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Feedback please on this idea for having a van plus trailer
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Hello all....

I got a specific question below....please allow me to paint a picture....

I'm currently living fulltime in my 5th wheel at a local campground while working my career job, un-creating my old life (divorcing, selling house, emptying the nest, etc...) and I'm planning my next step into fulltime RVing/freedom....

I have an online business that will be my source of income once I leave my career job.  This business easily fits in my 5th wheel but I don't want to take the 5th wheel on the road.  I may keep it to be a homebase but not for travelling.   

I want to be in the best configuration for boondocking in interesting places.

So my initial idea is to get a Ford Transit medium roof (I need some ability to stand in the van, I'm 6'3")  and the van would be my office, "factory", shipping dept, etc...., and daily driver.  I need the volume of this kind of van to mostly keep my emptying bottling.

And for living in, I'm looking at travel trailers, particularly the Lance, in the 19-23' range.   

I will be living fulltime with my gf.

Solar is part of the plan, a combination of roof panels and portable panels plus inverter generator.

My specific question is this:

How will this configuration (van plus trailer) help or hurt me to get to remote camping areas?

Thanks!  Andrew
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The key variable is "remote", usually very rough tracks.

Insufficient ground clearance on the van, and the trailer way too big, are the biggest issues.
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I have found that even with my small pickup and 10' utility trailer, I think twice about heading down certain roads or driveways. Backing up a trailer any distance can really suck, especially in the dark.
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That Transit Van might struggle a bit with a travel trailer in the mountains...

I have narrowed my search to factory high roof vans with a big motor, and there are only a few of those, the Nissan NV V-8 being one of them.
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free2enjoy (12-16-2017)
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(12-16-2017, 01:33 PM)tx2sturgis Wrote: That Transit Van might struggle a bit with a travel trailer in the mountains...

I have narrowed my search to factory high roof vans with a big motor, and there are only a few of those, the Nissan NV V-8 being one of them.

If I go with the Transit van, I would get the turbocharged V6 for the hill climbing.  

I did look at the Nissan since it's a van on a truck chassis with a V8, but it's limited in cargo volume.   

The rear end of the Transit looked like a truck vs. the ProMaster.
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(12-16-2017, 01:29 PM)WanderingCanuck Wrote: I have found that even with my small pickup and 10' utility trailer, I think twice about heading down certain roads or driveways. Backing up a trailer any distance can really suck, especially in the dark.

That's a great point!
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I guess the follow on question is with my proposed rig of a Transit van and a 20' trailer, are there plenty of enjoyable places to boondock or does it take a 4x4 or a van without a trailer to get to these spots?

I'm in a good spot having the business to take on the road but understandably leaves me in this compromise for exploring. I don't have any experience at all boondocking so I'm at a loss.

The other option isn't really an option I like....containing the home and business in a Class A (need the basement storage) and towing a 4x4 or having a 4x4 pickup towing a 5th wheel (again for the basement storage for the business.

The other consideration is that probably twice weekly, we would be heading to a post office to drop off orders.
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Have you considered a cube van or moving van/truck with some space above the cab? One of these has been high on my list of considerations. You get lots of easily configurable space, a big engine that's meant for hauling and rear wheel drive (usually dual). You can choose the length - 10', 12', 16', 20' and partition the interior as you need.

Stick a company logo on the side if you aren't trying to be stealthy and as far as anyone else is concerned, it's just your delivery vehicle.
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free2enjoy (12-16-2017)
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You’re going to be an RV and you will be stuck camping with the RV crowd—is that remote enough for you?

It’s far too limiting for me so I sold my 6x10 cargo trailer and travel in just my van.

To be fair, some RVers do go back past the RV crowd, but they usually have a 4x4 tow vehicle and still can’t go where I go with a 2wd van because the trailer limits them.
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