This is a test post to see what it looks like. I’m stealing this image off of the official Little Guy website (www.golittleguy.com) for now. I should probably get permission from them. Who knows maybe after we massage this site a little to make it look really great and we start posting our trips they might feature us on their site. That’d be really cool. Then we’d be famous!
I’m playing around with the look and feel of this site. I’m trying different themes. Almost decided on the Twenty Thirteen theme and may go back to it. Rather than take the time to learn the new theme, I’m using the same theme we used on GeeGeerides.com. That blogged the trips we took on our ’06 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic motorcycle. Since it worked so well for us on that blog, I’ve decided to just simply host this new blog as well on WordPress.com.
I could self host it, but I’m going for simplicity here. The main point is to create our journal of travels in our Little Guy, if or when we get it. But that’s another post. Hmmm, if we get to the point of asking for donations via PayPal, I’d have to self host to get the plugins I’d need.
This is something new! Looks like we can post via voice message. So now with posting via email and via voice mail there should be no excuse, except maybe just being too far off the grid. Well if that ever happens we might just hang out there and have a little grid-less time. 😉
We’ve been communicating with a dealer in Bayfield, Colorado about a Little Guy Silver Shadow they have on their lot. It basically looks like our current header image on this website. We’re pretty excited to drive over there on Wednesday to take a look at it. If it works outs to be the one, then we’ll have a hitch installed on the Subaru and drive ‘er home! We may make a small camping trip out of it. Bayfield is 165 miles away from Salida. It’s almost to Durango. I think we’re planning on camping out on Wednesday night in our tent.
Once we decided to pursue Little Guy rather than other similar types of teardrop trailers and after watching all the online videos, we had questions that needed answers from Headquarters in Ohio. Of course, it was a Friday afternoon and they are 2 hours ahead of us, but as Chris says in the videos on their golittleguy.com website, “Text me anytime!” So we did – at 6:30 Mountain Time. We really did not expect to hear back that evening, but sure enough, he did! We went back and forth with him on a couple of issues and he answered them to our satisfaction so we could sleep easy that night. It’s reassuring to know that he did what he said he would, even after 9 pm on a Friday. We feel very good about this company and are hoping all works out when we meet our Little Guy Silver Shadow in two days. We are even thinking of making a trip east and taking a side trip to World HQ in Canton, Ohio on the way.
On our way this morning to see a Little Guy Silver Shadow in Bayfield, Colorado. We’re probably going to camp out tonight somewhere near there. Tomorrow, if we decide to actually get this Little Guy, we’ll have a hitch installed on our 2009 Subaru Outback.
Here’s the route we’ll be taking. I realize this particular map is not very interesting, but I’m just practicing putting maps into our posts. I’m thinking it’ll be interesting when our trips really start going places. Oh, then there is the whole new “places” technology happening on Social. It’d be cool to take advantage of it.
We arrived at Rich’s Performance Marine at about 2:00 o’clock today and were warmly greeted by Dena who Susan has been talking to on the phone all these days. She knew right off who we were. After introductions including Simon (they are very dog friendly) she showed us the Silver Shadow Little Guy we were coming to see. It was beautiful and big. With a fridge, stove, and sink and being six feet wide and fifteen feet long it was plenty spacious for us. Maybe a little bit too spacious. It was actually wider than our Subaru Outback. We had some concerns about the weight and towing capacity of our car. Even though we’d heard through texting, emails, and verbal assurances that the Subie can handle it, we were still worried it would be too much stress on the car, especially on Colorado mountain passes.
Over near the other corner of the show room was a smaller version of the Silver Shadow. Instead of it being called a 6 X 10 it’s called a 5 X 8. Actually the mattress inside is almost as big and plenty of room for my 5 foot 9 inches and Susan’s 5’3″. It weighs almost 300 pounds less and fits nicely behind the Outback. This smaller version doesn’t have a stove or refrigerator, but we’re thinking we won’t miss them. So we are opting for the smaller 5 x 8 rather than the 6 x 10. Easier on the car, energy consumption, and pocketbook. It still has plenty of room for all of us.
Dena and Rich were very patient and helpful as Susan and I went back and forth with which one to choose. No pressure. And are feeling like we definitely made the right choice. After all the online research and weighing options, we did it! We pick up our Little Guy tomorrow!
We’re waiting for the trailer hitch to be installed. Our Silver Shadow is waiting for us to hook it up. Probably should have your hitch installed before hand it’d be a good idea. Build in time. Things always seem to take longer than you thought.