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Old 09-17-2020, 07:54 PM   #1
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Anyone downsized and stayed full timing?

We have been full timing in a 44í about four years. Travel in the summer, winter in Texas.

Wife wants to downsize mainly to get into more parks. Looking at 35-37í.

I am ambivalent about it. On the one hand the summer trips would be easier (I think). On the other hand we would lose all that space and it would be most noticeable when we are parked for four months in the winter.

Anyone downsized while remaining full time?

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Old 09-17-2020, 08:51 PM   #2
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We went from a 35 ft fiver to our current 30 ft Arctic Fox TT and have been very happy with it so far. I'm not sure a 37 ft will get you in more parks tho. 30 ft seemed to be the cutoff for a lot of places when I did a quick and dirty check of NP. Totally non comprehensive tho.

We do boondocking and want to do more and we have enough storage space for the two of us. I am doing a 'sizzle' right now tho to leave more stuff behind; we are in between trips right now. The big change for us was the last kid leaving for college that freed up a lot of space.
We have not stayed in one spot for months yet, that may change this winter since we are thinking Quartzite.
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Old 09-17-2020, 10:21 PM   #3
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You'll get in a lot of public parks with a 35-37'. With our 40' we've used Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Big Bend, Glacier, Canadian Rockies - Banff, Jasper, Alaska, Zion, Rocky Mountain, Bryce and many others. We also fit in national forest campgrounds, state parks, Corp of Engineers, county and city parks. You'd definitely fit in RV parks.
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Old 09-18-2020, 10:14 AM   #4
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Would having 2 TTs be an option?

The larger one for long trips and the smaller one for shorter trips?
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Old 09-18-2020, 01:54 PM   #5
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I just noticed I did not identify my RV.

It is a 44í class A DP big rig with a tag axle.

We would downsize into another class A DP.
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Old 09-19-2020, 07:13 PM   #6
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Love the tag

We would like to get into some parks we canít, since we are also 44í. We love the room and carrying capacity of our coach, but the biggest issue is ride and handling. The tag axle DP is tough to beat. We travel across the country covering lots of miles. Iím not sure I would like driving a smaller non-tag axle coach.
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