The Modern Vagabondlifestyle is made up of those born with the tendency to roam and camp rather than living in one location. There is a large segment of vagabonds who tend to travel by foot carrying their life in a back sack and there are some who participate in the RV lifestyle. Many of the foot bound vagabonds will hop in with the vagabonds who live in an RV, the ones who choose to have a motorized wagon type vehicle, and their houses are on wheels. The RV style of vagabonding is more for the collector type, vagabond families or groups, or those who prefer a more comfortable and safe slumber. Also, the RV vagabond always needs to find a source of income or trading to maintain and provide fuel for their wagon.
While many vagabonds are pensioners from their time served in the rat race (they are usually 50 years of age or older), other younger vagabonds are choosing RV travel as a way to see parts of the world while earning income using the gadget that the communication technology has to offer. An RV can have the internet, mobile phones and fax, and whatever gadget needed to get a job done. Vagabonds will usually not stop in camping sites for the reasons that, money is not needed, more choice of spots to park, for quiet and privacy, more self-sufficiency and to be nearer a specific location.
The vagabond’s RV typically has a good bed, a table and bench, and a kitchen. Vagabonds who travel in groups may have larger RVs which have bathrooms with shower, refrigerators, living areas, master bedrooms, and all. Very resourceful vagabonds can even have, satellite TV and Internet access, slide-out sections, and awnings, and either carry a small car inside it or towing it. A nice abode on wheels for any vagabonds can cost from less than $3,000 to $1,500,000 or more. However, most vagabonds, who are usually more mobile than a typical camper type, will have RVs that are more on the compact easier to “pick up and go” style.
One type of RV that a vagabond may favour, is the truck camper, a unit that is temporarily let into the bed or chassis of a pickup truck. This style has a few advantages over trailer types of RVs. For instance, there is the “pick up and go” factor, the traveler’s house is always ready to go, without a hitch, with the turn of a key, and the maneuverability cannot be matched. Where ever the towing vehicle goes, the house goes to, the same can be said about the Class ABC RV. These types are converted buses, vans, trucks into a RV, usually called motor homes. The big disadvantage is that, the vagabond’s house is also the vagabond’s horse, which is kind of a strange thought. With the truck camper the vagabond has a truck which can be utilized for other purposes and a house that can be temporally left behind if needed.
The truck camper RV requires a good pickup truck. Choosing a pickup truck for a camper will depend on the amount in weight the vagabond will need to carry. For the vagabond who chooses to travel alone, a smaller camper can be used with a ½ ton pickup truck. If there are more vagabonds using the same camper, then a bigger truck, like a ¾ ton or even a 1 ton truck can be used. The bigger campers can be as long as 12’ and will usually accommodate 4 to 6 vagabonds.
The craftier vagabond will design and build their own RVs out of cars, vans, buses, or whatever they can find to fit their needs. This is probably the most economical for a vagabond to acquire an RV for traveling, but it requires some mechanical skills and traveling time can be significantly reduced during the building stage of the RV.
“There is a stereotype of vagabonds, gypsies, drifters, campers and nomads alike who live in RVs full-time do so because they are poor and cannot afford a home. Little do they know that a vagabond is a vagabond because if he stayed in one spot to long he might end up becoming a bum?”