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I’ve discussed before some of the reasons that we’d like to purchase an RV and live in it full-time. Towards that, we have plenty of discussions about this very topic and the other day, we sat down and discussed in-depth our likes/dislikes and wants/needs when it comes to finding the RV for us. We figured that it’d be great to have this list as we work towards purchasing our RV for full-time living. So, without further ado, here’s our list of requirements in an RV (along with a few small explanations) 🙂
- Diesel Class A – a longer lasting engine, with higher performance and power, also gas mileage is usually better (especially when towing). We’d also like our first RV to be between 32 and 34ft as we feel anything longer would be more difficult to navigate, especially in state/federal parks. Anything much smaller would likely not support the actual layout we prefer.
- Self-Contained – enables “boondocking” and less reliance on RV parks. With this, we realize that more than likely we will be adding things to increase our abilities, but having a Diesel generator is a good start! A 1,500W (or higher) Inverter will aid in AC to DC power, etc. A satellite and/or cellular reception antenna is also good for ensuring we can stay connected while on the road. Solar panels would be nice to have, but we know we might just need to purchase and install them ourselves. Extra house batteries are also helpful, obviously for power to general things while on the road and while “boondocking”.
- Durable Structure – to allow us better ability to experience all of the seasons. There, of course, is some winterizing that will need to be done for long stays in cold climates. A durable structure helps with this.
- 2 AC units, or at least 1 Large AC unit – there will be a need to keep cool while traveling in hot places!
- Furnace with basement heat – diesel engines need to stay warm, especially when it’s cold. Besides, a furnace will help keep us warm when it’s cold!
- Large holding tanks – our preference would be 90/60/30 or something close to that. Again, we can go for longer without having to search for a dump station.
- Lots of outside/basement storage – ’nuff said!
- Outside shower – for “boondocking”, as gray water doesn’t necessarily need to be taken to a dump station. Of course, responsibility with the gray water is important as well. Outside showers are also helpful for basic things, like spraying something/someone off before entering the RV, etc.
- 50amp electrical service – more amps=more power and more things going at once!
- Leveling jacks – hydraulic is preferred, though any will do. This will be important for the refrigerator to operate effectively and to also simply keep the RV pretty stable when parked.
- Back-up camera – obviously we don’t want to back into anything with our nice RV, duh!
For space reasons, I’ve created two posts. Find our layout preferences here.
Anyone think we left something off our list that we likely will need to have while living in an RV full-time?