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RV’s Part 4 – Full-Timing Considerations

Before I begin this post, let me apologize for the delay.  Not only has it been a really busy few months with graduation and vacations and so on, I was informed by another blogger that we shared our blog names.  She initially accused me of copyright infringement but you can’t copyright a title or name.  She then asked if I would change the name of our blog and I think I will (potential new name is right up there ^).  I’m looking into how to do that seamlessly so I don’t lose subscribers and everyone can still find us.   Until then, things remain unchanged.  Thanks!

Looks like home.  But the way, folding tables are a great way to add versatility to a floor plan and save space.

Looks like home. By the way, folding tables are a great way to add versatility to a floor plan and save space.

RV’s serve many purposes.  From weekend camping excursions to extended travel to full-time living, there is an RV out there for everyone.  But those activities all put different demands on the RV.  An RV designed for the budget-minded, weekend camper won’t work, generally, for the full-timer and visa-versa (well, the weekend camper would probably love it but at what cost?).  But since this blog is about full-timing, what are the features one needs to look for when buying that full-time rig?  Well, we’re going to attempt to answer that.

As we’ve already discussed in parts 1, 2 and 3, there are many types of RVs, many levels of quality and many intended uses.  Not all rigs are made for full-timing.  For example, the travel trailer we owned was fairly nice…for a weekend camper.  While it had air conditioning, a microwave and a water heater, it wasn’t full-time worthy.  The fit, finish and fixtures were cheap, things like plastic sink basins, low-end fabrics and cheap blinds.  It had a short queen bed that was lumpy and springy.  The cabinets were thin particle board.  You get the idea.  Daily use would have destroyed that thing. Continue reading

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RV’s Part 3 – The Big Leagues

We’ve discussed the RVs you generally don’t want to buy for full-timing in Part 1 and what we call the minor leagues, RVs you might want to consider but aren’t the most popular options, in Part 2.  Remember, this is all subjective and personal wants and needs may skew your search in other directions.  This advice, or maybe this summation of our research, is good for most RVers but not all.  Take it as intended.  A guide from which to begin your own search.

A class A motorhome.

A class A motorhome.

So we’re in the big leagues now, class A motorhomes and fifth wheels.  These are arguably the most popular choices for full-time RVers and with good reason.  When your camping or taking short trips, size can take a back seat.  When your looking to live full-time in an RV, size is a major consideration for most folks.  Even the biggest RV is tiny when compared to your average stick-built home. Continue reading

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RVs Part 2 – The Minor Leagues

The great outdoors

The great outdoors

We’ve detailed the purpose of this series and the types of RVs potential full-timers might want to avoid in their search for their future home on wheels here.  Now, it’s time to start talking about the RVs that full-timers seem to choose most often.  Of course, this is mostly opinion and observational based.  We have no data and these posts are probably ripe with our personal biases.  Still, our feelings on the subject might help you in your choice.

So, this post is entitled “The Minor Leagues” but we aren’t judging.  These are all viable choices for full-timers or those that travel extensively in an RV.  Each has a lot of benefits but each also has some drawbacks that keep them from being top choices for most RVers.  We will detail those pros and cons for travel trailers, class c motorhomes and truck campers. Continue reading

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RVs Part 1 – Decisions, Decisions

Makes you want to be there, huh?

Makes you want to be there, huh?

We’ve decided to provide a little insight on what is probably the most important decision a potential full-time RVer can make.  What kind of RV am I going to buy?  I mean, it is going to be your home, right?  It’s also one of the biggest investments you might make in your entire life, exceeded, probably, only by your sticks and bricks home.  It’s a big deal.  No offense to the full-timers out there but I don’t suspect they are the ones to ask for advice.

We don’t say that because they lack knowledge or because they don’t have a keen sense for the pros and cons of a particular model or even many models.  No, we say that because they’ve made their decision.  They have found the RV that’s right for them for whatever reason.  You and us, the aspiring RV buyer, will have our own preferences and criteria.  We need to pick our future home based on our needs not those of someone else. What we intend to do here is provide a discussion of the various types of RVs used by the full-timer community, their advantages and disadvantages and so on. Continue reading

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