Seeing the country has always been a thing for me. Over the years, I have managed to take a series of single idea trips to a variety of places. I went to the Grand Canyon, I went to Florida, I went several times over to New Orleans, I visited New Mexico, I have been to various places on the East Coast and I have been and lived near Washington D.C.
A couple of years ago, I finally found myself in a position where I could buy an RV and “Hit the Road.” I knew I wanted something small, so I would not have to tow an extra vehicle. I had plans to go west to several places in the Rocky Mountains and since I had lived in Colorado, I knew I did not want anything too big or too long.
I searched around for weeks and finally found a 23′ Coachman RV. It was the perfect size for what I wanted and had everything I needed in a small self contained unit. It had a Chevy Van Front with an Automatic Transmission, so it was simple to drive and not too much longer than an average truck or van. It was taller and I learned quickly where I could and could not drive it. No more drive-thrus for me.
Buying the RV from a dealership was a huge mistake. They lied every place they could and even with a mechanic and RV owner friend checking it out, I found several items that proved to be a maintenance drain on my bank account. So, I have started offering a service, Spend $50 with me and I will save you hundreds in costs and miseries.
Be aware, America is NOT RV Friendly. They assume you are bringing a tow vehicle with you. Trying to park even a small RV is a challenge, especially in National Parks. I visited 11 different parks and the RV parking was either inadequate, or it was filled with passenger vehicles. The few times I wasted the effort to voice concerns, the park employees ALL treated me with rudeness and disrespect. One asked me what I expected them to do. I responded with, “Do you know what Tow Truck is? or How about getting your Volunteers out there to stop the jerks from parking in the wrong place!” So, a word to the wise, National Parks are drag for the RV’er. Some cities are horrible too. They restrict Propane as a Hazardous Chemical so you are forced to take bypasses. if you end up going into town, it will be with your tow vehicle or if you are lucky a cab or bus.
The other factor you will run into is RV Parks. While there are some nice paces, most of them barely accommodate the RV and give no consideration for your tow vehicle or the desire to be far enough from your neighbor, not to hear the snoring. Almost all of the major parks use Workampers as staff and most of these people are abused. So they pass on their misery to the customers. If you expect to find a friendly face at the end of long day of driving, don’t hold your breath.
Living 24/7 in a box on wheels has a lot of challenges. Make sure you like to be challenged.