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Old 01-12-2022, 09:09 PM   #1
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Solo, what RV type is right for me.

I'm still uncertain what type of RV I will end up with and wanted to get some advise from the SOLO crowd please.

I am retiring in a little more than 2 years, and my dream of hitting the road is fast approaching.
I have no family or friends holding me back and would like to travel across the states before I am to old, maybe buying a home if I find the a great place to live.

Even though I am an avid fisherman, and will probably fish every major river I find, I dont think I would enjoy spending a lot of time alone in the boonies enjoying nature like a lot of campers do.

I envision myself spending a few nights in one location, fishing and driving around sight seeing, getting the feel of small town life in each state.
But, a lot has changed since I started looking into this RV life.

You cant just pull into any park or campground without a reservation.
And, prices of motorhomes have really gone thru the roof.

The solution I came up with for the reservation problem was to learn how to boondock. For me, that sounded great until it occurred to me that If I leave my spot and drive around town or fish, my spot might be taken when I come back.

The plan then evolved into buying a TT instead of a motorhome.
Not only are TT's cheaper, and thus take less of a hit with depreciation, (not % wise but total price) but I could leave the TT in one spot and take the truck into town. (and hope the TT is hasn't been broken into when I return).

Other than leaving the TT unattended, my other concern with a TT is not being able to easily traverse a state without having to drive back to my campsite and pick up the TT. That would defiantly be a plus for a motorhome.

At this time, I have 2 paths ahead of me.
1. Small travel trailer, got my eye on the grand design 17MKE
2. Small motorhome like the Winnebago view 24d

If you were in my shoes, what path would you take knowing what you know now?

All advise is welcomed, and thank you all for all the help I have received along the way.
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Old 01-12-2022, 09:32 PM   #2
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If I was a solo traveler I would go camper van. Lots of info on van builds on youtube and the van can be stealthy. There are a lot of resources on the internet to support the whole van dweller lifestyle.

Your comment about not being able to just stop at any old campground and spend the night is not correct. The wife and I travel that way all the time and have never been left out on the street.
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Old 01-13-2022, 04:31 AM   #3
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amount of living space should be a big consideration. after a while you get feeling of being closed in. More room = open feeling. depending on budget, small 5'er. plenty of space. Also something with a generator . off/on grid capable.
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Lance truck camper is another option.
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amount of living space should be a big consideration. after a while you get feeling of being closed in. More room = open feeling. depending on budget, small 5'er. plenty of space. Also something with a generator . off/on grid capable.
My tow vehicle in the event I go with a TT would be the Ford F-150 hybrid. it has a huge battery and inverter built in. Plus gets pretty decent gas millage when not towing. There are a couple of small 5'er that I could tow but the 17mke feels very large inside for its size and is much easier to tow.
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Lance truck camper is another option.
I have been looking into some really cool Lance campers. they are just as spendy as the TT's depending on the model.
On the other hand, a camper would be just as useful as a MH.
And, it would not take the depreciation loss of a MH... Very interesting.

I take it, nobody unhooks a camper top at a camp site like a TT?
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I'm going to warn you. You are looking for a unicorn. They don't exist and neither does the perfect RV. I like the 17mke. The biggest advantage of a TT is it's easy and less costly to change units. Your other options would be very limited by your TV however. If you already have the truck, give a 17mke a try. If you don't own the truck, look at a 3/4 ton at least.
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Have you considered something like a new Thor Compass (or Gemini)? AWD Ford Transit with ecoboost gas so you’ll be able to reach more boondocking spots and if you decide you want more flexibility buy something light to use as a toad (I use a Honda Fit).
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A 21ft travel trailer has the same amount of livable space as a 24ft Class C. You may want to peek at the “Traveling Robert” series on You Tube to get an idea about criss-crossing the country in a small Winnebago TT. IMHO, you would quickly tire of small Class C because of the hassle of packing up your gear every time you want to take a short excursion; unless you tow a small car, or mount an e-bike or scooter on the rear hitch receiver.
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Have you considered a small 5th wheel to bumper tow toy hauler?
You could carry a motorcycle or trike to do your errands and sightseeing wherever you park.
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Traveling Robert is one of my subs.
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Have you considered a small 5th wheel to bumper tow toy hauler?
You could carry a motorcycle or trike to do your errands and sightseeing wherever you park.
How small? like a 1/2 ton towable 5th wheel?
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I cant recall the last time I seen a TT at the supermarket parking lot or gas station. Do you always unhook before you buy gas or go shopping?
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everyone has an opinion. Here's mine.

Solo means single. Single means you probable have a lot of hobbies and interests besides fishing. Like golf, pool, and who knows what else.

Here is the way i'd go if not for loving DW. I'd still go with a 26-30 ft. Gas rv. Not to complicated or expensive if you go with early 2000. At least until you figure out if you like the lifestyle . Plenty of storage space as well. Probable tow a Jeep or small truck....like to get off road to do some of that fishing, hunting, gold dredging. What ever.
If your going out solo. Might as well explore all the fun things that are out there. Won't have much limitations with a rig like that.
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