November 2, 2018 at 10:12 am #2812
What recommendations do you have for RVs, Campervans, or custom conversion? I just read the thread on sanitation and followed the link for the AirHead composting toilet, which seems like a great option for an RV or Campervan.
November 5, 2018 at 7:35 am #3080WhirlibirdParticipant
Try before you buy. Rent something the size you are thinking of purchasing. Find out before that you need more space/seating.
Composting toilet? For a family of 5-6, not gonna work. Overload.
For anything longer than a couple of days, a spare gas ring (turkey burner) is wonderful and keeps from heating the entire trailer up in summer.
Auxiliary power cable and alternative gas source.
It may be just a regional SHTF and you end up parked at cousin Jethro’s place two states away, riding out the hurricane.
Being able to piggyback off his houses propane tank, water and power makes your life so much easier.
Don’t max out the vehicles tow weight with just the trailer alone. Once you start adding gear, food and water, you can quickly overload your tow vehicle. Running a second vehicle loaded with food and water helps immensely.
Trailers commonly need seal work done every 5 years or so, plan on it as a regular chore.
Buying a used trailer, I would plan on it before the next winter/storm season. Black mold and water damaged wood are no fun.
All of the normal maintenance items also apply, grease the hubs, the ball, use antifreeze in the water system, and so on.
Right now, I am considering the rebuild route, picking up a $500-1000 trailer and doing a gut and rebuild to it, to get what we want.
November 18, 2020 at 11:24 am #30855
Whirlybird is dead on.
Have 2 or more load plans. For me it’s vacation then hunting then SHTF. The hunting and SHTF are very close.
You take different things for vacation area hookups as opposed to no hookups like where I camp to hunt.
In SHTF the cutsie lights, flamingos and kiss the chef apron gotta go. You need to know what to quickly dump out.
November 27, 2020 at 11:23 pm #31145BarrensHomeyParticipant
My wife bought a 1978 Dodge camper, leaky and in need of roof work but usable. I tarped it over for the winter and it seems pretty snug. Hopefully we’ll get to reroofing next spring. Nice thing about those old Dodge 318’s – no computer. EMP proof. It would make for a handy mobile command central.
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April 13, 2021 at 9:13 am #35798
I apologize for not seeing these great replies until now! 🙁 Great advice Whirlibird and Matt…you sync right up with my husband. Cruise America sells used RVs and purportedly they are good about maintenance. We’ll try renting one of those and see what we think.
April 13, 2021 at 12:10 pm #35806
We have a pop-up trailer and have camped/hunted with it, but I’d like to get something that could double as a temporary shelter in the event that we want to relocate quickly.
April 13, 2021 at 5:32 pm #35816namelusParticipant
It’s a link to a guy who lives in a van and is building a new home out of a cargo truck.
April 14, 2021 at 1:36 pm #35848Crow BarKeymaster
FYI: RV Sales Hit Record In February, On Pace For Blowout 2021
April 14, 2021 at 7:28 pm #35854
What we noticed this last weekend while camping was many of the alternative sites are allowing permanent camping situations to happen because they needed steady income during covid and so many folks lost their homes or hit hard times and are staying afloat the best they can.
We normally like these sites but they are filled up with residents now.
April 15, 2021 at 10:14 am #35870
Wow, Matt– that’s a good observation. My guess is that developed RV spots may be a good investment in future years.
April 15, 2021 at 10:32 am #35872
Most of our developed sites had previously filled up with oilfield and windmill workers. From Sayre to OKC you didn’t dare not have a hotel reservation because no rooms were to be had for the last several years.
Covid and job loss certainly filled up remaining sites and I guess it’s a 50/50 shot as to developing a new site would be worthy though I’m guessing it will be.
Many of the trucks and cars at these temp/perm sites surpassed the “homes” in value greatly as a side note.
April 15, 2021 at 12:13 pm #35880
Wow. With the current administration’s stance on oil and gas, maybe those RV spots will open up. Don’t know? Interesting that those sites surpassed homes in value.
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