Average Joe Jeep - Off-Road Camping Trailer On The Cheap: Part 1

    Creature Comforts On A Budget

    Josh BiggsPhotographer, Writer

    I’ve been camping since I was 3 months old. Back then, mom and dad would load the cabin tent and us up in the old Wagoneer and go spend a couple weeks at camp Soquel. Flash forward to our teen years I was camping just about every weekend anywhere that didn’t have a “No Trespassing” sign—Rain or shine, it didn’t matter. I would pull the mattress off of the futon, throw it in the back of my CJ-7 and cruise as far up the hill as it took to get away from the masses and their land yachts.

    When I was in my teens, the idea of dragging 30 feet, 10,000 pounds, and $100,000 worth of creature comforts up the hill for a weekend trip made absolutely no sense. In my mind, if you want to sit in an air-conditioned living room watching satellite TV, you should have stayed home.

    Over the years, my opinion on massive camp trailers has pretty much stayed the same with the exception of one thing: a comfortable bed! I can live without a television, air conditioning, and flushable toilets, but not having to sleep on the ground is worth its weight in gold. I always appreciated the simplicity of a tent trailer: there is no fluff, just the necessities. The only major down side is, even though they’re very basic, they are still pricey. Every household has their budget they have to work with, and right now, I can’t even afford to pay attention. If you were to peek in my wallet, you’d be attacked by hordes of hungry moths.

    So, this month, my budget will be leftovers from household projects and some random stuff I have lying around the dirt farm. Naturally, there will be a few things that I’ll need to buy so there will be a grand total in the next and final installment.