Are you considering living in a motorhome and trying the full-time RV lifestyle? Are you scared to try it alone? Well, there is no need to be. There are thousands of solo travelers on the road. Throw your inhibitions and fears to the side and jump into RVing with both feet. Adventure awaits and you will not regret the decision.
What you will regret is getting the wrong RV. Especially if you are getting a huge loan. Most of us full-timers changed RVs once or twice. As we have been living in it, our needs change and we either upgrade to a bigger one or downgrade to a smaller one. You want to be comfortable and yet have an RV you can manage, and care for. There are a number of things to consider before you buy:
- Water tank size: this is important especially if you plan on boondocking (fresh, gray and black water)
- Do you plan to be in campgrounds or RV parks or boondock more?
- Do you need more than one sleeping area for visitors or family to camp with you?
- Do you like to have guests over?
- How long is the RV you want to have? If you want to stay in campgrounds, they might have a length limit.
- How much personal stuff you want to have with yourself? Do you need lots of storage?
In this article, I only focus on small, Class C type of motorhomes
In my opinion, Class B vans are too small for long-term living. You still want to have the comfort of home while you are in the middle of nowhere. Class A RVs are harder to navigate, they might be too big for you. Class C RVs can be perfect for your solo needs and usually cheaper than Class B or A RVs. Type C Motorhomes are easily recognizable by the over-the-cab area that is often an optional sleeping area.
There is no perfect RV for everyone! I have been full-timing for almost four years now and I noticed that we Solos have different needs when it comes to living in an RV.
I do a lot of boondocking but like to go to parks as well. These are the things I look for in an RV:
- Have storage space enough for my personal stuff and camping equipment
- Good size tanks so I can stay in one place for 2 weeks
- A kitchen with some counter space
- Some sitting area so a couple of people can come over and sit down comfortably
- Extra bed for a guest so if a friend wants to join me, they will have their own space to sleep
- Towing capacity so you can have an extra vehicle with you
- Preferably enough space to lay down a yoga mat for some indoor exercise
If you are a solo RVer, the following options might work for you.