I’m finally getting around to sharing the newest member of our family…our travel trailer in which I dubbed “The White Beast”. This beaut is 31 feet long and weighs 4500 pounds, it was quite the bundle of joy we were looking for.
I do believe this may have been a FEMA trailer, made specifically for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. I’ve read that these particular models were getting a bad rap for making the individuals whom lived in them very sick. Come to find out Gulfstream was manufacturing them at such a fast pace that the trailer didn’t have time to air out the chemical fumes from the adhesive that was used to build it. That being said it’s not the highest of quality but it definitely served its purpose. The biggest reason why we think this is a FEMA trailer is because there isn’t a holding tank, this particular model was made to be parked and hooked up at all times.
Now that you have somewhat of a brief history come take a look inside. We’ve tried our best to make it homey without making any changes
This is our dining area, this is what you immediately see when walking through the door. It converts into a bed and supposedly sleeps 2, we haven’t attempted that yet. There is also really great storage under the seats but it is kind of a hassle to move the cushions and the boards to access it.
Our “mother-in-law” accommodations include this luxe couch which converts to a twin bed. And when my mother isn’t traveling with, it becomes our dogs bed.
Storage can also be found under the couch unlike the dining benches it can be accessible a little easier. Currently we don’t store much of anything in either compartments, but I’m sure during the winter months bulky clothes might be hidden here.
Across from the couch is a FULL SIZED fridge. This makes planning for meals and storing leftovers incredibly easy. Living out of a cooler, even just for a weekend, is messy and very inconvenient. Having a large fridge is a big plus for our family. The trailer also includes the normal camper range and we have a microwave too.
One of the main features we were wanting from a RV was a bunkhouse. Bunkhouses in newer RV’s are incredible, some even have a separate room with bunks specifically made for large families. Those are absolutely amazing and one day I hope we can acquire one of those. But for now since were newbies in the RV camping world I’m pretty stoked just to have ours.
Theres not too much to say about the bathroom. It does have a residential toilet, which we’ve been told we really need to switch out, before in cause a problem such as leaking and causing structural damage. Since we don’t have a holding tank I’m really thinking we should just get a composting toilet, but those are around $1000 so that won’t be anytime soon.
Here’s the full length view of the trailer from the bathroom. It’s pretty spacious for 2 people when all 5 of us are in there moving around it can become a dance form of art with lots of communication. It takes a lot of patience to manuever in such a tight spot but it only brings us closer as a family.
At the opposite end of the trailer is our “master” bedroom equipped with a full size bed. There is a good bit of storage in this room with a floor to ceiling closet and some small storage above.
This little piece of heaven might not be much to others, but to us it has really been a great pleasure. We’ve already been on 2 weekend camping trips and looking forward to 2 more planned weekends this year.