Howdy folks -
I hope I've put this in the right place - if not, perhaps someone can
I'm a long-time camper, but my idea of camping has always been limited
to what fits in the trunk of a car and not much else. It's always been a
fascination of mine to do a little RVing, and a set of circumstances has
arisen that tells me the right time is coming up! I can't quite put my
finger on the exact nature of the appeal, but whatever - most fun you
have in life is based on some intangible, yeah?
I don't have any long-term ownership aspirations. I don't have a place
to store anything long term, and at this point in my life it's probably
not a good use of money to pay someone to store for me. The way my
career has gone, the chances of me having real time in the near term for
further enjoyment is pretty limited, so I'm kind of planning a get in,
get out experience. Find something over the winter, enjoy it in 2014,
and then sell it on.
The smart thing to do would be probably be rent something. The
reasonably smart thing to do would probably be buy something modern. I
don't think that's enough variables, too safe. I'm looking to buy
something vintage, maybe put a little into it, and do this thing in
I'm fascinated by ChryCo's contribution to RVing, and by
Travcos in particular - but anything in that vein would be great for me.
I'll note that it's just me and my girlfriend, and maybe our dog. I
realize a Class A Travco is probably overkill for two people, but this is more
about living our a life goal and having an experience than being
Sounds crazy, but what I'm looking for is something older, classy, and
reliable enough that it can handle ~4,000 miles without kersploding.
HVAC isn't important since I don't need to use the thing year round or
travel to places where I don't want to be outside anyway. I do want a
reliable plumbing and electrical system, but I don't anticipate any big
electrical demands. I don't need or want a TV, microwave, or by and
large any real conveniences. A place to charge a cell phone and some
lights that can stay on at night are more than sufficient. I feel like
that's not asking a lot, but am I insane?
Any sage advice, up to and including "you're out of your mind?"
Things/years/models to look for in a 30 or 40 year old RV? Is going back
that far in time inviting a usability or safety disaster? I am very
mechanically inclined (I own & personally maintain several cars going back 50 years) and have an excellent knowledge of chassis electrics and a
reasonable understanding of plumbing. I'm not worried about things that
need to be fixed or require a little extra maintenance - I just don't
want to die coming down out of the California Sierras, or end up
stranded on I5 in central Oregon when an irreplaceable widget
Sorry for the long post, but I think I got it all out there!