What is the best rv for permanent living? You might be surprised!

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Whenever you decide that it is time to live in an rv, you will have to decide what the best rv for your situation is. The first thing to consider is how much space you need. Of course, the bigger the better but this also depends on where you live and if there are other people living with you. If not, then getting your own bedroom might be overkill. Below we will be going over all you need to know about living in an rv permanently and which rvs can be great for that purpose.

Which rv is best for individual permanent living?

To this question i would have to say it depends on the indivuals preference. The most important thing to look at when deciding on your options are the size of the rv. Some people, for example, might want a big kitchen whereas others will feel uncomfortable in really big spaces. It also depends on what you are using it for. If its just to live in while you are not on holiday or traveling around then getting an smaller or more compact rv is preferable over something larger.

Winnebago Minnie Winnie

minnie winnie rv

This rv has a starting price of around $120,000. There are 6 different floorplans to choose from depending on your needs and who will be using it. It is a very stylish rv with an exterior made of aluminum siding that has been color keyed to match the fiberglass front cap, which is where you get inside.

The interior of the Minnie Winnie is really nice! It features a standard U-shaped dinette, a sofa bed in the rear tri-fold lounge and so much more! There are 2 bedrooms available to choose from the front master bedroom or a bunk room with 4 bunks. I think these options also depend on how many people you have in your family/group.

  • Rear Bedroom
  • Sofa/Bed
  • Cabover Bunk
  • Glass-Covered Oven
  • Radio/Rearview Monitor System
  • Dopuble-Door Refrigerator
  • Stainless Steel Sink
  • Recessed 3-Burner Range
  • U-shaped Dinette
  • Theater Seating
  • 1000W Inverter
  • Second Coach Battery
  • Powered Patio Awning
  • FloorPlans 22M 22R 25B 26T 31H 31K
    Exterior Height 10'11" (A)/11' 10'11" (A)/11' (B) 11' 11' 11' 11'
    Exterior Length 24'5" 23'10" 26'4" 28'5" 32'9" 32'9"
    Exterior Width 8'5.5" 8'5.5" 8'5.5" 8'5.5" 8'5.5" 8'5.5"

    Things to consider when choosing a rv for permanent living

    There are many things you need to consider when choosing an rv for you to live in permanently. Here are some things you should think about when buying your future home on wheels.

  • Storage Capacity
  • An rv can provide storage space but it is important to know how much you need to bring if you’re going to be living there long-term. The more stuff you have, the less space available for each person so it is important to carefully think about what your necessities are and what can be packed up and left behind. Your storage capacity also determines how many people live in a rv if they have a lot of belongings like furniture, clothes etc. If they don’t own too much stuff, then overcrowding may not be an issue.

  • Amenities
  • The amenities that each rv provides are different depending on the model. Most of them will come equipped with bathrooms, kitchens, and appliances like TVs, DVD players etc. will differ depending on the rv you’ve chosen to live in. Each one has different items available which means that if you don’t want something extra then it could be left out entirely. Choosing an rv with as many amenities as possible will make your life somewhat easier while you are living in one.

  • RV Living Costs
  • The costs associated with rv living varies depending on the size of your rv, what amenities it has etc. However some examples can include RV park fees which may be required to have a space where you can park your rv; fuel for traveling; food and other expenses like medical if needed, personal hygiene products etc. Electricity is usually available at parks and campsites but again this will depend on each individual place.

  • Warranty
  • Not all mobile homes are eligible for mobile home warranty coverage. Some factors that may affect eligibility include:

    • The age of the mobile home
    • The condition of the mobile home
    • The manufacturer of the mobile home
    • The location of the mobile home


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  • Size
  • The size of the rv is important because if it’s not big enough for you then it wont be comfortable enough, but keep in mind that bigger isn't always better. If you buy a massive 50ft motorhome than maybe it will be too much space for just one person, so try to consider how many people might use the house and what they might need room for.

  • Weight
  • The weight of an rv can have an impact on gas mileage and depends on what you are planning on doing with your new home. An extra 500 pounds may not seem like much but it will have a big impact over time which will cost you more money. You should use our weight calculator to see how heavy your rv is compared to its size so you can plan accordingly.

  • Sleeping Capacity
  • This factor covers what kind of sleeping arrangements are available in the house whether it’ comfortable enough for everyone living there. You should ask whether or not the rv will have room for all the permanent residents that you plan on bringing with you.

    Benefits of living in an RV Permanently

    There are many different benefits to living in an rv. These benefits will be listed in detrail below.

    • Living in an rv is much cheaper than living in a house. If you don’t own the land that your home sits on then this will be especially useful to you.
    • You can move around and go where ever you like, when ever you like without the risk of breaking any contracts or struggling to pay rent month by month.
    • The initial price may seem expensive but it is actually cheaper if you have been paying high prices for rent before this point.
    • RVs are easy to move from place to place. This means that if there is some sort of natural disaster which makes an area unsafe, then within a few hours it can be moved into a safer location. This also means that there is no issue with moving out of ones home if it is not to your taste anymore.
    • The main investment you will have to make when moving into an rv is replacing furniture, which can be costly but it does mean that you get exactly what you want rather than using the same old things day in and day out.
    • Again, storage should not be a problem as there are many areas within the vehicle where belongings can be stored without them getting in the way or hampering movement around the vehicle.
    • You get more personal growth opportunity living in an rv as you are constantly on the move, meeting new people and seeing new places.
    • When thinking about costs, it is important to note that if you do not want to travel you can simply stay put at one location for free - there are many rest stops across the country where you will be able to park your vehicle without having to pay. You will of course have more expenses when staying at a gym or caravan site but this option does give you more of a chance to spend time with other rv owners which can make for some great friendships.

    Drawbacks of living in an RV Permanently

    Just like there are many advantages or benefits to living in an rv, there are also some drawbacks or disadvantages.

    • For example, when you live in an rv you will not have access to a bathtub so you will only be able to take showers and sponge baths depending on the type of rvc you choose. For many people this is just fine but for others this can be a little annoying and if you have small children they may find it difficult taking a bath in the sink instead of their regular tub.
    • Another drawback is that since the main source of heat in most rvs is through the use of propane gas there may be times where your vehicle runs out of fuel at inconvenient moments - such as when it's cold outside or during a storm.
    • The cost to get all the amenities that you are used to at home is very expensive since most rvs can't be hooked up to public water or electricity.
    • The cost of having an rv built out for permanent living can also be very costly depending on the type of material you choose.
    • Running out of potable water can be a major problem as well unless you bring along your own water supply and then having to deal with the waste - which can also be very costly to dispose of properly in some places.
    • If you plan on living in an rv park (or any park for that matter) then make sure to clear it with the owners before paying lots of money to have an rv built out for this purpose.
    • If you are thinking about living in an rv permanently - make sure your family is on board with the plan and willing to give up all their luxuries at home (like a bathroom).
    • Living in an rv permanently can be very rewarding if you do your research and find out what works best suited for you and your family.
    • Some rvs are also very poorly insulated, causing them to heat up quickly when trying to save energy. They lack built-in insulation or interior wall protection against heat loss due to temperature differentials, they require plenty of auxiliary heating.

    If you want to live in an rv full-time, then do your research about what equipment is best for you and be persistent to find the best price on the equipment that you need.


    Living in an rv permanently can be rewarding, but it's important to do your research so you know what is best suited for your family. You also need to be persistent when finding the best equipment at the best possible price. Being fully prepared for full-time rv living is the key to being comfortable when the time comes.

    If you do the research and are persistent in finding good deals on the equipment that's right for your family, full-time rv living could be a satisfying experience.

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