Ron and Patty have been full time RVing together for a year and a half. Here they just finished picking up trash around the campgroud - Thank you Ron and Patty! Ron has been full-timing for 15 years and Patty has 20 years of RV experience. What makes this couple unique is that they full time in a 24 foot travel trailer. You might think that two people living full time in a 24 foot RV would be next to impossible. Yes there is more room on the space shuttle, but hey, this isn’t rocket science! Here are the advantages of a small unit like this:
It is within most everyone’s budget range.
It will fit in any campsite listed in the free campgrounds book and will fit in any federal and state campground.
There are few height restrictions (You can park under tree limbs and pass under low clearance bridges that other rigs can’t).
Smaller travel trailers are lighter and highly maneuverable, easy to park and pull.
Travel trailer overhead cabinets are easy to reach and once inside there are no more stairs to navigate.
There are also disadvantages compared to the larger rigs, such as less storage space, less battery storage and smaller tank capacity but these things are very manageable when you learn the secrets of resource conservation.
Ron & Patty own a Kodiak 24 RBSL ultra/lite by Skamper a Thor company. Ron says they engineered this unit well because they put the heater under the oven instead of the refrigerator. He especially likes the pass-through storage compartment in the front of the rig. The bathroom can accommodate two people and it has a walk-around queen size bed. What Patty likes most are the windows that light up the interior. Even during an overcast day, there is a light and airy feeling inside this rig. Since many RVers enjoy being outside much of the day a smaller unit is more than adequate. When you’re asleep it doesn’t matter if you’re in a mansion or a cardboard box – as long as you sleep good what does it matter? The bottom line is that your mattress is more important than how big your RV is!
Rick and Beckey Schramm have been full time RVers for a year now. They started out in a KZ travel trailer, but switched to a BIGFOOT travel trailer because it was a higher quality unit and since it is made in Canada is a true four season travel trailer. Beckey loves this 21 foot trailer because it has excellent window placement for great views. Beckey says it’s just the right size for two people, not too much upkeep and has double the storage of their last trailer. She’s right; the storage inside this trailer is amazing! Hat tip to the engineers of this BIGFOOT. They engineered this rig very well and you can take a virtual tour of BIGFOOT trailers here: http://www.bigfootrv.com/bigfootrv_travel_trailers_2500.html
If you are thinking about RVing full time or part time in a travel trailer, Rick says research it thoroughly and then do it. I agree! We had a travel trailer and loved it and a travel trailer may be just right for you.
Sometimes it rains and you have to stay indoors most of the day, and sure, things can seem a little claustrophobic at times, but all the essentials are there, a stove and oven, microwave, TV, refrigerator/freezer, couch, dinette, full bathroom, coffee pot, furnace, toaster, and all the creature comforts you will ever need. So get yourself an RV and get out here and enjoy the great outdoors!
My grandparents were full time RVers using a travel trailer back in the days when full time RVing was unheard of. Here is my grandfather, Sheldon Rockholt hooking-up his Wilderness travel trailer.
Finally, consider this about travel trailers, most are pulled by a pick-up truck with a topper. This means that you have the entire bed of your truck as storage. Think about it, a 5th wheel has a large basement storage area but the 5th wheel uses up most of the storage area in the back of the truck because of the hitch. You will have more storage capacity in the bed of the pick-up with a topper than you will with most 5th wheels. Keep this in mind when researching whether to purchase a travel trailer or a 5th wheel.