Posted by Sailor on December 10, 2008 at 11:19:23:
Although our local campground is now filled w/families living in RVs, they are not made for full-time living. They don’t meet the MH standards, have zero insulation, & are more prone to chemical problems. Sanitation can also be a problem. We used to keep a motor home for our annual 3 mo. hurricane season visits to the U.S. The last year we had brought our boat to NC & our house was rented, so we decided to wait in the RV for the tenants to leave. We only lasted a few days after it got cold. One minute the heater would be blasting like a sweat lodge, & the minute it was turned down or off the remaining heat would be sucked out of the metal walls. We had wintered well in our boat in years past, but an RV is like living in a tin can.
Yes, they can be modified; in fact, back in the 60’s Rocket Man & a friend converted a van for skiing expeditions, but it was reinforced & fully insulated. Our friend is still using it 40 years later, though its never had more sanitation than a folding camping potty.
Depending on season & geography, I would still travel in an RV, but I wouldn’t allow a family to live in one. However, I am considering fully furnishing my smallest MH for emergency housing this winter.