There are a lot of different options when it comes to buying a house on wheels. The options range from a luxury RV to a bed platform in the back of a car and everywhere in between. There really is no right or wrong option when it comes to choosing the style of vehicle we want to call home for the next year. It comes down to choosing the best style of vehicle that’ll suit our needs.
Our needs are fairly simple. We need ample storage inside for all our clothing, climbing, surf, camera, living, hiking, and camping gear. Roof racks would be nice, but we’d attract attention. A place to sleep inside is a must along with a place to sit while we write and edit photos and videos. The vehicle would also need to be able to handle well on the highway and on dirt and gravel roads.
These are the different vehicle options we considered and the vehicle we ultimately decided on:
When you think of cruising around America, you think of the RV. It’s virtually a modern home on wheels that’s equipped with a lot of sleeping, living, and storage space. The comfort level on this mac daddy is off the charts, but it’s just not practical for what we want to do. It’s a bear to drive, there’s no chance this thing can handle dirt, gravel, or tight roads, and it’s way out of our price range. Not to mention the cost to keep this thing running would be unreal and we don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb.
Fifth Wheel Trailer
Pulling a trailer’s no big deal. Make sure your turns are wider than what you’re accustomed to and make sure it doesn’t start fishtailing at high speeds on the highway. As long as you’ve got space to move, you’ll do fine. Navigating certain roads, gas mileage, and space to live, work, and store things is where the fifth wheel trailer falls short. Not to mention that you stick out as someone living on the road and become a prime target for thieves.
The ultimate road trip vehicle, nostalgia included. The VW Bus has been used for decades as many road warriors’ home on wheels. Surfers have traveled all over North, Central, and South America in search of waves and the endless summer. Climbers have long lived out of them as they traveled from climbing crag to climbing crag looking for their next adventure. Adam and I wish this would be a viable option for us, but the VW Bus is a little small for two brothers to live in, lacks the storage we need, is terrible on gas, and are sometimes unreliable.
Truck bed Camper
The truck bed camper sounded like the perfect option for us. All we would need is a pickup truck with a camper in the bed. We’d almost be able to stand up straight and we’d be self-contained. It’s just a little small for our needs. We wouldn’t be able to store our gear inside and we’d have no space to live and work.
Panel Van Conversion
Gear storage, sleeping, working, and living space; the panel van conversion can handle most any road you throw at it and it fits into standard parking spaces. Truth be told, if I were to do this trip on my own, this would be the vehicle I’d choose. However, that’s not the case. The panel conversion van would be great for one person, a couple who doesn’t need as much space, or for two people for a couple days at a time. The limited space just doesn’t cut it for two brothers going on The Bro’d Trip.
Sprinter Van Conversion
That brought us to the Sprinter Van. It’s now become the road warriors’ vehicle of choice and for good reason. The high roof makes it easier to live in with the ample space that the larger 170” wheelbase provides. With an engine that has a life of 500,000 miles and enough storage space for gear, living, and working, the Sprinter Van is the vehicle of choice for The Bro’d Trip.