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Howdy. I would like to start a topic for the smaller RVs - 25 foot and under. I know this is done in Aframes, Class B's and other mini RVs. These rigs do not give the space for storage, the larger holding tanks, etc. of the average RV "house" of many full time folks so I thought a place to share experiences and ideas might be nice. Hubby and I are hoping to be part of the mid-year 2017 grad class. We want small. The largest RV we've owned was a 24' Winnebago and never enjoyed driving that as much as towing our Aframe or driving our Class B. True, we were not full timing so small wasn't really an issue as most trips were a week or less. Our longest was a month following a state move. For awhile we were following the "Tiny House" movement but have no desire to haul a heavy structure around and what we want is mobility. We were looking for a short while at a KZ 19' toy hauler but the the storage is very little and a lot of it under the folding bench seats that serve as the bed as well as dining area. We were going to do this in our Class B which we've been restoring since 2009 but the work car broke down and we ended up buying a new (as in new) work car. So we now have a 4-wheel drive and have decided to add a trailer because we have a long warranty on the new car and because it'll be better for snow and mud issues. We are very limited in our choice of tow vehicles so good thing we like small. I am glad we are taking more time looking for our perfect trailer then we did looking for our perfect car. (We do love the Xterra though). Yes, I know the insulation is not there, these trailers are not "4 season" so we will likely be in Arizona during the winters, getting hookups as well. I'd love to hear from any of you doing the small RV or planning to. Christine / Colorado
Well, as I continue to add in the weights I've been gathering this year I am beginning to not like the totals. I've listened to all the comments on the bracketed original topic (see above) and they float in and out of my head. A vehicle with 5k towing capacity sounds like a lot until one adds in the trailer, passengers, dogs, water, food, clothes, bedding, bath and kitchen as well as entertainment items. Don't forget battery and propane as well as a full tank of gas. I bearly avoided a heart attack when asking hubby to look up the weight of the weight distribution hitch and he misread and quoted 1,000 pounds. I stopped gasping when he corrected that to a shipping weight of 70 pounds. I am realizing that yes I can pare down to within size but I am also realizing (1) I would always be at maximum capacity and (2) I would have more fun if I could take more stuff and (3) it is advantages to have weight room for more tools than my 5k total would allow. I know that I can do it, others have successfully and have spoken up so I know we still have that original option. Yet we are beginning to discuss a larger tow vehicle and a trailer with more weight capacity. We will take a look at little motor homes but still believe we will end up with truck and trailer so that when we finish trip someday we can park the trailer and have a city vehicle. For now I am continuing to sort and downsize while adding and removing items to my spreadsheet of weights. I'll let you know where we end up. We were going to have a garage sale this weekend but I could not find ready made seat covers for the Class B so I will wait until I finish sewing new covers. Wayne still needs to finish one shelf bottom and to make a new cup holder over the engine dog house. No since rushing things at this point and it is allowing me more time to go through every single tool for final sorting (tools have been sorted at least 10 times before now, it's down to the final stuff). Christine Colorado