You're asking a loaded question. There's a wide variety of people of various size, with particular needs and desires, from limited to unfathomable financial resources who engage in the full time lifestyle. Due to those circumstances, I've visited with people who full time in pop-ups, diesel pushers and virtually everything in between.
While speaking of circumstances, things change. My current full time rig comes closest to meeting my needs today. Upon retirement next summer, many things will change! While needs and wants have been formulated through previous experience, a different RV will come closer to serving me well in retirement.
Obviously, certain RVs aren't going to work for you and nothing is going to be 100% perfect. But, I would look at MoHos and 5ers, spend a great deal of time in them and look at the fit and finish. Check head room and space. Lie in the bed... sit on the "john", stand in the shower. Enough kitchen counter space? How about drawer space? Furniture can always be changed out. How long will the average work contract last before moving to the next one? 13 weeks, 6 months? Will a snow bird rated camper suffice or will you need a robust 4 season coach? Do you mind tooling around in a dually as a daily driver or do you prefer a 4WD jeep. Just some thoughts! Good luck.
Very good advice! One of the most important things is to figure out what type of fulltimer you will be. People who stay at one campground or area for a month or more often have fifth wheels but a class A allows you to tow a sports car or jeep as your daily driver.
We have a small class C because we meander along back roads ,boondock in the woods and don't tow a car.
We FT in a 36' DP with 2 slides. We have changed out some of the furniture to make it more comfortable for us. We would have liked to have a 40' rig but things just didn't work out that way for us.
Eycom has good advice. Really check out the floor plans carefully. Go to as many dealers and rallies as you can so you can get inside a large number of rigs so you can compare layouts. As far as choosing a trailer vs a MH you have to decide how you want to travel. With a MH you will pull a vehicle that you will use to explore, run errands etc. With a trailer you will have a large truck as your commuter vehicle. Also, when thinking of trailers be sure to buy a big enough truck to safely and legally haul it. You have to look at the Gross Combination Weight Rating, then deduct the actual truck weight from that number and that gives you the amount you can legally/safely tow.
We enjoy traveling in our MH as we have a huge picture window that gives us a great view of the scenery as we are traveling. In any weather we like the ability to get to anything inside and use the facilities without having to go outside. We can head into or back into our camp spaces depending on the view, and of course the facility. I also like having leveling jacks which only some models/manufacturers of trailers have.
So far we have stayed in one place 4-6 weeks and are currently doing our first camp hosting gig at Yellowstone and will be here for 3 months. When we decide we don't want to travel to see the sights anymore we will probably buy a fifth wheel and move it twice a year. Once for winter location and back to the summer location. Happy shopping and good luck with your decision.
Not totally full timers but do an average of 10 months a year in our 2006 34' Allegro Bay. We have a stick home that we base out of and go there to do taxes and routine maintenance things. Each to their own of course, but we find the motor home is ideally suited to our needs and our method of RV'ing.
Both retired. Travel with Nicky the Schnoodle. Son graduated and is teaching high school math. We still love our 2006 34' Allegro Bay XB and have 40,000+ miles on her.
In ten years of full timing, most of the full timers I have seen have either a Class A motor home or a fifth wheel trailer. Probably close to an even split between them.
A much smaller percentage have Class Cs or travel trailers. A very small number use Class Bs, vans, popups, or slide-in pickup campers.
Clay (WA5NMR), Lee (Wife), Katie (cat).
Full Timing in a 2004 Winnebago Sightseer 35N, Workhorse chassis, Honda Accord toad
A 35'fifth wheel with 4 slide outs is just perfect.But... that's for me! Whats best for you? Only you can decide.You have to shop,shop,shop,research,research,and shop some more.We probably looked at over 100 different RVs of all kinds,rented a class A and a class C for long weekends
before we decided on a fifth wheel.Then started looking closed at the floor plans.
It took us the better part of 2 years before we finally jumped in.This is our first RV of any kind,and the time and research was well worth it.We have been "on the road" now for 6 years and see no end as yet.
If we had jumped the gun and purchased the wrong (for us) unit we would have been "off the road" in a very short time.
'04 33.5 CKQG Hitchhiker Discover America
04.5 Dodge 3500 CTD SRW
Pac Brake,Max Brake
Fulltimers since '06