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Old 04-21-2012, 01:50 PM   #1
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Ok, I"m not looking to revive any threads on which is better, DP's or 5ers. I am currently retired, DW will be retired in 18 months. We have been planning on going full time when she is retired. We are looking at DP's and 5ers, and trying to garner as much info as possible on the positives of each, accentuating the positives, because everything has negatives. DW Loves!, and I mean Loves! the floor plans and spaciousness of the 5ers, and I have to admit they are a huge plus.
BUT, my concern is the lack of basement type storage on the 5ers. Am I missing something? Those of you that full time, do you find that you have plenty of storage, or is storage more of an issue on the 5ers. Some of the higher end units we've seen, my my, they are huge inside.
As a great man once said, "Just the facts Ma'am".


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Old 04-21-2012, 03:01 PM   #2
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John, just give up now... regardless of how much stroage you have, you will fill it up.

Actually, I am not a great example, as a solo'er, but I find so far that I have plenty of storage for the most part. I am having to cut back on some of the kitchen appliances though.

Good luck with your choice, and let us know how it works out.

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Old 04-21-2012, 04:37 PM   #3
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Looking solely at storage, I don't think there is a clear cut answer. It kind of depends on the lay out of the storage on that unit. My fifth wheel has a lot of storage that I don't see on newer fifth wheels. The number of slides impact some fifth wheel storage. That isn't a problem with most bus type motorhomes as they sit over the slide mechanism. Of coarse weight on large diesel pushers are a non issue but weight is always a thought with fifth wheels.
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Depends are you going to need winter and summer cloths what are your hobbies that you'll be hauling along and the list goes on and on
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Old 04-22-2012, 03:21 PM   #5
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look at the Kz Stone ridge models 36rk and 36ul. They are both "tri-level" plans that have underneath storage both front and back. The back storage even come s with a roll out tray. These are exceptionally roomy plans you might consider.
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If you feel the need to fret about how "much" storage space you'll have, I'd suggest you take some time to seriously look at what you'll "really need" to full time RV.

Remember that you are going to full time RV. Not move into another house. Adopt the motto that less is better. You'll surprise yourself a d be happier for it. 😄
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Just was camping with some folks who were 3/4 timers. The gentleman was saying that he had the same quandry as you. He wanted a motorhome, she a 5er. He said he asked her one thing. What do we do when we are going down the road, its pouring down rain, wind blowing the rain sideways, and you need the use the faciilities. In the 5er, we have to find a place to pull over, and stop. It could take a half hour or more, depending on the road your on. Now is she going to get out, put down the steps, unlock the door, come out, relock the door, put the steps up and get back in the truck soaking wet. With the motorhome, she can just get up, walk a few steps and all is done. Needless to say, He was driving a motorhome!!

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