Well it is finally arriving retirement. My son will be 6 years old in April. He starts school in August. So I have a little over 3 months to travel before we are bound to school vacations. So I started planning a 3 month adventure in early 2017. My plan is to travel the western half of the USA in a RV (recreatonal vehicle).
It is now the beginning of february and after months of researching I decided to buy a used Class-C RV from a national rental company.
Why a rental company, and why a class C.
1) They are realtively new and reburbished. You know pretty much what you are getting. In the fall of last year, I visited the states for 2 weeks to attend my uncle’s funeral. While there I looked at various older RVs. Almost all of them had water damage. The one thing you don’t want is to buy is a RV that has water in the walls. It could become a nightmare quickly. They rot faster than you can snap your fingers. I found a lot of used RVs for sale, being sold by widows who have let them sit unmaintained for a few years, until thy finally decide they need to seel them.
2) You receive a limited guarantee.
3) The resale value of a Class-C does not seem to drop as fast. So if I decide to sell it in the next few years I hope to get a good portion of my investment back.
4) They are not so big. I was looking for an RV under 25 ft. I didn’t want something huge. A lot of parks and camping sites have a restriciton on vehicles over 25 ft.
5) They are self contained. There are an amazing amount of places to camp for free. On BLM land, National forrests, etc. But, it is leave it as you find it. So being self-contained you can camp for a few days without needing anything. For free campsites see:
Also a lot of Wallmarts and Casinos will let you camp out on the parking lot. See the Wallmart locator map:
And here see is my Thor Four Winds 23 U:
Here is another link that looks interesting for planning:
So there it is waiting for me to pick it up on the 20th of April.
So now I am reviewing all the places I would like to see and preparing a tentative plan. The only date that is a factor is the graduation of my niece in Edmond Oklahoma. We must be there on the 12th of May. Otherwise I don’t really want to plan, I just
want to have some ideas of what we might want to do along the Way. I plan to travel back from Oklahoma to Oregon where I will park the RV at my brother’s place.
I found this web site with a lot of interesting things to see:
And here is another neat site I found:
And of course this link no one should miss. The Wallmart locator:
purchased an “America the Beautiful” senior pass for all the parks. Which is a lifetime pass that allows me to enter all the national parks and mounments.
My main concern at the moment, is what to do with my 6 year old son on the trip. So I will be planning not mor than 2-3 hours of driving a day if possible, with as many mutiple day stops as possible.
Interesting how my plans have changed. From backpacking through the Americas, to just enjoying time with my son. If there is one thing I have learned over the past few years, it is: don’t plan too much because God might have other plans. Or as the Germans
say “Der Mensch denkt und Gott lenkt”. Roughly translated, the human thinks and God steers.
So for the next few weeks I will be exploring places to go, and preparing things here in Germany for leaving. Here are a few of the tentative trips I have on my mind:
But maybe it will be completely different!