Alaska

2019 Crossroads Zinger 333DB – Meet our New Rig

So…many of you know that we are finally able to make the transition to 6 months in Alaska and 6 months outside. It’s been in the works for awhile now and we are so excited to make the switch. We always knew that Alaska in winter was not a part of the long term plan, but in this lifestyle, at least the way we do it, we have to follow the money sometimes. I’m still a bit nervous as we STILL don’t have a renter for the big house, but I’m just putting all my faith into this dream. Maybe a little “cart before the horse” happening, but sometimes you just have to take the leap and hope it all shakes out the way you need/want it to.

5 Reasons we chose a Travel Trailer

We dream of the days when we can travel in a Class C like in the movie RV, but our version of long term living is just more comfortable in a trailer.

  1. The Kiddos – Travel Trailers and 5th Wheels offer a tremendous amount of space. The bunkhouses are spacious and have lots of room for all the extras. Plus we have learned that having 3 dedicated living areas works best for our family. The ability to close a “realish door” is hugely beneficial in a house that has cardboard walls šŸ™‚
  2. Working Afar – Because Amazon is now a part of our long term plan we need a dedicated vehicle to make the commute. Sure you could tow behind the rig but again it’s the whole picture that makes it all happen.
  3. Cost – Huge bang for your buck! As usual most things come down to cost. When we first started looking we were researching used travel trailers. Around a 2013 for 15K. We were trying to keep the total cost for the truck and trailer around 25K. Our specific situation required us to purchase sight unseen, unless we wanted to travel to scope things out, but that process could get costly very quickly. We purchased our current 5th wheel new, and yes, I said I would never buy new again. However, I also say “never say never”. Between the great deal, floor plan, and warranty I couldn’t pass up purchasing new. We kept the trailer at 22K, yes a little higher than we would have liked, but the floor plan really sold us, plus we didn’t have to worry about making an extra trip to the states to play “find that smell”.
  4. Floor Plan – I’m a great researcher. There’s no question about it. I take it very seriously and spend the equivalent of a full time job hunting for a good value. Obviously the floor plans of today are just way cooler than they were several years ago. Specifically, we found a unit that uses the space exceptionally well AND it has an extra 1/2 bath. And when you have a teenager this is a great place for all her “beauty things”. Plus having another dedicated closed off space is just awesome! I honestly could care less about the extra toilet, it’s really another the door that closes that excites me! Plus this unit has one of the best placed entertainment centers I’ve ever seen in a basic “budget” trailer. Real doors, a huge pantry, a linen closet, a dinette, and a couch. And my most favorite thing of all….wait for it…wait for it… A corner shower with REAL doors. Can you tell I’m excited?!
  5. Separate Units – Having traveled in our 5th wheel and experiencing all the “kinks” in that first year I have learned that having two separate units works best for our family. We have situations where we have to rent a car and stay in the rig while the trucks getting work done and the opposite situation where the rigs in the shop and we get to glam it up in a hotel. For us either situation is more comfortable with a truck and trailer setup.

Now for the Big Reveal – Meet our new 2019 Crossroads Zinger 333DB

*This isn’t actually our unit…He’s still at the factory being built!

Exterior Image

2019 Crossroads Zinger 333DB Living Area Slide

Exterior Back Image

2019 Crossroads Zinger 333DB Kids Slide

Outdoor Kitchen Image

Outdoor Kitchen

Main Living Image

Main Living Area

Living Room Image

Dinette and Couch

Ent and Kitchen Image

Kitchen/Entertainment Center/Electric Fireplace

Pantry Image

Look at that Pantry!

Master Bath Image

Master Bath w/Corner Shower!!!!!!

Master Bed Image

Master Bedroom

Olivias Bed Image

Olivia’s Side of their Bedroom

Ryders Bed Image

Ryder’s Side

Kids Bath Image

Kid’s 1/2 Bath “Mostly Olivia’s :)”

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3 replies »

    • A 2004 Dodge Ram 2500…You actually just inspired my next post šŸ™‚ Hope to see you guys soon!! Maybe you can head over to the east coast in January????

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