I live in a Dutchmen "Sport" travel trailer. It may not be perfect, but it comes closer than you might think.
A Need for Housing
Last year I lived in Dallas, Texas, in an apartment. I worked my butt off all spring and summer repairing air conditioning in the homes of the wealthy people of the Park Cities within the city of Dallas.
I lived cheaply. I saved my money. But my summer job ran out. We were running low on service calls, and I was the new guy. I looked for a job after that. ANY JOB. I couldn't find one, so I had to move home.
Life in a Recreational Vehicle
I live in a Dutchman "Sport" RV now. I didn't know that was what was going to happen, but it did. My Dad, in his infinite wisdom, bought it for me to live in.
I've loaded images from the net. These aren't images of my specific recreational trailer, or "travel trailer," but they are images that are very similar to my travel trailer, both inside and out.
First off, you see the bed. It's a full-size bed, and the only one inside the trailer. This isn't one of those that you would use to take the family, or several of your hunting buddies off on vacation in. This trailer is a one-person or couple's trailer.
Being a single man, I'm greatly pleased by this. The first travel trailer that my Father owned had about six beds in it. That is a lot of space that is taken up that you'd prefer to have been used elsewhere, unless you have a family.
My bed couldn't be any more comfortable. There is storage under the head of the bed that is accessible from locking doors on either side of the trailer on the outside. On the inside, there is some storage under the mattress at the end of the bed.
I'm afraid that the picture didn't make it clear how much shelving and cabinet space there is above the bed, and to either side of it.
I'm sitting on my bed when I'm on the internet. My keyboard is on my lap, and my tower and monitor are just to my left.
In the second picture, you can see the kitchen/dining area. In my trailer, there is a couch just past the end of the bed, behind a curtain divider that is just before a half sized wall. That couch CAN fold out into another bed, and there is storage underneath it.
The kitchen/dining area shown has slightly more shelving than mine but otherwise is very similar. You can see the gas stove, but not the four stove-top burners, and the stove is just past the sink. Just past the stove, is a refrigerator and freezer that we'll call, "half size." For one person, it's more than enough provided you can make it to a town for groceries about once a week.
Above the sink, there is ample room for storage, and this is where I keep my canned goods and spices. What you can NOT see—on the OTHER wall, opposite the sink—is a dining table for two, and above that, more storage. That storage cabinet contains my dishes.
Lest I forget, I should mention that there is ample storage for silverware, cutting boards, knives, etc, between the stove and the sink.
I should also mention that I have a full sized dresser just past my dining table.
On a side note: I could never, ever keep all of my clothing in this trailer. I'm rather spoiled in that my Mother loves to buy me clothes. I CAN, however, keep all that I'm going to wear regularly for a given season in here.
The next picture should be the view of the trailer from the outside. Again, this is NOT my trailer-but as far as I can tell, the photo from the outside is a trailer that is identical to mine. You can see from the top, above the door, the pull-out canopy that is there.
Personally, I do not use this—mine is parked under a metal awning, and on concrete. I've also been very blessed by having mine connected directly to sewage via a septic tank. Of course, power and water are connected to it permanently, and so is a phone line from which I've got DSL internet. I am, after all, living in here, and not traveling.
Lastly, you should be able to see the bathroom. This is identical to mine as well, but the picture doesn't show the large closet to the left of the toilet, or the medicine cabinet and mirror that exists above the bathroom sink.
Being male, I'm pretty "low maintenance" when it comes to hygiene and beauty products. I have all the storage space for those that I need. It doesn't hurt that I'm dashingly handsome already. LOL!
You can see the tile floor in front of the sink? Well, this can be dangerous when stepping out of the shower. I plan to install some grip tape on that floor to ensure that I never tragically bust my ass (!) when I step out of the shower.
Of course, there is a door that can be closed to the bathroom, and a shower curtain as well.
Another thing that might take a little bit of getting used to is that the toilet uses a lever to flush, and operates off of gravity. Waste falls straight down, rather than flush in the traditional manner.
I don't use grey, or potable wastewater storage tanks to hold anything, but again, I'm hooked directly to a septic tank. If you are just a little bit crafty, or lucky even-then your connecting hose will form a natural "P" trap, which will protect the trailer from any odors coming back in.
Anyway, should you be in the market for an RV, or are considering living in one—then I highly recommend the Dutchmen "Sport" for singles or even a couple.
If anyone should have any questions, then feel free to ask! :-D
A Review of the Dutchman Sport Recreational Vehicle
September 23, 2010: I'm still cozy in my Dutchman Sport, and there have been no problems to speak of save the mattress. The mattress, you see, is the original; and I don't think anyone envisioned someone actually living in one of these things when they put the mattress in. I'm either going to have to buy a new one at some point, or buy a good mattress cover. I'll probably buy a cover.
Over a Year Later
It's been over a year since I moved into my Dutchman Sport Travel Trailer. I love my home, and the mattress has been the only real issue here. For one man, I have everything that I could possibly need. The other issue that has come up has been that the light fixtures, just like the mattress, probably were fitted with the idea in mind that they could be manufactured cheaper than are standard home light fixtures. The fixtures sometimes fail and have to be replaced. They typically cost about $20.00 per fixture. Of course, they weren't designed for someone to be using all of the time. Luckily it's fairly simple to replace them and would be for someone who didn't much know what they were doing either. All we are talking about here is four screws and two wires. I'm hoping the after market ones are superior.
A Tip for Southerners Living in Recreational Vehicles
Of course my Dutchman Sport travel trailer has a hot water heater, and it works perfectly well, but I live in this thing, and I like buying propane about as much as I like paying the IRS to murder people overseas for corporate profits. During the spring and summer, I do not run my hot water heater, I've got a water hose hooked to my trailer, and it's very exposed in the sunshine here in North East Texas. That provides me with just about all the WARM water that I could want to take a quick shower in the trailer's small shower. Were I to buy another hundred-foot roll of water hose, connect it, and leave it coiled in the sunshine, I'd get several more gallons of warm bathing water every day. Of course, not everyone lives in Texas, but if you are living in any kind of RV in the southern part of the United States, or some other nation with a warm climate, then that little tip, when employed, could save you plenty of money so far as propane consumption goes.
© 2010 Wesman Todd Shaw
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on April 11, 2019:
I bet, Allan! Alas, I'm just a poor interwebz scriber. I don't make enough money to own a truck, but perhaps some day I will, and I'll just travel about and scribe.
Allan Luba on April 11, 2019:
As a workamper that I did for 10 years I lived in all sizes. Now have a Dutchman Aspen trails with bunk for weekends. Don't workamper anymore. But when did did need to buy any propane or pay for site and they paid for extra hrs worked. Great way to travel across the USA.
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on August 26, 2013:
I'm going to be changing out light fixtures sooner or later. I recently replaced my air conditioner with a Penguin low profile one. A lightening storm burned out the motor in the new one, and so I got a used motor and blower housing (condenser side) and installed it....the new motor and blower came from a 1500 btu unit, so now my a/c is a hybrid with a more efficient condenser...I also insulated my windows with foil and foam, I'm chillin' in here! :)
joe on August 25, 2013:
Hi I have been living in a Dutchman sport lite for 4 years and for the light fixtures i bought a few under cabinet flouresent lights they last way longer and give better light than the rv fixtures. One in bathroom and one in living area is plenty for me. You can convert your water heater from gas to electric for about $50. I live in south Texas but have my water line buried till just before hooking up to my trailer so i dont get hot water from the sun. My ac works real well even in triple digit temps, no shade here. I took out the bunk beds in the rear and made a walk in closet :)
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on November 13, 2011:
Yes I DO have some very wonderful parents - of course both of them have many flaws that I deal with, but that's normal.
The thing about travel trailers in the South is that....they have virtually no insulation, and so in the Summers with the a/c running full blast - it might never ever shut off, and it might be warmer than 80 degrees inside!
It's better if you can have some shade trees around your trailer. I don't though :-/
Suzie from Carson City on November 13, 2011:
Wes...I love this ABODE of yours. Looks like you have everything a guy could need. Being in warm climate is the key. You can be outdoors so much of the time, pently of fresh air & stretching out! Sounds like your parents are a GREAT Mom and Dad!
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on May 28, 2011:
Hey thanks feenix!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Man, I was in Monterrey, or really, Seaside, California for about three months last year, and it's amazing how many people live in Rv's there. It's so expensive to BE in California, especially near the coast. . . I couldn't even afford that! There's LOTS of folks doing that out there. Me, I'm on Dad's property, and haven't paid Dad for his trailer yet, the one that he and the Mom use, WHOA, that thing's so nice I'd not even WANT a house or an apartment.
feenix on May 28, 2011:
Wesman, I would love to live in a Dutchman Sport Travel Trailer -- in one of those trailer parks on a beach in Southern California.
And I just might end up doing that.
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on May 04, 2011:
Definitely. Gas is headed up for the Summer, and one can never know for sure if they will every come down again!
gr82bme from USA on May 04, 2011:
We have a small one now. With gas prices the way they are now we will just have to make do for a while
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on May 03, 2011:
Hey thanks! My parents have a monster travel trailer - I need to write a review about theirs, it's very nice. If I lived in that thing, I'd think I was in a palace.
gr82bme from USA on May 03, 2011:
When my husband and I retire we are going to do the same.
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on April 16, 2011:
I could find a job, but it's a meat grinder. In hvac they work you 70 to 90 hours a week Spring and Summer, then they let you go in the Fall and Winter.
I don't see the point in giving that much for so little. So I do contract labor, and make money on hubpages.
Full sized fridge? That would be nice, but I don't guess I really need one. There are some really good deals on FEMA travel trailers nowadays. If you can find one that the Katrina family didn't tear up - then it's a good buy for whoever wants it. Those all DO have a full sized fridge in them.
Mercy on April 16, 2011:
Well that sucks that you can't find a job. But it's cool that you are living in an RV. I like them. My mom has a 2006 R- Vision , no slides. 4 beds , full size Frig. If I had to live in it. I think I would be conformable. :)
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on December 28, 2010:
That's what my folks want to do, they've got a super huge badass travel trailer. . . . .it's like a mansion compared to mine, and they take off in the thing (pulled by the truck, of course) as often as possible. Dad wants to actually just travel, and not have a house.
onegoodwoman from A small southern town on December 28, 2010:
While it is not a Dutchman, my hubby and I,
along with our large dog, have lived in and
traveled the country for the last several
years, in a 36' 5th wheel trailer.
There are many kitchen appliances that I had
to part with. I have learned to do the same
jobs manually. It is a good life. We are
tied down to nothing.
While there have been times
that I left a garden before
it came to fruit, or flowers before they bloomed,
it has been a most interesting journey.
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on September 23, 2010:
Hey Temy, I'ma check that out!
Temy on April 18, 2010:
That's a nice home. I lived in a Toyota motor home with my girlfriend for a while...MUCH smaller than this inside. Have you seen lynden's straw bale house? http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog...
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 01, 2010:
You are certainly right, Sir! Thanks so much!
kowality from Everywhere on February 01, 2010:
My Gal and I are cooped up to. It's not so bad when you really contemplate the disasters happening to others.
Rahne on February 01, 2010:
"If anyone should have any questions-the feel free to ask!"
Where's the PORN collexion and BOMB MAKIN' equipment???
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 01, 2010:
'Preciate it, Ma'am. :-D
Lisarae on February 01, 2010:
Hmmm...doesn't look too bad, kitchen's bigger than mine! Apartments around here always have these tiny ass kitchens, especially in a bldg like mine that is around 100 yrs old. I guess the only thing lacking is a living room? Looks decent, though. A person really doesn't need all that much space, especially if you have staorage and a porch or outdoor area to hang and BBQ in... What heats the place?
Evelyn Ann on February 01, 2010:
Nice house you have set up there! Good luck on finding a job. With Texas summer coming on, you shouldn't have any trouble!
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 01, 2010:
Hey THANK YOU :-D
You should check this site out-I recommend it to everyone now!
Lover Lovingston on February 01, 2010:
I like it Todd!!