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Old 11-28-2021, 06:49 PM   #1
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Transitioning from sailboat to RV life!

Hello all,


We're in the middle of buying an Arctic Wolf 295QLS8 as we make the transition from cruising the world full time on a sailboat to cruising the U.S. on land full time in an RV.


We feel reasonably ready for land bound life on the road, since we've been living in small footprint since 2012 as we sailed from the east coast of the U.S. as far as Australia. We're in New Zealand at the moment as we sell our boat here, but will be back in the states in a few weeks.


We don't expect too many real shocks about downsized life, though I do suspect being "anchored" so close to the neighbors will take some getting used to. (note to self: BLINDS!)



I hope some of my boat skills will translate pretty well to RV life, but I'm sure not all will. We're used to managing tight water supplies and power reserves, dealing with our waste, planning long trips, and maintaining everything from 12/24V DC systems to diesel engines and plumbing.



But if I can get a 53', 54,000 boat into and out of a narrow slip in a cross-breeze, I should be able to get a fifth wheel onto a trailer pad, right? It's not like a boat has brakes, good steering in reverse, backup cameras, or mirrors...and you can't stop and get out to see what's going wrong!



On the other hand, our average speed sailing halfway around the world was around 9 MPH, so things may move faster on the interstates...


Anyway, we're pretty excited about the whole prospect, though we're finding the idea of learning to drive a huge truck and a fifth wheel a bit daunting. And of course getting from "deposit" to "RV owner" and actually finding a truck still lie ahead of us.



I look forward to badgering everyone with a million newbie questions!
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Old 11-28-2021, 06:59 PM   #2
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Welcome landlubber! I've gotten used to a 20' trailer for the 2 of us (17.6' box), so a boat over 50' would be like Taj Mahal!
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Old 11-28-2021, 08:33 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum from New Jersey
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Old 11-28-2021, 09:15 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum! Biggest difference.... if you fall off your sailboat you go SPLASH! If you fall of your RV you go SPLAT!
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Old 11-28-2021, 09:40 PM   #5
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Welcome landlubber! I've gotten used to a 20' trailer for the 2 of us (17.6' box), so a boat over 50' would be like Taj Mahal!

From what we can see the 295QSL8 will be a fairly similar in space, even even more spacious than the boat. The major difference being that RVs are shaped like loaves of bread, not a horizontally sliced carrot with a pointy bit on the end!


I feel you though, my wife and I spent seven weeks touring south island NZ in a Toyota Hiace campervan. It was...cozy!
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Old 11-28-2021, 09:42 PM   #6
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Welcome to the forum! Biggest difference.... if you fall off your sailboat you go SPLASH! If you fall of your RV you go SPLAT!

The not floating away in the dark and drowning hundreds of miles offshore thing is a plus!
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Old 11-29-2021, 07:25 AM   #7
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Welcome to the forum. Enjoy and Later RD
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Old 11-29-2021, 08:30 AM   #8
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Welcome to the RV world. It will be a smooth transition for you. There are many similarities between marine and RV systems.
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Old 11-29-2021, 09:15 AM   #9
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A boat is a hole in the water you throw money into. An RV is called a land yacht for the same reason. Enjoy.
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Old 11-29-2021, 10:30 AM   #10
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and your boat is designed not to leak, can't say that much about RV's
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Old 11-29-2021, 10:41 AM   #11
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Congrats. Do both, get a truck camper and tow a sailboat.
lots of places to have your camper set up annually and have the boat docked/moored in the water. Also lots of options for portable sail kits to mount on about anything.
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Old 11-29-2021, 10:43 AM   #12
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Many similarities.
We grew up on the water. I got interested in RVs much later.
My uncle lived aboard boats in WA for over 20 years. He got a Class C which we called the "Land Yacht."

My favorite adage of all time for RVs comes from live aboard boat people.

6 for drinks
4 for dinner
2 for overnight.
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Old 11-29-2021, 05:26 PM   #13
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A boat is a hole in the water you throw money into. An RV is called a land yacht for the same reason. Enjoy.
My thinking was similar. My money goes into the hole in my driveway. No regrets whatsoever, however.
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