We've posted loads of shots of the outside of our trailer, but a few of you have been asking what the inside looks like, so here's our 2016 Keystone Bullet 248RKS in all her glory. You'll note that the prevailing theme is brown. We've no idea why the soft furnishings in Keystone's latest trailers look like they belong in the 1970s. Still, after doing months of research, we decided that this was the best layout for us of all the travel trailers we looked at, and we're very happy with our choice.
Most importantly, all the really essential stuff we need for a long trip works brilliantly. It has loads of storage, excellent insulation, a powerful furnace for heat, efficient fans and air conditioning, and a fridge/freezer and hot water heater that run off propane gas or electric. It has really large fresh and waste water tanks for a trailer of this size, which has been invaluable when we've been camping off the grid in the middle of nowhere. It even has a flatscreen TV, a radio, CD and DVD player, an exterior shower, a gas-powered grill that we can hook up outside for BBQs, a sun awning that zooms in and out when you press a button, and exterior speakers. For trailer-dwelling nomads, we feel quite fancy!
All of these pictures were taken with the three-foot-deep motorized slide out section extended, which makes our living area a lot more roomy. When we retract the slide out section to drive to the next camping spot, the couch and wardrobe slide in and sit snugly next to the dining/office area. The sofa folds out into a standard full/double bed for guests.
There's a door between the bedroom and living room and also a second exterior door in the bedroom. This is crucial, because it means we have a cat sequestering mechanism. If Sonny is in the front half of the trailer, we can exit from the bedroom without him legging it into the wilderness, and vice versa. We can also put him in the bedroom while we retract the slide in the living room when we're getting ready to leave a campground without him getting hurt. Try explaining to an RV dealer that you need a trailer with two external doors and an interior door because of your cat and see what kind of looks you get.
Like most New Yorkers, we are pretty good at living in small spaces. As Shane remarked, the kitchen in our trailer is actually way better than the one he had in his first studio apartment in Chelsea, which had a minibar-sized fridge, a sink and a hot plate. Actually, the kitchen in my first East Village apartment basically consisted of a sink and stove in a cupboard, so who am I to judge? This has a stove, a pretty big fridge/freezer and a microwave. All the mod cons! A lot of RVs have small galley-style kitchens, but because we have a corner layout, we also get more prep space.
Here's the bathroom, with the shower stall to the right. There's also a toilet out of the frame.
Here's the husband hard at it drinking beer in the kitchen...
..and here's a shot of the whole NYC Nomads team at work in the office.
Kathryn Tully and Shane Sesta are a married couple, one American and one Brit, who are spending a year traveling across America and writing about their discoveries. Sonny is their rescue cat and fried chicken aficionado.