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Old 11-30-2020, 11:15 AM   #1
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Hi … Would love any input on this decision process. We have a 2005 National Dolphin, 35’. For multiple reasons it’s time to size down (age of unit, age of driver, age, period). At this point considering: 1) a really small Class A (i.e., Thor Vegas 24’); 2) smaller Class C (26’); 3) a complete change and go with large SUV (i.e., Durango) and small (22’) pull behind travel trailer. Has anyone gone this direction before .... moved from a Class A down these paths? Pitfalls? Positives? Thanks if anyone has anything to share.
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Welcome aboard.
That is an interesting question. I have never done it. I'm looking at upsizing from a fifth with a total length of 41 ft to a DSDP of about the same length.
At 74 I keen to make the switch.

In your position I would look at the Winnebago line on a Sprinter chassis.
A good friend has one and is very happy with it.

Good luck
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I would probably go with the small travel trailer. Nobody can make that decision except you.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 12-01-2020, 10:10 PM   #4
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A couple called Pam and Kirk over at Escapees forum, and I believe I've seen him on here, were full timers in a Gas A for about 11 or 12 years, and then through medical issues moved into a more static model of RV I believe - sold the class A and bought a travel trailer and still during normal years travel volunteering in the summers. Might be worth checking out their story and how it's worked well for them.

Maybe someone else here can provide a link to their website - Kirk was wonderful help to me in our early years, and has always provided useful sound advice we've found.
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Old 12-03-2020, 09:08 AM   #5
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It all depends on how you use your RV. I am more of a traveler than a camper. I rarely spend more than 3 to 4 days at a given location.

Went from TT to a 36’ class A gasser. I would never go back to a TT. Too much work as I got older. Plus the TT is always at ambient temperature when you stop on the road.

I went from the class A to a Class C because there are fewer steps in & out. It has three doors not one to get out. It is so nice to just open the driver’s door and get out at a gas station.
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Old 12-03-2020, 09:18 AM   #6
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I favor a small class C over a travel trailer for ease of setting up, and if you wanted a vehicle you could tow it.
Maybe a Class B but IMHO they cost too much for what you get.
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Old 12-03-2020, 10:35 PM   #7
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I'm on the other side. I like tt. Only 1 power unit to upkeep. If your tv breaks down you still have camper. ( This happened to DW & I ) If tt needs repair you have transportation. On a class c and something happens you have more limited options. We don't full-time but wi) take off for a month at a time.
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If the "age" thing is something of an issue I would not want to go through hooking up and setting up a TT. Then breaking camp, hitching back up to go somewhere. However the advantage of the TT is that once set up you do have your tow vehicle to get around with.

Total convenience and cost. Class C
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Cost wise, especially if the tow vehicle be it an suv or truck can become or replace an at home daily driver, that is the cheapest way to go. That being said, if you are downsizing because of age and physical necessity, setting up a trailer takes longer and requires more physical work than setting up a motorhome

We have had both types, and even with the increased maintenance of having a motorhome chassis, we prefer the motorhome with a daily driver toad behind.

One bit of advice is that to make sure that the rv bathroom and kitchen are useable when you pull over for lunch and still have the slides in.

Also, in our experience with many motorhomes, we have found the actual length of the MH is not particularly important as far as driving functionality goes. The difference in driving a 28’ vs a 36’ is negligible. Height and width matter more.
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The standard solution, if it works for you, is to go to a B-van. Less is more.

We went to an A of similar size to your A. All different for different folks.

There is also a move from A to Airstream or similar quality trailer. Depends on what folks like to drive and how comfortable they are with towing. Getting rid of slides and simplifying systems and storage does help. There is a cost in available space and that really has to work for you.

Research and you'll figure it out. But understand what you need, want and can support, before you jump.

EDIT - IMHO, an older Class A that is well maintained can be a great solution to continue to use. However, even an older A is more expensive than a trailer/daily driver SUV rig. The advantage can be fewer steps to enter and exit. For some, that makes all the difference. For others, it's time to walk away. RVing is a participant sport. If you can't play, transitioning to being a spectator may be the better path.
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We just decided on a TT because we like to travel AND we like to stay at a spot and explore, especially in the boonies so a 4WD pickup answers that bell. As for the ambient temperature thing if the TT is less than 30' it either warms up or cools down quickly. We have a genny which fires up in 10 seconds so turning on the A/C for a lunch stop is NBD.
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We just decided on a TT because we like to travel AND we like to stay at a spot and explore, especially in the boonies so a 4WD pickup answers that bell. As for the ambient temperature thing if the TT is less than 30' it either warms up or cools down quickly. We have a genny which fires up in 10 seconds so turning on the A/C for a lunch stop is NBD.
What kind of fuel economy do you get with that setup?
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Cost wise, especially if the tow vehicle be it an suv or truck can become or replace an at home daily driver, that is the cheapest way to go. That being said, if you are downsizing because of age and physical necessity, setting up a trailer takes longer and requires more physical work than setting up a motorhome

We have had both types, and even with the increased maintenance of having a motorhome chassis, we prefer the motorhome with a daily driver toad behind.

One bit of advice is that to make sure that the rv bathroom and kitchen are useable when you pull over for lunch and still have the slides in.

Also, in our experience with many motorhomes, we have found the actual length of the MH is not particularly important as far as driving functionality goes. The difference in driving a 28’ vs a 36’ is negligible. Height and width matter more.
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I was wondering the same thing MrsChris
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