Tin Can Travels —
What It’s Like To Live, Work, And Play On The Road
(Year-Round, In Less-Than-200-Square Feet)

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What It’s Like To Live, Work, And Play On The Road
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Grab Me A Cart, I'm Going RV Shopping

On A Rig-Picking Expedition —
Grab Me A Cart, I’m Going RV Shopping

Grab Me A Cart, I’m Going RV Shopping -- find out what your rolling-domicile options look like when you're RV shopping (#blogpost #RVlifestyle #RVer #fulltimer #fulltimeRVing #Airstream #glamping #travel #buyingarig #homeiswhereyouparkit) at http://ramonacreel.com/2018/02/10/living-in-a-tin-can/going-shopping-rv/The most important choice you’ll make as a full-timer is picking a lifestyle-appropriate rig. This isn’t just some fun-bus you’ll take on one weekend trip then leave in the driveway.

It’s your HOME, for fuck’s sake!

And although a rolling residence (hopefully) won’t set you back as much as a plot of land, you still need to treat said purchasing decision with as much care as those brick-and-mortar-house-hunting-treks stationary folk love so much.

You’ve got three basic options (technically five, but I’ll cover the others in a sec) — motorhome, travel trailer, fifth-wheel.

(Yes, I intentionally left out pop-ups and teardrops, ‘cuz I don’t know how the hell you’d live year-round in something that teeny. But if you want to go for it, lemme know how that works out for you!)

Fair warning — I’m keeping things super simple here. This series is about spreading broad domiciliary strokes across the canvas of your intended nomadism. I wasn’t hired to describe every facet or feature on any particular model. My job (underpaid-and-lacking-in-fringe-benefits-though-it-may-be) is to present a big-picture-illustration-of-the-vehicular-alternatives-for-your-wanderlusting-agenda — if you’re looking for more paint-by-numbers instructions, it might be time to venture toward the library.

(I’ve also heard good things about this place in South America. Amazon, I think — not sure what a bookstore’s doing in the jungle, then again who’s bitching when they’ve got so many kick-ass resources?)

But I digress.

Let’s go from-more-complex-to-less. So a motorhome is an RV with a built-in engine. Remember I said “technically five options” a minute ago? That’s because there are three styles from which to choose:

  • class-A (this looks like the kind of thing you’d take on a coach trip or rock tour, and some are even made from converted buses — think Bobby DeNiro’s building-on-wheels in Meet The Fockers, Cousin Eddie’s piece of crap in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, or Walter White’s rolling meth lab)
  • class-B (these are more like oversized campervans — clearly far less-popular in popular media, but Napoleon Dymanite’s  Uncle Rico uses one as the backdrop for his football video)
  • class-C (this bad boy has a truck cab sticking out the front — I can’t for the life of me think of a film or tv show featuring one except the documentary A Finished Life: The Goodbye & No Regrets Tour, which I doubt more than two of you have seen — but if you’ve ever encountered those “Go-RVing” rental rigs that are parked at every major tourist location, you know what I’m talking about)

Now for the sans-engine set — units requiring a separate tow vehicle to successfully locomote:

  • travel trailers (these attach to a hitch-ball-thingy, and yes that is the technical term, that sticks out from beneath the back bumper of your car/truck — all Airstreams are of this ilk, except for the extremely weird-shaped motorhomes they occasionally-and-IMHO-misguidedly manufacture — so is the absolute behemoth-of-a-monstrosity Lucy and Desi pull in The Long, Long Trailer)
  • fifth-wheels (these have that ginormous pedastal-looking-doohickey, another piece of scientific nomenclature, that sits in the bed of a pickup — I couldn’t find any relevant pop-culture references, unless you count an eponymously-titled-naked-dating-reality-show with the gloriously terrible logline “where strangers become lovers and lovers become bitter suicidal exes” — I kid you not, IMDB it)

So which is the right house/vehicle/showpiece for you?

Totally depends on how you travel, how you live, your space requirements, and your budget.

(How’s that for a vague response? Good thing we’re going to talk about all the ins and out of each style in painful, painful detail for the next several weeks!)

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