How do I enter?
Go to the entry page, click on the 'Add to cart' button and fill out the form with your contact info and entry submission. Pay the $30 entry fee and cross your fingers.
What are the odds of winning?
We are only allowing 200 submissions and you're allowed one entry per person.
How will the winner be determined?
We thought about this a lot and decided the best way to find the right person is to judge the entries based on creativity as opposed to writing skills or length. We (Mary and Adam) will read each submission and pick a winner based on three criteria of how you answer the question: What will you do with the trailer?
- Timeline with realistic execution
- Thoughtfulness for others
Can I submit an entry for someone else?
Of course! In fact, submitting an entry for someone else might even get you a bonus point.
What are the trailer's specs?
Lucille is a 13' 1971 Shasta travel trailer. We never officially weighed it, but I'd reckon it weighs around 1,500lbs, which is light enough to not require brakes. It has the original stovetop/oven, refrigerator and sink, but no bathroom. It's equipped with two, 5 gallon propane tanks and a 6 gallon water tank that is fed to the sink with an electric water pump (basically everything you need to live in the woods for a few weeks). There's a car battery up front that powers a few of the inside lights as well as the water pump. The rest of the lights and the refrigerator run off electricity when you plug in. There's room for a twin mattress and there are cupboards, two closest and plenty other nooks and crannies for storage.
What is the condition of the trailer?
We tried our best to take care of every inch of this trailer. She is structurally sound and ready for the road.
The outside: Before we left on our trip we bought new tires (including the spare which is still new), replaced and packed the wheel bearings, painted every inch, and re-sealed the roof and windows. We replaced the bulbs in the brake lights and replaced a couple feet of old copper gas line. The tires still have 20k+ miles left on them.
The inside: Most of the work restoring this trailer was done to the inside. Both the oven and three-burner stovetop run off propane and work great. The refrigerator does its job well when plugged in, but we never tried running it off the propane. The lights are bright and the windows all open and close easily. One of the surprises with Lucille is how much storage there is--plenty of room for shorter surfboards, clothes and gear.
Keep in mind that this trailer is 45 years old. It's been well taken care of but it still has a handful of quirks that will need to be addressed from time to time. We had no prior building experience before buying this and we figured everything out with the help of friends and plenty of youtube tutorials. You'll be fine.
What about the title/registration stuff?
We have a clean CA title and CA permanent plates. We will sign the title over to the winner.
What kind of vehicle can pull it?
Because it's so light you could easily pull the trailer with a truck or mid-size SUV. Anything smaller would be tricky. We pulled it with a V6 Toyota Tundra and didn't have any issues. The speed limit when you're pulling a trailer on the highway is typically 55mph anyway, so a bigger truck isn't necessary. You will need a tow hitch and ball, as well as a 7 way electrical connector (for the brake lights).
What's it like living/traveling in a trailer?
Living in a space this small presents obvious difficulties that never really bugged us. Sure, it's small and a twin bed is tricky to sleep two adults comfortably, but the space warms up quickly and there's plenty of storage for necessities. It was a great way to practice minimalism.
Our favorite aspect of the trailer was the kitchen. We cooked every meal and didn't have to make sacrifices on the quality or types of meals we prepared. A cooler and a block of ice was our main refrigeration source and the cupboards have plenty of room for pots and pans. We filled the spice rack and loaded the pantry.
Any structural issues?
While driving around Monterey CA we managed to hit a low-hanging branch in the upper right corner. We fixed the exterior and made sure it was water-tight, but we didn't get around to fixing the 12" hole it left on the inside cupboard above the stove. Structurally it's not a big deal but its still worth noting.
There is also a slight leak on the back window that we couldn't figure out how to fix. It's not a major issue, but water does leak inside during heavy rain storms. We would cover the corner with a towel when it was really stormy. Again, not a major problem but it's worth pointing out.
What if we have more questions?
We will go over every inch of the trailer with the winner when they come to pick it up.