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Old 08-30-2015, 09:09 AM   #1
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Full timing in a 19 or 20 footer?

Is there a couple full timing in a 19 or 20 footer?
If so, what advice do you have to make it work?

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Old 08-30-2015, 03:22 PM   #2
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My husband and I have now spent 4.5 months in a 23 ft. We do well using a tent shelter as an outdoor kitchen and pantry. We bought a small dorm frig/freezer for extra food storage. We spend a lot of time outside. Our corner bed became too small for the 2 of us. My husband sleeps on the jackknife couch and I in the corner bed. We haven't killed each other yet. Good luck and have fun!

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Old 08-30-2015, 07:10 PM   #3
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People full-time in all sorts of vehicles, but most of us want a bit more space. Consider what life will be like when you get a week of rain. What will you do?
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Old 08-30-2015, 07:24 PM   #4
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I met a couple full timing in a Casita. They towed with a full sized pickup so they could store extra clothing and other items.

Other full timers can't full time unless its om a giant 5th wheel with 4 slides. I guess it depends on your personalities. If you are both minimalists it will be easier.

If you guys get cabin fever then you could spend a week at an extended stay motel.

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Old 08-31-2015, 10:51 AM   #5
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20 ft long term living

We haven't full timed for more than 3 months, but things went very good. In 1999 we took an 8 1/2ft cabover camper for 2 1/2 months and 10,000 miles to Alaska.
The longest we have stayed in our 20 ft AS was 3 months wintering in FL near Cortez. We have a full size pickup with 4 doors and a cap. It was loaded with bikes, grill, fishing gear, kayak, lawn chairs, table, etc. Most of our outdoor toys. The only close times were when it would rain for days. A good book got us through that.
JMO, but it is all on you, your likes, dislikes, toys, etc. I suspect you'll do fine becoming an old fashioned minimalist. We own too much "stuff" these days.

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Old 08-31-2015, 11:38 AM   #6
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I know of several people some single some couples who full time in teardrop trailers. 19' should be a piece of cake.
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Old 08-31-2015, 12:48 PM   #7
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I have a 20 footer

My longest outing was two weeks. I tow with a van, and need that space for storage, if I want to keep the trailer neat and organized. When daughter and ex significant other arrived…all bets were off, as the ladies needed all of the lady type equipment in the trailer. It got crowded.

Bottom line..having a van and a tent will help. Having full time savvy partners is key as well. The fridges are small, so a spare cooler helps.
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Old 08-31-2015, 12:51 PM   #8
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We did two six month trips in our 2007 Safari SE 20. Great traveler, lots of storage, didn't like the living space in the middle of the Airstream, rather than the ends. But the reason we traded it was seating, there is no comfortable place to sit for more than an hour. We bought a 25 with the specific idea of installing comfortable seats; after 27 months total in this one I don't see any time limits; we're just not full-timers.
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Old 08-31-2015, 05:38 PM   #9
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Thank you for all the comments so far. I have been lurking for nearly a year and am very grateful to everyone who posts and makes this forum successful.

We have a 4x4 extended bed Ford cargo van, so would have plenty of "garage" space. We do like the 23 and 25FB models, but are worried about price and the ability of our van to safely tow them (it has the 5.4L V8 gas engine with a max tow capacity of 7300).

Every time we wander back to buying one of the larger trailers, it seems like we would be well over budget and then would need a new TV.

Since we are also considering converting the van, Sportsmobile style, which is Very tight quarters, I thought I'd see what accommodations other folks have made in small trailers. If we are willing to live in a van for two years, a van with a 20' trailer is down right spacious.

I know it's possible, just like our 35' sailboat was possible. But what are the realities that we would have to live with, that maybe aren't so evident.

The extra fridge/freezer is a good one. Is there a model that is particularly awesome? Any trick to hooking it up in the van?

Could the bed be converted to something comfy for lounging?

Is it possible to upsize the grey/black tanks for longer boondocking?

What else should we think about?
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Traveled up to 4 weeks at a time in our 22' International with 4 dogs along. Daughter along on one trip. Main issue was working around dog crates and making up dinette bed for daughter. It was doable but a bit crowded.

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Old 08-31-2015, 07:12 PM   #11
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I like the corner bed in the Winick limited 19' Bambi. It is lounge the bottom pulls out to be bed. I often wondered if I could do that with mine. I spend months at a time. No issue, I rather like it.
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I've often wondered about the Winick model. It would seem to be a great trailer for extended use. I have often wondered if the bathroom sink/medicine cabinet could be turned into a closet and use the kitchen sink for the bathroom sink (by using an insert when in kitchen mode)

I guess it is all about priorities
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Old 08-31-2015, 08:25 PM   #13
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I agree, the Airstream is gorgous and the bed feature answers the comfy lounge question my 19' has plenty enough room for a comfy lawn chair in the evening. The trick is to travel very very simple. We just had 6 in the Bambi, four grandchildren, it was fantastic and easy. Each kid got one. Shelf, sleeping bag, pillow and towel. So simple and fun for all. Plus we has one who refused remove his met shirt the whole time. We did not care.
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Anything CAN be made to work. The difference will be what you can accept for your comfort and happiness level.

With your van, you have the option to, perhaps, make the van your bedroom... and then make a shorty Airstream into a comfortable living/cooking, dining/hang out space.

With the need for a bedroom removed from an Airstream, you could make a 19-20 footer into a really comfortable place to hang out. I would want a dinette and two awesome recliners, myself. The dinette for the added workspace/counter space/staging-area for load-in, working on projects, etc. And the comfy recliners for all the time spent inside the Airstream.

If I were you, I'd see what could be done to accomodate a pair of very comfortable recliners in the shorty Airstream, and have the bed in the van. You could use the shorty Airstream for days and evenings lounging, cooking, eating, hanging out, watching TV and such... then transition to the van for a nice big comfy bed. Just a thought.

No options are perfect. All involve compromise... it's just a matter of what you are willing to compromise on.

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