One of the most frequent questions I get from wannabe RVers, whether they are considering a motorhome, fifth wheel or travel trailer, is what size to get. And there is no way I can answer that question, because there is no one size fits all. Each of us has our own needs and priorities, and the 40 foot long diesel pusher that works for me may not fit you at all.
RV size is a tradeoff. Bigger RVs give you lots more living room, more storage space, and offer more options than smaller units do. However, smaller RVs are easier to maneuver on the highway, they allow you to get into state and national park campgrounds where a big rig may not fit easily, and usually get better fuel mileage.
Do you like having the ability to carry plenty of tools, or craft supplies, or books? Are you inside people (yes, there are a lot of RVers who prefer to spend their time inside rather than out), do you have a pet or two, or do you enjoy cooking? If so, the cargo carrying capacity of a bigger motorhome or fifth wheel, more living space for you and your furkids, and the larger kitchen might suit you.
But maybe you’re an outdoor type who likes getting off the beaten path, finding that hidden camping spot next to your favorite fishing stream, and being able to get away from the crowds. Do you enjoy hiking and bird watching more than web surfing and the boob tube? If so, a smaller motorhome, maybe a Class C or even a B-van may well be the perfect RV for you.
We know many fulltime RVers and snowbirds who live in huge rigs that feature everything from multiple slideouts to fireplaces, dishwashers, and two bathrooms. We have also known people who are quite comfortable in pickup campers. One couple we met years ago at Rainbow’s End campground in Livingston, Texas were fulltiming in a tiny little10 foot Casita travel trailer that wasn’t much bigger than the sleeper of a semi-truck. In fact, before retiring they were over the road truckers who had lived out of their sleeper, so to them the Casita was palatial by comparison!
Just remember, no matter what you have, from the smallest or oldest RV in the campground to the biggest mansion on wheels, if it meets your needs it’s the right RV for you. And no matter how big or small it is or how much it costs, the view out the window is the same.
Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my stand alone mystery set in a small town in Ohio in 1951. It’s grittier than my Big Lake series, but everybody who has read it says it’s my best work yet. I tend to agree. All you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn this evening.
Thought For The Day – Calories are tiny little creatures that live inside your closet and sew your clothes a little bit tighter every week or two.