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07-25-2016, 04:57 PM
I’ve been following a recent thread… https://heartlandowners.org/showthread.php/61152-Talk-me-out-of-it

(https://heartlandowners.org/showthread.php/61152-Talk-me-out-of-it)Like many I started with a small RV and upsized… A slide in truck camper, 26ft TT, 32 ft TT, 38 ft TH and now a 44 ft TH.

My dilemma is the reverse, I’m thinkin’ smaller. Has anyone downsized their RV… Were there regrets or was it a success?

07-25-2016, 06:34 PM
Mike, we had (still own, but sitting on a consignment lot) a 42' Big Country 3950FB. After our wreck last September, we decided to go back down in size to a BC 3650RL. It is just under 40' and we could not be happier! Going down in size did take some adjusting but very doable.

07-25-2016, 07:51 PM
A friend of mine downsized from a fifth wheel to a class C sprinter. This did not work out at all -too small. He upsized to a class A.

07-25-2016, 10:34 PM
Mike and Helen, we just down sized from a 38' LM to a 35' 11" BH 3160. We don't miss the loss of 2 foot. We did go from a kings size bed to a queen, but we still have about the same floor area in the living room area. Traveling around and getting in and out of campsites is so much easier. So far so good.

07-26-2016, 05:21 PM
Here is our two cents on downsizing! We went from a TT to a 38' Big Horn 5th wheel, then to a 42' 5th wheel 2016 Big Horn 3875FB. We are fulltimers and living full time in the 42' 5th wheel was oh so spacious the front bath was amazing, BUT.......42' is just too big to fit into a lot of state parks as well as many other parks. We also have a motorcycle that we were towing on a swivel wheel trailer behind our 5th wheel that caused us undue stress when traveling.

We decided to trade the 42' 5th wheel for our current RV a 2017 Cyclone 3911JS which is 38' long - 11' garage 28' living space so that is a BIG DOWNSIZE from 42' of living space to 28'.

We could not be happier! It took a few months to adjust. The biggest downsize is lack of kitchen space.....but we remember that most toy haulers are for weekenders not fulltimers. We had so much room in the Big Horn kitchen. We purchased our toy hauler in April of this year and now it is the end of July and we have adjusted to 28' and it is PERFECT for us.

We still have the half bath in the garage and we have a rear patio and we spend a lot of time out there. I never in a million years would have thought the rear patio would be a good purchase but we love it. We sit out there watch TV we have so much privacy.

Lastly we have piece of mind that our Gold Wing travels in the garage when we are moving. We have spent this summer in Massachusetts workamping and enjoying riding on our days off. Come Labor Day we are heading to Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont before heading south to our home RV lot in Silver Springs, FL for the winter months to recover from a busy summer. Then next spring we leave Florida behind hoping for a volunteer position in SD and more riding!

We are MUCH happier in a 38' toy hauler than a bigger 5th wheel. Who knows if we ever give up riding we may downsize again!


07-26-2016, 10:39 PM
Our 34-footer would be too small to full time for two people . . .

One person . . . maybe!

But it is the perfect size for the way we camp now.