Our Rig

Our Rig: “Rubble” the travel trailer

In 2016 we decided to live on the farm in Somerset, NJ. Jess and I researched online and visited used RV dealers, including multiple trips to Freehold. One of our requirements was a full height interior; I’m 6’3″ and Jess is 5’11”. We also wanted a bumper-pull as opposed to a fifth wheel, so Betty (the pickup truck) would not need surgery. We tested a dozen different campers before settling on a 2008 Jayco Eagle 328RLS that was in great condition.

Rubble is nominally 28 feet long, but measures 35 feet from nose to tail and a little over 11 feet tall. She has a 6’6″ high interior, providing plenty of headroom, but my feet still extend past the end of the bed when I’m stretched out. When we are parked, the dining room and sofa bed slide out a few feet from the wall of the trailer, giving us much more square footage.

Rubble collapsed for travel
Rubble expanded for living
Floor-plan for Rubble

The layout of this travel trailer is a big selling point. The dinette is across from the kitchen, the sofa is across from the entertainment center, the shower and toilet are near the bedroom, and the exterior door opens into the kitchen and not the bedroom. These may seem like obvious design decisions, but no other trailer we saw (including many more expensive ones) had all these properties. It really feels like there are 4 rooms (living room, eat-in-kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom) in an open plan. There is storage in overhead cabinets and under the bed. In fact, it’s more space than we need; we eat in front of the TV and never use the dinette.

Living on the farm was different from being in an RV park. There was no septic hook-up, so we didn’t use the toilet (squatting in the horse stall felt more natural anyway), and used basins to wash dishes instead of the sink. We didn’t have a permanent water source either, so we filled 2-liter bottles with potable water. We turned on the propane water heater for 10 minutes before each quick shower. We were running an extension cord 150 feet to a normal outlet, so we didn’t use the refrigerator, freezer, or air conditioner. Even still, we loved it!

2 thoughts on “Our Rig: “Rubble” the travel trailer

  1. So with the current plan to drop the RV and then drive back for Horse. That sounds like a giant waste of time and money. @ 12MPG and 3$/gal.

    Why not purchase a different RV. Like a Truck Bed Camper. they make ones that even have a slide out to give more space. This way you can tow once and be done. And when you are staying in one RV park for a while, you can disconnect/unload it at the Site and drive the truck around.

    https://www.rvtrader.com/listing/2005-Lance-981-MAX-5000431942

    something like that.

    just saying… I know it may cost more now to change but in the long run

    From what you explained you seem to only use the current RV for maybe 25% of what you are towing around anyway…

    1. We already had Rubble (we bought it in 2016), and Boop. We researched ways to use the truck bed, but for now we are opting for the comforts of a larger space. I would bet that a year from now things will be very different.

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