Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Our new rig


Chuck and I have been talking about buying a new, larger home on wheels for several months. It was mostly daydreaming. We weren't really unhappy with our Oliver, but we are more than week end campers and just a tad less than fulltimers on the road. This journey was supposed to be just for a few weeks, it's now been almost 8 weeks since we left home base!  Seems like we aren't getting any younger either, that climb over the wife bed was getting harder and harder to accomplish! Then about 2 weeks ago, we started actually looking, walking through pull behinds mostly. Chuck didn't want a 5th wheel and of course that meant a new vehicle too and we both loved the Suburban! So the first lookandsees were all bumper pulls.  Then last Wed. we headed up to Crystal River on a heads up from a friend about a trailer they saw at the Tampa RV show a few weeks ago. It was called an Everlite by Evergreen. It is made from about 50% recycled materials and it is 100% recyclable at the end of it's lifespan.  I laughed when I found out that the pillop top of our mattress was filled with recycled water bottles!  I laughed because I could only imagine a lumpy mattress! I promise you that the mattress is one of the most comfortable mattresses we have ever slept on! We liked the bumper pull they had on display at Natures Coast RV in Crystal River, it was ok, more room than the Oliver.... but I just had to go lookng some more and ended up next door at the 5th wheel. At 30' it was only 2 feet longer than the bumper pull but it felt much bigger and much roomier! It felt HUGE!
Chuck came looking for me calling out, "Geri, where are you?" and as he came close to the door of the 5th wheel, I answered, " Honey, I'm home!" and he knew it was all over now!
He walked in and loved it as much as I did! A full sized fridge you holds more beer.... ya know ???  So....  still not convinced we asked our friends Paul and Diane to come up with us. They are on their third 5th wheel and knew more about them and what to look for than we did.
So on Thursday, we all went back and took a look! Diane loved the interior! Paul gave us a thumbs up on the construction. This trailer is put together as well as the Oliver with full length beading welds, aluminum frame construction and all! So after Paul and Diane went home, we decided to go look for a truck! We drove down to Dade City and found the perfect truck at the perfect price and we knew we were done for! We were gonna be pulling a 5th wheel! So here are some photos of our new home on wheels.
Still parked at the RV lot, Nature's Coast RV in Crystal River, Chuck looks over the Everlight.

The pantry area is huge, the fridge is huge and I now have a 3 burner gas stove and a convection/microwave oven!

The dinette is big enough for four or a good game of dominos! Like the Oliver, it makes into another bed. There are large storage bins under the seats.

From the back of the trailer, looking forward, you can see the kitchen to the right, dining area to the left, 32" Jensen TV and entertainment center and the steps to the bedroom! There is even storage under the steps!  Look at that jazzy light fixture over the dinette!
I even have a double sink now, to wash AND rinse my dishes in.

Chuck loves the two swivel rockers at the back and both come with great reading lamps overhead!

The couch is also a hide a bed! Will make into a double bed! All the furniture is soooooo comfey in our new home! We have one slide out which you can see here, includes the couch and dinette area.

We now have a queen bed where we can each get out on either side of the bed with no more climbing over each other. There is hangable storage closets on both sides, foldable storage above and AND the bed lifts up offering even more storage under the bed!

As you enter the bedroom area, the full sized shower is on the left with a full sized sink and medicine chest outside the shower area and on the right is the private bathroom. In the bedroom we also have a Jensen 19" tv, more counter and storage space beneath that!

Chuck and I with our new (used 2004) Ford F-450 and our new Everlite by Evergreen 5th wheel home. What was so amazing is how well the colors of the trailer matched the color of the truck!  I just wish the colors on this page really did justice to the interior and exterior of the rig! Such pretty browns and bronze tones!    We love it!

Chuck and Geri are happy campers!  Now, if you want to know all the details of the new rig, contact Chuck at  I don't know any of that technical stuff! I just know how to say, "Honey, I'm home!"


  1. Love it, love it. It "looks" like you two. Oh wow, it almost makes your TorC home look small. Hope you can find room to park it when there - but then you may not be there as much now.

  2. Wow, that really looks great! Best wishes for lots of great adventures with your new "home". Cause now at this stage, life's turned a new page, and ...

  3. Looks great Geri and Chuck! Love it. What a way to see this great country of ours, in luxury. Glad to see your both doing well and happy. You look great Geri, keep up the good work. Love ya guys, keep us posted

  4. Hi, we are looking at the same 5th wheel and are probably going to buy it this weekend. Going from a 19 foot trailmanor to this will be quite a change. How does it pull? Easy to setup. Thanks and good luck.



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