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You Can Afford to Be a Vandweller: Runaway Trailers–An Ideal Home for Many Nomads
I’m so enthused about their potential to change many lives that I couldn’t fit all the pictures and things I wanted to say about them into one post so this is going to be two posts. In this one I’m going to introduce them and hopefully convince you of their merit and then in the next I’ll go into the details of the different models and options. The 4 x 8 base model is $2500, a very well equipped one with Air Conditioning, a graphics package and luggage racks is $3100. If you have the money, they offer a very well equipped 6 x 8 model with Air Conditioning for $5000.
They make them about 20 miles from where my mom lives in Florida, so while I was visiting her I arranged a tour of the factory. I’m so impressed with them that I’m going to encourage all of you to at least consider if they might fit into your plans. While I was visiting with Stephen, the owner of the company, he agreed to give $50 off the price for anybody who orders one and tells them that Bob from cheaprvliving sent them.
“It’s too Small!!”
I’m sure many of you are going to have a first response that it’s too small to live in and you need more interior height–you can barely stoop over to put on your pants. While it’s true they are 46 inches high inside, they aren’t designed to be your home, they’re designed to be your bedroom; after all, are you going camping or are you going to stay at a luxury hotel? Essentially, vandwelling is one long extended camping trip so most of us are going to be in National Forests, National Parks, State Parks or BLM desert land and we can spend our day outside and use the trailer as a bedroom. Nature becomes your hotel room and the trailer is the bedroom. The rest of the hotel room is easily carried with you and set-up:
- You can set-up a table under an awning for a kitchen.
- A camp chair under mosquito tent makes a great living room.
- And a potty-shower tent as a bathroom.
All you need is a bedroom that has hard walls to keep out predators, is water-tight and has windows with screens so you can see out and get ventilation. The Runaway is perfect for that. They’re very comfortable to spend your evenings in or to sleep in…which is all you really need. Even during periods of bad weather (high winds, cold or very heavy rain) when you are forced inside you can still be comfortable, and even cook, for a few days or even a week or two. I think a good comparison is living in cars. I know many people who live in cars or SUVs (including several who live in a Prius) and they will all tell you they live out of them, not in them. This trailer will be far more comfortable to live in than any car or SUV and I think nearly anyone could adapt and be happy in one.
Why they may be perfect for you:
- Because they only weigh 700 pounds you can tow it with an economy car and still get great MPG–that will allow you to travel much more and further. Because you don’t have to buy a separate tow vehicle or RV, you can keep the daily driver you’ve been using; after all, you already know, trust and like it so why change it if you don’t have to? Keeping your car means you can get 30-40 MPG instead of 15 MPG in a van or 8 MPG in an RV. Every time you stop for gas you’ll spend much less, letting you travel much more.
- They only cost $2500. That’s a lot of money for such a small trailer but when you consider the extras they come with it’s very reasonable. Compare that to any Tear Drop or Pop-up trailer and you’ll see it’s less than half as much or even a third what they cost. Most of us can afford them allowing is to start our new life earlier. I searched and the cheapest Tear Drop trailer I could find was $5000 (most were $6000 and more) and are smaller than the Runaway. It’s a bargain compared to them!
- You can buy it with an Air Conditioner already installed for $3000. The single biggest problem with living in a van is keeping it comfortably cool in the summer. The CoolCamp model solves that and comes with a built-in 5000 BTU Air Conditioner and power strip to plug it into. All you have to do is plug it in to shore power and turn it on. You can get shore power by staying with a friend or RV park or by carrying a 2000 watt generator.
- Ongoing maintenance costs will be extremely low because of their light weight and ultra-simplicity. They’re cheaper than buying a good used van or RV and those still might need a lot of hidden work. Instead, you get something that’s brand new and high-quality that won’t need any repairs for many years to come. I can’t tell you how many horror stories I’ve heard from people who bought a used van only to have it break down on them ending their adventure before it even started. Towing this with your current car prevents that.
- Their small size lets them go deep into the back-country. If you tow it with a AWD or 4×4 car or SUV, you can get very remote and still be very comfortable. That also shows how well they are made that they can handle the rigors of off-road driving
- Being small and towing with a car gives you the comfort and drive-ability of a car instead of the ponderous size of a van, or even worse, an RV. Because driving doesn’t wear you out, you can travel further and faster. Let me give you an example; you just heard about an event you’d love to go to but it’s 1000 miles away. Hitch up and head out because with one of these you can afford both the time and money and when you return home afterwards you’ll have enjoyed the trip rather than be exhausted by wrestling with a bigger rig.
- They’re easier to tow because they are very low and narrow. While that does limit their space and make them less comfortable it also drastically reduces their aerodynamic drag which is a big part of why any car can tow them. Being narrow also means that the mirrors on any car will work to see behind the trailer. Until you’ve towed a trailer you won’t know how very important that is.
- They are made from 3/4 inch plywood which makes them very strong but it also makes it easy for you to attach nearly anything to the walls. If you’re going to spend long periods of time in such a small space, organization is critical and being able to screw things securely into the wall will be priceless.
- They come ready to move into and are very livable. They come standard with a wide door and two windows with screens which gives you very good ventilation but even better they give you great visibility so you don’t feel claustrophobic in such a small space. All you need to do is throw down a mattress and you’re ready to move in. If you aren’t a handy person, this is a huge advantage!
You can check out their website and Facebook Page here:
To contact them with any questions or find out how to purchase your Runaway:
PHONE: (352) 342-3454
1338 N. Magnolia Ave.
Ocala, Florida USA 34475