In the last 5 years of Brent’s Travels I have traveled between 16K and 20K miles in my approx 4 months each year inbthe road.
To recap my first year of travels in 2014 I had a Class B camper below. Years 2,3&4 (2015,2016,&2017) my Vandwelling Choice was a Prius. Finally this year was my Tacoma with a Four Wheel Camper (FWC).
Over a series of blog posts I will look at different aspects of my various Vandwelling travel choices.
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What I didn’t use:
The Class B has a lot of things I didn’t use on the trip.
- A/C - lack of need - Jan, Feb, March
- 3-way fridge - had my Engel fridge and 3-way fridge is inefficient and a pain to switch over from 12 v tonpropane and back every time I move. Also a pain having to level the rig to get it to run right.
- Flush Toilet (black water) - seemed like too much work so I bagged my waste. I did use gray water.
- Dinette - used as full-time bed and slept diagonal. Roll over couch as bed required me to set up each night, bunk bed was to hard to get in and out
- Bunk Bed - used as storage for soft items
- propane furnace - used too much 12 v power - would require me to find a place to plug in or run my Harbor Freight noisy generator.
- portable generator- only used a couple times on trip
I used every spacebin the Prius I had and used everything as I brought little extra.
- misc items - I had or collected that I didn’t want to carry I mailed home - no extra room so mail stuff home
- winter coat - mailed home when March came - my last year in the Prius I bought a down coat that was packable so I didn’t need to carry this winter coat anymore.
- 12 volt parts - I brought wire of different sizes, as well as various crimps, and other items in a plastic tote that I kept behind the drivers seat in my extended cab that I brought in case I could help people build out their rig but didntbuse them.
- back country backpack and all the related equipment. Joanne and I had wanted to take a back country hike but the weather didn’t cooperate so we passed this year. The full backpack was stored behind the passenger seat in the extended cab.
- awning materials- I thought I would make an awning for the rear of the camper while on the trip - I never worked on it.
- variety of tools - I brought a couple tool bags - one smaller bag I used a lot as it had common items and what I carried in the Prius - the other tool bag had some tools not used and a couple that I only used a couple times.
- bunk bed - I used it only a few times choosing to sleep on the lower bench bed. It was cold many nights and to retain heat I would lower the roof. I would raise the roof for washing, cooking, and having visitors.
What I didn’t use, In Summary:
(The higher the number the more I used of what I brought with me.)
Class B - 3
Prius - 9
Tacoma - 4