Living my long standing dream, I've joined the ranks of the esteemed RV Fulltimer

Sunday, January 2, 2011

What DO I want?

Yup, that's the vehicle of my dreams. That and a couple of mules.

And here's a more modern version.

So, the better questions would be, "What do I need?" I have three main concerns: room, ease of driving and safety. I'd like enough room for myself, one or two dogs, and an occasional guest. I'd like to feel comfortable driving it in, even in congested traffic. I want to be able to pull over, whenever and where ever, to rest without having to "set up." I also would like to be able to drive away, without having to get out of the trailer and into another vehicle. I'd like to have enough room for an occasional guest.

I ruled out Class A's, pretty much right off the bat. Although, If I found a smaller one, I would certainly go look at it.

Class B's? Too small for myself and two dogs. And there is no room for guests. Again, if the right one crossed my path, I would consider it.

Travel trailers? I had intended to purchase my home last year, to take to the east coast. When I couldn't find the motor home I wanted, I ended up buying a small pick up truck. The truck is too small to pull anything but the lightest of travel trailers. Again, I'm not ruling them out. I love the Burros, Scamps, Casitas, and Shasta's I especially love the retro TTs. But a travel trailer doesn't meet even my bare bones criteria. I'd probably hold out, unless someone gave it to me!

Class C, it is then.
I haven't any preferences, when it comes to make and model, yet. I'm emotionally invested in Ford products, but the make of the vehicle would never be a deal breaker. I lived in a 24' travel trailer, for a year and a half, and found the space to be quite adequate. So, something between 21 and 26 feet, with the bed in the back (if there is extra sleeping space) would work.

Also, the vehicle should have a big enough engine to tow my Ford Ranger.

Of course, I would like it to have all the necessary power sources: generator batteries. Solar panels, too, would be a bonus. Anything that's already installed is going to save me money, in the long run (I would hope.)

Price range? I learned a long time ago never to be the first to reveal your budget in negotiations. She who reveals last, wins.


  1. I'm going to enjoy following along with you. I am in the exact same place as far as what I want - within a year - for my full time RV. Traveling with one small dog. But I don't want to tow a vehicle. My blog right now is pretty much my day to day stuff, but hopefully it will evolve into a full-timing blog of my adventures.

    Here's to a wonderful 2011 for us both in our adventures to the RVing world. (Me and My Dog)

  2. D, thanks for stopping by and commenting. I only have one dog right now, but have been looking for another, for awhile now. I don't necessarily want to tow my truck, but would like the option.

  3. I want a gypsy trailer, too!

    See you in Q?


  4. Jennifer, yes! I'll see you in Q! I cannot freaking wait!

  5. I was going to comment "2 dogs?" Thought I had missed out on something but now I know that you are preparing just in case Miss S decides to adopt a companion along the road... at some future date.

  6. I love the first wagon pictured! It reminds me of an old gypsy wagon I saw stored in a seemingly abandoned garage in NC. I was in love with it since then and I wonder if that wagon inspired me many years down the road to travel in my Bus! Some day I will have to try to find it again, maybe even get it & restore it! How fun! thanks for sharing, I had forgotten about that Gypsy Wagon until now.

  7. Laura, I love the gypsy wagons, too. I wasn't just kidding when i said that was my first choice. did you meet Sandy at the RTR? He builds them!

    I've no doubt that first wagon could have been your inspiration. I'd be so excited to see you restoring one!