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Old 03-20-2019, 12:55 PM   #1
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Travel Trailer or motorhome?

I searched using "trailer or motorhome" and Travel Trailer versus Motorhome" and came up with nothing so here is my post:

I have a buyer for my house and want to full time RV while working my last 4 years before retirement. I am a Telecom Software Specialist and work virtual. I'm a runner and avid cyclist. I am on a budget but a minimalist lifestyle is part of my being anyways so am' looking at a nice little Sunset Park Rush 22C toy hauler for a place to put my bikes while moving and "office space" while parked. Also looking at Minnie Winnies and make do for office space with existing floor plans.
The other side of me wants to put my left over stuff and my Ford Ranger 4X4 4.0 V6 truck in storage and get a lightly used Class B. I love the thought of being totally mobile in the class B.


I buy groceries weekly. Gotta have fresh greens and veggies. If I am living in a Trailer I have the truck for driving around. If I am in a motorhome I have to pick up and drive to the store if nothing is safely in range of my grocery-getter bicycle.
I'm leaning towards a trailer that my current truck with it's 5600 pound rating and added brake kit can tow.



Edit: I have a bit of experience living in a TT from a 7 month job I did where I had to be on site so was in Brunswick GA (Blythe Island RV Park) in my Terry 27 TT I had back in 08-09'. No longer have it or the wonderful E350 Van V10 that I pulled it with though.


Have any of you had experiences similar you can share?
Thank you.
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Old 03-20-2019, 01:01 PM   #2
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Current truck with 5600# tow rating??


That is going to be one very small trailer


On the other hand

MH w/o a toad is a hassle


Course you could RENT a vehicle and go with MH


Buy a small scooter and use it for errands
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Old 03-20-2019, 01:07 PM   #3
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Current truck with 5600# tow rating??


That is going to be one very small trailer


On the other hand

MH w/o a toad is a hassle


Course you could RENT a vehicle and go with MH


Buy a small scooter and use it for errands
I listed two examples of TT's I am looking into there little biscuit. Yes, they are small.
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It's OLD Biscuit


I was trying to be helpful NOT CONDESCENDING


Best of luck........
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Old 03-20-2019, 01:25 PM   #5
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It's OLD Biscuit


I was trying to be helpful NOT CONDESCENDING


Best of luck........

Thanks! You skimmers can be both. (Bubblehead here)

I was asking for experiences others may have had. Not sideways comments about size. The scooter idea is cool. I'll research that and haul methods for a class B to carry it on the hitch or otherwise.
See ya.
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Old 03-20-2019, 01:56 PM   #6
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Why not get a Class B and tow the Ford?
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In a case like this it is always; Different strokes for different folks.
Things to consider:
Michigan is in cold winter country. Full timing requires working plumbing in -20 degree F weather. Don't buy a Dutchman Kodiak in spite of the 4 Seasons advertising. Many smaller TT's and MH's require significant mods to work full time in cold weather.
You are probably in the expensive TT or MH range in order to get double pane windows and fully heated under belly plumbing. Some mobile abodes do not play well with portable electric heaters. You may need substantial heating fuel supplies. Double check your plans before buying.
That said, my opinion is the smaller the better. I like to be mobile. Sitting in one place for 4 years is a strain. If you are outside most of the time a small place to retreat to is all you need.
I can't imagine my life style in Wisconsin without a run around vehicle. When I was young, I went everywhere in the city of Madison WI on a three speed bicycle. Not anymore.
Towing a small vehicle with a MH has as many issues as towing a TT with a pickup truck. They are just different issues.
Which ever you choose, it will cost more than apartment living unless you sacrifice a lot.
Just my opinion...
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Why not get a Class B and tow the Ford?

And they have couplers too for the 4 wheel drives to disengage the drive... This is an interesting option! thx looking into it.
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In a case like this it is always; Different strokes for different folks.
Things to consider:
Michigan is in cold winter country. Full timing requires working plumbing in -20 degree F weather. Don't buy a Dutchman Kodiak in spite of the 4 Seasons advertising. Many smaller TT's and MH's require significant mods to work full time in cold weather.
You are probably in the expensive TT or MH range in order to get double pane windows and fully heated under belly plumbing. Some mobile abodes do not play well with portable electric heaters. You may need substantial heating fuel supplies. Double check your plans before buying.
That said, my opinion is the smaller the better. I like to be mobile. Sitting in one place for 4 years is a strain. If you are outside most of the time a small place to retreat to is all you need.
I can't imagine my life style in Wisconsin without a run around vehicle. When I was young, I went everywhere in the city of Madison WI on a three speed bicycle. Not anymore.
Towing a small vehicle with a MH has as many issues as towing a TT with a pickup truck. They are just different issues.
Which ever you choose, it will cost more than apartment living unless you sacrifice a lot.
Just my opinion...
Not sure why you mentioned Michigan as I would definitely not be here in the winter if I was mobile. I assumed you would understand that I want to full time RV to enjoy being in different places. Maybe I should have gone into more detail. Winter in Tuscon, Summer in the UP. Spring and fall with family in Tennessee. These are just some options. Thanks.
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More info is always helpful. Knowing your travel plans, I believe you will have a more pleasant driving experience in a Class B, towing the truck, compared to towing a 22 trailer that may weigh in at 5000lbs with a Ranger.

The amenities of a Class B will be far superior to a 22 toy hauler as well. This will be your home for 4 years. Id imagine that you can also find more info on full timing in a Class B than in a toy hauler.

This is interesting because the usual full time question is: Class A or 5th wheel.
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To me....a big factor is how long you are going to stay at a place. I have a small TT and use the two hour drive/two day/arrive before 2 pm. rule. With a TT, I level, hook up, and then go where I want with the tow vehicle. A campervan or MH....you have to set up, tear down, just to go anywhere.

Also...if there is a repair, I'm not glued to my TT like you are with an MH. There is also cost. A nice new TT can be purchased for 25k or less. You will not find those prices with a MH or campervan.
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I think for your purposes the small toy hauler you have in mind would be ideal. It would give you good, secure storage for your bike and you could use the truck to get to your trailheads. The trailer would be a lot more reasonable in cost than a motorhome. Plus, you already have the truck. If it's suitable for pulling the trailer then go for it!

We've full-timed in a travel trailer - 27'; a 5th wheel - 33'; and a 40' motorhome towing a Jeep. All three were just fine with us but we absolutely hated driving the truck around on quiet backcountry roads for our siteseeing. We also discovered Jeeping so we went with the motorhome.

Full-timing can be done easily in any kind of RV and with any size. It's up to YOU only. No one can choose for you.
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When we were looking for an RV we were also Torn Between the class C, Class B, and travel trailers. We eventually decided against a travel trailer because they do not come with a generator. Being we Boondock a lot we wanted the ease of a built-in generator
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need some opinions...

a little background first. my wife and I have 5 children 17 down to 1. we have a house, a truck, an SUV and a 5'er. Currently, I am living in the 5'er by myself while my family is in our home. Its not the optimal situation but we are doing it because my line of work made me move and we didnt want to rip her out of her high school a year before she graduates. We've discussed full time RVing on multiple occasions sooo now here is our idea...I'm about to go overseas for about a year and the plan is to sell my truck and the 5'er before I go siince my wife isnt going to use either one. That should also take care of 2 bills permanently. We are seriously thinking about selling the house and pretty much everything in it when I come back and buy a nice diesel pusher and start our journey as full time RVers. If the cards play out right I will also retire from my first career and start my second(after a nice long well deserved vacation). my questions are: 1) Are we crazy to think this is a good idea? 2)If not, what models/brands would you suggest? We are considering Forest River Bershire XLT or similar. I would really appreciate some feedback from full time RVers and those that tried it. Are we going to be able to handle the serious downgrade of space and stuff?
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