Full timing in a smallish van

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  1. wanderer086

    wanderer086 Read Only Funster

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    we live in our motorhome.
    We have been fulltiming in an old Hymer S555 which measures 19ft long. Being new to the site I checked for people living in vans and they all seem to be in vans that are a lot bigger than this. Are there any people out there who are in smaller vans?

    We have been fulltiming for 3years and love it. The only drawback that we have found is, we never have any holidays!!!
     
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    Hi wanderer086 and :welcome:to MHFun.:thumb:
    Seems that life is one big long holiday for you.:BigGrin:
    Just remember size isn't important.:Wink::Rofl1:
     
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    Hi Wanderer, I think you should full time in the smallest vehicle that you can live with. Then you are not restricted in your choice of wanderings. In Spain especially I have seen little vans with full-timers parked up in well hidden spots overlooking sea or lakes, makes me really jealous, especially as in Spain as I will be in a 34ft RV and live outside it only going in to sleep, (may as well have a tent) However for me, in not so sunny climes, with a large family, a small van would be hell on earth:Smile:
     
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    That's exactly what we have found.. three years on and one of the many reasons we are going back to bricks and mortar ..

    Living in a van is not the same as taking holidays in one.. we are going to downsize and do more trips with a smaller van..
     
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    Hi and welcome , we also fulltime and over a 5-6 year period constantly changed our van supposedly as upgrades -always bigger . The best van was the first one Dethleffs 6501 Swedish spec. ie bloody superb heating system . The moral of my prattling is the grass is most definitely not always greener. We started at about 21' rising to 25' couldn't park apart from campsite started towing motorbikes then 1 bike and 1 car etc etc. The larger you go it can cause you complications ....it all depends on you at the end of the day. As a final comment i sold my last motorhome and was enticed by the living space that a 5th wheeler gives , i just hope we are finally settled on what is right for US . Enjoy it Alan
     
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    We are currently 4 months in to our year fulltiming (although it will be longer if I have my way :Smile: ) in a Mondial which is 20ft long.

    Really the only thing we would change is having to make up the bed every day if fulltiming permanently but so far it has been fine and we feel completely at home here. I've been surprised how little we've missed our house.
     
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    We live in our fifth wheel and also have a truck camper. Sometimes we go away in the fifth wheel, but mostly it's in the truck camper, we call that our holiday home, same vehicle used for both. When we retire, we intend spending our summer time in the fifth wheel in the UK and then in the winter take the truck camper into Europe. We have very secure storage sorted for one while we are in the other at £228.00 per year.

    Nigel and Pamala
     
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    Hi wanderer086

    WELCOME to the fun.:Wink:

    Plenty of people are never happy with what they have chosen, I guess it does not matter what size van you have as long as it's right for you and does all you want, in which case you are happy.:RollEyes:

    Long may you continue to enjoy it.


    Dave:thumb::thumb:
     
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    Hi Wanderer

    Welcome to the forum! :thumb:

    As long as your van ticks all your boxes then you have the perfect vehicle.

    Enjoy! (Sounds like you already are) :Smile:

    Paul
     
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    Welcome from me too :thumb: Long may you enjoy :BigGrin:
     
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    Welcome :BigGrin:

    We half time - six months away, six months home. Our van is 5.64 metres long but has a fixed full-size (pull down) permanent bed that does not preclude someone being in the living quarters when pulled down, a dinette, separate shower, fully winterised, and a high degree of independence (on board genny, 150L water tank.)

    It works fine for us - and we changed from a 32-foot RV and car. The flexibility allows us to tour at will and park where we like. It's a different form of motorhoming but now we prefer it.

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    This could prove an interesting thread.

    On my proposed early retirement plan i'm currently torn between 'downsizing' to a small flat (if i manage to sell my house), and going for a small camper/mh and just going away for a few months. Or having no flat at all and going for a large (ish) but useable motorhome which would be more liveable 24/7.

    Whilst the internal space given by RV's is well known, i've ruled those out of the equation due to too many minus points.....weight, site restrictions, not to mention appalling fuel consumption figures.

    Must admit though, i take my hat off to anyone able to live 24/7 in 19ft of mh.
     
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    But we do it every winter, our MH is 21.5 ft, are we full/part timers then? It can be easy to expand your living space with the likes of awnings or even trailers carrying not only your car but plenty of other odds & ends, & not give up the freedom of the smaller MH.
     
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    Hi wanderer 086, :welcome: to Motorhome Fun. I got talking to a full timer at Stratford Show, he and his wife were very nice and live in a little Hymer, and they always Marshall the shows on the Hymer Rallies,:Wink: would that be you.:BigGrin: If not you will have to look out for them.:thumb: Bob.
     
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    Part timer.

    Fulltime is 24/7 365 days a year.
     
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    IMHO it's not so much about length, it's more about layout. I've been fulltiming since Dec 07 in an Adria @23' long. It has a fixed rear bed which is in a way, wasted living space.
    My next van will be an A class with a pull down bed, a large lounge at the rear, and probably no more than 20' long, maybe even less.
    I'm looking around for a newish LHD version but they are like hens teeth, extremely rare.

    Pete:Cool:
     
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    I've nearly finished converting mine and was thinking about it and have a few ideas about how to survive and where to park etc, I have a good job and also do contract work so would have to tow my estate car and look for somewhere to stay its either that or quit the job do full time contracting and my other ideas.

    I will decide when I've finished the conversion and been out in it a few times to get used to it and make sure everything is how i want it.

    But i dont think you cxan full time when you know at the back of your head you have a house or flat to run back to
     
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    Hi we went out one night for drinks with a couple who had done 3 years in a transit self convertion and that was in spain with no intention to go home long may they roam. Pete:thumb::thumb:
     
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    Count your blessings

    I envy you, we lived for a year in a little old Sherpa Newlander on the drive of a house we were renovating. I wish we hadn't bothered with the house, I loved living in the van even when we didn't go anywhere! One thing I lreally appreciated was that I could clean the whole thing top to bottom in an hour - even the ceiling - and that was my housework done for the week, apart from sweeping. :Smile:
    I'd live in one again like a shot if only my husband would! So many places beckon!
     
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    So when did they get tax, mot and insurance........or maybe just simply didn't bother?
     
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