tallgirl1204 wrote:-- we want to be able to drive down forest roads-- not serious four-wheeling, but we want to stay away from anything too big, low or unwieldy. We don't want to tow anything for the same reasons.
tallgirl1204 wrote:Thanks for the feedback on the pop-up slide ins. We like the idea of them for the reasons stated-- that at home, at least, we'd have a nice truck to drive around for every day (small town, so mileage isn't crucial for daily commutes), and the camper only goes on top when we're going out of town. The input on brands (and durability) is helpful. We've looked at the 4 wheel brand at a friend's house and really liked it.
On the other hand, the van offers ease of entry, access to food and other items from within the seating area (not that we would ever consider crawling back to make lunch while someone else drove, no, not us, uh-uh, no sirree).
I appreciate the insight into towing. I'm not opposed to it, but my partner is paranoid about towing a vehicle. He's blind in one eye and depth perception is an issue-- we don't even want a ginormous truck or van if we can help it-- standard length at most. I appreciate the thought that it can be dropped at a campsite while we go have fun elsewhere.
That one van site is helpful-- we may watch it to see if something a little larger comes up for sale! The Edelweiss looks like a perfect empty nest vehicle. And the idea about just getting a regular van and rigging it for sleep has occurred to us. We're actually hoping to take a look at a "weekender" (i.e. no kitchen) pop-up conversion that just showed up on Craigs list-- we could probably put together a kitchen kit that would work in it for less than the fancy conversion.
And as I said, we're done sleeping on the ground unless we're backpacking or boating. We've been tent campers/picnic table chefs for years, we have all those merit badges, and we're just ready to move into a little more comfort. At the very least, we're going to get some cots!
Thanks for any further thoughts on vans vs. slide-ins.
Any other thoughts, opinions or input are welcome.
tibbitts wrote:I don't see the depth perception issue as significant, since the person doing the driving will (unless I missed something) have two fully functional eyes.
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