Hi all! My wife and I recently visited CA, and we both talked about how much 'better' in general we felt, with the cleaner air, better locally grown food, and large number of outdoor activities. We currently live in San Antonio, TX, and the pollen / oak count here is just through the roof for most of the year. It also gets unbearably hot in the summers here - TL;DR: we want to leave ASAP.
Our apartment lease is up in October, so we're planning our escape
. I can't yet decide if I want to find a place to rent, or travel in a Scamp/Casita/etc. I really like the idea of staying at state parks and exploring, but I'm also self employed and work from my computer, which at the moment is a custom built desktop with a 27" display. I used to use a laptop, but I've become really quite spoiled by this setup, and I'm not sure how willing I am to part ways from it. I might be persuaded to move back to laptop life, or to build a custom setup to house my large display in a travel camper.
We want to pull the camper (if we go that route) with our 02 Golf TDI. I'll be getting a Stage 3 Malone tune on it, along with a new clutch and fuel injector nozzles. That'll put us at 134hp/235ft-lbs torque. The car will still have its hitch tongue weight
limitation, which is around 200lbs. I also didn't install the beefy Westfalia hitch - only a Curt hitch that complies with DOT standards. We've towed a fully-loaded Uhaul
5x8 trailer with no issues, so with the performance upgrades, we'll be fine with a camper.
I really like the Alto campers, but at $30k - and seemingly not very much availability - we'll probably just go with a Fiberglass egg. I spent a while building a Tiny House, but that whole venture didn't work out well, so we're regrouping in an apartment and deciding on what to do next.
Anyhow, I look forward to exploring these forums and finding out more about the camper lifestyle, to see if it's something we could do for at least a couple months.