One of the adventures Jon and I hope to take in the near future is living tiny. With me having a disability and utilizing a wheelchair it make things a little more challenging. A couple of weekends ago we decided to head to the Pomona Fairplex for an RV show, so we could start getting a feel for things and how this dream could one day become a possibility. We still have a lot to figure out, but I would say we are on the path to making this happen.
One of the big questions we have is what type of vehicle we will need. This is a big question for us because it is not as simple as how much it can tow, but also can we make it wheelchair accessible. A big part in making the final decision on the vehicle is also what type of home will we get. Prior to visiting the RV show the question was between a Class A Motorhome (a standard motorhome that contains a built-in vehicle engine), a Toy Hauler (a trailer that attaches either by hitch or 5th wheel that contains a garage), or a Tiny Home (a full house that sits on a travel trailer body). If we choose a Class A Motorhome we would be able to pick any vehicle and tow it behind our motorhome. If we choose a Toy Hauler we would need to pick a truck that has the ability to tow over 15,000 lbs. And last but not least, if we chose a Tiny House, we would need to pick a truck or van that can tow over 10,000 lbs. I have been really wanting to figure out this part of tiny house living because we want to purchase the vehicle we are going to use in approximately 5 years and start saving for it now.
Jon and I ended up getting off work early one day, so we decided to head out to Pomona for a few hours just to see if we could possibly rule out one of the options. When we got to the show we decided to look at the Toy Haulers first and I am so glad that we did. I had not previously really considered them as an option, however as we were walking through them I quickly considered it. One big thing for me was the garage. Inside the garage of these was a queen size bed, and 2 couches that folded into a second queen size bed. Plus, these 2 queen size beds could be raised to the ceiling, the back door dropped and became a ramp that your “toys” could be loaded in. For me a toy would be my wheelchair, however most of the people that use toy haulers a “toy” is an ATV or dirt bike. Once my chair is in the RV I could then turn the drop-down door into a fenced in patio. It is something that I saw myself in and so did Jon. In addition, many of the kitchens were full size with home appliances instead of modified appliances and contained king size beds in the bedroom. With the seating, bedding, and other features we could not only see the adventures we could take, but we could also imagine taking our nieces, nephews or other family members on the road with us for a portion of their summer vacation as well.
After roaming in and out of several toy haulers we decided to go look at the Class A motorhomes. After about 2 or 3 vehicles we decided that these were not for us. In addition to being much more expensive they were also not nearly as roomy or home like. The fact that none of them had a way to get my wheelchair in the vehicle was the worst part. Since attending the show, I have found a few models of Class A motorhomes that are specifically wheelchair accessible, but the Toy Haulers still felt like the best option.
Sadly, this show did not have Tiny Homes or we would have looked at those as well. So, for now they are still on our list with Toy Haulers being the most viable option. Hopefully soon we will get the chance to look at these up close and personal, but until then I will continue to scour the internet looking at floor plans in hopes to find our future home on wheels and future adventures.
My name is Amanda and I have a disability. I have fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I love to go on adventures but my illness' makes that a challenge. I didn't want to spend my life living in bed so I got an electric wheelchair (thanks to my parents) and I am hitting the road. Going to some of my favorite places, exploring new places, and sharing with you how I get around with a disability.
I wanted to give a special thank you to my amazing husband Jon. In addition to being my travel buddy he is also my editor. It's thanks to him that these posts aren't nearly as rambling as they could be.