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Old 09-19-2021, 08:35 PM   #1
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Who Thinks They Bought "Too Small"?

Is it normal to start thinking you wish you had bought the next larger model toy hauler? The 294RR and 29RRT are really starting to grow on me.
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Old 09-19-2021, 08:43 PM   #2
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Nope - after each trip, I marvel at how our "size TT" is perfect for most of the RV locations. Bigger would make it much more difficult to travel and park.
...just my opinion....of course
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Old 09-20-2021, 03:46 AM   #3
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As my father in law shared with me about building a shed on my property - build the biggest you can afford because you're going to fill it up.
I now have 2!

I'm on the other side of the coin. The sheds are filled with stuff I no longer use.

If you get a bigger camper all you'll do is bring more "stuff" with you.

Just my opinion and your results may differ. Happy camping!
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Old 09-20-2021, 05:56 AM   #4
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I see posts on here about people 'upgrading'; or saying buy your truck for the next camper, your next camper will be bigger, ect. Not that there is anything wrong with that...its just not about the camper for us.

The answer is no.
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Old 09-20-2021, 05:59 AM   #5
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In the boating world itís called 3footitis. We learned from that affliction and spent 2 1/2 years looking so we could skip that step with RV ownership. So far itís worked out pretty well for us. Oh, keep in mind that there is no perfect RV any more than there is a perfect boat. Everything is a compromise and every benefit comes at a cost. It could be size vs weight, more space here leaves less space there, bigger can mean needing a bigger tow vehicle (thatís where we are now) and on and on.
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Old 09-20-2021, 06:13 AM   #6
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It all comes down to how much you use your RV. We spend 5-6 months on the road at a time so we are now in our 3rd 5er in about 10 years. We recently upgraded to a Alpine 42' I think we finally have one with enough storage and room inside.
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Old 09-20-2021, 07:33 AM   #7
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While not toy haulers, My wife and I started with a Geo Pro G17RK. We found it to be just a little bit too small for her, I and occasionally our adult daughter joining us. We had it for two years. Moved up to a Sonic 231VRL and feel that it is the perfect size for us. So, we moved up from 17' (20' coupler to bumper) to 23' (26' coupler to bumper) and we are satisfied. The DW lost her rear kitchen space, and I gained a shower that doesn't have the toilet in it. We both gained a completely separated bedroom with walk around bed, and a couch in addition to the dinette.
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Old 09-20-2021, 07:37 AM   #8
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I bought 40' and occasionally regret not going smaller.
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Old 09-20-2021, 09:40 AM   #9
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It all depends on where you are in your RV ownership and life journey. Most of us start out small and gradually go bigger. We went from a tent to a truck camper to a popup. Then to a small fifth wheel and then got a bunkhouse fifth wheel for the grandkids, then a bigger bunkhouse, then the kids were older so we bought a few fifth wheels just for us during retirement. Found our perfect size was 35' nose to tail. We might go slightly smaller for the next RV, we'll see
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I know several folks who have had TH's and then went for larger rigs. Worked out fine for them in the short run in that they had plenty of room in their rigs for "stuff". In the long run they found out quickly that they could no longer access places they has previously frequented with their old TH, i.e. approach/departure/breakover angles and turning radii. Their dimensions changed, but the topographical features stayed the same. I guess there's a happy medium that some folks need to factor in.
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Old 09-20-2021, 10:53 AM   #11
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I like 24 feet.
Many people go smaller as they age.
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Old 09-20-2021, 12:25 PM   #12
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Both.. I had a 22' hybrid and went to a 35' 5th wheel for 6 years. My wife then wanted a 42' 5th wheel for our retirement travels.. She loves it.. I find it a little limiting if we want to go to state or provincial parks. it is fine when in full service campgrounds
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A 25 footer is almost perfect for us as we only use it a couple of times a year (except last year; we didn't use it at all). Still, DW wants something bigger but what she's looking at will require a bigger tow vehicle.
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Old 09-20-2021, 03:21 PM   #14
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That would be my wife.
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After 2 years of semi-suffering with our mistake we did some hard research.
Went from a 24 foot trailer to 26 foot trailer. The actual difference was larger than 2 feet. This is based on the model numbers. So what did we gain?

A relatively massive bathroom by comparison.
Two recliners and a dinette in lieu of just a dinette.
Vastly superior seating arrangement.
An amazing increase in the amount of interior storage.
A great fireplace.
A 12 VDC Refrigerator. A big improvement in my opinion.

Yep, we bought too small...............
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Size matters
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Old 09-20-2021, 05:44 PM   #17
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Downsizing is part of the right of passage for old folks who are empty nesters.
I went small to minimize and simplify.
If I had bigger, I would be tempted to load more stuff I would never or seldom use.
Not everyone will agree.
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Downsizing is part of the right of passage for old folks who are empty nesters.
I went small to minimize and simplify.
If I had bigger, I would be tempted to load more stuff I would never or seldom use.
Not everyone will agree.
No one has to agree. Everyone buys what works for them. And what works changes when life circumstances do.
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Old 09-20-2021, 09:36 PM   #20
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People probably feel they bought too small when staying in their RV.

Those same people may well think they bought too big whenwashing, waxing, or trying to park.
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