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How Big of an RV do You Really Need?


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All of our lives we've wanted bigger, fancier, and better things.

It's easy for that habit to carry over into how we go about selecting an RV. I selected a 34-foot Class A motorhome which is way bigger than I need for just me. I don't even have a dog, so I for sure don't need an RV this big.

If I were doing a lot of boondocking, it would really be too big, but since I only boondock occasionally, it's not a big deal. I do enjoy the space, and I'm not going to get rid of the motorhome I have now and get another one. I've made a lot of modifications to it and added a lot of gadgets to it and I'm happy with it. It's like one of the family now.

Here's what it looks like with my toad being pulled along behind it. I think you can see why that's way bigger than I need for just me.



I know a lot of people who love their small RV. Here is a picture of Kim Huber Buzan's tiny Airstream. It looks so cozy in the snow.



Here's a picture of a camper that was parked beside me back in the fall. The couple who were camping in it loved their little camper. They did most of their cooking outside. They also spent most of their time outside and mainly used their RV for sleeping.



I met a couple who were in their 80s and they had been RVing full-time for six months in their pop-up camper. They were having the time of their lives and didn't want a bigger camper. They said that their little camper was the perfect size for them.

I'm not saying that you should get a really small RV, but if you're looking to buy an RV, I would suggest that whatever size you're considering, you might want to at least, look at the next size down and see if it would fit your needs. You might be happier in the long run.

I've met a lot more people who have gone from a large RV to a small one than I have who have gone from a small one to a large one.

I'm sure you know many of the advantages of having a larger RV with all of the room, etc., but take the time to consider some of the advantages of the smaller RVs.

Advantages of Smaller RVs

  • One of the biggest advantages is that many of the National Parks were designed back when all RVs were small, and their campsites were not designed for the larger RVs. In other words, if you have a large RV, it won't fit in a lot of campsites.

  • You'll get a little better gas mileage (whether you're driving your RV or towing it).

  • The smaller RVs are easier to handle.

  • Smaller RVs don't cost as much.

Bottom line: When choosing the RV that would be best for you, be sure to consider the advantages of the smaller RVs. Maybe not the ultra small ones like I've shown here, but maybe a little smaller than what you're considering. Just a thought.


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