So the cat’s out of the bag! If you’re a member of the IO Inner Circle on Patreon, you heard the news on Saturday. If you follow IO on Facebook or Instagram, you heard it on Monday. And if you’re not following me in any of those places, then I am pleased to announce to you right now that: 1. I’ve picked up my new trailer! And 2. Cas has gone home with new owners!
For new readers or those who somehow missed the memo, I announced waaaay back last year that I’d ordered a custom built teardrop (squaredrop?) from Hiker Trailer. You can go back and read that blog post here if you wish. It’s a small company making them and their popularity has skyrocketed lately, so there was a long lead time, close to 11 months. But I finally picked it up on Friday (the 21st), and sent Cas off the next day.
My next post will be a travelogue for how the pickup, transfer, and sale went, but I thought this post I’d answer the question I’ve been asked most since the news broke: what do I think of the Hiker?
It’s far too early to give a true review, I’ve only been in it four nights after all! But here’s my first impression:
I love the simplicity of it.
I’m boondocking with two friends in Leadville, CO, and during that time one has been having trouble with her water heater – that’s something I no longer need to worry about. It’s been getting down into the 20’s at night and my other friend is worried about his plumbing freezing – that’s something I no longer need to worry about. When we all leave here to pursue our next adventures, they’ll need to find somewhere en-route to dump their tanks and fill up on water – that’s something I no longer need to worry about.
I hate to put labels on myself or others, I feel they often do more harm than good. But I could be described as a minimalist. At this point in my life I don’t seem to need or desire the creature comforts that a lot of other people do. I much prefer to keep the logistics of living as simple as possible, which allows me to maximize the amount of time and energy I have to spend on what matters to me most: Writing. Reading. Hiking. Relationships. Contemplation. Photography. Growth. Adventures. Life. And so far, I’m really, really digging how simple and easy the Hiker Trailer is.
And as for the trailer itself…
My only complaint so far is that my doors are squeaky, but that’s a quick fix.
Rob, Lauren, Mark, and the team at Hiker West in Denver do a good job. This thing is solidly built, it’s a breeze to tow, and I’m very happy with the options I selected as of right now (again, it’s only been four days). I find it hilarious and awesome that this little 5×8 trailer has a pure sine inverter, when the Casita comes with no inverter at all (helloooo better laptop charging). If you’d like all the details of my build, I revealed that in a post last year as well, go check it out!
But wait, where are the pictures?
I know, I know! You want interior pictures. Well here’s the deal: I picked up the Hiker on Friday. The very next day at noon I did my first showing of Cas (after two weeks with no serious interest), with 80% of my stuff still in him. They decided to buy and wanted to take him home THAT DAY. Cue me throwing my belongings out of the Casita like a maniac, as quick as I could.
In short – the teardrop is still a mess. The truck is a mess too. Guess what? Moving is messy. But I’ve gone shopping for new storage containers and things are slowly coming together. But fine, if you really want interior pictures, here:
And the back:
Having this as a comparison will make the interior look that much more impressive when I’m done with it. Which will take a while! Those plans will be in a future post.
In the meantime I hope you enjoyed this first look and first impression. Just one more thing before I wrap this up. When it comes to the teardrop, what questions do you have, and what do you want to learn more about? I have numerous ideas for blog posts, but I’d like to focus on what you are interested in. Let me know in the comments below!