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tim eisele

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Posted: 12/08/17 06:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My wife and I are considering downsizing from a 40' 5th wheel to a camper van 21'-24' long. Looking at Roadtrek and Airstreams right now. Difficulty with 5th wheel range from 2 blown tires and $9,000 in damages, lack of flexibility on road, necessity to map out every road, lack of fuel availability with a 60' rv and tow vehicle.
Have any of you downsized, for what reasons and are you satisfied with your new campers???
Any recommendations would be appreciated.
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Posted: 12/08/17 07:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Going smaller opens up many more campsites.


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Not to be argumentative, but other than length, you can have the same problems with any rig.

We have a 40' DP with a toad and have no problems finding fuel and we don't use the high priced truck stops. This last ear we went from AZ to FL and MN to LA.

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If you already have a tow vehicle and want to keep it, a small trailer would be a far better deal. You can get decent tank capacity and reasonable storage in a 21-24 foot trailer.

Spend some time in a B TOGETHER before you buy. They are pretty cramped. It might be too much of a downsize to manage.


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lap527

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We downsized from 32' fiver to a 10.0 Camplite TC. Yup, learning curve and transition but glad we have our dually and truck camper. There are advantages and disadvantages to every unit. It's only 2 of us so that helps. It's so easy to park, fuel, get a site, and clean. We have had tt, fiver, class C, and a smaller TC. To each is own. Good luck!


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We made the switch you are considering: 38' DP to RoadTrek.

We couldn't be happier. The RT drives like a high end car, fits in a regular space in most places, and has everything we need. Perhaps the RT is somewhat over-engineered -- it is a complex rig. But in mine everything has worked just as advertised.

It's a different RV life style. Things are definitely tighter onboard!

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We downsized from a 35' Class A to a Winnebago Travato 59K Class B this past March. It took some getting used to but we have absolutely no regrets. For us the pros far outweigh the cons. We enjoyed the almost ten years of RV'ing in our A, but all the things you listed certainly added a lot of stress. In the B we can go wherever we want w/o worrying about the roads or getting gas or parking. Set up is a breeze. We have the same freedom to travel and sleep in our own bed without any of the logistical hassles of the A.


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A Class B will have next to no storage !

I would look for a small Class C.

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A Class B will have next to no storage !
Clearly said by one who has never dealt with a B. My RT has an amazing amount of storage space.
Is it the same as a 40 foot DP? Of course not.
The main lack in mine is external storage. Inside, when we travel my storage spots are about 2/3 full.

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Posted: 12/09/17 06:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We've had zero problems with having enough interior storage.

For external storage (black hoses, fresh water hoses, sewer support, etc.) we use a hitch mounted cargo carrier and three totes. When we're staying longer than one night at a campground the totes go under the picnic table, the carrier gets folded up against the back of the B and doesn't interfere at all with finding parking spots if we go out sightseeing or to eat.

In our A we really carried a lot more stuff (and thus more weight) than we needed just because we had the space. It was all too easy to let stuff that really wasn't needed accumulate just because there was room.

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