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One of the major considerations when choosing an RV or camper is what you plan to do with it. Some people are very clear about what they want; maybe they just want a weekend getaway, or maybe they plan to travel constantly as sort of a nomadic retirement. Others just want a large RV as a home in a retiree-filled RV resort.
But what do you do if you are still trying to see how your camping future might play out? If you're not at retirement age yet and are not determined to live on the road, choosing the size and amenities of the camper can be confusing. Other than budget and the ability to drive a large vehicle (always see about getting some driving lessons from an RV association or dealer if you have never gone near these before), look at these considerations to narrow down those choices.
Interior Storage Space
If you're not concerned about having a lot of stuff, you could go with a smaller camper, including small trailers or Class Bs. Camper vans could work, too. But always get measurements for the inside and see what built-in storage there is. It is very easy to underestimate what you have and overestimate how spacious it will be in the camper once everything is installed. And it's not just your books and clothes you need to fit in there. Will you want a small plug-in washer and dryer? How many small kitchen appliances will you want to keep with you? If your budget and driving skills can handle it, you may want to choose a camper that's a little larger than you think you'll need.
Bathing and Cooking
If you're going to be on the road and boondocking, or basically living away from power supplies for a while, you'll need adequate kitchen and bath space. It can get really tiresome to live off coffee and ramen noodles because all you have is an electric kettle. With a fuller kitchen and bath, you can have a relatively relaxed lifestyle. Also, without services to replenish water and empty tanks frequently, you'll need large storage tanks, too.
Camper Age and Resort Rules
If you're not ready to retire yet and want to travel with a camper, but you also think you'll want to retire to an RV community, pay attention to how many years you have until then. Many RV resorts restrict the ages of the RVs that park in the resort. If you buy a camper now and think that will be your home in 20 years, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise. In your case, you might want a small camper now, suitable for trips, and assume you'll have to buy a larger RV later, when you're ready to retire. It will be worth the extra money because you won't have to worry about resort vehicle age restrictions.
Many campers now run on 50 amps, and a lot of resorts have upgraded to offer this power instead of the older 30-amp provisions. However, some RV communities and state or national parks still run 30 amps. If you want to stay in areas where 30 amps is the most likely power supply, you've got to find a camper that will run on that amount of power.
It does sound like a lot, but a camper functions as a home, be it your main one or a weekend shelter. Luckily there are so many different models that you are likely to find the right one for you with little delay.