[This was a letter to the editor, I don't remember which magazine, but I do remember it got published]
- Jul 28, 2006
Using an RV primarily as a vehicle is of course very inefficient, using it primarily as a home (which, as you illustrate, can be much more comfortable than most would assume) is actually far more efficient than most regular homes. The appliances in an RV are designed to be able to run off batteries and stored water for weeks, and therefor use a fraction of the electricity, water, and gas of a typical stationary house. As an example, my electric bills are 1/5th the average for my area.
In addition, while the average rent for a 1bedroom apartment in the SF area is around $1000 to $1500 a month, an RV space goes for $500 or less. It is the most affordable (non-subsidized)housing available.