Here is a summary of our adjusted Options A and B.
OPTION A - Motorhome, Class C and Later a Towable Small Vehicle (TSV)
- The motorhome needs to be solid and “four season” which means well insulated to be comfortable in both cold and warm weather.
- The choice after reading posts by people who use them has come down to the Lazy Daze 27 foot, Mid Bath unit. We like the floor plan and the powerful Ford V-10 engine.
- It will need solar panels - eventually enough to power the unit with computers, air conditioner and microwave running for many days. It should also have a generator for those sun challenged days.
- It should initially have fewer than 50,000 miles on it. I think we will drive fewer than 12,000 miles a year.
- The TSV should have four-wheel drive and be somewhat comfortable to drive. Perhaps a pickup like the Ford Ranger or the Ford Escape.
OPTION B - Travel Trailer with a Comfortable Tow Vehicle (CTV)
- The travel trailer needs to be solid and “four season” which indicates that it will be comfortable in both cold and warm weather.
- The choice as of this date remains the Northwood Arctic Fox 25S model. We have basically eliminated the fifth wheel models as we would prefer a CTV that is not a pick up truck but more like the Ford Expedition. Climbing into a truck is a little more difficult than we want.
- The CTV should have less than 50,000 miles on it. We feel comfortable with this mileage on a well maintained CTV as we have driven such units to more than 150,000 miles with good results. We believe we will put less than 12,000 miles per year on the vehicles.
- The CTV should also have four-wheel drive.
Since we have a few more months yet we know that things can change very quickly. We may find other considerations move our plans significantly. We may have opportunities open that we do not expect. We don’t expect to “grow up” much in the next few months however. AND getting in good visits with our loved ones is a top priority right after our return to the USA.