So when we first started looking into living in an RV full time priority one was space, space for pets, for kids, for us and on and on it went. We were very close to settling on a model and getting out there to shop. Now for us this transition is most likely slated for early 2016, based on getting our house ready for sale, buying the RV, etc. So there is still plenty of time to get out there and see the new 2016 models that are being released. And when I did a random drive by of the RV we had decided on I noticed a new model was available and then I got over excited and was all, “I wonder if ALLLLLL the new models are available!!” and off with the google I went.
Now it was this foray into the google that made me realize maybe a 40′ RV is over kill. We were pretty stuck in the 38-39′ range with occasionally looking as long as 40′. Each one with more and more features. Then I stumbled upon an RV that seemed to have most of the things we wanted and it was *gasp* only 36′ long. So I found myself contemplating what my needs really were and what small living really means. Now I had the joy of measuring from my fence to my neighbors for entirely different reasons and it was 38″ so I have a very good idea of exactly how big that is. Now I also will still be owning a small home so storage isn’t a big issue here. Our two biggest space requirements are a. A bunkhouse and b. A washer dryer. Now I have had the pleasure of having my dryer break recently and have come to realize a washer dryer during the week is nice but definitely not needed. The bunkhouse on the other hand pretty important. Being this is a majority living time arrangement I would be remiss for the kids to not have their own space.
Now 36′ is still giant but it is also the cut off for access to a lot of places. And at the end of the day if I have a 40′ RV I don’t bring anywhere because its a hassle, why am I not just living in a small house? I mean seems obvious right? So its becoming about finding a blend between convenience and portability. Once I came to terms with small living, I had to realize if you are small living in the largest possible space for your lifestyle, is that really small living at all? So a portable washer that can be stowed underneath. A bunkhouse that is space efficient, less living room seating because really? How many couches do you need and we are now trying for 36′ or less. If I could downsize even more I would, but then we lose independent sleeping spaces and just no with kids, pets and cramped quarters everyone needs to feel like they have some kind of space that is just for them specifically the wee one. Below are some of the RV layouts we’ve considered.