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Old 06-27-2013, 12:31 AM   #1
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How much storage do you need?

So, I thought I had a 5th wheel purchased and then the day before I go to pick it up, the deal fell through. So, I'm back in the hunt again.

I'm not on a big budget. I'm looking for a summer camping rig. 27 - 30 feet, a big slide with bunks.

I'm not finding a lot, but they are out there and I'll keep looking.

The latest one is a 1999 Mallard 27.5 foot. My wife is really concerned that there won't be enough interior storage.

Does anyone know these models? It seems as soon as you add a big slide, you eliminate cabinet space. . .

Anybody with old trailers care to comment?
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:39 AM   #2
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What I have found is that the more storage I have the more stuff my wife wants to take with us, and 3/4 of it we won't use. There are cabinets that I won't open, because if I move one thing everything may fall out.(well maybe it isn't that bad.)
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:48 AM   #3
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In 2005 we did a three month trip around the country in our new class A. We were loaded to the gills.

In a couple weeks we are headed out for another three month trip. I've got empty space in my cargo bays and our interior storage has lots of space available.

After many trips we found that a lot of the stuff we were packing around never got used and that if you really need something and you didn't bring it.....there's a Walmart everywhere.
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When it comes to full-time living in a RV, you need as much storage for ALL of the stuff you want to have, need or keep.

I have every nook and cranny filled in my coach and also haul a 30 foot garage behind me.

For the casual camper or weekender, it's about enjoying the moment and the convenience, not necessarily having everything you own along for the ride.

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Old 06-27-2013, 11:15 AM   #5
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There is only so much space in a 27-30 footer. Lots of good advice above, enjoy the vacation, leave the "stuff" at home. We went all over the country with 11-1/2 foot slide on. We took all the "stuff" that would fit, then it was 32 foot fifth, then 36 foot fifth and now 40 foot fifth with massive truck and storage. Yea, they had and have "stuff" in them, but in reality all we ever needed that was essential fit in that 11-1/2 footer. There is crap in that 40 footer basement that I haven't taken out in years.
If you are fulltiming that's different, but not for summer vacations.

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