It was over two years ago that I first stumbled upon Tynan's site. I was in graduate school in Washington DC, one of the most expensive places to live and was inspired to buy my own RV. I wouldn't have to pay rent, and I could still live in any city. I purchased my Rialta almost two years ago from amazingly enough another Tynan convert. What's the odds of that?
Last year, I traveled south to Florida stopping by in a bunch of cities but not often living in the RV itself. Today, I'm traveling west to Colorado and then the West Coast. I'll be making stops in Pittsburgh, Chicago, and likely somewhere in between Chicago and Boulder/Denver, maybe Omaha? I'll be volunteering at a Buddhist Geeks Conference in Boulder and staying around the area for a while before heading further West to Vegas, San Fran, and/or Oregon.
I never made a lot of modifications apart from the wood floor that the last owner already put in place and the solar panels I installed. But I'm thinking of selling the RV after this trip anyway. I got an opportunity in Boston, and RVs don't fare well in the winter on the East Coast. Or I might just keep it at a friend's place on the West Coast. Will see.
I'll be documenting the trip more here and on my blog. Hopefully, everything works out, and I'll fulfill my dream of going cross country after I first read On the Road back in high school.
Thanks to Tynan for living his extraordinary life and all the past people like Tom who gave advice previously. I have a bunch of old saved forum threads somewhere about what the best frig is and best charge controller.
A short while I ago, as an aside, I mentioned that I might be buying an RV to live in. It seemed like a good idea, so every day I checked ebay to see what sorts of deals were to be had. I wasn't ready to buy, but I figured it would be good to know what's available for when the condo sold.
I sat in my living room chatting with some friends on AIM when one of them brought up the RV idea. While I explained it to them I opened up ebay. By default it shows the most recently listed RVs on top. The very top one was an R-Vision Trail Lite, one of the few models I'd really liked. I glanced over at the price and it was $14,000, less than half of what they usually go for. There must be something wrong with it.
I opened the listing and read through the description. The front "shotgun" seat was missing. No big deal. They'd backed into something and the fiberglass around the tail light was cracked. No big deal. The couch wasn't the one specifically made for the RV. No big deal.
That was me circa 1990 right after I graduated from the University of Colorado. My focus was to get "On the Road to Find Out" and decide if not what I wanted to do with my life when I grow up, where I wanted to settle down at least. Purchased a 1976 VW Westfalia pop-up with the idea that the window in my life I was currently in was a fleeting one and if I was ever to go on this wild adventure this was my one opportunity to do so. I had no immediate need to work, a few thousand in savings, two empty credit cards to get in serious financial trouble with, and plenty of time yet until I entered "the real world"... saddled by the monthly mortgage payment, meager paychecks that would leave me with more month than money, and all that comes along with a wife, children and raising a family.
My original plan was to leave Boulder and take a figure eight journey around the country, traveling as far North as Quebec, the French Gaspé, Turtle Island and Vancouver, and as far South as Key West, Pony Island and Baja California. I planned on following every inch of the US coastlines that I could, seeking out as many new adventures and experiences as possible. The estimated time table the trip would require was approximately 2 months to complete from start to finish, with many different family members and friends to stop in and visit along the way.
As one of my favorite quotes from John Lennon goes - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."