I spent the entire day today getting familiar with it and deciding where to place the items we use when RV'ing - dishes, utensils, cooking pots, prep bowls, bedding, games, cleaning supplies, outdoor seating, barbecue, portable firepit and large outdoor area rug. I found a place for everything, which means going forward we have only to pack our clothes before hitting the road. Food can either be brought from home, or picked up when we arrive, depending on how quickly we wish to make our getaway and how long we'll be gone.
We have an upcoming weekend scheduled at a nearby beach campground to give the new trailer a test run and make sure everything works as expected. The cost for this getaway weekend will be under $125, which includes the cost of our ocean front campsite for two nights plus the gas to get there. Our food costs will be exactly the same as they would be had we stayed home, and assuming good weather, our entertainment should all be free - hiking in a nearby canyon, walking along the beach, and enjoying ocean and wildlife views, sunsets and wine from our site.
Actually a rainy weekend wouldn't be a half bad way to spend our test run weekend either. Our Southern California coastline never gets too chilly, and the idea of sitting out under an awning, fire at our feet, wine glasses in hand while listening to the rain and gazing out at the ocean sounds pretty good too.
Our new rig all set up, 24 feet in length in total when opened fully.
Our primary living area - very comfortable dinette with an expandable table and a king size bed sleeping area with privacy curtains and portable nightstands.
Fully functioning kitchen galley on the left, and small bathroom with shower and toilet on the right.
Peeking inside the bathroom (yes, it has a privacy door!)
Our new trailer folded down and ready for storage inside our garage.
And here it is parked and ready for future usage, leaving plenty of room for my car as well. The advantage of being able to garage store is $0 out of pocket to store elsewhere, plus it stays protected and available for usage at any time.