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Slowmover

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Posted: 03/30/20 06:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Questions unstated:

1). How many years?

2). How many miles?

That’s the divisor between “best” and “typical”.

Airstream is the last of the quality trailers. Entry-level way back when. But it’s still an a non-limited lifespan 25+ year TT. 250,000-miles.
It also has no peer in towing. Stability.

The typical RVs are sub-10 years before serious problems (delamination, prominently). . 75k miles. Terrible suspensions and centr-of-gravity height.

The typical trailers built when mine was are now a couple decades past being tipped into the landfill. (There’s no need to buy one brand-new. Use depreciation to your advantage).

Buying new every 5-7 years is enormously wasteful. Unless that’s the time period expected.

As to size, the Golden Age of Trailers showed that 27-28’ is best size for a full-time couple(asa minimum). . Bath, beds, storage and amenities. Front lounge, mid-kitchen, beds, and bath at rear is that layout. It’s also most efficient for plumbing and weight balance.

It’s not in the least harder to tow than a 25’.


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And, as an important note: Many do good planning to go full-timing. But not so on EXITING. Sadly, it’s often illness or injury. Expect that selling an RV (versus giving it away) may be 4-6 months. Have a few ways of getting out.

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* This post was edited 03/30/20 06:25pm by Slowmover *


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Off the top of my head.....Northwoods (arctic fox) and Lance are probably the best for winter camping. Crossovers from truck campers that are known for being 4-season units.


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I just got this trailer...lots of storage, comfortable, I love it!!

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If you haven't purchased yet, look at the Outdoors RV Mfg brands. We had a chance to look at one a few months back, and while they don't have a 5th wheel model yet, we were VERY impressed.


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By definition of the RVIA, an RV is not built for full time living. The building codes for a mobile home are different. They recently fought it out with the US government over the definition and code requirements.

Of course we all know that hasn't prevented many RVers using them in a full time fashion.


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