Traveling Cheap in RVs and Vans Part 3

Traveling Cheap in RVs and Vans Part 3

What Rig do you choose?

PLEASE NOTE THIS DOC IS A WORK IN PROGRESS SO CHECK BACK.

There are many different types of rigs to consider before traveling.
Planning and thinking about where you want to go makes the decision easier.
If you plan to visit cities you can use the biggest rig you can afford.
Class A 40 feet long no problem, same for a Fifth Wheel. However this
is not a frugal endeavor in anyway but for some folks bigger is better.
You’ll be forced into large campgrounds that accommodate big rigs and
you’ll pay for that. In many case owning a big rig verses just
staying at a hotel is not cost effective. Considering the cost of the
rig, Insurance and $65 to $100 every night in a privately owned campground.
Then there’s the cost of repairs to a big rig. As I grow older bigger isn’t better for me.

Also, consider how comfortable you’ll be driving a 36 foot long bus (Class A) or
a 38 foot Fifth Wheel. You will need to be pretty good at maneuvering such a big rig.
Getting fuel is a challenge at times and you could get stuck on a narrow roadway.
 It all gets much worst if you’re towing a car behind your Class A!

A few years ago I was towing an 18 foot trailer behind my Durango up in
Townsend, TN. I needed gas and there was a nice gas station that looked like
it would be easy to get in and out. When you’re towing you always need to
consider how hard it will be to get gas. I drove into the station and
Karen got out to see how we could pull the camper around the building and out the
back because the road looked like you could drive around. She came back
and said the dreaded words, “no way out”! The force was with me that day
because, as I started to panic, I noticed all the cars in the little parking lot in front
of me moved out of the way! I was able to negotiate the turns and got out of there.
Good lesson learned! Be especially careful if you have a big rig.

Visiting National Parks
If you plan to visit National Parks you better think small. In many
National Parks there are length limits to consider. Plus, The government doesn’t only want
to know the length of your camper it also wants to know the length of your tow vehicle too.
They add it up and then tell you if they have sites that can accommodate your set up.

Then there are the very small campers you see in all the National Parks.
They are there because they are cheaper and easier to have. The real small
campers can be hand pushed into the campsite. I know because my wife and I
have pushed our little camper many times. I have watched folks pushing a
T@B camper into place and it looked pretty easy.

BLM and Forest Lands
If you’re camping on BLM or Forest land better think about a small Class C, Truck Camper
or maybe van. The roads are almost never paved and you need a vehicle that
has some clearance because there will be boulders and streams on the way.

If you want to camp urban stealthy you should think about a van!

Go to Traveling Cheap Part 4

 

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