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What Class A, B or C RV would you recommend for dispersed camping in National Forests, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) etc.

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We would like to purchase an RV that is as short as possible but no more than 30 feet and has the following requirements:

1.     Cannot be a truck camper, travel trailer or 5th wheel as my wife wants to have access to the kitchen, refrigerator, and bathroom while I’m driving.  If the RV has slides, all of above items have to be              fully accessible when the slides are retracted.  

2.     A walk around queen bed of at least 76 inches long that does not fold or slide on top of itself and is not enclosed by a slide or walls.  We want to easily make the bed and have room to walk around          it easily.   We want a permanently made up bed that can be slept in and or take naps in without deploying the slide at rest areas.

3.     Fully enclosed and heated water, black and grey tanks with the black and grey drain inside an exterior storage cabinet.

4.     Sufficient ground clearance to drive on National Forest and BLM roads, navigate some pot holes, washboard, dips, etc. and be able to drive over the “culvert” to dispersed camping sites.  What RVs             are manufactured to better withstand this kind of use?

5.     Four season use.  We live in Colorado and do a fair amount of winter camping in the mountains.

6.     The RV does not need to have a slide.

7.     A reasonable amount of kitchen counter space for food preparation. 


Thanks for your suggestions.

Michael Trumbull & Joyce Michael

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Michael, Welcome to the FMCA Forum!

Well from your list, you sure need to have the shortest coach on the longest chassis so you do not get hung up in a culvert. A short Class A would offer the most storage space and interior room per foot. They also tend to have a little more road clearance. Need to keep the bumpers as close to the wheels as possible. Might want to include a winch setup and a strong rear hitch.

        The Four season item requires the ability to keep the water, gray and black tanks from freezing, this is the most challenging item on most small units. We have carried water in containers that can be stored inside and some antifreeze to add to the gray and black tanks to keep them from freezing as well as the drain traps. The Class A units also tend to have larger LP and gas tanks, with Gas Generators. That saves the LP for heat and cooking.

There are some units that are built more for wilderness camping, but you will need to prioritize some . Not everything fits in one box.  Might want to include some solar panels ether mounted or portable to have a secondary 12 volt backup system to help charge the batteries. 

Traveled around the West and camped on BLM sights plus Alaska - But not in the coldest part of Winter.


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