I've looked everywhere around here (Austin) but cannot find a good Rialta. Are there any comparable class B's that would have most of the perks?
You can sometimes get a Roadtrek gasser for pretty cheap. I bought one two years ago for $9,800. 2002 D190V. I get 15 mpg, parks in regular spot, semi stealthy, has slept in it all over the place. City streets of Charlottesville, VA, rest stops, truck stops, campgrounds, etc... I can't really mod mine too much because, I take my wife and kids camping in it but, I could definitely see making some mods to make it comfortable for a single guy. The tanks are kinda small but, if you do the gym/spa shower technique you could get it down to emptying black/gray once a week.
Don't forget RVTrader:
This Europa has a cool floorplan, but do your research: http://www.rvtrader.com/listing/1993-EUROPA-EUROPA-EUROPA-104520454
Here's another alternative that I've been really excited about: The XP Camper. It's not going to give you the stealthiness of a Rialta, but it has other benefits. I did a full write-up of it for TrekAdvisor after visiting the facility last weekend. Here's a video and a pic:
Yeah it's all a matter of perspective... to the people who are in the market for an EarthRoamer at $200k to $400k, the XP Camper is an absolute bargain.
One post that people request occasionally is a post about how I go about finding the best of something to buy. It's a bit of an obsession for me, as you may know.
I'll write that post some day, but right now I'm on an airplane so I don't have the necessary internet to get all of the links and such.
Today will be a sneak preview of the steps I took to decide which RV to buy and how I will get the best price on it.
So last week, I had the honor of hanging out with a couple of really cool cats, Christian and Aly of the Hipster Gypsies. I met Christian through some RVing related threads on Tynan's site, and have been following their blog for a quite some time now; they both have been living in their 1997 VW Rialta for the better part of a year now, and are currently on a 4 month tour across the United States celebrating their recent engagement...then, they plan to downsize to a backpack and travel across Europe!
While the Gypsies are on their tour, they are filming and releasing episodes on both YouTube as well as their blog. Christian and Aly have a lot of really awesome camera gear, and their production quality is great. The best part? They have a video-editing studio with two monitors in their RV. Gotta love the mobile lifestyle in 2014 — you can be anywhere and still be high-tech! =)
When I heard that the Gypsies were going to be passing through LA on their way to San Diego for the first leg of their trip, I reached out and offered to host them; the timing worked out perfectly as I'm also leaving SoCal to go on my own 6 month voyage a little over a week from now!
We had a ton of fun! Had some adventures, geeked out on RVs, shared realizations from the road...it was time well spent with great company. We had a whole day adventuring through LA, and the Gypsies filmed an episode about it; check it out here on Youtube if you haven't already watched the video above!