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Old 01-24-2013, 01:09 AM   #1
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Need your opinion

I am looking at doing Full Time in a year or so and I wanted your opinion on which size MH would be better. Is a 36-38 foot with 4 slides more roomy than a 40-42 foot with 1 or 2 slides. I think that both of them would have similar square footage of livable space. I guess the other thing that would be lost in a 36' would be that the basement storage would be 4 foot shorter.

So what is the opinion on an older 40' with less slides vs a little newer shorter unit with 4 slides.

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Old 01-24-2013, 02:12 AM   #2
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Our rig is 33 feet long with two slides, and is great for our mostly 3 to 6 day excursions. That being said if we were to full time I would want a 43 to 45 foot rig with 3 or 4 slides. We would have to sell off a lot of stuff if everything had to go in one motorhome and toad. I dought this will ever happen.

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Old 01-24-2013, 05:36 AM   #3
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You have some homework to do, as the bandwidth of "what fits" is very personal.

We fulltime in a 33 with 2 slides and about 240 sf of floor space that will sleep 5 adults. But, it is just the 2 of us. Most would feel confined in it but we live well in it. But we only eat and sleep in it. We are adventurers!

We have seen folks full timing happily in anything between 19 and 45. It is all in what you are comfy in.

2 slides weigh less than 4. Yeah, space and weight really do matter.

We got it down to what we aint got we dont need. And have since gotten rid of more. All of the trinkets, mementos and memorabilia were given to the kids, and all pictures have been digitized.
We dont have a mini-fridge, deep freeze, 20 cf refer, or many of the amenities that some require.

We travel light and fast now, but a larger rig for a slower life may happen some day.

Best of luck in your search.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:49 AM   #4
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I have to agree that it's a personal choice. We are just part timers right now, we bought our 35 footer with two large slides back in May and have spent 65 days in it so far. For us it's quite roomy and the basement is just half full. I feel when we do go full timing, we will most likely look for a rig around 40 feet. We are kinda partial to the Itasca 40U as it seems to fit our future needs at the moment.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:26 AM   #5
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As already mentioned, we all have differing needs, but there are many other issues to consider than floor space. The floor plan is just as important, as is storage options. We travel heavy and the basement storage system and upstairs closets and cabinets are a major issue for us. We are not full-timers, but we leave the unit packed and powered up when in storage. I cannot imagine full-timing with less storage. You have time to shop around and make a "got to have" list. Consider the heating and A/C requirements. In cold weather propane is a real pain to keep full. What will you tow and how heavy is it? Good luck.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:58 AM   #6
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We are quite comfortable in our 35 foot with one slide. To each his own just like older verses new. We decided on our budget an older coach was best to allow for more travel. We have evarything we need and then some and have been fulltiming for a year now. We don't see trading anytime in the near future if at all.
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:32 AM   #7
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Best advice is to go and go into every RV/MH you can and try to imagine yourself living in it. Lay on the bed, get up to "go to the bathroom", "cook" in the kitchen, sit on the couch or chairs to "watch" tv, sit at the dinette (if it has one) to "eat" some food.
All in all pretend you are living in it.
Honestly I tell people all the time to forget about anything but the floor plan first then to look at the engine cause if you can't stand being in it you won't want to take it out and then hate it.

As for what we have it is a 40ft with no slides but it has side aisle not one straight down the middle. We looked for long awhile before getting this one. We did not want to buy one to just try to see if we liked it and then to buy again. We looked at it as this is the one to stay in. We did take a 7k mile trip around the country and decided that if we could survive that without killing each other that we could then handle living in it full time, lol.

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