Or with a motorhome you can tow a car, though you have to be careful in your selection since not all cars can be towed without putting them on a trailer.The advantage is you can set up the trailer and use the tow vehicle for sight seeing, visiting restaurants, and getting supplies.
Hi & welcome... we get this sort of inquiry every few days. There are a lot of things to consider, questions of lifestyle, travel plans (or not), personal space needs, purchase budget, operating budget, etc. After considering the many questions, most people revamp their initial plan substantially.
I'll throw out one teaser question: are you aware that even a large class C offers only about 200 sq ft of living space? Including closets and cupboards? Some modern homes have bathrooms that big... I'm not saying you should not or cannot downsize, but do not underestimate the degree of change.
Please understand that everybody here loves their RVs, but most of us had to live through a period of "re-adjustment" when our dreams encountered reality.
Actually giving up stuff is not a problem! We realized a couple of years ago that we have way too much stuff that we never use so we have gradually been downsizing. My wife is very much a minimalist and I am becoming that way myself.Some Class Cs like mine have full-size pass-through basement compartments like a Class A. Some Class Cs have almost no storage. But generally speaking a Class C cannot handle as much weight as a Class A. For full timing a Class A might be a better option if you have a lot of stuff. For a lot of people giving up their stuff is harder than giving up the house. And remember stuff always expands as time goes by.
Very helpful insights, thanks!I always knew I wanted to travel, so when I went full-time with a new Class C motorhome in 2012, I had no problem "adjusting" to a smaller space at all. However, my C is 32' long with two slides, but I have been perfectly comfortable living alone in this small space for the past 9 years! And I hope to do so for another few years, at least. I have never towed a vehicle, so I take my motorhome with me when I want to sightsee or shop. I have driven 157,000 miles in 9 years, so I keep moving and stay almost entirely in state, national, and county campgrounds. I like the space and privacy in such places, as well as being able to be out in nature, NOT close to towns.
Now, I admit, if I were two people, I would probably be more comfortable in a smaller A because of the cargo carrying capacity and just a bit more space.
The big question on the type of unit to buy is how you plan to full-time.
I hope this helps. Some people say they started out in travel mode and then settled into a semi-permanent lifestyle, but maybe you will be like me and prefer to keep on the move. So think seriously about how you want to live "full-time."
- If you plan to keep on the move, staying a week or two in various national and state parks, as I do, a motorhome is a very good choice for several reasons. It is easier to hook up and unhook, assuming you do not need a towed vehicle. So, within 4 minutes, I can put in my slides, unplug electric, and leave my chairs, etc. outside to make a quick stop at the dump station, then return to my site. Since I have no towed vehicle, backing in is quick and easy. It is also a luxury to pull over at a rest area and fix a sandwich and use the bathroom without going outside. You can also flip on your AC using your built-in generator so can be comfortable. I stop for groceries and such as I travel between campgrounds.
- However, you mentioned "settling" in Florida for the winter and also in the north for summer. That means you prefer commercial campgrounds for months at a time. If that is true, you might want to consider pulling a 5th wheel with a pickup truck. (5th wheels have much more storage than trailers, by the way.) Commercial campgrounds, especially in places like Florida, offer pools, hot tubs, and activities, but you are almost always parked within a very few feet of your neighbors, to the point where you can hear conversations and listen to their TVs. (I had to spend 4 months in such a place a couple of years ago to get medical treatment, and I could hear the dogs next door racing back and forth in his trailer! It is easier to make friends that way, if that is what you want to do. You can leave your trailer or 5th wheel sitting in the same spot with full hookups and drive your pickup truck around. But you can still do some traveling if you want to do that as well, but your total rig will be longer when you travel, and it will be a little harder to get into and out of gas stations and campgrounds.