No one believed we were about to embark on this journey until we did.
The camping madness began ten years ago. Adriana and I enjoyed skipping town for some good ole’ fashioned tent camping… that was until we found out we were about to have our first kid. If you’re like us, the thought of tent camping with a newborn freaked us out, but we still wanted to enjoy the outdoors.
I’m in the internet marketing space, which means we work with a diverse group of clients. One of my clients was a trailer dealership who had a used Flagstaff travel trailer on the lot and cut me a sweet deal, so naturally, I took it.
The camper was a bit big for what we needed, but the deal was too good to pass up. At the time, we didn’t know that this trailer would later lead to an addiction to the open road.
We first started camping with our son Levi at the ripe age of 6 mo. Not going to lie; it was tough, but it wasn’t any worse than being at home with a crying child. It was easier because we had the outdoors and unmatched scenery to enjoy. While the late nights crying in the camper didn’t bother us too much, it likely irritated our neighbors some, but luckily the solid walls helped a little.
After we got used to the camper life, we later upgraded to a new Aerolite 24′ travel trailer. We wanted something a little more modern and more comfortable to tow.
The Aerolite was a great little trailer. It had quite a few features and was easy to pull. Shortly after we purchased the Aerolite, we discovered we’d be having another little one. Nine months later, Amara joined the Hakes family. We figured we could make the little Aerolite work — we were wrong. Amara was around six months old, and her brother was two. That’s when we first thought we’d try to live on the road, which is why we purchased our next camper, a massive tow-behind 2014 Kodiak 300bhsl.