Eric21 Posted January 25, 2016 Report Share Posted January 25, 2016 Hello,I’m going to jump into full-timing soon and hope to take advantage of this site’s collective wisdom to evaluate my plan. I have not owned an RV before, but have rented a class C and done lots of extended “luxury” tent camping. Here is some info about the planned usage.* Solo living - 6’3” man. Don’t plan on throwing any parties and rarely get visitors. May get a small to medium sized dog down the road. * Generally treat my stuff with care. * Plan to cook and spend most “home time” in a screen room. I like being outdoors as much as possible. * Will usually do dishes outside. * Don’t plan on spending time in sub-freezing weather. * Live a minimalist lifestyle. Have very little and try to keep it that way. * Will spend the majority of time in the South East US where it’s hot and humid but most campgrounds have electricity and water. Do plan to travel some to the rest of the US and maybe even Mexico and Canada. * Will probably move an average of once every two weeks. Probably averaging 60 miles or so each trip. * No idea how long I will do this for. ...could be one year ...could be 40 years. * Will use campground showers and bathrooms (or the outdoors) whenever possible. * Plan to spend most time in city, county, state and national parks. But will mix in some boon-docking and RV parks.Here are some of my wants in an RV: * spend as little as possible to meet my needs * have as low a total cost of ownership (TCO) as possible. * But I'm leaning towards buying new as I have an slight irrational fear about by used big-ticket items. * daily driver with average 20 MPG or better in mixed driving. It will get a lot of use. * 6+ cubic foot fridge. * walk around Queen or split singles beds. * interior standing room of 78” or better …including in the bathroom. * Prefer shower with glass door as opposed to shower curtain. * Vinyl upholstery and little to no carpet. —dust allergy * Low maintenance. Don’t want to spend time repairing things or taking it to the shop * air conditioner * Decent carrying capacity (just in case) * Decent inside and outside storage space * Overall decent floorplan, attractiveness, amenities, and manufacturer to help with possible eventual resale Here’s the plan:Purchase new (or used) 4X2 Ram 1500 Quad-cab Express with the V6 Pentastar and 3.55 gear ratio and tow package. Put a Leer camper cap on the back. Plugged the numbers into a towing calculator and it should be able to tow 7000 lbs with an extra 700 lbs of cargo in the truck. Fuelly.com shows people averaging 20 mpg in mixed usage.https://www.ramtrucks.com/assets/towing_guide/pdf/2016_ram_1500_towing_charts.pdfPurchase new (or used) Keystone Bullet Premier 19FBPR. 4,200 lbs dry and 2,200 lb carry capacity. It’s attractive and light weight with decent construction, floorplan, manufacturer, and components. It has good headroom, and a big fridge.http://www.keystonerv.com/premier/#/floorplanshttp://www.keystonerv.com/premier/#/featuresQuestions:Does this seem like a reasonable plan? If not, what would you recommend? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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