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I was in a major car accident last week. I was pulled from the car unconscious and the car was totaled. I was not very seriously injured. I am, however, in the unenviable position of needing to buy a car. I am very uncertain what to do. I am going to be full timing it in just over three years. I do have access to an F150 truck which I can't use as a daily driver because my handicapped sister can't get into it. I don't think I am going to need a toad when I full time, however, I am considering buying a very small car that could become a toad if I decide to buy a small class C. What vehicle would you buy if you were in this situation.
I would look for something for the short term  (3 years)  

An older Buick or ???
1989 to 1998 Sunrunner, Tracker or Sidekick 4X4. To tow 4 down you need manual hubs, but they are supposed to be relatively inexpensive.
First, let me say I am glad you were not seriously injured!

As for a new vehicle, without knowing your budget, what kind of vehicle you had or how you will use it for the next three years, my best advice is to get a good used Mazda, Toyota, Subaru or Honda sedan or SUV (whichever is easiest for your sister to get in-out of) since they hold their value reasonably well and you can enjoy the good mileage until you get your full-timer vehicle.
Prius!!

1) An honest 50 MPG,
2) One of the most reliable cars ever made
3) amazing amount of room
4) big generator on wheels--it will meet all your electrical needs including AC.

You will have to tow it with a dolly but that is no big deal compared to what it gives you. Park the class C and take it on short trips in the area. It's remarkably easy to turn it into a very comfortable camping rig. Gotta drive it across the country for some reason. No big deal, park the RV and head out. You could even tow it behind the van!

The only other option for me would be either a SUV or Tacoma with 4x4 to get into the backcountry. They combine extremely well with a Class C.
Bob
Bob
(10-14-2016, 10:12 PM)akrvbob Wrote: [ -> ]Prius!!

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4) big generator on wheels--it will meet all your electrical needs including AC.

Bob, this post almost made my head explode!  (in a good way)
I likely need to search for some Prius threads where this will have been discussed/debated to a pulp- but if one were to tow a Prius behind an RV or van (V8 Chevey Express sufficient?), for whatever reason, could the large battery of the Prius be used as an addition Bank for the van/RV- even charging the house batteries?  Of course this implies that one is driving the Prius sufficiently for its battery charging needs too...  Just seems like this pairing could be a great solution for a long term camp, with a frequent commute (camperforce, workamping etc)

thx, jj
I keep hoping Toyota will release a Prius van. That would be epic.
(10-15-2016, 02:24 PM)JJPDX Wrote: [ -> ]could the large battery of the Prius be used as an addition Bank for the van/RV- even charging the house batteries?  Of course this implies that one is driving the Prius sufficiently for its battery charging needs too... 

I'm no expert on the Prius, just a huge fan--hopefully Suanne will answer--she is the expert!!

I have a friend with a Highlander Hybrid who tows a travel trailer (it's rated to 3500 pounds) It has the same charging/drive system as the Prius. I understand it has two motors to be able to handle the weight so it only gets 26 MPG.

She has 200 watts on the trailer but I'm certain she has told me that if that runs out she uses the Highlander to charge the house batteries. Think of it this way, you could attach an inverter to the Hybrid drive battery pack and then run an extension cord to run the 110 in your house. The Hybrid motor would automatically start up however often needed to keep the big battery back charged.

It's a super-efficient charging system, it's probably quite doable.
Bob
(10-15-2016, 03:06 PM)frater secessus Wrote: [ -> ]I keep hoping Toyota will release a Prius van.  That would be epic.

How about https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0IM8GzWrHg
I really never looked at the prius. It is kind of like a self propelled Honda Generator. I see they have different versions. Any idea if one makes a better camper than the others?
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