Off of the Grid

To Move or Not to Move – That is the Question

I’ve been following a thread on the RV.Net forum, and the main focus of the thread is the controversy of whether or not using your RV as your main vehicle makes sense.  It’s kind of interesting how much response this simple thread has generated.  For us, there is no option.  We don’t have a car.  We either walk, take the bus, rent a taxi, or drive the RV.  But, in reviewing everyone thoughts, I really just want to wack some people with a whiffle bat and say, “Be Realisitic!” and “Open your Eyes!”  So to those people, let me give the following advice:

  • If you are driving a Class ‘A’ that can’t make every turn, and doesn’t fit on every road, then no.  You probably don’t want to drive your RV as your primary vehicle.
  • If you have a 30’+ tow behind that you are hauling with your truck – um, hello?  You have a truck!
  • If you are wanting to drive it everywhere you go, and I mean EVERYWHERE!  And you are one of those people who think human beings should have been designed with wheels instead of  feet – well, then hopefully you have one of those small and ridiculously expensive Rialto type RV’s.  Big enough to live in, small enough to drive like a car…and you probably should go see someone about your nature issues.
  • If you are going to drive your Class ‘C’ RV to the grocery store once a week, or to do laundry, or to go to Home Depot – then it’s not a big deal.  Drive your rig and don’t sweat it.

On the forum people were arguing back and forth.  Some people swearing they used their RV’s as their commuter vehicle (these are the small Class ‘C’ers), and others saying what a pain it was, and how much fuel it wastes and how much of a bother it was to couple and uncouple everything (these would be the giant Class ‘A’s and the big trailer people).  People brought up the environmental impact, fuel consumption – time wasted coupling and uncoupling – it got silly.

I guess the point I am trying to make here is use your common sense.  If you have an RV, you’ve already demonstrated a certain independence and presumably have the desire to spend more time out and about exploring this great nation of ours.  So common sense, if its close enough to walk to, walk.  If it’s small enough to fit in a grocery bag, take the bus if its too far to walk for you (everyone’s distance will be a bit different.  Mine is about 2 miles one way.  Any more than that, I’ll look at the bus) or ride a bike.  If you need something, and it’s too heavy to carry, too bulky to move easily or won’t fit in a bag, move the rig.    When you do it enough, you’ll find you can uncouple and have things stowed in 10 min or under.

Remember there are always other options if you are going to be in a large city.  Look at services like Zipcars that can rent you anything from a tiny sports car to a truck for half an hour, an hour or even a full day as needed.  So mellow out – use your common sense and have fun!


One response

  1. It is also really convenient to bring your HOUSE with you to the hardware store when doing a repair job. 🙂

    February 1, 2012 at 6:16 am

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