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Old 07-31-2019, 03:52 PM   #29
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It is a rare 20 foot TT that is designed for full time living. You can still do it if you learn how and are willing to change your life style.
But a lot can depend on the comfort expectation of the full timer. When working, I would sometimes live for a couple weeks at a time in a 5X8 sleeper.
Couple years ago I met a lady in a state park laundry room. She said one more week, the COE campground down the road would get the shower house open, so she was looking at 4 weeks only need to tow about 5 miles. By that time she hoped not to need the walker. I helped her carry her clean clothes out to her little pickup. She had a shell on the pickup, and a big drawer so she could pull out, hang her clothes, a little dresser mounted on the big pullout. Walking past her site she had a little guy teardrop. Behind it, a EZ-up with walls to keep weather off her when she used the rear outside kitchen of that trailer. One of the little popup shower tents outside one door of the trailer. She had the little truck parked so somebody would have to try to see her if she went out that door into the shower tent. She told me she was 74, had been full time for 5 years. Not for me, but she was happy chasing good weather.
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Old 07-31-2019, 04:12 PM   #30
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Since the kids are making you follow them and probobly watching the kids alot while they look for houses .Make them pay for it
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Old 08-01-2019, 06:23 AM   #31
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Since the kids are making you follow them and probobly watching the kids alot while they look for houses .Make them pay for it
That's a great idea, but it's never gonna happen!!!!
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Old 08-01-2019, 07:38 AM   #32
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So, I’m confused. If the goal is to find a place within an hour of Vancouver, why not rent a small house there for a year rather than spend a bunch of money on an RV and car you may not want after that time?
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Old 08-01-2019, 08:09 AM   #33
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So, I’m confused. If the goal is to find a place within an hour of Vancouver, why not rent a small house there for a year rather than spend a bunch of money on an RV and car you may not want after that time?
The kids want to look for property in the area to build on. As they are looking they want to do a lot of hiking and have adventures. I'm just tagging along for fun.
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Old 08-03-2019, 03:16 AM   #34
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Target a deal like this .. Then put new tires and batteries and make sure all works .. there's alot good used out there . Rules no water damage and have seller show you everything works . And see that refrigerator works before buying .. don't leave a stone unturned before you buy . If you target $20,000 gives ya $10,000 to have for fixes ..
If you want less headaches do without pop outs .
To give you a idea . I spent $13,500 and have a rig ready to go .. 47,000 miles on it ..bought it with 42,000 class A . But everyone has there own ideas what needs to look like . Older is ok if looks taking care of .. Click image for larger version

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Old 08-04-2019, 04:58 PM   #35
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I'd get a class C or a van conversion, something you are comfortable driving. Be easy on yourself. Pack light and enjoy.
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Old 08-04-2019, 06:42 PM   #36
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Sounds like a travel trailer is what your looking for. Lots of them out there at good prices. Suggest a tandem axle for your safety, and plan on replacing tires, bearings and maybe brakes before the trip. Check RV Trader, local classified, etc.
Best of luck and enjoy the experience.
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Old 08-04-2019, 07:48 PM   #37
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I would consider a Class B. Look at the Winnibago Travato. We had a one was too small for our family of 3 and a dog, but I definitely could see it being useful for a single person. This way you don’t have the stress of towing you can drive just about anywhere with it. I’ve taken it to fast food drive-through‘s as well as our bank ATM drive-through! It drove like a big SUV!
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Old 08-05-2019, 04:59 AM   #38
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I love the Retro trailers by Riverside. They are well built and the layouts are really nice. They have different sizes and the 19’ is really sweet. I think the Amish build them. I would have bought on, but we bought a 26’ Lazy Daze.
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Old 08-05-2019, 05:40 AM   #39
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All good answers here. Since you are new to RVing I would suggest that you check out my articles which are published on [url=, especially one titled ”Pre-Delivery Inspection Checklist”. This is important especially since you’re buying used. My email is at the end of every article so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. You have to open each article to see who wrote it so look for the ones written by Warren (That’s me).
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Old 08-05-2019, 08:09 AM   #40
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This may or may not help but our first venture into TT and 5 month trip was a Dodge Durango with Hemi (would not consider the 6 banger myself) pulling a 28 foot lightweight Forest River Freedom that was in the 6K area. Being only one of you would be even better than the two of us and dogs were. Towing wise the Hemi Durango got 8mpg average with near 10 on straight highways and as los as 6 traveling the hills in and around AZ and NV. Being you would be even shorter and lighter you would do better on all. I would put quality of the Freedom on a mid level with things like trim gaps etc being evident. Plenty storage etc.

HOWEVER being we where in the larger space needed group after 2 years we went to an Alpine 37 foot 5th wheel for the room. Value wise our trade on the Freedom was almost exactly what we paid for it 2 years before that but we did purchase just as new models where coming out and dealer wanted to move the ones that where not the new year model.
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Old 08-05-2019, 09:51 AM   #41
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I'm 54 single lady and started looking at all Youtube videos to narrow down what I wanted. But mine is for extended stay since I need to live on Moms property and take care of her. I chose a 33ft Class A. Love it. It's all contained. If you have never driven or backed up a trailer I would suggest a Class C. They can be really fantastic, Short and can go anywhere. No hitching and Un-hitching necessary and I think it could be a lot less to deal with for you overall. But I made a list of all pro-and cons of both and based my decision on that. So do a lot of studying before you decide. Got mine on Craigslist actually.
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Old 08-05-2019, 04:00 PM   #42
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I have 2019 Lance 1475 (love it!) that I pull with my 2016 Honda Pilot AWD, I did have a transmission cooler put in at the time the hitch was placed, but they do come with a tow package. I did have to add a sway bar, but after that it pulls nicely. A few weeks back I had my first mountain climb to 9000 feet up Mt Graham here in AZ, once I drop it down to low gear it was a breeze. A few here would probably say a Pilot is a vehicle meant for hauling children not trailers, but it is what I had and it works.
I had my heart set on one of those cute tear drop trailers, but after sitting in it for 15 minutes at the dinette and thinking "if this was a rain day and I was going to be inside all day I would only have the dinette and the bed to relax, not good." I ventured further and found the Lance, it has two easy chairs with a small table that swivels instead of a traditional dinette and I find this much more comfortable for an indoor day. It also has the all season package to protect the holding tanks from prolonged and/or below freezing temps, just peace of mind. Whatever your thinking of choosing, do spend some time in it getting that all day stuck inside feel. Have fun and what a great adventure to share with your family!
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