Our first home on wheels was a 2010 Heartland Cyclone Toyhauler.
On our way to Indiana for our inaugural journey as full-time RVers we stopped at a weigh station just south of the Indiana-Michigan border. We were curious about how much we weighed, with all our belongings now packed inside.
We got the numbers, and our hearts sank. We were 1,800 pounds overweight on the truck.
Our truck (with modifications) has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 24,500lbs – meaning that it, plus whatever it is towing, needs to weigh less than 24,500lbs. We weighed in at 26,300lbs.
It’s only a Mistake…
…IF YOU CHOOSE NOT TO FIX IT!
We saw a couple of different ways we could approach this, all of which would take quite a bit of hard work:
1) Get rid of more stuff (about 2500 pounds worth)
2) Get a bigger truck. Like a Semi-truck:
3) Get a smaller fifth-wheel:
This would basically equate to bringing nothing but a pair of clothes and a tooth brush.
You could pull ANYTHING with a semi! Oh the possibilities!
We wouldn’t get one this small, but you get the point. It just looks easy to pull.
While it broke our hearts that after all this time and FINALLY getting it out of storage and packed up that we were going to replace the Cyclone, it made sense. We were already concerned about the 40-ft length and not being able to get into certain campgrounds, get into certain sites, park in driveways or in yards, etc. Even if we were able to drop 2500 pounds of belongings (which I don’t think we could have), we would have had this problem.
We also decided to lose the garage. As convenient as it was, it was extra space that we didn’t need. The second bathroom was also an unnecessary luxury.
Hard Work Pays Off 🙂
We learned a lot about U-Ship, a shipping marketplace where you can post and get bids for shipping jobs. For anyone who is looking to ship something large, it proved to be much more economical for our buyer than a standard shipping company.
But after many, many hours of searching, we found a 2005 Doubletree Mobile Suites that suits our needs. It’s about 33 feet long and much lighter!
We are heading down to Tennessee next week to pick it up, bring it home, repack it, and hit the road again after closing on the sale of the house.
Phew! It’s been a busy couple weeks. 🙂
Our new rig! Yay!
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