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Posted: 09/27/19 02:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Did you try anything similar to "fulltiming" in the 33' travel trailer?
That could have taught you a lot about the choices and options.
Were thinking a Montana high country 310 will work for us, but we know the 28' Holiday Rambler tt we have now doesn't have enough storage.

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thanks again folks for all the advise and opinions, it has opened our eyes a little more. Seems we always hear "if your full-timing then buy small - its just easier. But we like the roominess and i have the confidence to park about anywhere and will practice long and hard before hitting the road.

We will be moving on our first journey quite often with a couple week long stays like the grand canyon. After the initial "site seeing" journey for about 3 months we will settle down and only move about every 3 months.

again thanks for all the advisement

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We use google earth when looking at possible rv parks. So big rig friendly is not always the case. WE also use a short box with an Anderson hitch so our turning radius is not quite as good as a long bed. The best of advice I ever got was, "always plan your exit strategy"


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yea we tried trial runs (mach runs) to simulate fulltiming a few times in the 33 footer and noticed our buggest problem was storage. That is really not the issue in this question as much as problems towing and parking larger rigs in camp sites around the country.

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We have a 42' 5th wheel towed by a Kenworth full size road tractor and I have never had a issue getting in anywhere, now we do check areas out for future visits sometime and only once were we told a campground could not fit us but there were 2 other campgrounds there that could. Sometimes we have to park the truck elsewhere and only have the Smart at the camper but that's fine with us.


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IMO, anything from a 38'-44' should work. Heartland warranties their Big County, Big Horn and Landmarks for full time use. We went from a 35' bunkhouse w/ 4 people to a 41' non BH w/ 2 people couple years ago and LOVE it. In doing so, we also had to upgrade to a DRW cuz of weight of new coach so you HAVE to take this into consideration as well. Didn't want to get a new truck/DRW cuz we just bought a 1 ton SRW couple years before the coach thinking we'd be all set for anything.

So basically OP, your gonna have to do a lot of research on what floorplan you like and visit dealers lots. If at all possible, go to a RV show and check things out there.


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There are as many answers, as there are RV’s. Everyone has different needs, and comfort desires. Much like folks having different ideas of the perfect place for their home. Some want a New York Penthouse, while others would much prefer a home in rural America with few to no neighbors. Put me in the rural America group, however, we prefer a large, high end 5th wheel. Of course, we try to use it in rural America! [emoticon] memtb


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When Abraham Lincoln was asked, "How long do you think a man’s legs should be?" he replied, "Long enough to reach the ground.

Only you can determine what you need to live in, since everyone's feels differently about things. To some it's more important to be able to stay where ever they wish, while others want to travel and stay in comfort. Like the adult diapers: Depends.


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Our 1st fifth wheel was our 2955RL Monty, thought it was perfect, only 2 slides and could be used with the slides in if needed. First Winter Snowbirding we found a problem with lack of sufficient counter space for preparing meals. So we went bigger with three slides and much more counter space.


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Again folks thanks for all the comments.  You have allowed us to rethink the size of our 5er because a lot of the floor plans we liked were in the 40-43 foot range.  We had ruled them out because of their length but i think this has a new perspective.  

Happy Camping to ALL

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