All Aboard Harvest | Jada: Spartans and the new generation camper PART II
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Jada: Spartans and the new generation camper PART II

This is Part II of my post from yesterday.……

Beverly Froese said prior to owning their current trailer, they owned a Spartan but knew it needed to be replaced. Beverly explained, “We both got our trailer at Ray’s in Ness City at S and S trailer sales. We kept driving past the trailers then Larry and Ray stopped to check them out and decided the Spartans were DONE! That winter they built these trailers!”

Front of their trailerhouse
A picture of Larry and Beverly Froese’s rig… and yes, it has two levels!

Outside with couch tipout
They made their version of a slide-out… A picture of their couch tip out.

And built to last they are! Froese harvesting consists of two brothers, Larry and Ray and their wives, Beverly and Beau. Both couple’s have been living in their custom trailers for the past 18 years. While I am not sure if they are the pioneers of this idea, the Froese’s are the first harvesters I have seen traveling with a truck trailer. When I was a young kid both our operations- Froese and Hoffman Harvesting- harvested in Olney Texas. The Froese’s no longer do but I enjoyed reuniting with them in Dighton where we were both camping this year.
The living area
The family dog, Libby, hanging out in the Froese’s living room.

Hidden storage in the entertainment center.
Hidden storage in the entertainment center.

Larry and Beverly allowed Leon and me the pleasure of a tour and now I am going to show you what we saw. The trailer is 48 ft long and 8’6″ wide with a couch tip out that is approximately 12 ft wide and 4 ft deep. Featuring two floors, the trailer has approximately 700 sq. ft of living space and in Bev’s opinion, “The biggest plus is the trailer features ALL full-size appliances!!!!!” I couldn’t see any harvest cook disagreeing with this assessment. When living in a camper for four to six months out of the year, space and storage is something harvesters need.
The kitchen
The *sigh* kitchen. I would love to have a dishwasher!

A bathroom view
A bathroom view. There are two full baths in this rig.

The main floor is where the living area and kitchen are. Beverly and Larry had custom built cabinets made to fit the kitchen which has a standard residential stove, a full sized sink, two large refrigerators, a dishwasher, an icemaker and a washer and dryer. A breakfast bar separates the living area from the kitchen. The living area has a large entertainment center, a recliner, and a cozy, custom built chocolate leather wrap around couch which was newly replaced this year. Both ends of the camper have stairwells. One leads to the Froese’s bedroom which has a full bath while the other leads to another full bath and two rooms which were their kids’- Amy and Lee- rooms.  Since their kids are all grown up and living on their own, the extra spaces now serve as an office and storage room. Check out photos of this trailer that has always amazed me!

Another Bedroom.
A picture of the bedrooms.

A bedroom in their trailer.

The office and storage room.
Since the Froese’s children,  Amy and Lee, are all grown up and out of the house, their bedrooms have been converted into storage and an office.

Fun fact: Larry and Beverly’s trailer is 18 years old this harvest, and was formerly a Dallas-Smith car hauler that had robotic arms in it that lifted cars out. It also featured a tread plate on the entire floor. The cars hauled in the trailer were VERY high end brands.

What I am digging today……….. John Deere’s Clothing line and accessories.
Not only do I enjoy driving green, I also enjoy all the fun clothing/ accessory lines the company offers. It makes going into a John Deere more fun than waiting in line for parts. I know that South Africa can’t get these products but my sister-in-law, Carin, who has previously went on harvest with us, loves the clothes too. So do her friends, even if they are from the city and don’t know what John Deere really is.

Kaidence and I modeling our John Deere Shirts
Kaidence and I modeling John Deere shirts. Photo by Leon.

Jada can be reached at All Aboard is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection.

  • Janelle Popwell
    Posted at 13:08h, 14 July

    We are going to miss Hoffman Harvesting since they moved out today, but will be looking forward to next year. Kaidence is so much fun. Jada is great to visit with. We wish they could have stayed around longer. Have a safe harvest. We enjoy your posts.

    • Jada Bulgin
      Posted at 22:55h, 14 July

      I am going to miss you guys too! Had so much fun with the Popwells and Petersons. Look forward to seeing you again next year or hopefully sooner! Have a wonderful rest of your harvest Janelle!

  • Charles M. Gore
    Posted at 06:02h, 15 July

    This is a very nice set up. It just shows what can be done with a bit of a dream a the sweat to follow up. I would rather not have stairwells in the living space, but to each their own. I am on my second house with stairs and can not wait to move into the into our Arkansas house full time where everything is on one floor. As you saw in Scott Clark,s post I was right about using a reefer trailer. I noticed on the Wholesale market yesterday on the under trailer storage that that problem of turning the tractor is a non issue as the trailer dolley is set for that. Most of the reefer trailers have a sliding tandem and are set about half way on the track, got to get across the scales. To have storage space under the trailer the tandem would need to be slid all the way back and locked in place. When I was in travel status I had to stay in hotels as most of the vacation relif work I did was in big cities.

    It is nice to be retired. I am unretied this week and working my old job while the man that runs my old office is on vaction. After today I will have 3 weeks down and 2 left. The time left may change if we have someone in the agency get sick and I get called and asked to catch a plane and help please.