This is something that is near and dear to my heart. Trying to find the best RV for full time living. For my wife and I to hit the open road, we need a lot. But we’ve looked a lot and may have narrowed down the options. We had many things to satisfy when it came to finding an rv for full-time rving. Some for you may or may not be relevant. But I hope at least, it makes you think. Here’s a great video of an older couple who talk about moving to a full-time rving lifestyle.
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Now, let me start by telling you that we have everything to learn. It may be a bit naive, but true never the less. We’ve only owned a pull behind pop up tent trailer manufactured some time before world war one. And it did eventually become a relic of the scrap yard. For the past four or so years, my family and I have camped our vacations in tents. Now, this is something I know I DON’T want to do full-time! But let me continue. We have three children, so it does make this a bit harder for us. Most RV’s with bunk units are designed with two children in mind. And we wished to not have to be setting up beds from table tops or couches every night. I’m sure that will get old really quickly. Our search started by looking for the best RV for full time living within the motorhome category. A motorhome would definitely satisfy many of our needs, but one we kept coming against was sleeping arrangements. The best we could find for full-time bedding in a motorhome was double bunks right beside the master bedroom. Not only does it allow sleeping for two kids only, if you have older children, it’s definitely a romance killer if your kids are less then ten feet away! But many of the other traits of motorhomes drew our attention. If we didn’t have kids, I would definitely steer towards a diesel pusher or maybe even a mid size class C unit. Very, nice and would suit two people quite well! Next we looked at travel trailers. To give us the room though, that we would need, it could possibly be a difficult pull. So, enough said here. We haven’t looked much further.
Next we started looking at 5th wheel units. Now, this has our interest. We definitely loose the option of being able to have coffee brewed on the road and the kids sitting at the table doing homework while moving. But with the Ford and Dodge trucks offering nice leg space in the back seats, all of our kids, including my son, who is approaching 6’6” has lots of leg room. But again, there are very few 5th wheel trailers that offer more then double bunks. But they do exist! We’ve been looking at two or three units that offer 8-9 beds in the back. Far away from mom and dad at night. Hello romantic evenings! So that’s were we are right now. Searching and researching the right unit for best RV for full time living. We are now looking deeper into the options that could make or break a full-time rving lifestyle. I’d love to hear your comments about what you’ve encountered. Please feel free to comment below. We have been fulltiming for nearly 7 years around north america with two small children. Be careful when looking at the fifth wheels. We bought new (twice in two years) and are dissapointed. Both brands have not stood up to full time living. We are now looking seriously at building our own. Or having one custom built. Not cheap but neither is the 6 months of time we have spent either waiting for repairs or being out of our camper completely as it has been repaired. But RVing fulltime.
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Best thing we have ever done. Fabulous countries USA and Canada. We are from australia. Thanks for your insight! That could save me and many others a pretty penny. So, you are finding that price does dictate quality in a big way when it comes to RV s! Thanks again, and I m glad to have hear your comments regarding best rv for full time living! My wife and I are considering full-time RVing since we have relatives spread throughout the USA. After watching the National Parks- America s Best Idea episodes, we have definitely decided to go for it. Any advice on getting started is appreciated. Hi Jeffrey, when considering what you are doing, you need to find the best rv for full time living that will suit you and your family. My recommendation is to try and meet some others close to you that are doing what you want to do. Also, spend a lot of time trying out RV s. Go lay in the beds, see if your wife can cook in the kitchen, does the living area suit your needs, etc. I ve discovered quite a bit about full time RVing just by asking questions. I would like to go full time rving but could someone please tell me with the cost of camping ground and fuel going up all the time can you do it with around $6555. 55 a month i know all about boondocking and have read every web site i can find, my thing is fishing and camping staying at wal-mart is not for me i can set at home and go spend the night in a wal-mart parking lot, i know ever one live differ but can you stay at a place that has full hookup ever night on the money i am talking about where you can enjoy yourself thank you very much. First off, thanks for your comment. I have friends who travel about 8/9 s of the year and purchased one of these and they swear by it. They are expensive on the outset, at around $6,555 to get involved. But long term, you can pay for this in a year easily in camp ground savings. With it you can find a ton of nice sites that are free or under $65 per night.
That will keep your fees as low as $5 per month or as much as $855 per month, after you pay the initial outlay. This is something that I m checking into right now. It s pricey in the beginning, but will give you and I what we want in a nice campground while watching a budget. Thanks for the info let me know how it comes out, i would very much like to do this i don t mind working for my site i just don t won t to do with out my a/c, water, and a good shower in the evening my thing is fishing, camping and cooking out, not setting in a wal-mart parking lot or out in the desert with 55.555 other rver watching the sand blow by, if that what someone like ok just not for me, i thank a lot of people get it to this full time with out a lot of thought, i like to know how deep the water is before i jump in but thinks againWe’ve been camping as RVers for over 85 years. Over that period of time we have encountered some of the best and some the worst that RV living, and camping, has to offer, both part time and full time. We’ve enjoyed travel trailer camping and camping with a 5th wheel, family camping as well as just the two of us and even with all of that time spent on the road, we haven t grown tired of it. We finally settled on a 5th wheel since the entire coach was livable, as opposed to giving up 8 feet or more with a tag-along or a motorhome. Regardless of what you choose, at the end of the day, when you come back to the comfort of your own RV – your home. You look out of your windows and see totally different surroundings to the home that you love while the inside is completely familiar, warm and welcoming. We have three kids too. I m about to dust off my blog and start recording my thoughts. Mainly, we can cheat the space situation a little, because on kid is 9 and still sleeps right in between us each night. So, we just have to find beds for the 68 years old and 66 year old. So, we have a 79 foot class C (Forrest River Sunseeker). The bunk above the driver is for on girl, and the couch gets made into a bed each night. Space in sleeping arrangements turns out not to be the biggest problem in my opinion. The build quality is what is driving us crazy! ! I m chasing water leaks, drawers that bottoms fall out of, plastic parts that snap off, sliding doors that pop out of their tracks, and an under storage that the screws are falling out of. Basically, space is a concern, as we are considering upgrading to a larger kitchen. We don t have a pantry, and some of the cabinets are just plain hard to get to when trying to reach up from the sink/stove area. Which is what brings full-time vs camping into perspective.
When camping, you don t mind crouching or reaching to get to a cabinet. You re just happy that you have them. I am now researching brands that have real wood drawers (not just the front side real wood), and just tougher build construction. I would now actually consider buying an older one if someone has redone a lot of wood-work. We just don t like the way trailers pull, especially bumper pulls, but also 5th wheels chug forward and back. We have a daughter that is extremely sensitive to motion. So we like the way an RV goes along. Final thoughts, we are still considering a class A. Some have 7 bunks, and really, if the couch living room has a large slide, I don t see why one kid wouldn t want that couch with a curtain floor to ceiling. That would be a great room. As for mom and dad getting romantic time we find time when kids are sent to local library, etc. The biggest killer of romantic time is when your RV is falling apart. That stress out of the way and you ll be happier Man you hit a lot of good points. Many that most don t talk about but are very important. I m actually pretty impressed that you are doing things in a c-class unit. They don t afford much space at all, so my hat off to you. You hit the nail on the head and what you mentions needs repeating. If you were to put together a longer article mentioning your points, I d be glad to add you as a feature author here on Best RV Living! I know this is an older post, but I found it refreshing finding another family of 8 going full-time. We have 8 girls, 5, 9, 7, and have been full-timers now for nearly 8 months. I absolutely love it. We got a used 7557 Class A 86 Bounder for a great price.
When we started, we knew absolutely nothing about RVing. I dove into researching as much as I could find out and looked at available models in our price range to try to find the best option.