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FALL 2016 NEW MODEL RV GUIDE

Have you ever wondered if fulltime RV living could be for you? Follow our journey as we downsize from 1200 sq feet into less than 400 sq feet!

 

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so, you want to purchase an RV? the 3 most common RV types for fulltiming:

  1. Travel Trailer – This is a bumper pulled camper and although some may disagree, you can easily fulltime in one. Things to consider are:
    • Lower cost than a 5th wheel or motorhome
    • Lightweight, some can be towed by a 1/2 ton truck
    • Great if you already own a truck to tow it
    • Easier to get into small camp sites
    • Longer towing length than a 5th wheel of the same square footage
    • Less storage areas
    • Takes longer to set up than a motorhome
    • Can you back a trailer into a campsite?
  2. 5th Wheel – This has a hitch in the bed of a truck rather than on the bumper. Things to consider are:
    • Lower cost than a motorhome
    • Takes a stronger truck to pull it
    • Efficient use of space above truck bed
    • Lots of storage
    • Great if you already own a truck to tow it
    • Bedroom & bathroom are usually up some stairs
    • Takes longer to set up than a motorhome
    • Can you back a trailer into a campsite?
  3. Motorhome – Drive train and camper all in one. Things to consider are:
    • Easy set up. Pull in, push a few buttons and you’re done.
    • Access to everything inside while traveling
    • Usually comes with a generator
    • Generally longer engine & transmission warranties than trucks
    • Lots of storage
    • You need a TOAD (towed) vehicle to run errands
    • Hard to fit in some campgrounds
    • Much more expensive to purchase
    • If drive train breaks down, there goes your home to the repair shop.
    • May be intimidating for some to drive

Buy what you need and can afford.

Bigger is Not Always Better

I always imagined that you should try to buy the biggest RV you could afford. After all, who doesn’t want lots of space? Our travels over the past years, and perhaps more specifically the kind of travel we like to do (camping in public campgrounds, forests, state parks, off-the-beaten-track spots) has taught me that bigger is not always better. Our “beastly” size is super-comfortable but requires me to do quite a bit of detailed planning to make sure we can fit into the kinds of spots we like to visit. In retrospect, I would have wished for a smaller RV. For those camping mostly in private parks this is not a consideration, but for our kinda camping it sure would be nice with a few less feet.

Early this year I discovered uscampgrounds.info and my planning life changed. Check it out!

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Go to RVontheGo.com

Go to KOA online

Search Woodall’s Directory

Search Trailer Life Directory online

 

Inside the $700,000 luxury RV that's as big as a coach:

    • RV Magazines online

Escapees Magazine  www.escapees.com/magazine/
Family Motor Coaching Magazine  http://www.fmcmagazine.com/
Gypsy Journal  www.GypsyJournal.net
Highways Magazine    www.goodsamclub.com/highways/
Motorhome Magazine   www.motorhomemagazine.com
RV Times  www.rvtimes.com
Trailer Life Magazine    www.trailerlife.com

  • RV Resources online
Beginner’s Guide to RVing  www.newrver.com/
RV Know How    www.rvknowhow.com
RV Links  www.rvlinks.com/
rvNetLinks  www.rvnetlinx.com/
Trailer Life Camping Directory  www.tldirectory.com
Woodall’s   www.woodalls.com
Workamper News   www.workamper.com
RVing – The Midwest Connection  www.rvingthemidwestconnection.com
National Association for Members of Campground Resorts,
Condominiums, and Timeshares  www.natlassoc.org
Campground reviews  www.CampgroundReport.com
Info on RVing and travel trailers   www.besttraveltrailers.org/
Leave No Trace: The Importance of Clean Camping  www.bbcleaningservice.com/importance-of-cleaning-camp.html
RV Storage Locator  http://www.storage.com/




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