Choices, Choices

 ImageLast month, I picked up my mom, and together we went the Dayton/Cincinnati RV Show at the Dayton International Airport. I was hopeful that I could find the RV of my dreams.

Well, maybe not. They had a hangar full of shiny new conveyances, some with their own means of power, and some meant to be hauled behind another vehicle (usually a truck). But it was fun to look at them.

The trailer pictured in the photo above was small and light, but still too big to drag behind my Honda Civic. I would have to have a larger vehicle, and one with a trailer hitch. One other thing I realized about the trailers, even the small ones is that they cannot simply be unhitched when one wants to leave them at a campsite or other location. If you look at the back of the trailer you’ll see one of the stabilizers at each corner; these have to be set individually so the trailer doesn’t tip when you unhitch it. I imagine it would not work too well once you’re inside the thing if that’s not done, as well. Could be way too much funhouse for my taste! There are also some very cute, very small such trailers, which are basically an enclosed bed on wheels, with a camp kitchen on the back end. That’s just a bit too small for me.

This type of trailer does have an amazing amount of storage, though, and lots of little features that would make it fun to use. I also like that it has solid sides, as opposed to the pop-up type: 
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Somehow, I can’t see myself sleeping in that trailer, by myself. The potential for easy entry by an intruder seems far too great.

There are some really cool, converted “toy haulers” that looked like an option. (Toy haulers are for hauling motorcycles, 4X4′s, go-carts, and other, well, toys.) But doesn’t this look a bit claustrophobic, with no windows? It’s shiny and pretty, but I can’t see this particular trailer as being very comfortable, especially in either the heat or the cold. Image

So onward to more contained units, including the kind that propels itself. A friend who travels extensively in an RV with her husband recommended that I look at the kind they have, but I have not yet been able to see a Lazy Dazey RV in person. They are based on a van body, with the trailer wrapping over the top of the van cab, for additional room. This was the closest thing I saw at the RV show. 

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If I can’t find a Roadtrek somewhere, this type would be a nice option, although it’s still larger than I want, and taller, which would make it more difficult to park on a residential street. There are some nice features in this type of RV, though, including a roll-out awning for al fresco dining and relaxing. They have pretty big water tanks, too, and a generator for cooking, heating/AC, and for using TV, radio, and Internet.

It is possible to find RV’s that are as large, or larger, than many actual homes. I’ve seen two-story motorhomes, with incredibly fancy interiors, with leather recliner/sofas, and giant flat-screen LCD TV’s, and gourmet kitchens with granite countertops. They are amazingly deluxe, but massive. It would be more like driving a bus than a passenger vehicle.

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Check out the inside:
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The side walls of the RV expand outward in order to provide so much room inside. It’s actually quite ingenious, all the different ways they use that feature to expand the interior.  Entire kitchen walls or dining areas or seating areas slide into and out of the center aisles to create the illusion of vast space.

And the bedroom, which is up a flight of STAIRS: Image

It really would be possible to live in one of these. As long as you like the color brown. Every single RV or trailer I have seen so far has some version of a brown color scheme. I guess it is so dirt doesn’t show–I mean, who wants to have to work so hard to keep what is essentially a vacation vehicle clean? But still. It depresses me. Dark blue or dark green, or even burgundy would be just as nice, in my opinion.

So the quest continues. But for the first leg of my journey, coming up soon, I’ll just be getting in the Civic and heading out. More to come!

 

February 19, 2013. Uncategorized.

6 Comments

  1. Ellen R replied:

    Karen, I’ve gone through the same mental gymnastics as I’ve thought about my adventure. I’ve come to the conclusion that a membership in the Affordable Travel Club and a car might be my best option. I still have to look to see if there are members in the places I want to visit.

    It is fun reading about your decision process.

  2. Holly Gault replied:

    I remember traveling on an airplane [yes! an airplane, not a jet] that had an upstairs and downstairs. I think. I don’t think that was all in my imagination.

    • Karen in Ohio replied:

      No, there are such things, for sure, Holly. I’ve also been on one, although I’ve never been “upstairs”. On one flight someone next to me asked the flight attendant for something, and she said she would “check upstairs”. I was startled! Could not figure out how they got up there.

  3. Laurie Moore replied:

    Why couldn’t you get a window or two cut out of the Toy Hauler? It actually looks pretty good to me, and you won’t be staying in it except to sleep and maybe eat a few meals along the way. I agree, it does need windows for safety reasons, if nothing else, but with all these “pimp my ride” places around, it seems do-able to get windows in one.

    I hope you’ll come see me in Texas. I’ll make you love Fort Worth!

    • Karen in Ohio replied:

      Well, for one thing, it’s a trailer, which I don’t want. My goal is to have a vehicle that can be slept in, but is also compact enough to park on any residential street, almost like a regular vehicle. And I just don’t like the looks of the toy hauler. It’s all hard, shiny edges. For some reason it makes me think “cold” and “sterile”.

      But yes, I do want to visit you, Laurie. That would be grand fun. Will you show me the Man Cave, the statuary garden, and the chandelier collection? :-)

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