How to Find
the Perfect Home
on Wheels

a young woman fiddling with a camera in the back of her van

Photo by Silvio Bergamo

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If you’re reading this post, you’ve probably had the dream too. You know the one. The one where the backdoor of your campervan is wide-open, facing the sea. A mug of tea is steaming in your hand, and you wiggle your toes in the crisp morning air.

If you’ve ever had this dream–or a version of this dream, you’re not alone. It’s the simple joy of living in a small space with only what you need and nothing you don’t. There’s happiness in owning less, and an entire world out there to experience. More and more people are realizing the value in this way of living; whether it means life on the road in a tiny house, a traditional RV, or a good ‘ol campervan.

So how does one decide? Your home of choice depends on two major factors: your lifestyle and your budget. Let’s take a closer look at some of the options out there.

Tiny House on Wheels

the inside of a tiny house on wheels
The inside of a tiny house on wheels.

Tiny houses on wheels are typically no more than 500 square feet and are built securely on a trailer. Fitted with similar features to a standard house, tiny houses are a comfortable option for long term living. The main challenge with tiny houses, is that finding a place to live in a tiny house isn’t as easy as one might think. There are currently a number of regulations that tiny house enthusiasts must abide by that vary from place to place.

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Popular Tiny Houses

Tumbleweed Tiny Houses

The largest manufacturer of tiny houses in North America, and one of the oldest names in the business. This tiny house company offers a certified tiny home with the ability to add all the bells and whistles.

Sierra Tiny Houses

This tiny house builder offers a large number of stock models, or a customized tiny to suit your lifestyle and budget. Although based in Northern California, Sierra Tiny Houses can deliver anywhere in the United States. Something important to note: they’re also a dealer for one of the best trailer companies in the country!

RVs

an RV boondocking beneath the night sky
A recreational vehicle, RV.

RVs or recreational vehicles, are often thought of as those giant boats on wheels that belong to vacationing grandparents. This is not so much the case today; RVs have come a long way in terms of driveable size and comfort. A number of different sizes separated into classes make this option compatible with a variety of lifestyles and needs.

Class A

Similar to a bus and often 20 plus feet in length. This class of RV is usually luxurious and not very fuel efficient. A popular choice for traveling musicians!

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Popular Class A RV

Winnebago Grand Tour

large, black class A winnebago RV
The Winnebago.

Premium comfort at a price; this RV comes with the finest residential amenities at a starting price of about $500,000. If apartment-style luxury is your cup of tea, then this could be the vacation home on wheels for you.

Class B

Campervans fall into this category of RV. Not as spacious as a class A, but far more maneuverable. These vehicles usually come with everything you need at a fairly decent price. Their size makes them easier to manage on windy highways, as well as more easily driven in residential neighborhoods. On the downside, it’s more difficult to live long-term if you are uncomfortable in smaller spaces.

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Popular Class B RV

Coachmen Galleria

a silver class B rv sits in a desert
A Class B RV.

A combined effort with Mercedes to create a quality-meets-luxury RV. This class B RV offers a vehicle built to get off the beaten path in style and comfort.

Class C

Easier to handle than a class A because they are built on a truck chassis. The extra space makes it a great option for longer trips or more people. However, it also means it’s more difficult for these vehicles to get to those hard-to-reach campsites.

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Popular Class C RV

Thor Quantum LF31

This RV is one of the most versatile options out there. Based on the chassis of a Ford E-450 Super Duty, the Thor Quantum offers a ton of strength to be able to tow 8,000 pounds.

Conversion Van

A man sitting in a conversion van.
Image courtesy of Mike DeWald

A popular choice in today’s world of living on the road. The conversion van is an excellent option for anyone wanting to do hands-on and cost-efficient customization.

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Popular Conversion Van Options

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Ford Transit

 

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