So my son, in his early 20s, has decided to join the circus. Well, not exactly; but he does plan to travel with a jousting troupe that entertains at various Renaissance Faires around the country. Not exactly the career I’d prefer he embark upon, but at his age, what the heck, have some fun.
He will, of course, need to provide his own housing and transportation. It’s typical for these itinerant folks to simply haul an RV from festival to festival and live on site. He’s broke, and I’m not much better, so the solution must be as inexpensive as possible. Now, we’ve already figured that there are some spacious popup campers that will fit the bill, and a towing capacity of about 3,500 lbs should be adequate; so that leads me to the tow vehicle.
Reliability is paramount. He will have no money for any catastrophic repairs, and even routine problems will be a crisis, so again, reliability is #1. I’ve always been a Toyota fan, so I’m keeping my eye out for a lower mileage Previa as a starting point.
Price is also important. I’ll spend what I have to to get reliability, but I’ll gladly sacrifice frills and appearance to keep the cost down.
So…If you were sending your son on a several month journey pulling an RV, what vehicles/years/mileage range would you recommend to give you peace of mind without breaking the bank? If you need a price range, I’d say as far below $5K as possible. Below $3K would be better.