RV FLOOR PLANS AND IDEAS FOR LIVING SMALL

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Find yourself drawn to RV floor plans and imagining how you and yours might fit into that space on a full-time basis? You're not alone. Today, well over one million people in the United States have abandoned their stick-built houses in favor of a home on wheels.

Instead of a mortgage and maintenance, Americans are finding a new kind of freedom! The open road, traveling in comfort, seeing places we've only read about or seen in movies, experiencing diversity ... in culture, terrain and climate.

Living in an RV full-time is a dream come true for many, many people. And many others are finding it their only option.

Either way, it's important to check out a variety of RV floor plans before you get the one that's right for you. What seemed like enough room at first may become confining after a few days or weeks, or that spacious RV floor plan with all the bells and whistles soon becomes a real pain to operate and drive. So how do you select that perfect one?

To jump-start your quest, remember there are 3 basic types or classifications of RVs. First, you need to decide what lights your fire. With the information below, hopefully you'll be able to decide what style, class and rv floor plan works for you.

Motorhomes

Class A, are the largest and best equipped. Some of the ones in this class are converted buses! These are the ones you see celebrities traveling in.

Class B; are the ones that are built on van frames with built-in beds, small kitchens and bathrooms (usually toilet and sink only). One or two people can live quite comfortably in some of these.

Class C; are also usually built on a van frame but look like trucks or vans with a camper attached. They can be larger than Class B's and may even be as long as some Class A's.

Towables

Within this category are two distinct types; trailers that are towed behind trucks, vans or suv's by use of ball-type trailer hitches and 5th wheels, which are pulled by trucks (usually larger trucks) by attaching a goose neck to a large hitch in the middle of the truck bed. Fifth wheels can only be pulled by trucks.

Truck Campers

These are those camper shells that fit in the beds of pickups. Sometimes they have an extension over the truck cab (cab-overs) and can also imploy pop-ups, slide outs and tent attachments to extend the living space. Truck campers, as the name implies, are generally not the best solution for comfortable full-time living, but today lots of folks are doing just that.

Before You Buy:

1 Peruse eBay Motors and Google. Spend a day or two just searching and browsing. Use the info above to check out the size, style and other things you deem important. You'll get a good idea of what you need, want and will settle for.

2 Rent an RV for a week or two. Before you buy, rent. Get a feel for what features you like and don't like and how much horizontal and vertical space you really need to live a comfortable lifestyle.

3 Arrange for a swap. Before you sell your house and buy your RV, make a trade-off with someone who owns their

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own RV. Ask around work and your family. Go on Craigslist. Let them stay in your home for a week or two and experience your hometown while you take their RV out on the road for a vacation. You'll get a chance to experience life in an RV firsthand and make a list of the must-have features you'll want to get in your own RV before you make your purchase.

4 Visit lots and lots and lots of RV lots. Pick up brochures, check out the RV floor plans in the brochures and online, and make lots of notes on them about what you like, don't like, or absolutely must have. But more importantly, get inside those RVs and experience them. Check them out personally. Sit down and feel the chairs and the bed. Reach around you and experience the space. Open up all of the storage spaces and imagine what you would put into each.

5 Make a list of the necessities you absolutely cannot live without and create a plan for where those items will fit into your RV floor plan. You'll learn to pare down and make difficult choices about what you really do and do not need. You'll also begin to experience the RV lifestyle mentally if not physically in preparation for when your dream does come true.

Even if you find this is not the route for you and go back to living "stuck to the ground" as one full-timer put it (referring to houses), this is a great way to assess the worth of your possessions and release your hold on materialism. And it's a fantastic way to free your spirit and live the life ... on wheels!