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Old 07-25-2016, 01:09 PM   #1
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Best choice for single lady

I'm getting totally confused...so much information and choices for RVs.

As a single woman (older), I'd like to get a small rv -- something most suitable for one person. Something reasonable to drive, to park (back up!) and to maintain. I'd need to buy used, I have limited funds; and I'd want something mechanically sound and easy to maintain.

I've driven a 25' box truck (no fun) but I've never towed anything. So is a 5th. wheel a reasonable choice?

I so appreciate your advice.
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Old 07-25-2016, 01:15 PM   #2
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My suggestion would be to look at Class C motorhomes. It will feel more like driving a truck or large van. Backing it will be easier for you also if you have no experience doing that.
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Old 07-25-2016, 01:54 PM   #3
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I'm getting totally confused...so much information and choices for RVs.

As a single woman (older), I'd like to get a small rv -- something most suitable for one person. Something reasonable to drive, to park (back up!) and to maintain. I'd need to buy used, I have limited funds; and I'd want something mechanically sound and easy to maintain.

I've driven a 25' box truck (no fun) but I've never towed anything. So is a 5th. wheel a reasonable choice?

I so appreciate your advice.
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5th Wheels are those large trailers that attach inside the bed of a large pickup truck. Given what you said you want, I really don't think this is something you want.

Look at a teardrop trailer. They're small, light, inexpensive and perfect for one person.
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Old 07-25-2016, 02:28 PM   #4
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As a single woman (older), I'd like to get a small rv -- something most suitable for one person. Something reasonable to drive, to park (back up!) and to maintain. I'd need to buy used, I have limited funds; and I'd want something mechanically sound and easy to maintain.
the fiberglass Casita is not a Forest River trailer, but it fits what you're looking for perfectly,...... at Casita rallies you'll find many single ladies towing their Casita and loving it,..... we sold ours to a single lady nearing retirement,...... at 17', ours was just too small for one of us, not both of us,......... I loved everything about it, low maint., light weight, and retains its value extremely well,...... a 30 yr.old regular tt is usually in someones back yard under a pine tree rotting away, but a 30 yr. old fiberglass Casita can easily be still in regular use and looking just like a brand new one,...... this is just my honest answer to your question.....

http://casitatraveltrailers.com/
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Scamp is another small trailer and I see a few of them. I have met people that live in them and they seem to love them, you will be surprised with the things you can live without.


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Old 07-25-2016, 03:08 PM   #6
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I think the motorhome is another good suggestion, but that may chew up your limited budget.
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Old 07-25-2016, 03:26 PM   #7
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With motorhome you will probably need a "toad"(a tow behind car).

You need to consider that towing a 5th wheel will be intimadating.
And you may need 3/4 ton or one ton truck to tow it, depending on what trailer you wany.

I would suggest you check out Rpod trailers.
Kind of a swollen teardrop trailer that's very popular with single travelers.
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A 25' box truck is quite large. A small class C would....is more like driving a van. You wouldn't have to try to back up a trailer. The only drawback to a class C or much larger class A is, any time you want/need to leave the campground, you would have to disconnect your utilities and take the RV shopping or wherever. Then, you have a parking issue. You could tow a small car behind your class C. You would then just pull into the campground and unhook the car, then take the RV to the site, get it set up, then bring the car to the site.

You didn't mention what you drive now. That would give us an idea of what you're working with.
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Old 07-25-2016, 03:34 PM   #9
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Don't rule out Class B either. They are vans. Smaller than a C and easier to drive.
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I would say Class B except that a good one will usually cost more than a Class C. Could be wrong there but that's what I saw a couple years back when we were nearing retirement and looking.

How you plan to use it is worth adding into the mix. Is it for an occasional weekend jaunt to a nearby campground or do you plan on long distance travel? Most envision the dream of seeing the country in our RVs.

A small tow behind camper trailer such as the fiberglass ones already mentioned will probably be your best bang for the buck.

Best wishes to you.
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