At first I was excited about a Jeep, either a Commander or Grand Cherokee. Jeeps are great. They proclaim to the world…
Hey, I’m not boring!
I’m full of adventure! I go where others fear to tread, er, uh, drive!
However, over the six years preparing to be a vagabond, my idea of the perfect tow vehicle evolved. On forums I read about fulltimers who rented storage sheds for their stuff. That went against the idea of being frugal, yet I do have stuff like lawn chairs, off-season clothes, an inflatable boat, coolers, tools, maybe a screen room someday … stuff I want to have with me. Every time I looked at a Jeep I wanted to rip out all those seats!
Then it hit me. The perfect tow vehicle!
Why not a cargo van? There’s lots of room for storage. I immediately thought of a Ford E150 because I’d driven one before. So I got on the internet. I found a guy who pulls his trailer with a cargo van, and what’s more, he put a solar panel on the roof to charge his trailer batteries! More about him in another post.
I came across a business called “Wade’s Used Vans” in Tucker, Georgia. Their web site shows rows and rows of pretty white vans. I called and talked to Todd. I told him I’d be there the next day.
It took about an hour to get there. The weather forecast was for thunder showers in the afternoon, but it turned into a bright and sunny day. I explained to Todd what I needed the van for. He understood right away. You know, I don’t get the used-car salesman stereotype. The ones I’ve dealt with have been decent human beings. Anyway… Todd as much as said,
“Have I got the perfect vehicle for you.”
And he did!
I pick it up tomorrow. I’ll have some photos to show you and I’ll tell you all about it, including some special features perfect for a vagabond, … in my next post.