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Old 02-02-2013, 09:57 PM   #29
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I traded for a 27FB last year and discovered a lot of stuff in my old trailer I had been carrying for 12 years but never used. Let's say we're enjoying it more these days with less stuff. I can't address full timing but for us on long weekends and cross country vacations, we are very satisfied with the storage once we figured out how to get the most out of it.
Even full-timing (no home base, no storage unit) one tends to carry stuff that really isn't used. Outside of climate/weather-specific clothing and a few supplies/equipment of that order if it hasn't been used in six months then it probably won't be. What value has it?

No matter the RV type or size compromises have to be made. More space isn't the answer, IMO, past the number of people one has to have storage for (mainly clothing). I have a new-to-me 35' that has less storage space than the '32 it is replacing (same brand, different space design philosophy between models 14-years apart), but it is still substantial. I'd have to get rid of stuff with other/more people aboard (by myself at present) so will likely do that ahead of time.

As a full-timer I use a pickup (which I bought for business reasons) and the longbed with bed topper is the "garage" for stuff I don't want to dirty the TT with. Were I to move to a smaller TV I would get rid of even more . . and likely will once a fair number of restoration/renovation projects are completed. Buying/selling on the 'Net or locally is a bit like renting or borrowing for an approach to this. Easier today than before.

Self-sufficiency is likely a better approach to the thinking on this subject:

What I need is important, what I only want needs to be restrained.

RV's require higher amounts of energy per square foot, be it electricity, propane, etc, over a conventional home. The ability to move around the countryside -- safely and efficiently -- is the guiding principle. And that is the highest energy requirement of all. Keep the budget open-ended on this. I see folks all the time with too much tied into the RV and "stuff" without the real budget to travel.

Extra weight, extra space is contradictory -- in the end -- to this. The extra mental burden, the extra emotional baggage tied to things, can be cut down. That extra human energy is more than just inventorying, cleaning, maintaining the stuff.

I'm getting ready to toss some stuff I've had around for years. Of no interest to anyone but me (should be the realization for any of us).

If it all burned up in a fire, how much would I replace? What would my heirs choose to keep in the event of my death? Little of these personal things most of us carry around, I suspect.

An RV does make this easier, IMO. An A/S or one of the vintage cousins make for a permanent acquisition, which can't be said for conventional RV construction. Make plans to this end, I think, and how to achieve self-sufficiency isn't as hard as when one starts looking the thing over.

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Old 02-02-2013, 10:19 PM   #30
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This is an old thread and the op is long gone. To add to the present discussion, we travel 6 months each year easily in a 25'.

I don't think it's so much a matter of what you need to travel, but what you are unable to part with when considering full-time.

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Old 04-05-2014, 03:11 PM   #31
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I just read this whole thread, contemplating doing the RV thing full time when I get back to TX, trying to decide on size also. I lived in a 26' sailboat and a 34' sailboat in the past and liked it except I couldn't go to new places without a lot of planning and expense. I did like to sail though. Anyway what several of people hear have said rang very true as far as what you can live with and without. I live now in AK on 7 acres with a big house and was happier in the 26' boat. I have to spend the next year getting rid of 9 years of stuff before I make the move. ( I will be reading this blog and asking questions, this is my 1st post). I look forward to moving out with what I came up with, a pickup with just the bare essentials - can't wait!
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Old 04-06-2014, 07:52 PM   #32
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Old 04-06-2014, 09:31 PM   #33
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Yeah, not much storage in an airstream compared to a 5th wheel. And all of the storage is inside the shell. One plus though is you can put a high cap on the truck and pick back up some good space that is lost to the 5th wheel. Slides add weight and maybe living space, but not storage space. I would rather not have a slide in an Airstream. Might depend upon how you are going to fulltime. Move around a lot? Stay in a couple of places? Have a permanant base? Are boats and all that bulky gear in the equation? Storage sheds in 3 states? Airstreams are great for a lot of travel and for moderate climates. There are about 10 or so Airstream parks that would make a great base for fulltiming.
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Old 04-07-2014, 12:55 AM   #34
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We bought our moho a few years ago with retirement travel plans, but not full-timing. Our 30' is smaller than our neighbor's SOB 30' but theirs is also taller and wider, and I will have to be more careful when I do get to retire so we can do those longer trips.


I put a little overflow in the toad, and you will have a TV to support some extra too.


There is a corollary to Murphy's law: the amount of stuff expands to fit the space available. That is how much stuff I carry when I travel.
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Old 04-07-2014, 02:56 AM   #35
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More space = more stuff you stuff!
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Old 04-13-2014, 03:45 PM   #36
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I like to think I could get all my stuff down to just what would fit in the trailer and truck, but I know I am lying to myself. I don't have to think much about it because my wife's stuff would make it impossible for me to fit my stuff in either and I'd have to have a second truck and trailer which she would fill too. A third trailer is out of the question because I can't drive 2 trucks at once, at least until Google has a self driving truck. Then I can have an 18 wheeler follow us. I once lived in a 400 square foot, 2 bedroom cabin in the mountains with a roommate. It was fine when I was young; not now. There's no room in the trailer for my table saw and miter saw.

But other people can and they do it. It is an individual thing. Make a list of all your stuff (you'll probably quit after 10 pages of stuff). Cross out the things you don't need and you'll still have lots of stuff. Cross out more—like those family photos that are heavy to carry and bulky to store, those clothes you will fit into again some day, tools you have never used, 40 cans of soup that you bought on sale and don't really like but might eat someday, the stamp collection that was so important when you were 12 and all that wonderful furniture you have collected all these years. Then you'll be down to all that stuff you can't part with and you call up the kids and ask if they have some room to store it "temporarily". We don't have any kids, so I'll keep the house unless I can adopt some adult children who are rich and have a big house.

The other part is whether you can live in a couple of hundred square feet for very long. We've gone as long as 8 weeks on the road. We were fine, but… it sure was nice to come home and take a shower in a place where I could stretch out, use more than 6 gallons of hot water and not have to maneuver around the wheel well. The only way to find that out is to try a long trip or rent a trailer for a while and see if it is the right size.

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I lived on a 50' narrowboat on the British canals for a while when I was younger. I didn't own much to begin with, and boats don't encourage hoarding. I loved the ease that comes with a lack of personal baggage. Now I live in a house with three kids and all the clutter that comes with that.

It's easy to just become a janitor of our possessions if we don't watch out.
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It seems we spend 2/3 of our lives collecting things, and the last third in a mad scramble to get rid of it.

If our last third isn't successful, all that does is pass the problem down to our children.
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I have a 26ft fifth wheel with a slide, but want a 26 or 28ft airstream. I'm thinking about full timing and wounder if the storage is going to be that much less in the airstream. It will be just me. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
More spare is always better however more weight, cost, and larger external dimensions are not. Only you can make the tradeoff
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I have a 26ft fifth wheel with a slide, but want a 26 or 28ft airstream. I'm thinking about full timing and wounder if the storage is going to be that much less in the airstream. It will be just me. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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If you are worried about carring your stuff buy a truck like mine. Freightliner(custom built) with a Reading service body on the back. My wheel base is the same as a 4 door F350. and I am as high as a trailer so less wind drag.
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