It's a major decision choosing between a motor home and a travel trailer. (No, I'm not considering living 5-6 months a year in a tent, folks.) Advantages of a motor home are obvious:
- Security. You can pull into a rest area, campground or truck stop and never have to unlock your door if you just want to make a meal and/or go to bed.
- Backing up. I've never towed anything, but I have driven and backed up the Tramper, so I know I can do that.
- Stealth camping. If your rig is small enough, you can park lots of places and not be detected that you are actually camping.
- Investment. Motor homes are more expensive than travel trailers.
- Mobility. You are either stuck where you camp, or you must pack up your whole home to run into town for bread and milk. Plus if you have a breakdown that puts it in the shop, you are stuck in a hotel room without wheels and relying on public transportation.
Travel trailers solve the motor homes' two main disadvantages:
- Expense. You could pick up a pretty nice used trailer for under $10,000 and find a used tow vehicle for less than that.
- Mobility. Park and set up your trailer, then jump in your vehicle and go off to see the sights.
So the hunt is on. I'm no where near ready to buy yet. I still have 2-3 years to work! But I'm doing research to find the best size, brand, floor plan, and features to fit my travel plans. I spend hours on the internet looking at models and reading full-timers blogs. I've learned a lot so far, and think I will be well equipped to make a good decision and a great purchase when my new adventure draws close.