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I am in the market for RV-ish vehicle: a small camper I can sleep in and live on the road, but not a full-fledged RV.

asked Nov 26 '12 at 16:27

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VW Vanagon and Eurovan Westfalia ("Westy") pop-top campers are comfortable and efficient. They can carry, sleep, and dine up to four people. There is plenty of owner and vendor support, even for the older models.

Wiki: http://www.vanagonwiki.net/ Email List: http://gerry.vanagon.com/ Web Forum: http://www.thesamba.com/ My Westy: http://www.fuelly.com/driver/sbw/vanagon

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answered Nov 28 '12 at 07:52

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A full size van could work for a single or a couple. a buddy of mine fitting out a van with a plywood bed, plastic dressers from Walmart, and a good inverter to run his electronics. he used to camp all summer out west in natl forest campgrounds and national parks, relying on their restrooms. if desired, you could add a five gal. tub/toilet.

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answered Nov 27 '12 at 18:22

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This one looked nice it was on a tv show

http://www.crickettrailer.com

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answered Nov 27 '12 at 12:28

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I like the Toyota motor homes, they haven't been made since around the mid 80's but they are equipped with bullet proof Toyota engines and come in different configurations. I particularly like the Sunrader which is a fiberglass body and approx 20 ft. long. They come equipped with bathroom, shower, kitchen, air conditioner and also a walk thru from the cab to the back. The gas mileage seems to average at around 14-19 mpg. Keep in mind that these are a lot of systems to maintain but occasionally a Toyota with less than 50,000 miles shows up for sale as they are seldom used.

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answered Nov 27 '12 at 08:39

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answered Nov 27 '12 at 07:07

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If all you want is a place to sleep, any pickup with a camper shell, or a van or minivan or wagon will suffice. But that's obvious, so by your question I'm assuming you want a bit more than that.

My suggestion is that you take a look at the RVs that are built on Sprinter bodies. The Sprinter is a Dodge/Mercedes van that can be used as a cargo van or modified to be a camper van. It's 22 feet long and you can park it in a standard parking space. (It's the size of a full-size truck, e.g. a F/250 crew cab truck.) The Diesel engine model will get you 20-24 MPG in the real world. My dad lived in one full-time for 3 years as he traveled all over the US. It's cramped for full-time living, but it does have everything you need, a tiny bathroom, a tiny sink, a tiny stove, a dorm-size fridge, and a queen size bed.

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answered Nov 26 '12 at 22:14

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I don't know what a slide-in camper is. ANd are there better makes and models?

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answered Nov 26 '12 at 20:00

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A slide-in camper is the best all-round option inmy opinion. This is especially true if you plan to go off-road and camp in the woods/desert. The lightweight aluminum framed rigs are built for 4x4 use.

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answered Nov 26 '12 at 19:04

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A slide-in camper is the best all-round option inmy opinion. This is especially true if you plan to go off-road and camp in the woods/desert. The lightweight aluminum framed rigs are built for 4x4 use.

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answered Nov 26 '12 at 19:03

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You should look at a Silver Shadow or other models made by Little Guy. We had a large trailer (25 x 20) and sold it to go with this.

The positives are that it's basically a well-insulated tent on wheels that can be pulled by almost any vehicle. It has a queen-size bed. Adequate storage inside. The only accessories we have are five gallons of water and a two burner stove.

Many people think they want an indoor toilet / shower and a heater. We typically camp is National Forest campgrounds, which have nice toilets. We don't understand why people want to carry a toilet with them. The camper is well-insulated — body heat keeps us warm enough. Our sleeping bag is rated to 45 degrees. We've camped in 40 degree temperature. It rarely gets to 50 inside and if it does, we're in our sleeping bags.

It has a tongue weight under 100 pounds and GVW under 1000 pounds. It costs about $7500 new.

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answered Nov 26 '12 at 17:32

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