• Jun
    9

    The Van, Truck, Trailer and RV Lifestyle

     

    Yesterday I hooked up with an old friend. We met at a local Timmy’s and proceeded to catch each other up on what’s been happening over the years. One thing led to another and we wound up discussing the RV lifestyle.

    As some of you may recall, a few weeks ago I experienced a shift in perception, the result of receiving a copy of J.J. Luna’s book: OFF THE GRID: Live in a Van, Truck, Trailer, or Motorhome.

    After talking for a while, we decided to head out to an RV place in Sidney, and have a look at the various units. It was a wonderful surprise. I was astonished by the amount of room in some of the trailers and was especially delighted by some of the 5th wheel units, especially those with pushouts.

    Some of these units resembled small apartments with high ceilings, modern fixtures, winterization and more. Of course they were all out my price range, but it made me realize that I’ve driven myself nuts with the apartment search every time I came back from Mexico. What I saw today was proof that there’s a better way to live.

    Of course there are compromises, such as not living in the city, but even those can be overcome. One solution I learned about was to have an RV and park overnight in industrial areas. Another solution is to park at Wal-Mart, which is a favorite strategy of many a traveler.

    A third strategy was to camp out in Robbins parking lot in the inner harbour in Victoria. According to this one guy a spoke with, the cost is only $12.00/day and you wind up with a waterfront space. SWEET! I’ll be sure to check that one out, that’s for sure.

    As I build back my finances, I intend to use the strategies outlined in OFF THE GRID and find myself an inexpensive cube van that I can set up with all the basics.

    It’s a simple and inexpensive way to go. The best part will be learning where to park around town for free. I could use this strategy in Mexico, too. when I was traveling on the Baja, I saw many a rig parked on the beach, where people were staying for free.

    There are so many options, ones I never thought of before. For those of you who live in the US, Frugal RV Travel offers some great information about free camping locations.

    In upcoming articles I’m going to write about what I’ve found out, how to buy a cube van, what to put in it, how to set it up for comfort and efficiency and more.

    See you next time.

    © Nathan Segal 2013.

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