Have you dreamed about traveling full time with your family? Can you imagine waking up in the most epic places on this continent in your own bed in your own home? We had this dream and made it a reality with Ava and The Beast and loved every minute of it. While our family will continue to travel our trips are shorter now and so we are looking to downsize to less of a home-sized rig to a more camper style rig. So we are looking for the next adventurous family like yours to continue traveling in this road-ready pair. If you are more the visual type, skip the novel below and take a look at this photo album of Ava and The Beast or take a video tour both inside and out. But if you like words, then read on!
Ava is our beloved 2010 Keystone Avalanche 340TG (find specs and floor plan here). She is not petite at 38 feet long with a GVWR of about 14.5k. But she is spacious and comfortable with 4 slides, a three bed bunkhouse, queen master bedroom, two bathrooms, huge dining room/living room/kitchen, an outdoor kitchen and basement storage galore. Fridge, stove, oven, microwave, furnace, AC, water heater and 2 TVs all work great. Powered awning, powered front landing gear and powered back stabilizers. There are quite a few custom storage solutions throughout and some brand new USB ports in master bedroom for charging devices. The previous owners removed the two couches from the rig and we have replaced them with hand crafted day beds that provide much more sitting room, tons of storage underneath and are much lighter. We’ll include all the accessories like sewer hoses, water hoses, X-chalks, Linx Levelers and other miscellaneous stuff so all you have to add is bedding, towels, and kitchenware. We are asking $26,000 for the fifth wheel. What’s that you say? You don’t have a tow vehicle? Well read on my friend!!
The Beast is Ava’s best friend. Despite Ava’s weight and girth The Beast pulls her around without ever complaining. He is a 2011 GMC Sierra 3500K (K means it is the 4×4 version) SRW, crew cab, long bed with 150k miles on it. The 6.6L Duramax diesel motor and the much loved 6 speed Allison transmission are amazing. The Beast has pulled Ava through torrential rain and icy snow, through blazing heat and whipping wind, on the flats of the prairies and the mountains of the Rockies and consistently gets 10-11 MPG while towing (18 without towing). We had the entire exhaust system replaced in 2016, new front brakes and rotors in June 2017 and 4 brand new Nitto tires with only 5k miles on them. I have all the paperwork for servicing I’ve had done except one oil change in Kentucky (it was an old school shop but they know their diesels!). In the bed there is a B&W turnover ball hitch in which is the B&W Companion 5th wheel hitch. The Beast also has a lockable Husky truck box in the bed which the 5th wheel cap clears without any trouble. I specifically picked out this truck because the specs showed that it could handle the weight (RAWR and GCWR) with plenty of margin (towing capacity of 16,800lbs according to this). Plus the integrated trailer brakes, exhaust brakes, trailer mode and hill assist make both stopping and starting feel extremely safe. I chose the SRW over the more common dually as it provided better maneuverability and cheaper tire replacements while still being plenty stable. I have always felt extremely safe having my family in this truck even though there is a 14,000 pound house barreling along behind us. The Beast has the work truck trim package which means it is as basic as it gets but has everything you need and it all works. Tailgate is dented, driver side mirror is cracked (but turn signal and powered mirror still works), and it has a few other minor cosmetic blemishes. Add this great truck to Ava for an extra $33,000 and you’ll have the dream team.
I so badly wanted a ready-made family friendly rig like this when we were shopping but I struck out and had to put this team together myself. This is your opportunity to hit that home run deal that I wished I’d had. These two have a lot of travels left in them and we want to see them go to a good family who will carry on the tradition of exploring this continent as they make memories together.
We’re still traveling at the moment but will have both cleaned out and ready to go by Aug 1 (earlier if you don’t mind doing the cleaning yourself). I can provide lots more info if you are interested, just head over to our contact page or comment below.