Miranda is a 1997 31′ long Glendale Royal Classic class C motorhome. She is built on a Ford E450 chassis with a V10 engine and is a high end motorhome that was quality built and is very suitable for full-timing.
I am happiest in my home if it has a lot of rooms, even if they are small. I feel less confined if I have a sense that I can travel between distinctive spaces. While Miranda only gives me about 125 square feet of living space, she has a layout that does not give me the feeling of being cramped. With a few modifications, I turned the back room into a study, the dinette and lounge into a living room, and the over cab loft into a cozy sleeping nest. I therefore work, sleep, bathe, cook, and hang out in different spaces, giving me the illusion of having a two-bedroom apartment!
Miranda’s four separate rooms and total of eight clearly delineated spaces are:
- Basement (exterior storage compartments).
The rooms are truly that, spaces separated by doors. Between the study and the dressing room there is an accordion-style door. Between the kitchen and the dressing room, there is a solid wood pocket door. The toilet has a proper, solid door on hinges.
Finally, the burning question. Why did I name my rig ‘Miranda’? It comes from a movie called Serenity. In it, Miranda is a planet where its inhabitants died from being meddled with by their government.
The name Miranda reminds me to rebel against conformity, to be true to myself, and to present a positive example of the nomadic, full-time RVing life, lest there come a day [when] there won’t be room for naughty men like us to slip about at all.
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You can know all the math in the ‘Verse, but take a boat in the air you don’t love, she’ll shake you off just as sure as the turning of worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughta fall down, tells ya she’s hurtin’ ‘fore she keens. Makes her home. (Captain Malcolm Reynolds, ‘Serenity’)