One week ago today was my birthday and I spent the day on my own…
After dreaming about it for several years, trying out different styles of camping, and perusing used sales since last summer, we have finally taken the plunge and purchased a camper for ourselves. It’s a 2022 Coleman Lantern, it’s 25 feet long, and it’s got all the amenities we wanted: a permanent bed, a couch, and air conditioning. It’s got plenty of other things, too, but those were the things we identified as most important to us.
Let’s look at some photos!
This is to the left of the door. Kitchen and dinette on the left, sofa and bathroom on the right.
To the right of the door is a queen sized bed. I’ve already got it set up with our own bedding, including this quilt that I made with my quilting group many years ago. I love it in this space, it adds a lot of color to a very neutral color scheme.
Directly opposite the door is the bathoom, which I have also already personalized with a colorful shower curtain and towels. It’s tiny. Really tiny. But it’s got what we need and it will do.
A detail shot of the kitchen area. The sink is silly big, I’d have preferred more counter space. But there’s a 3 burner stove and an oven and a microwave overhead, plus a decent amount of cabinets.
A dinette was something we had decided we could take or leave. As it turns out, this floor plan included it and I’m not sorry. It will be a good place to sit and eat but, even more importantly, a good place for playing cards and other board games.
A couch was something we really wanted. It’s perfect for coffee in the morning and cocktails in the evening. The center back cushion folds down and has 2 cup holders and a flat surface, perfect for snacking while watching television – which is directly opposite the couch and above the dinette (you can actually see the edge of it it in the photo above). And the refrigerator is there to the right of the couch. It’s nice and big and there’s a tall cabinet next to it that will serve as our pantry.
There are a lot of features to learn and we haven’t towed a camper in quite a while but I think it will all come back to us. Plus, a lot of things are automated now like the stabilizers and awning which will makes things easier. We don’t have definite plans yet for a camping trip but we’re hoping for at least one short and one longer getaway this month plus a weekend in September and hopefully October, too.
And if you’re wondering about the name, here’s the story. Our song is Moon River and there’s a line in that song about my huckleberry friend and wherever you’re going I’m going your way. Huck just seemed like the perfect name for our new camper and all the adventures we plan to have.
We’re very excited!