I see a lot of front bedroom rear bathroom units nowadays but don't like that layout. Why walk across the entire length of the rig during the middle of the night (we're seniors) just to use the bathroom?............
Personally, I like having the bathroom as far away from the bed as possible. The closeness was something that I did not like about my fifth wheel or when I traveled with a friend in a Class A motorhome.
I got back from my Pennsylvania trip on Saturday evening. Looked at a number of small, couch slide trailers around 21 and 22 ft. They seem to have plenty of room for the two of us. The 3 that I liked the best were a Bullet and 2 Fun Finders (210 WBS and 210 UDS). I know there are many others that have similar floorplans but didn't see them this trip. I did definitely find out that Spring may not be the best time to purchase as the prices seem to be set in stone, take it or leave it. Cash may talk better come Oct or Nov but who knows. At least we're in no particular rush. Might try some of the wholesalers during colder weather, make a vacation out of buying the unit of my choice, and then traveling south for a while. I was ready to buy now but just can't see paying what they pretend they want (full retail price) on your first visit. I truly hate that game but it seems to be the norm for everything. It will give us more time to look around anyway. Might even come up with a slightly used one, who knows.
Check RVwholesalers.com and WanaRV.com. Both dealerships are close to the heart of RV manufacturing in N Indiana, and are very price competitive. Wana RV is the lesser known of the two, but both appear to move a lot of units. We just custom ordered ours and bought from Wana RV. For the unit we decided on, they were less money. Your mileage could vary. Only issue, depending on where you live, is that you have to either go get your trailer, or have it delivered. We live a long ways from IN, but still saved money.
We live full time in ~30' and have a 19' that we call our weekender. We have spent 2 months in the 19' and it just didn't make it. Just for a long weekend it is just fine, but I miss the big couch in the 30'. BTW gas milage on our Surburban is about the same with either TT.
We recently purchased and picked up on Easter weekend our new TT. We had looked around and knew some things we wanted from moving up from popup.
1. Size...no more than 22 ft
2. Weight...towing with a Honda Ridgeline
3. Bed....didn't want to crawl over each other anymore
4. Wanted something that we could travel further and stay longer with. It is just the two of us now.
5. Wanted a manufacturer with a solid reputation
6. Wanted an outdoor shower as we kayak
We ended up purchasing a Rockwood 2109S and I realize I am maxed out on weight for my tow vehicle but should still be alright.
Downsizing can also mean a more intelligent purchase of TT & TV. Where disposability and poor performance are no longer acceptable.
An aerodynamic travel trailer, of aluminum, can be pulled by a wide variety of TVs', cars and minivans. A TT of any price range: brand-new or past 20-years of age.
It would also include higher mpg, greater longevity (both vehicles), and a more pleasant TV to operate when solo.
Don't limit yourself. My grandparents and parents both kept their TT's 20 + years and used only one or two TV's in that time. Better built means few repairs and (when well selected) no leaks or other common square white box problems.
If to downsize means less work, all the above works to that end. Even if the trailer is still 30+ feet in size would be the irony.
If you stay in any size trailer for any length of time they're all to small in my opinion. And we've been in ours nearly full time for the past 27 months so I can't imagine going down in size from our 34ft trailer with 2 slide outs to a smaller one. A small one still requires the same amount of hitching and unhitching as a big one. There's still the same amount of stabilizers, same amount of utility hook ups, the same everything except for less space. And pretty much no matter what size trailer you have most every body gets about the same 10 to 12 mpg gas mileage towing. So I don't see what's gained by going down in size unless you just want to get really close to each other.
But that's just my opinion to each their own or otherwise everybody would be driving and towing the same thing.
Good luck to you.
2010 Rockwood Signature Ultra Lite 8315BSS
2003 Chevy Silverado 1/2 Ton Extended Cab
We recently downsized, too. We started with a little pop-up and gradually traded up to bigger TTs. Our last one was 30-ft which was ideal for taking kids and their friends camping. Well, now the kids are 25, 19, & 17 and they no longer camp with us. The middle one will go camping with us, but she likes to stay out in her tent. Since we wrecked out 30-footer, we decided to go back to a smaller rig. We now have a 25lft Dutchment TT and we love it! It's exactly the right size of the kind of camping that we do. If we were going to live in it full time, it wouldn't be large enough. But for 1-2 weeks or long weekends, it's great! And with it being smaller, I find it easier to hitch, tow, back up and fit into almost any camping space.
"Those who dwell...among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life."--Rachel Carson, environmentalist, 1956
2009 Ford F250 XL
2006 Dutchmen 25F
Me & DH in non-parenting mode!
MPG is the same and the amount of work is the same. But I can't pull your 34 ft with my Chev 1/2 ton. It pulls my 22 foot Fun fimder perfect. And we do like being close togeather.
Yep I understand that's the reason I didn't get one bigger than the 34 ft. Ultra Lite that I have because that's about all my 1/2 ton Chevy can handle. I added a few things to my truck to up the horse power a bit that helped a lot such as dual exhaust (true duals that is, not the ones just for looks)and a computer programmer to advance the timing, free flowing air filter system, along with a transmission cooler just to name a few.
I have an idea for downsizing when our kids move out, I would love something smaller BUT have the ability for the kids or grandkids to come along but not have keep something big like a bunk house. I would like a regular TT but with two closed up tent ends. My idea is to take the floor plan of the Rockwood Roo 233S but instead of the front being a tent end, it should be a regular double bed.
Call it “THE EMPTY NESTER”
Here is a quick rendition of the floor plan! It would be interesting if any of the RV Manufacturers would see this a consider a production model or variations of the model.