Before we embarked on this road trip, we spent at least a year figuring out what sort of RV we should buy. Like most people living in apartments in New York City, we didn't have a car or a truck or in fact any mode of transport other than the subway, so we were starting from scratch. We spent a big chunk of each weekend scanning listings on RV sales websites, pouring over floor plans, comparing different models and eventually visiting dealers to check out some of the options in person.
Other than buying something big enough to live and work in with a boisterous cat for a year, our biggest consideration was cost, particularly because we have to sell everything at the end of this trip. The relatively new Class A and Class C motor homes that we looked at were too expensive and we would have had to also tow another vehicle behind us if we were going to venture off road – or even into cities. We didn't want to buy a motor home or any other vehicle more than five years old, because we were going to be covering at least 30,000 miles on this trip, and worried about spending a lot of time and money in repair shops.
So we decided that we would buy either a second hand travel trailer or a fifth wheel and a second hand four-wheel-drive pickup truck to pull it with. We ended up buying a brand new Keystone Bullet trailer on sale, because it was the cheapest and lightest model, either new or used, with the floor plan and other features we wanted within 400 miles of New York. For a tour of our trailer, click here.
We ended up buying The Beast (our trusty Ford F250 Super Duty) because it was the only relatively new pickup truck that had the towing capacity we wanted that we could afford in our area. (Anyone who has ever parked in New York City, or even driven down a street, will understand why massive pickup trucks and 29-foot trailers are hard to come by there.)
Anyway, after spending so long trying to figure out what we should buy ourselves, we've become fascinated by all the different types of campers we've encountered on the road. We expected to see some really massive RVs, and we have, but we've also seen a huge range of smaller homes on wheels that you could camp in pretty much anywhere. What follows is a nerd-tastic slideshow of some of them, starting with the tiniest:
Kathryn Tully and Shane Sesta are a married couple, one American and one Brit, who are spending a year traveling across America and writing about their discoveries. Sonny is their rescue cat and fried chicken aficionado.