Friday, December 8, 2023


Letters: RVs built for ‘living’ not ‘RVing’

Hey Chuck,
letters to the editorMy name is Matthew Hofmann. First off, I want to thank you for your insight and apt critique of the current state of the RV industry. Housing in our home state of California is deeply impacted and there are millions of mainstream, working people who are forced to compromise on the quality of their living experiences.

A significant portion of consumers are using RVs for a purpose that the units they call “home” were fundamentally not designed for — Living. The RV industry is not set up for this kind of demand. For a variety of reasons, companies have been slow to adapt.

At we are actively working to create a new industry that offers mobile living solutions for all income levels – designed from the ground up for full-time Living.  I am the designer and creator of a company called Living Vehicle™ from Santa Barbara, Calif., and I was pleased to hear your use of our company’s name after describing our exact mission. With nearly a decade of experience living full-time in trailers, motorhomes, boats and vans, my wife (an LV co-founder) and I felt the need to design a product and customer support model that would support folks who live in their mobile spaces – without constant compromise. 

The greatest challenge at this point, is influencing widespread zoning regulations to permit this kind of housing. The reality of this is actually quite easy from a barrier to entry standpoint – zoning and regulation issues aside. I celebrate your choice to write a book on this topic and I would be very interested in contributing, or at least continuing this conversation. 

Matthew Hofmann

Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodbury
I'm the founder and publisher of I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.



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Patricia Seaton (@guest_24518)
5 years ago

I am impressed after looking over your website. Your LV feels like an elegant, modern home.
I appreciate how much design work has gone into sustainability and off grid capacity.

Joanna (@guest_24700)
5 years ago

Hi Patricia,
Thank you for your feedback. LV was designed by Matthew and I based off of the 400+ custom renovations we’ve done over the past 8 years plus our own personal experience living a mobile lifestyle.

Our 5 year goal it to create a net zero unit that requires no energy in and produces zero waste. Stay tuned for other upcoming developments such as new model offerings coming soon!

Joanna Hofmann, Living Vehicle™ Co-founder

mike (@guest_24458)
5 years ago

Living Vehicle – great! I have a list of over 100 poor design and material choices I’ve personally seen in RV’s. So I go to your web site – and there is NOTHING there except a picture and a really high price tag. I imagine (have to imagine as the web page provides no information) your vehicles are better, but at that price it really isn’t relevant to the average RV’er.

Diane M (@guest_24617)
5 years ago
Reply to  mike

If you are interesting in taking a look….there are 3 tiny bars in the upper right hand corner. From there you can choose gallery to look at pics or the other tabs that will give you specs/options/included items.

Joanna (@guest_24658)
5 years ago
Reply to  mike

Hi Mike,
Thanks for your interest. Perhaps the site did not load for you properly. There is a wealth of information on our site. You can start at this link for detailed design and spec info.

Joanna Hofmann, Living Vehicle™ Co-founder

Phil McCraken (@guest_24451)
5 years ago

I can see a huge push back coming. This sounds good for certain applications, but it can quickly be misused .

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