My Son, Ryan, moved to Texas. He plans on getting married there, this year. His Fiancé lives in Texas. So, naturally they'll get married there, where her friends and family are. I want to go.
If you're a regular reader, or TI, you're mind is already thinking of all the barriers. I've been working on it for months. First off, it's 2000 miles. I can't access public spaces; they're all too toxic. Trains, planes, hotels, restaurants, restrooms... All out. That leaves driving. But it's a 3 day trip one way, and I can't arrive in decent shape eating, sleeping and peeing in a car, for 3 days. So, I pulled the TI's old stand-by idea of a converted RV out and dusted it off.
An RV would provide me with a safe place to eat, sleep and take care of bathroom functions. The round trip would be about 10 days. So I started mulling over the logistics. What all would I need to do to convert it? First off, I know I can't do propane gas. So I'd need a convection/microwave to cook. Hmmm, and probably a hot plate, too. I think a couple of extra air purifiers. The space is small, but the likelihood of it getting contaminated is high. I'd definitely need water purifiers on all the faucets. That's easy enough. I'd need a solar charger and converter. I think an extra battery or 2. I need laundry facilities. I can't access laundromats, and if I got exposed, I'd need to clean the clothes as well as myself, or they'd be outgassing toxins. I thought a lot about the sleeping arrangements. Lots of times Ron out gasses stuff he's been exposed to, during the day, at night and we can't sleep together on those nights. So I'd want one with the bed-over-cab for him. I'd prefer leather upholstry, its easier to clean off toxins. However, that's out of my budget. :-(
I did find some beautiful class A's that were affordable. I was very excited. Until I realized that they access the engine from between the front seats. Any time that was opened, petroleum VOCs would contaminate the entire interior. I wouldn't be able to access it for a couple of months. That wouldn't work. So I decided on a Class C. Class C's don't come with washer/dryers, but I did a little reconnesance. I looked at one in a nearby city, that was owned by another TI, and took some measurements. The washer/dryer unit will fit very nicely into the spot where the stove/oven is! I won't need the oven. I can just pull it out and plumb the washer/dryer in to the water & sewer lines under the sink. That should work. I went back and forth on the slide-out issue. I'd love the extra space, but I'd run the risk of contamination, whenever I moved it in or out, and if it didn't seal. There'd also be the concern of deteriorating rubber on the seal. It would outgass, and it could allow VOC leakage. I eventually decided to go with no slides. Optimally, I'd want one from folks who were non-smokers, & fragrance free, and without pets. Not that I have anything against pets. It would just be that they probably used peticide for flea and tick control. That's a pretty tall order to start with, but it could happen!
I also figured it should be older, so it will have outgassed a lot of component VOCs, but it needs to not be too old, or I could have major problems on the road. I decided on a 2000-2005 model. I started looking on line. I researched makes and models. I looked at floor plans. I looked at all the features and what it should have that it doesn't. Then figured out how much I'd need to buy one and upgrade it. That was the easy part.
I've made a bunch of calls. I'm expecting a lot of nos. so I'm not discouraged. I'm also educating as many dealers as are open. I tell them there is a huge market out there for non-toxically detailed RVs and fragrance free personnel. Actually, I've found several dealers whose detailers are TI, so they already use non-toxics. That's a plus. I have a couple looking for me as well.
That brought me to the ext barrier... Rabies vac for the dog...