Sometimes Less Is More

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 312015

One topic that comes up a lot when fulltime RVers and wannabe RVers meet, and a question that I often get, is what size RV is best. There is no right or wrong answer to that question, because they don’t make a one size fits all recreational vehicle. Everybody’s needs, interests, capabilities, and budget are different, and what works for me or the folks in the next RV site may not be the right choice for you.

Many people just starting out think they need the biggest and best rig on the road, but that may not necessarily be true. Sometimes less is more.

We started fulltiming over sixteen years ago with a 36 foot gas powered motorhome and considered it a big rig at the time. These days we’re in a 40 foot diesel pusher, and they now make 42 and even 45 footers. But just because they are big doesn’t mean they are the right choice for you. Then again maybe something that size is the right fit. To each their own.

A big rig gives you lots of living space, usually plenty of storage, and lots of amenities that a smaller RV may not have. We’ve even been in a couple of motorhomes that have two bathrooms, dishwashers, and fireplaces! But do you really need all of that room and all of those extras? Maybe not.

Everything in life is a trade-off. If you like going to state parks, national parks, and traveling the back roads of New England, a large RV may give you problems. Sometimes they just don’t fit. In that case a smaller rig might be the better choice for you.

Or maybe you like getting off the road and camping way back in the boonies someplace far away from the madding crowd. In that case a Class C motorhome might be the best choice. Or maybe you want to pull a trailer, but aren’t interested in driving a big dually pickup or medium duty truck. In that case a smaller travel trailer might fit you better.

So if big isn’t always better, how small is too small? That’s hard to say. We once met a couple who fulltimed in a 10 foot Casita travel trailer and it worked perfectly for them. They had spent years as over the road truckers, living out of the sleeper cab of their truck, so to them the Casita, with its running water and bathroom, seemed like a mansion. Again, to each their own.

Do you like getting away from it all and parking in some remote primitive campsite where you can listen to the coyotes howl at night and count the stars overhead? Are you more comfortable driving something that feels more like a car a pickup truck than a Big Wheel? Do you really need to haul all of that square footage around behind you? Maybe not. Maybe, for your needs, less might really be more.

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My author friend Jason Deas sent me an e-mail yesterday morning to tell me about his latest book, The Painter, which was just released. It’s a coming of age story set in 1992 Athens, Georgia about a liar and fake artist whose deception is rooted so deep within himself that he’s even beginning to believe his own tall tales until he meets a real artist and his life tumbles farther down the rabbit hole. Jason is an excellent writer, so be sure to check out his newest release.

Thought For The Day – Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool. I gave him a glass of water.

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