A Brief Survey of Live Aboard Vehicles

This survey shares information about live aboard vehicles, includes types of vehicles, sizes and costs of campers, travel trailers and mobile homes.

| March/April 1971

  • Learn everything you need to know about live aboard vehicles.
    Learn everything you need to know about live aboard vehicles.
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  • Learn everything you need to know about live aboard vehicles.

Everything you need to know about live aboard vehicles, including the various types, sizes and costs.

Survey of Live Aboard Vehicles

Vehicles suitable for long-term residence can be classified by construction into three basic types and six subtypes:

Integral vehicles, where living accommodations and carrier are a unit. These include: "motorhomes" built from the ground up. Dealer-modified forward control van trucks. Old delivery trucks outfitted by backyard mechanics.

Campers, including: Slide-in campers which fit on the bed of a pickup truck. Chassis-mount campers which bolt to an open-frame truck.

Travel trailers which are towed by other vehicles.

Not included in this survey nor recommended to the potential nomad are "mobile homes" — house trailers so large as to require special tow trucks and State permits. Another drawback of mobile homes is their lack of self-containment. They must be parked in trailer courts where water, sewerage and electric connections are available.

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