Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. -- Carl Sandburg
There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

December 13, 2010

The Start

This blog is for my travels in my LTV camper van with my pets, a big dog and 2 elderly cats.  I dubbed my van "The Arleth" because it is a Sprinter van made by the German car company MB and Arleth means Free Spirit.   The van allows me to follow my travel whims and maximize my freedom.  I bought a used (3rd owner) LTV Free Spirit 210B 2006 in July, 2010 with almost 39k miles.

I chose a van camper for the following reasons:
  • Safety: I can jump into the drivers seat and drive off without ever exiting the vehicle if I ever feel like I need to.
  • Ease of driving and parking
  • Fuel economy - the diesel engine gets 24-25 mpg at speeds of 55-58mph.
  • Enough but not too much:  Having the basics of a cabin with me - bed, seating, galley, shower, toilet
  • Having my own bedding - I react with an ugly rash to a lot of hotel bedding
  • Safe temperatures for my pets.
  • Being able to bring my pets along with me means I can follow my whims without having to negotiate and pay for pet boarding or sitters.
  • Ability to boondock in most places.
  • Easy to set up and take down for camping.
  • Ability to load things like full sheets of plywood when needed.
  • Ability to tow up to 5000 lbs.
  • Can use it as a car if I want.

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