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ohhell10339

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Posted: 01/09/18 12:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have to disagree with most of the posters here as I feel shorter is better. Starting at 17 feet long and increasing as the rig gets bigger and bigger, the number of places you can go and the number of places you can get into drops dramatically. I suppose a monster Class A, with chandeliers, bowling alley, swimming pool, etc. is great if you want to sit in an RV park all year and not actually go anywhere, but then, why have an RV at all? RVs are meant to go places.

One of the great things about fulltiming is that you can just pick up and go whenever you want to. If you have a lumbering behemoth of an RV, it isn't so easy to do that. You never know if you'll be able to find someplace to park at your destination--unless you have the scratch to pay $75 a night to park at an "RV resort."

Just my opinion but as far as I'm concerned, not having "stuff" is an element of the freedom of fulltiming, and that includes the house you're hauling around the country.

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Posted: 01/09/18 02:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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40' no slide bus conversion. Strangely enough, no chandeliers, bowling alleys or swimming pool but it goes where ever we need in any weather. If we can't stay at a park due to size there is one nearby where we can. That's what the toad is for. Yellowstone? Yep! Devil's Tower and Mt. Rushmore? Yep! We go where we want. We do what we want when we want. 40' is not going to prevent you from doing any of those things.


What I post is my 2 cents and nothing more. Please don't read anything into my post that's not there. If you disagree, that's OK.
Can't we all just get along?

khager76248

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Posted: 01/09/18 03:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We like staying in the National Parks, and it is my experience you have to stay under 35 feet and sometimes 30 feet, for those. But if you only want to stay in commercial parks bigger is probably better.


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Posted: 01/09/18 03:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The October 2017 issue of Trailer Life has an excellent article on 5ers supposedly built for full-timing including what to look for in a rig to be used for that purpose.


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Dutch_12078

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Our 33' no slides gas Class A served us well for a number of years, and now our 34' super slide gas Class A serves us even better. We have not found a park yet in areas we've been interested in, whether private, state, or federal, that didn't have sites we could fit in, often without needing to unhook our toad.


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Posted: 01/09/18 07:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Really doesn't matter what everyone else has.
What fits YOUR needs is all the counts.

I have parked next to every single type of RV's that people were full timing in.

I met a lovely lady traveling alone Full-Time in a Casita.
She was the happiest RV'er I have met on the road. [emoticon]

This is what a Casita looks like.
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* This post was edited 01/09/18 07:58pm by rockhillmanor *


We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.


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42.5' 5ver Toy Hauler. The "garage" is my Ham radio shack and her sewing room once the motorcycle is removed. Been on the road close to 4 years and would not change a thing. We love that there is a separate room that one or the both of us can retreat to and work when we want. YMMV


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Posted: 01/10/18 01:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How many are in the traveling party and what do you like to do?

If you are a single guy who mostly hangs out outside the RV with simple hobbies that don't require much stuff, 35' may be overkill.

If you are a family of 4 with hobbies that require taking a lot of stuff, 40' may be too small.

Don't buy the argument that you can't go into cold weather areas with slides. We have been down to -5F and the furnace kept up (it did use a lot of propane but so will a no-slide RV). The space lost is just too much to give up.


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Hi valhalla360,

-5 f is shirtsleeve weather. Heating the space is not the issue. Let's try to bring that slide in at -40.

valhalla360 wrote:

Don't buy the argument that you can't go into cold weather areas with slides. We have been down to -5F and the furnace kept up (it did use a lot of propane but so will a no-slide RV). The space lost is just too much to give up.


* This post was edited 01/10/18 09:54am by pianotuna *


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Posted: 01/10/18 09:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bigger isn't better.

Smaller isn't better.

What works for you is best.

And that might change over time.

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My family of 4 is in a 42' bunkhouse fifth wheel. We are likely moving into a 43' toy hauler fifth wheel.

It works for us. We move weekly on average- 56 stops in 2017.

We have friends in much shorter Airstream with 4 kids, 2 adults, and a dog.

We have other friends with 2 kids considering a truck camper.

And we have friends with 4 kids and 1 or 2 dogs in a 45' toy hauler fifth wheel.

It runs the gamut.

* This post was edited 01/10/18 03:36pm by ependydad *


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