One of the most common questions I've been getting is from people interested in the nomadic lifestyle but they have no idea where to begin. Truthfully, I felt the same way. Fifth-wheel, pull-along, van, travel trailer, camper, pop-up, WHAT?!?! How the hell do I know what I want?
Well, this list-loving gal is going to help you!!
1. Figure out how much time you'll be spending in the camper. Do you need a workspace? Will you be traveling through colder climates where you can't spend as much time outside? Are you part-time or full-time living?
2. Decide how much work you want to put into the rig & Set your budget BEFORE viewing. This will help you weed out a lot of the options. Don't be afraid to shop around: dealerships, second hand sellers, Facebook marketplace, etc. There's SOO many options so don't settle!
3. Picture your perfect space. What's in it? For me, I knew I wanted enough room to work with Honey next to me. I wanted plenty of natural light, a little kitchen to make tacos, and room for my record player.
4. When viewing the camper, does it feel like home? Do you feel the excitement building up in your tummy? Do you know where you'll put your Christmas tree? If not, NEXT!
Another cool option is to rent a rig! There are many RV's & campers you can reserve on Airbnb. Several companies also rent vans for you to try out. This way you can get a better idea of what you want in your rig before buying!
When I was looking for an RV, I toured dozens. All of them were nice, but they weren't ME. They didn't feel like home. When I saw the listing for my trailer, the facebook pictures wouldn't even load. But from the description it fit my criteria & peaked my interest. The second I walked into it, I knew it'd be my home. I pictured where Honey & I would cuddle and where my Christmas decor would go. I am so glad i didn't settle because this little rig was made for me & Honey.
Bottomline, there is no clear cut answer. You'll know your rig when you see it.
If you already have your rig: I want to know, how did you find it?! Did you know?