Everyone knows the three L’s in real estate: location, location, location. In choosing a motorhome, a different three L’s apply: lifestyle, lifestyle, lifestyle! The most common mistake in selecting a rig is not matching it with lifestyle, i.e. the highly mobile adventure seeker’s needs are completely different than a semi-permanent snowbird residence. Having spent nearly a decade in real estate and now living in a motorhome full-time, I am using this perspective to tackle the age old question in every new RV’ers mind: Which rig is right for me?
Less is more sometimes, and more can be limiting. The many cases, the larger the rig, greater the limitations and expense. Many of the National Parks and most scenic campgrounds were not designed to accommodate large rigs and do not accept them. In the west, it is frequent to find mountain passes with size limits. Some of the best nooks and crannies in cross-country road travel cannot be easily accessed by large rigs. Large rigs also have higher fuel and maintenance costs; tires to general service cost more. Smaller motorhomes can show up to most Jiffy Lube’s or service stations and get in and out quickly at comparable prices to a pick up truck. Large rigs, especially diesels, need a specialty shop generally by appointment, which can be a hassle. Smaller the rig the more easily it will handle two lane twisty roads and city streets, which is an advantage. Smaller rigs are less conspicuous for stealth camping* and to fit in a friend’s or relative’s driveway. More times than not, when we hear complaints about size it is because the person bought too big, not too small. Bigger may be better when stationary for long periods, large families, and stays at traditional RV parks and campgrounds.