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Old 06-18-2010, 07:34 AM   #1
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Fulltiming; trailer vs. motorhome

Saw this on another forum and got to wondering what the members here thought. If you are, or were to, start fulltiming would you choose a travel trailer, 5th wheel trailer or a motorhome and why? There's much to say for each way and maybe it's an endless subject but thought you guys might enjoy hashing it around some. Some say trailers give you more living space but you have a truck or SUV to use when going into town and finding a parking spot, etc while the motorhome route gives you the smaller "dingy" to use. The motorhome does have certain advantages over a trailer, especially when on the road (on the move) but those advantages can disappear when parked in a campground. So, what do you think is the best way to go and why?

P.S. This thread can offer some interesting insight if you stop and think what really counts to you and/or what will work best for your family. I for one look forward to reading what you guys think.
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Old 06-18-2010, 10:32 AM   #2
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I like the idea of a motorhome because your passengers can move around as needed while driving and use the restroom, kitchen or bedroom.
If I had to make the choice right now, I would prefer an A Class motorhome that had washer/dryer. That would be the one main reason.
I would certainly have a "Dingy" or a "Toad" so that we could drive in to town or take short trips and leave the motorhome at the site.
I have a few more years before I make that choice, so it could change by then.
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Old 06-19-2010, 12:41 PM   #3
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Hi Daryl,

I tend to agree with your reasoning and I can guarantee my wife does. Being an owner of a Jayco 5th wheel trailer I hate to say it but if we do decide to become fulltimers we may well go the motorhome route though in this day and time I'm not totally sure becoming a fulltimer w/o a roof to come home to is a good idea for many, i.e. should fuel costs skyrocket and become really expensive and accordingly campground fees go way up one could be in trouble and a home to return to would certainly be nice. You know the saying... "Never say never" and this, in my opinion, applies here too. The wife and I have some good friends in Wales (UK) and gasoline there is a few cents over $11 a gallon, unless it’s gone up in the last few months. Not sure what diesel fuel over there sells for but assume it would be about the same or maybe $12 a gallon. I can tell you if I were paying $12 a gallon (my truck burns diesel) I'd be staying longer at each CG, depending on their costs, and wouldn’t be traveling all that far from home. One last comment, "if" fuel costs were to go as high as I've mentioned, and they could if a real shooting war breaks out in the middle east, good CG's may well be charging $75 to $95 a night for full hookups. The less people camping due to higher fuel costs, or whatever, equates to higher prices at CG's.

Back to the subj: I see you've got a few years to go before facing the decision of fulltiming or not, myself I'm there. The wife wants to go more often and possibly stay out longer (not necessarily traveling more miles but staying longer in a particular area) but she also wants that roof to come home to. As you can see the choice is already made for me, been married long enough to know the “terms of engagement” but, the choosing of a motorhome for those longer times out is still an issue. Speaking of that, I see there have been about 22 hits on this thread so how about it out there in Jayco land, anyone else have some input?
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Old 06-20-2010, 11:58 AM   #4
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First off I'm 37 so full timing is not a option. Second, my wife would never become a full timer, she complains that our house is too small as it is (3K square foot with only three of us).

With that said, this is pure fantasy.

I think I'd want a class "C" motor home with a motorcycle on the back. Full solar system, EU3000W generator, and a extra 50 gal fresh water tank would be a perfect package for me. We had one Winnebago Minnie Winnie growing up and we'd go out for the summer. It had everything but the solar system and was perfect. If my dad got tired of driving he'd find a place to park and we'd sleep.

My reasoning is simple, I'd be able to dry camp just about anywhere (for free) and I'd be self contained, be large enough, yet not too large, easy to pull into small camp grounds and gas stations with no problems. The motorcycle would could get me around without pulling up stakes. I picture myself being a camp host for half the year and a vagabond the rest of the year. A class "c" would be great.
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Old 06-21-2010, 02:10 PM   #5
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Thanks to the two of you for the feedback. It was just a curiosity question that I though might stir up some "what if".... apparently not this time.
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Well Pete......You may not have got ALL the answers you were looking for, but I think the general consenses would rather have a motorhome of some sort and not a Trailer.
The two of us that chimed in agreed a motorhome be our choice.
I REALLY like my trailer for the camping we currently do, but to fulltime in our trailer would not be a good choice for us. It is a 25RKS, so room is a concern for us if we had this trailer for fulltiming.
I would pick a 34 - 36 foot motorhome and smaller size vehicle. A Ford Edge or something along that line as a toad or dingy.
I hope others come here and give their answers or reasons. You got my interest as to what others may have to say.
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Old 06-21-2010, 06:04 PM   #7
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I agree with you completely Daryl, and like I said, it's a no-brainer for my wife. The motorhome (s) I'd like would cost w_a_y more than I want to spend but there are still some good choices out there in the used market. Jayco is coming out with a Class A that's really nice and really expensive. When I was in Middlebury, IN having some work done to my 5'er they had one of the new Class A's coming off the line but it's price tag was in the $500K range. They've also got the luxury Class C, called the Embark. It's built on a Freightliner Chassis and powered by ***mins (doubt the engine name was spelled out on the forum, ah I see I'm right). Anyway, the Embark is a nice unit but does look very "truck like". Personally I like the Foretravel or a Newmar Mountain-Aire or Dutch-Aire but they're lots of $$$$ new. Not going to be buying a MH right away so got plenty of time to think and look.
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Pete,

Although I don't believe we will ever be full-timers, my wife and I are definitely split on what we will have for camping/traveling after retirement. She really likes the big motor homes with all of the bell's and whistle's. Now don't get me wrong, I really like those rigs also and they have significant benefits. The downside for me is the need for a dingy for short day trips, etc. and the fact that not all campgrounds have room for the larger rigs. For me the travel trailer or 5th wheel is what I would prefer. Disconnect the TV and I have all the vehicle I need to go and do whatever AND when I get back to the brick and mortar I still have a truck to use for ranching and hunting.
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:21 AM   #9
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Point well taken Patrick! I too realize the benefits of each rig, MH's and 5'ers/travel trailers; each has its good points as well as drawbacks. My wife and I were soundly behind a 5th wheel trailer "if" we ever decided to fulltime it but for now at least it seems the MH as won out. My reasoning is because the wife seems to prefer that mode of camping and this ole boy has been married long enough to know if she's happy I'm happy. I definitely think the 5'ers or travel trailers are the best choice for some and believe me, I can well understand the reasons why.

I seem to be talking way more than I should on this thread, time to sit back and let others have it....
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Old 06-23-2010, 08:46 AM   #10
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I would prefer a 5th wheel - don't like the thought of having the driving compartment in my living quarters. As for traveling and needing to eat lunch, use the restroom etc, just pull into a restop or parking lot, fix your food and use the facilities in your 5vr. hasen't been much of a chalenge for me.
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