This is the first goal of seven that we’ve accomplished! Here is our travel trailer.
It’s a 2008 Starcraft Star Stream SS24QB. We think they were trying to make a knock-off Airstream. Although, we cannot verify this.
Thankfully, we haven’t had to think about this goal in awhile. We bought our travel trailer in November 2016, and the dealership offered to store it for free until March 2017. We’re getting to the point where we will have to bring it home, actually. That thought is making it all feel very, very real.
Let me tell you about how we came to the decision to buy a travel trailer, and why we picked this one specifically.
We first got the idea to get an RV of some kind when we started traveling together. Hotels kill a budget and exploring multiple areas in one trip is exhausting when you have to pack and unpack constantly to move between hotels. Plane tickets kill a budget. Eating out kills a budget as well as our normal eating habits. We thought someday it would be great to get a Class B (this is a van-size RV) for road trips. We could move around freely without worrying about packing up our stuff and dealing with getting it to the next hotel. We could easily store food and prepare meals as well. All we have been wanting to do is travel, and the idea of being able to travel more comfortably and affordably was very appealing. This was our dream for some future day.
As time went on and we actually began talking about traveling full time, we started researching what type of RV we should get. We figured a van would be a bit too small to live in full time.
We settled on a few things as must-haves for our first RV. We were initially drawn to a Class C motorhome with a compact car towed behind. We quickly realized that would require a pretty big commitment and investment right away, when we have never even stayed one night in an RV before. Generally, travel trailers are much more affordable because they don’t drive themselves.
So, we were on the hunt for a travel trailer. We looked online and went to dealerships to see layouts in person. We are very analytical, so we needed to attain as much information as possible. When we walked into this one at a dealership, we knew it was the one. We didn’t expect to buy something just yet, but with lots of thought and more analyzing, we decided this was the perfect opportunity for us.
Here are some things we love about our Star Stream.
We don’t have to worry about slides breaking or leaking. It’s one less thing to do when we get to a new location. We can fit in tight places. We don’t have to worry about using the trailer when the slides are in, like staying overnight in a parking lot or stopping at a rest stop for lunch. We can just walk in and it’s always the way that it is.
Smaller and light weight
Since this travel trailer has no slides and is right around 26 feet long, it is on the light weight end of the spectrum. Its total GVWR is 5800 pounds. We had the option to choose basically any tow vehicle we wanted. From what we gather, a larger and heavier trailer is a bit more stressful to tow, maneuver, and fit in places.
Many conversations were had about layout. We analyzed pretty much every scenario. We already knew we wanted a walk-around bed, and a dedicated bedroom so we could have two separate living areas. This trailer has that, as well as a couch and a dinette. The bathroom is on the end rather than in the middle, so the trailer feels more open.
Produce is a big part of our diet, so we need a fridge that can fit a few day’s worth of groceries. We eat a lot of spinach. This one is a pretty standard six cubic foot two-way RV fridge with a separate fridge and freezer. It’s smaller than our current fridge, obviously, but we’ll make it work!
The bathroom also is like a regular house bathroom with this layout. It has counter space. Yeah, no joke. The previous owners replaced the sink with a residential sink and faucet, which we think is an upgrade. It’s a larger sink than the original. The amount of cabinet space in this bathroom is unreal.
Speaking of cabinet space, the whole RV has a ton of storage space. Talk to me after we move in, but I mean, Starcraft really did a good job putting usable storage wherever they could.
Cool factor and condition
It’s all silver with none of those fancy swirls and graphics. Just the name on both sides. We like that it’s different than the mass-produced tan things that fill dealerships and storage lots. The inside is another story. It struts a fun-yet-subtle, purple early 2000’s style, but it doesn’t offend us. We’ve looked at many used RV’s, and this one was far superior in every way. It is in amazing condition.
We lucked out that we were looking when we were looking. First of all, because we found the trailer that we found before it sold, and secondly, it was the best time of year to buy. Dealerships are trying to make room for the new year’s inventory. It’s winter, so no one in Nebraska is thinking about RVing. When we asked a salesman about it, he told us it’s listed for $9900, but he would do $8900. We took a week and scoured the internet for reviews and other SS24QB’s for sale. We looked up used travel trailers for under $8900 to see what we could get. We even went to a competing dealership and surprisingly found the exact same model, but dirty, smelly, and a quite ugly, red-patterned early 2000’s interior, for $4000 more than the one we were considering. The other two we found on the internet were also a few thousand more than this one. We felt like we had gathered as much information as we could, and nothing compared to this one. We wondered what the catch was, and we’ll let you know when we find it. We try not to be naive, but we think the dealership we bought from genuinely wants to treat people fairly and hopes to have customers come back and refer their friends.
As far as remodeling goes, we definitely see the potential it has to be transformed into a modern dream home. The purple circle wallpaper border and upholstery and smoked glass cabinet door inserts just don’t quite fit our design style. As much as we would love to paint everything white and update the finishes, it’s going to have to wait. First of all, we haven’t lived in it yet. Second, we are doing this to save money and work toward financial independence. We decided that money would be better spent on either… nothing… or could be allocated toward an experience every once in awhile… if our budget allows.
One thing we are curious about would be removing the dinette and putting in a desk. We will figure that out later!
Let us know what you think about our purchase. If I forgot to include any info, feel free to ask in the comments!
Written by Jennie