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Hello all..I am looking to purchase a camper to full time live in. I will be a solo female, not mechanically inclined.(but will have to learn) What would you suggest as a type of camper and how long in length. I'm leaning towards a Class C but not sure what is the best option. My father will be joining me on occasions as well. I feel by having to purchase a pickup and a 5th wheel trailer will be just as expensive as buying a Class C. Your thoughts?
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Posted: 05/22/20 03:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

when you say live in full time, do you mean regularly traveling from place to place or just being in one place for months at a time?


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Posted: 05/22/20 04:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ray on u tube channel Love Your RV just posted a chat about the pros n cons of truck n trailer vs motorhome. Some good info.

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Have you rented a C for a week? That will give you an idea on size.
Have you ever driven a truck with a fifth wheel? Do that before you buy in the approximate size that you found acceptable in the C.


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Posted: 05/22/20 04:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How much experience do you have with camping? Why do you want to chance from your current normal to a new normal? Will you be traveling or just sitting? What kind of budget do you have available to pay for the high cost of camping at sites less than a year? More details will help everyone give you better answers.


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One of the primary reasons for a Class C, B or A over a 5th wheel is the ability to climb into the driver's seat and drive away from trouble without ever having to go outside or hitch up. Class C rigs drive a bit more like a car than either A or B, which you might also find helpful. In addition, there are Cs that are smaller than As and Bs.

I too would suggest renting a C from somebody like CruiseAmerica for a week so you get some experience before you put real money into buying.

I also agree that your needs will differ depending on travel plans, your job(s), pets, and how much "stuff" you want to have with you.

There are single people who find something as short as 17 or 18 feet perfectly acceptable, and others who feel pinched in a 35 footer.





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If you get a class C then you'll be driving that every time you want a loaf of bread and leaving your campground behind. A truck and a Travel Trailer(TT) (have no idea why you'd want a fifth wheel for one person) then you can drive the truck whenever you go for day trips.
Also check out the room in a Class C of modest size with a the same length TT. It's probably too late for RV shows but visit a big RV dealer and just wander around and look in the various types of RVs. A standard gas pickup will haul a TT of moderate size easily no need for a big truck.
Finally RV salesmen lie worse than car dealers, pick what you want and then come here for advice. Just assume every word out of the salesman's mouth is a lie, once you sign the paperwork they don't care what happens to you.


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You shouldn’t be “Confused and Frustrated.” This should be an exciting time of learning and purchasing an RV which will enable you to see all of North America. An attitude change is appropriate.

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Thank you all for the responses. I have been camping since I was younger so am familiar with camping. I will be traveling and visiting family and friends across the USA but not all the time. More on the road. So will be staying at campgrounds and boondocking. I have not rented anything as of yet. I have looked at all types gearing towards 29' or below. 24' is a little too small.

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Also was going to tow a car behind. Do you call it a "toad"?

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