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Van versus 2001 Toyota 4Runner with teardrop trailer
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Hey everyone, I am debating between using my 2001 Toyota 4Runner with 110,000 miles on it and hooking up a teardrop trailer to the back so that way I don't have to do too many modifications versus buying some sort of high top van and going all out. I am not too construction savy but I'm sure over time I'll be able to learn. I just wanted to hear some pros and cons that you had potentially for my situation. I live in an apartment complex so I couldn't technically park the teardrop there but I could find somewhere else to park it. The teardrop will ultimately I'm sure be around 10g to 15g depending on what I want in it and who I buy it from but from what I'm hearing a good van with solar and all of that ends up costing people about 7g to 10gs?  
Please let me know what you think!
Thank you so much,
A 23 year old gal trying to make a new life  Heart
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(12-06-2017, 09:50 AM)hrhinkle1 Wrote: Hey everyone, I am debating between using my 2001 Toyota 4Runner with 110,000 miles on it and hooking up a teardrop trailer to the back so that way I don't have to do too many modifications versus buying some sort of high top van and going all out. I am not too construction savy but I'm sure over time I'll be able to learn. 

Welcome! I have same thoughts, keep changing my mind, thought I wanted teardrop, etc.  This forum is full of people with great ideas, suggestions/advice, all to make you go hmmmm....
I will be lurking and reading all the replies you get on this thread for sure!
a tag along vagabond, hopefully ftrv by 2020
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#3
Welcome!

Have you seen these?

Not as cool looking as a teardrop but reasonably priced.

http://runawaycampers.com/models-prices
Never trust a camp cook with lots of shiny new pans...
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Wait...I take that back...this little Runaway camper looks pretty cool!

http://runawaycampers.com/the-venturist
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A lot depends on whether you are going to live in them full time or part time. Being as I gather you are a single person that gives you a lot of options. Do you have pets or hobbies that may take up space? Are you okay changing clothes sitting down or are you tall and need to stand? Most of the choices are personal ones based on you and your life style, both ways work but may not for you therefore it is best to try as many as possible without investing a lot of time and effort. Getting to the RTR and seeing many of the different ways and talking to the people that do them is in my opinion priceless and the best way to test the water.
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(12-06-2017, 09:50 AM)hrhinkle1 Wrote: ...a teardrop trailer... versus buying some sort of high top van...

I'm a little confused. If you would want a high top van, how could you be happy with a trailer that has even less headroom than a standard van?
Someone wanted me to put this here: http://rollingsteeltent.blogspot.com/
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(12-06-2017, 12:37 PM)MrNoodly Wrote: I'm a little confused. If you would want a high top van, how could you be happy with a trailer that has even less headroom than a standard van?

some teardrops , like the T@B, are full height:
https://tab.nucamprv.com/
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(12-06-2017, 12:29 PM)bullfrog Wrote: A lot depends on whether you are going to live in them full time or part time.  Being as I gather you are a single person that gives you a lot of options.  Do you have pets or hobbies that may take up space?  Are you okay changing clothes sitting down or are you tall and need to stand?  Most of the choices are personal ones based on you and your life style, both ways work but may not for you therefore it is best to try as many as possible without investing a lot of time and effort.  Getting to the RTR and seeing many of the different ways and talking to the people that do them is in my opinion priceless and the best way to test the water.

A single person trying to work up the courage to jump into full time and not start off as parttime. I would bring a german shepherd with me so a big dog but quiet. 5' 6" so not too tall and don't mind changing standing or sitting. 
I definitely have seen the posts for the RTR. I am thinking of driving out there this year at least for the women's only portion since I'll only be allowed off work for a few days.
Thank you! All the advice is appreciated
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I would take a look at some of the videos that have been made by people using the Teardrop and Tiny Trailers forum (ttnt) because I don't like to spend money trying things out (I do but don't like it) as if you don't like it you won't have much money in it (may even sell it for a profit so you can try something else) still have your economical Toyota to trade if you decide to try a van. Even rent a small UHaul enclosed trailer and hit the RTR. The hard part if just getting out there to see what works for you and what others have done that may work for you.
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I chose the high top van over any kind of combination of vehicles because I prefer being able to get from my drivers' seat to my living space without going out side.

It's part of my safety protocol as a senior woman travelling alone. I try not to advertise that so I can pull in to a rest area/truck stop/parking lot and just move to the living area never leaving the vehicle. I also, after years of travelling, have found that it's usually raining or doing something nasty just about the time I want to move from one place to another.  Rolleyes I stay warm and dry this way.

While I've towed a trailer for years, I find it inconvenient to always having to be looking for space for the combination rig. With a van I can park it just about anywhere.

A full size van with a 24" high top on it (not a TV top) can give you an awesome amount of storage, comfortable living quarters for one and relatively decent gas mileage, all in one vehicle.
Worry is a misuse of imagination!
 
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