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larry cad

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Is there a question here?


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larry cad wrote:

Is there a question here?


Does there need to be? The thread looks like commentary and opinion to me...


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Fidel Gastro wrote:

martymain wrote:

I just read Tucker Ballister's article, "The Best RVs for Full-Time Living." I was disappointed not to see some of the high-end manufacturers and their quality products listed.


Quality products? LOL. I have found the quality only exists in the RV Industry on websites and brochures. Go high end, something on a Prevost foundation. Do that and it's clear you have enough coin or credit line/debt to have others maintain and make the repairs which will be needed at some point. High price is no guarantee of anything, especially so quality, which is subjective in itself.


Other than 7-figure bus conversions and Airstream, most RVs have sub Soviet Bloc build quality.


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Any discussion about "best for full timing" is more commentary than anything else. Anyone that has been rving for awhile knows that people can "full time" in many types of RVs as it depends on what one considers important, necessary or affordable.

In our case, with a limited budget, we could full time in our Bay Star if we had to. It would require some creative thinking and careful decisions regarding what we really need to have in order to keep the weight down.

But, we would probably want to move up to a slightly bigger rig, and I think the DW would consider an onboard washer/dryer a necessity. But, you see a lot of folks full timing in smaller rigs, and that may be more applicable to folks that plan to full time for a shorter period of time and then settling down with a S&B home and RVing part of the year.


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This is why I love this forum. It's not a one size fits all, my way or its wrong group of people.
Successful RVing brings out creative thinking, and the more we use our rigs the more we define what we're willing to put up with, or pay for and its vastly different from the most basic and simplistic to more creature comforts to skies the limit technology. Most of us are somewhere in between.

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Full timing to me means four season rig one can live in any weather.
Plus 40C to minus 40.
And to able go anywhere 4x4 is esential.
Good luck finding such rig,I havent seen any at reasonable price,will need to built it myself someday.

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What is interesting when you look at full-timers, whether they have money or not, is the modifications they ultimately make to their rig, whether a home-made rig or a production camper/RV.
Most everyone who has any skills or thinks they do ultimately scraps most of the RV amenities and rebuild or replaces them The little plastic nick-knacks and clever RV gimmicks are great for camping, but get old when living in it. Who wants a 1/2 gallon sized bathroom sink? Who wants a little kitchen sink you can't get the pot in? There is never enough counter space. How useless is that little oven? The water tanks are too small. Needs more storage for living in. Too much wasted space, full-timers will make use of every crack and crevice. There are 1,000s of little things individuals will obsess over when having to live in it.
Outside of just a gigantic 5th wheeler with 4 slide outs I just have not seen a production camper that is built for full timing.
Interesting topic to hear what full-timers need that is different from people that camp.

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mr_andyj wrote:

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Outside of just a gigantic 5th wheeler with 4 slide outs I just have not seen a production camper that is built for full timing.....


It depends on how you live as a full timer. When my wife and I took off as full timers along with 2 cats, we lived in a truck camper without slides. It was perfect. Great for travel. Great to have with us at all times during the day. It had enough of everything for comfortable living: full queen sized bed, dinette, kitchen with double sink, 3 burner stove, microwave (hardly ever used), refrig/freezer, heat, A/C, solar panels and generator, wet bath, and plenty of storage.

I remember visiting the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone. The big rigs were parked many miles away. Those folks traveled in their little toads with a bag lunch and stopped to use the outhouses you could smell a mile away. If they were lucky they had Purell to use afterwards. We stopped at the side of the road watching the buffalo while we ate a decent lunch, then took a nap, used our own bathroom, and eventually travelled some more. By late afternoon the toaders were worn out and started the long drive back to their hook up campgrounds. We had dinner and stayed until after sunset watching all the animals start to move in the late afternoon and evening.

Yup, some rigs are just too big for enjoyable full time adventure.

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