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We lived in a 25' Aruba with two dogs for the better part of a year waiting for our home to be built. We thoroughly enjoyed it and look at it as a very happy time in our life. A friend at the campground stored his rig there and let us use it for trips whenever we wanted to roam. We were set up like a seasonal so it was not an easy feat to pull it out of there. What size depends on how realistic you are about how much space you really need. A good decision will surely decrease your stress level! Happy camping.


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Go to the "cheap rv living" forum. There are people on there living in everything from a Honda Fit to a large class A. arhayes was correct in saying whatever space you are comfortable in.


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Not us but have seen where some have full timed in a Nucamp TAG teardrop. Just a bed on wheels. To each his own.

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She doesn't full time anymore, but https://rvsueandcrew.net/ full timed for years in a Casita, her and a couple pups.

I think I could happily full time in a 28' trailer... just gotta ditch the husband [emoticon]


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3 years full time in a 10' Apache hard sided pop up. Would not recommend.


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Not sure if it qualifies but we full timed in this for 3 or 4 months of the year for 3 years as we explored like 25 of the United States of Mexico and the Federal District. It was cozy as we had a small dog with us as well. We were outside a lot so meh. No big deal. Lots of memories. Would do it again but lots of other places to see yet.

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I know an individual that full times in a Scamp 13 (10' trailer). I do solo in an Escape 21 (18' box) for 6-8 months of the year without problems. Since there are unfortunate folks living full time in their cars, I suspect anything is possible (although maybe not much fun!)


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Back in 2000 I ran into a couple who were full timing in a Winnebago/VW Eurovan Camper pulling a small enclosed trailer.


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That should work out fine. You will have both the trailer storage and tow vehicle bed. One person can manage without a lot of stuff.

I will say it's very important to keep a small space orderly. Everything needs a home, and it needs to be there unless you are using it. Otherwise you are just constantly falling over your own stuff.

I wouldn't worry too much about being stuck inside in bad weather. Unless you are completely out in the sticks, you are never going to be more than a couple of hours from SOMETHING to do (when stuff opens up.) Public libraries are a great refuge for a traveler.

Some full timers will join a national health club chain like Planet Fitness so they can do something like that in many towns.

IMHO in the trailer, you need mainly 2 things.

One thing is a truly comfortable place to sit. Take a hard look at your trailer and see if you can remove a sofa or dinette and replace it with a nice recliner, or chair plus ottoman.

Another thing is a space, however limited, to pursue some sort of hobby. If you have a chair and a TV tray, the dinette table is now freed up. There are all sorts of things like photography, jigsaw puzzles, assorted small crafts, etc. You can't just sit and watch TV or your brain will rot.

I've known several military pilots from the Vietnam era who took up things like knitting, crochet, or needlepoint, to keep from going crazy during their downtime. You can make lots of functional and decorative things, and maybe even sell some of them. Don't write off such activities because you are male!


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