Thursday, April 7, 2011

Peace, Love and RV Tranquility

Dear Dr. R.V. Shrink:
I’m in my late 50‘s and met a wonderful old hippie who has great social security. We have so much in common and have decided we’d like to be traveling companions. The problem is she is a vegetarian minimalist and I am a meat and potatoes abstract. She wants to buy a small trailer that looks like a fiberglass egg. I want an old 35 ft. school bus. Can you explain to her that people do not live full-time in such a small space. I have tried to explain to her that we need the kind of room that a big bus offers. She insists that it is doable and I cannot reason with her. Please send help.
--About to be Crammed in Camden

Dear Crammed:
I am a bit suspect of your motives. Are you hooking up with this woman for companionship or a social security check and Golden Age campground passport? You haven’t enlightened me on what you have in common but it is obviously not camping style. There are several small trailer brands that fit the fiberglass egg description. One of the more popular is the Casita. It is small and practical and people do full-time RV in them. They make travel fuel efficient, have very functional floor plans and utilize every square inch of space to the maximum. An old school bus on the other hand would be far from fuel efficient and most likely more expensive to turn into a comfortable RV. I would have to agree with your companion between the two choices you have offered. It will be a close relationship, and I am talking quarters not compassion. Much of the storage available when hauling a trailer this size will be in the tow vehicle. You might want to pack light in the beginning so that you will have less to carry if she ends up dropping you off along the highway. You must face the fact that this idea will always be in the back of her head. Think about it. Without you she doubles the size of her trailer living space and most likely has twice as much money.
--Keep Smilin’, Dr. R.V. Shrink

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Anonymous said...

ROFL! What an awesome answer!

Jeff said...

Good Morning. Enjoyed your comment about Casita as my lady and I bought one in '08. As for cramped, the issue seems to be needing room and what we do is make room outside with the awning and extra tarps allowing our inside as a cozy place to relax and sleep. About 90% of cooking is outside with a camp stove, camp oven(when needed), and a great roomy place to nap or prepare for an activity. I have a powing vehicle in a 4x4 P/U and my mileage avg is about 12.5 mpg. Not too shabby. Oh, we also share our little space with a 30lb dog and 2 cats. Comfy and cuddly! Good luck in your decision cramped!

biglar said...

Personally, I think they should compromise. To me, crammed into a Casita with a partner would be a terrible punishment, tho' I travel alone for months at a time in a pickup/camper. A 22'-24' Class C would give much more room and be much more economical than the bus. Years ago, I owned a converted Crown Coach school bus and while it did the job it was a monster to drive.


Penny said...

Personally, if I were that wonderful old hippie with the great Social Security, I'd drop that young whippersnapper in a minute and take me and my Casita far, far away!!

Rollin said...

This sounds like the classic "which came first, the chicken or the egg" dilemna.

Get the hippie chick her egg. If in time she concludes that more is better, the egg can be your trade-in.

If, however, she decides YOU need to go, she's already got her egg.

Elementary, Dear Watson.

Anonymous said...

There is a HUGE compatibility issue here that cannot be ignored. If either of you are unhappy with your home, your home life will suffer. There are large blinking warning lights here. Proceed with caution.