RV Dreamin’

Laying Down and Looking Up

HERON LAKE SP, NM—Recently, three fellow nomads have wistfully discussed alternative rigs: The Kodger, Morrissette, and Boonie.

This has got me thinking, which is never a good thing.

Here’s what I think I’d (I’ll????) do:

In short: A van towing a very small (6-8′) cargo trailer.

The van for comfort: A futon/bed for lounging and sleeping, a Lazy-Boy chair for lounging and working, and some storage for clothes.

The cargo trailer for the utilities: Kitchen, refrigerator, toilet, shower, battery-bank, and solar panels.

A rig like that, you could live comfortably practically anywhere for free: woods, towns, or cities.

You could disconnect the trailer and stealth camp in the van right in the heart of even the biggest city for a few days at a time.

In the forest, you could leave the trailer in the hot sun for solar and run an extension cord to your van sitting in the shade by the river.

Buy a cheap used van for a couple grand and if it dies, buy another one. Toss in your futon, chair, and clothes and drive off.

The more I think about it, the more I’m liking it (which is also never a good thing).

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12 comments on “RV Dreamin’
  1. It’s part of the creation of what you’re getting next. Part of living as a soul is delighting in what the world offers, groovy living space included.

    Could be “Wayne” liking it. Could be “her” liking it through Wayne. Could be both. What a lovely dance :)

  2. Susan says:

    That’s a creative combination, Wayne! I want something small, was considering the Chinook or something along those lines or a very tiny trailer or a cabover. Your idea meets most of my “must have’s” except I don’t want to have to get out of the van in the night to visit the “ladies room”. :-) Will look forward to seeing photos of your new rig. I agree with Maria in that this could be a divinely inspired, aren’t they all?, idea.

    Onward,
    Susan

  3. frankie says:

    Everything is always as it should be… even our thoughts! : ) Through the deepening I am going thru, this has become my mantra. Just as mind pushed to me awakening– it still guides into deepening.

    I was giving a talk to a group of women the other night about how mind blocks true artistic vision– and inevitably it followed that it blocks our freedom to live. I made the statement to the group, ‘you do realize that all of this is supposed to be fun, right? Life? It was never meant to be serious? Just like art. Art is supposed to be fun– not work.’

    Have friggin fun, dude!

  4. Wayne (Wirs) says:

    @Maria: Could be. :)

    @Susan: I too, after seeing Glenn’s, love the Chinook. I just don’t love the price. :)

    @frankie: Yes indeed!

  5. Nan says:

    Maybe you should start thinking about why you seem to want/need to keep changing your living quarters. Perhaps you are not really satisfied with being a nomad and want to settle in one place!

  6. Debra says:

    You had me right up to “disconnect.” How would you live several days at a time without a toilet or food? Granted, you could go back and forth to the trailer, but like I said, you had me right up to that point. LOL.

    Here is the link to one of your fellow nomads that has done the same, only opposite (grin) – solar on the van, etc: http://rvsueandcrew.com/.

  7. Wayne (Wirs) says:

    @Nan/Mom: Hmm. Am I hearing a little motherly projection? :)

    @Debra: Toilet, Food? One word: Restaurants.

  8. Pierre says:

    Hi Wayne-

    I am and have traveled many miles in Dodge Caravans up in BC, Canada. I am into my 2nd one now. You can buy a good one for $1000 and parts are available everywhere. I get 30 mpg on the highway so this is a lot better then driving around with 4x4s dragging trailers. Yes and as you said you can park and stay nearly anywhere. I have taken out the back seats of course and so have plenty of room for comfortable sleeping. Along with the cargo trailer you can get some cargo carrier for the roof top also.
    Most vans have tinted windows for added privacy which is good. The 3 liter 6 cylinder Mitsubishi engine is reliable and economical with plenty enough power.
    If you can switch into using these wonderful vehicles you will not regret it as the economy and practical aspects are hard to beat.

    PS -I really enjoy your insights and photography, thanks for your efforts.

    cheers,

  9. Boonie says:

    Wayne, your choice of a van pulling a small cargo trailer is probably the one I’ll go for. Most people don’t understand the huge ratio between a van’s storage and a pickup’s, even a pickup with a good cap. (The access is much better in the van. It matters.)

    But I have also thought of “living” (bedroom, den) in the van and moving the bathroom, toy storage, generator and gas can, propane bottle, and water jugs to a 5 X 8 foot cargo trailer. It’s much easier to do a conversion on flat plywood walls in the cargo trailer than in the van.

    But I can not decide where to put the kitchen and the batteries. I don’t want to end up with two of everything.

    Pulling a single axle trailer of that size would be a breeze compared to a travel trailer with a 17 foot box, which is what I do now.

  10. Wayne (Wirs) says:

    @Boonie: I like the idea of the kitchen in the trailer to maximize the living area/comfort of the van. I want the batteries in the trailer to power the refrigerator – even when I’m disconnected and out exploring in the van.

    And thanks for helping seed this idea. I got a lot of it via your musings recently, and from having poked around in Randy’s old cargo trailer a few years back.

  11. Wayne (Wirs) says:

    @Pierre: 30 mpg! Fantastic. I envy your ultra-simple lifestyle!

  12. Stan says:

    I used to have a full size Dodge van like this and loved it for travel. The captains chairs swiveled so no need for a separate chair.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1976-dodge-tradesman-custom-van-70s-hop-cap-breman-customized-vantastic-/261100817617?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item3ccad24cd1#ht_582wt_1074

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