to the even more beautiful places we are going to explore in our new home on wheels.
We traded our trusty 215,000-mile-old Mazda Tribute for a much newer GMC Acadia Denali with the power to pull a small castle. We selected the Acadia because it was the largest vehicle that would fit into the garage with space left over for Joan’s Subaru. Once the trade was complete, we explored travel trailers we could pull and Stu could drive – we were half right. Driving turned out to be a challenge, but Stu is learning well and our bitten nails are growing back.
The trailer was purchased in Sarasota, Florida. Unlike buying shoes, for example, the trailer purchase ritual requires more than one visit to the dealer – so we invested two weekends in the combined car/trailer purchase experience and we are both surprised we are still talking. We are enjoying our travels.
We had rented 3 motorhomes, all different sizes, before deciding to purchase our own. Winnie, our 165-square-foot travel trailer, is the result. It is 25′ long, including its towing apparatus, the same length as the Shearwater.
Winnie, we hope, will carry us inland to places we could only glimpse in our 5 years of water travel on Shearwater IV.
Life Before Land Travel
It is sometimes hard to believe there was life before Winnie. But, together we have owned two previous boats and Stu owned many more boats in previous years, starting with a small sailboat at 15.
In April 2019, the Shearwater IV was adopted by a nice couple living on the Chesapeake Bay. We hope they enjoy her as much as we have.
This is an early photo of our 2010 Ranger 25 tug before she was named.
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The Shearwater IV was visiting the Miami Marine Stadium. After years of neglect, the Miami Marine Stadium was restored as the home of the Miami Boat Show and other waterfront activities.