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Full-Time RVer Newsletter #36, August 17, 2022

Volume 2. Issue 36
Welcome to the Full-Time RVer Newsletter, published every other Wednesday by Here you’ll find helpful RV-related and full-time RV living tips from the pros, travel advice, and anything else of interest to full-timers or those who aspire to be. Thanks for joining us. We appreciate you. Please tell your friends about us.

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“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ―Desmond Tutu

Could you ‘full-time’ in a 17-foot travel trailer?

By Randall Brink
It’s a perennial question: “Would I be better off with a smaller RV?” Like boat people, RVers tend to progress through a somewhat predictable series of ever-larger RVs until they have reached the pinnacle of RV ownership: the coach that’s too big for them. I have done this with boats and RVs and then survived the downsizing experience. You can, too. Should you?

I reached the pinnacle in a 40-foot Foretravel, which suddenly became much too big for me due to life changes. Needing to get it right the first time, I did a prodigious amount of research on downsizing. (Read more about my experience downsizing here.)

At first, the temptation was to downsize a little, not a lot. An epic downsize seemed like perhaps too radical a step. But then logic caught up with the dizzying array of choices in the RV world. I realized that to downsize genuinely, one must fully downsize—create the ideal RV in the smallest form factor possible. In short, I chose a Casita travel trailer. It is 17 feet long. It has about 63 sq. ft. of interior living space. When I brought it home, I immediately realized what a colossal blunder I had made.

Or had I?

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Did you miss last weekend’s RV Travel newsletters?

If so, here is some of what you missed…


Some of these articles are from past issues of and have been updated for this newsletter. 

Why go small? This time we’re looking at the case for owning a small RV

By Tony Barthel
Recently Mike Sherman, full-time RVer and Honorary Correspondent at, made a very good case for the reasons to go big and have a larger RV. I saw that and, as a small trailer enthusiast, I wanted to share my thoughts on why I think small trailers have the advantage.

Readers answer: How do you let another RVer know they need to stop to check their rig?

By Gail Marsh
I wrote an article asking readers to tell us how they signal to another RVer that s/he must stop to attend to an issue with their rig. I mentioned our difficulty in getting the attention of someone when on the road. The article also demonstrated the difficulty of communicating just why the other RVer should stop. Once again, our readers came through with some interesting stories of their own as well as some suggestions for “universal warning signals.” Here are a few.

Car generator can substitute for portable generator in emergency

An innovative product originally designed to provide power directly from vehicle engines to recreational vehicles while camping off-grid could literally be a lifesaver for those without power in storm-ravaged areas. … Continue reading for a list of advantages of the CarGenerator™ over traditional gas-powered generators.

Reader poll

Quick tip

Mystery holding tank smells?

Got a stinky RV and can’t seem to locate the responsible party? Sometimes the “air admittance valve” that prevents a vacuum from forming when you run water down the sink or shower stall goes “gunnybag” and allows gray water tank smells to come back into the coach. Look for these little valves under your sink. They’re an inexpensive replacement item from hardware stores like Home Depot or also Amazon. As you can see from the picture, they simply unscrew from the plumbing system with a standard “righty-tighty, lefty-loosey” twist.

Lesser-known leaf-peeping spots you don’t want to miss on your travels

By Gail Marsh
The Northeastern part of the U.S. is not the only place to enjoy fall colors! Yes, Maine, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, and all the rest are great! Really great! Leaf peeping in the Northeast needs to be on your “bucket list.” No doubt about that! But if you can’t make that trip this year, consider lesser-known but stunning places like these. Wow!

Video: Transform RV bedroom into office. No tools or screws needed

In case you missed this in our RV Daily Tips Newsletter, let us remind you of this: A growing number of people are turning to RVing not only for recreation but as a place to live and work from remotely. Josh Winters is seeing an increasing number of requests for RV office spaces. In this video, he quickly demonstrates how an RV with a bunkhouse bedroom might be repurposed into a surprisingly functional office space quickly, easily, and with nearly no cost or modifications to the RV required. Watch the video here.

A veterinarian’s warning: Beware popular dog toys!

Read about the distressing experience of our Pet Vet, Karel Carnohan, DVM, with her dog, Mango. And learn from this story so your pet, and you, don’t have to go through what they did! Read all about Mango here.

Your assignment

What advice would give an aspiring full-time RVer?

From the editors: We asked our readers this question. Here is one response: 

“Plan at least a year in advance. There are so many practical items to arrange before you ‘hit the road.’

“Think about the storage of things you want to keep, online banking, medical appointments, electronics in your RV (for communications and entertainment), how/where you will do holidays, mail service, state of residency, wills and trusts (legal arrangements, just in case), pet travel, cooking/eating. So much to do, but sooooo worth it! Give yourself time to plan and get to it!” —Lynn Vander Hoeck

Done reading? Not so fast! You still have today’s RV Daily Tips Newsletter to read, too! It’s a good one!

Featured recipe

Frozen Fruit Salad
by Holly Deshane from Brewer, ME

Frozen fruit salad is a very old-fashioned recipe. This is a tangy and sweet treat filled with bits of delicious fruit. It can be served as a fruit salad or a dessert. Perfect addition to brunch, luncheons, or any occasion really.

Click here for the recipe

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1 month ago

I have to chime in here on RV size and if it will work for you. I have a 21 foot bunk model and I thought yeah going solo will work. I turned the table area into a sofa style and use the bunks for storage. Until you get visitors. Then it becomes like a 21 foot square that everyone is bumping into each other and you have no space. So with husband coming next year to work for a month at the seasonal place I am at I said O this not going to work. I have had my eye on a 25 foot jayco that will work and saw it about 2 years ago and said this will work if I need it. My car will tow it to the site and there it will stay. The model I am looking at is a 212qb with living space at one end and the bedroom on the other and kitchen and bathroom in the middle. I saw it and said O this will work. Now that the family is home doing what ever I am realizing I need better space then this. So next year when I come back I will be getting this model to live out of for the summer.

1 month ago
Reply to  jillie

as an addendum? I will be keeping the bunk model for short trips but use the other one will become permanent on our seasonal site. So as for size? Look at the floor plans and sit in it before you buy. Need to say to yourself. Can I really live out of this for a few months? As for me? I am ready to bug out and head home. I am done living out this one. Even though I love the trailer.

Larry Lee
1 month ago

With real estate they say it’s Location! Location! Location! So with Fulltime RV’ing it’s Attitude! Attitude! Attitude!
We met a couple while camping a few years back. They had sold their house and bought their motorhome the week before. They had done almost no preplanning! Just knew they wanted to travel fulltime, hit retirement and “pulled the trigger”. So we planned on spending the evening with them giving them our best advice. WRONG! They explained to us that they did not want to know what to do and how best to do it. They had in mind to enjoy the adventure, learning as they went along, solving each new problem in its time and , as they put it, “keeping it new every day”. Wow. That is when we got our best advice from them!
We no longer worry in advance, but wait for each day’s adventure to come to us without anxiety over all the many possibilities of things which could go wrong. Attitude makes all the difference.
Yes, I do have a checklist I use before pulling out of our campsite

1 month ago

I think all the answers in the survey could be full timers. Definately an opinion question. But if that’s your only home I would say you’re full timing.

1 month ago

Defining “full time RVers”. Are we trying to develop another “protected class” for Washington to create?

Selene Montgomery
1 month ago

I believe a full-time RVer is one who no longer has a house or apartment to live in, and lives in their RV full-time, whether they’re moving or not.

1 month ago

That pretty much sums it up for me as well.

1 month ago

Aspiring Full Timers, knowing about an RV and basics first would really help you. Do your research on the one your liking, if haven’t gotten one yet. YouTube videos and ask questions. I have read many have no idea on how to empty their tanks or even where are they. You will really help yourselves by learning. Join groups and ask questions. Good luck.

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