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.
For the longest time, I've always wanted to wander. Every few months I'd come up with an idea. Last year I spent about a week trying to figure out how long it would take to walk across the country, from the Atlantic to the Pacific (ending in San Fransisco, because it's the best city that side of New York City).
For the few past month or so, I've been planning a Cross-country Parkour tour for this summer. Within the past month, it's really taken off. I'm going to be crashing on traceurs' couches, chairs, beds, and floors. I'm going to be hitting up as many of the national jams as possible, and visiting as many local communities as I can. I'm also planning on buying a camcorder (read: already bought it, waiting for it to be shipped!) and making a documentary about the whole trip. Kind of a "This is how America trains!" sort of thing.
These are the cities I'm planning on going to, most likely in this order:
DCPittsburghPhillyNYCClevelandDetroitAnn Arbor/UofMChicagoMinneapolisMadisonSeattleSan FransiscoLAPhoenixDenverOklahoma CitySan AntonioAustinMiamiWest Palm BeachJacksonvilleAthens, GACharlotteChapel HillDC
I'm currently aiming for it taking about 7-8 weeks. I'll be starting in DC with (B)East Coast at the end of May, but then I'm hanging around the area until the Philly jam on June 6-7th. From there I'm headed back to NJ/NYC with Jesse/Hardcoretracuer, and I'm using his house as a base of operations until PKNY. So lucky NYC, I'll be around for two and a half, three weeks!