Tuesday, September 27, 2022


Couple disagree on what RV is right for them

Dear RV Shrink:
I’m in my late 50s and met a wonderful old hippie who has great social security. We have so much in common and have decided we’d like to be traveling companions. The problem is she is a vegetarian minimalist and I am a meat-and-potatoes abstract. She wants to buy a small trailer that looks like a fiberglass egg. I want an old 35-foot school bus.

Can you explain to her that people do not live full-time in such a small space. I have tried to explain to her that we need the kind of room that a big bus offers. She insists that it is doable and I cannot reason with her. Please send help. —About to be Crammed in Camden

Dear Crammed:
I am a bit suspect of your motives. Are you hooking up with this woman for companionship or a social security check and the Senior Pass to national parks? You haven’t enlightened me on what you have in common but it is obviously not camping style.

There are several small trailer brands that fit the fiberglass egg description. One of the more popular is the Casita. It is small and practical and people do full-time RV in them. They make travel fuel efficient, have very functional floor plans and utilize every square inch of space to the maximum. An old school bus, on the other hand, would be far from fuel efficient and most likely more expensive to turn into a comfortable RV.

I would have to agree with your companion between the two choices you have offered. It will be a close relationship, and I am talking quarters not compassion. Much of the storage available when hauling a trailer this size will be in the tow vehicle. You might want to pack light in the beginning so that you will have less to carry if she ends up dropping you off along the highway.

You must face the fact that this idea will always be in the back of her head. Think about it. Without you she doubles the size of her trailer living space and most likely has twice as much money. —Keep Smilin’, Richard Mallery a.k.a. Dr. R.V. Shrink

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Carson Axtell
3 years ago

I know of at least two instances where couples had a bus and a car and rather than tow the car the woman would drive the car while the man drove the bus to their next destination. This also gave them the opportunity to score some “alone time” to destress from constant close quarters. In this case, “Crammed” should get his bus and hippie chic should get her egg. That way they can go their separate ways down the road when that day arrives…

3 years ago

Tow her egg with your bus. Bonus is you both have your own space.

rick louderbough
3 years ago

Rent a small rig for a week and see how cramped it may be. I’m a minimalist too but a larger rig is more comfortable at times.

Tommy Molnar
3 years ago

This ‘match’ is a disaster waiting to happen. Quit while you still can, before you get too emotionally involved. FInd someone who thinks like you, acts like you, eats like you, and votes like you.

Ron Twellman
3 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Tommy, Nothing personal but, living with someone who thinks, acts, eats & votes like me sounds like a boring life. But hey to each his/her own!

Tommy Molnar
3 years ago
Reply to  Ron Twellman

Ron, I didn’t mean it in the literal sense, but arguing over what food to buy, where to go, and nowadays what your politics are can make for a tough life.

Tom Fitch
3 years ago

“You might want to pack light in the beginning so that you will have less to carry if she ends up dropping you off along the highway.”

This makes me laugh – perfect comment! Crammed needs to keep looking – the hippy vegetarian is WAY out of his league!

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