Choosing an RV can be a daunting process. In our post Finding the Perfect RV, we provided tips to help you narrow down the list. Now it’s time to take the next step.
Dealing with a hot RV market
RV sales are hot with no immediate end in sight. Many buyers have been committing to a purchase sight unseen as the units they are looking for have to be ordered. Units are leaving lots as soon as they arrive. Plan ahead and be prepared for this situation. This can cause a bit of apprehension, but informing yourself as much as possible before making a commitment will help immensely.
We bought our Little Guy Max in 2018. This was our first RV and we dove straight in to working on the road and traveling full-time. After six months, we had gained enough confidence and were curious about whether or not a larger rig would suit our needs better and tried a used class A. We decided our initial instincts were correct and we went back to our Little Guy Max. This gave us a good frame of reference when considering the pros and cons of our trailer. We use it more than the average user and have really put it through its paces.
Deciding what is most important
The biggest lesson (and often the most difficult) to learn is what features are most important to you and what can you live with? If you can find an RV that has everything you love and nothing you dislike – great! But you’ll often find its a matter of compromise.
The best and the worst features of the Little Guy Max
Here it is. We are laying it out as we see it to help you make a more informed decision.
If you are considering a Little Guy and still have questions, let us know!
There are many approaches, steps and practices when it comes to maximizing your space when living tiny. We’ve boiled it down to two tiny home tips to consider when making any upgrade, modification or hacks to your RV, trailer or tiny home and then we will show you examples on how we have applied them to our Little Guy Max travel trailer.
Tip #1: Reduce Clutter
Easier said than done, right? You would think being in a tiny space would make it easier to keep things looking nice because the space is….well, smaller. Smaller space equals smaller mess? Quite the opposite! In a small space, even one thing out of place can ruin the look and feel of your environment.
Tip #2: Easy access
Keeping items within easy reach is key and use your vertical space! This holds especially true for items you use regularly. It can be tempting to cram as much as you can into every nook and cranny so you can keep your ‘stuff’. But…. if you have to pull ten things out every time you need to get something, you’re frustration will start to build.
Table can also easily be raised and used as a stand-up workstation
Table can be lowered so dinette can still be used as a bed
Smaller tabletop size provides more room (tip: think outside the box…our tabletop is from an Ikea nesting table set. The odd shape provides the space we need but more flexibility in the space).
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Not a fan of glass shower doors?
If your shower door is glass, using a frosted or decorative film over the glass makes the area more visually appealing.
Use your vertical space to keep clutter at bay! We used some decorative hooks to hang our towels and keep them close at hand. Did you know that sarongs dry you off just as well as a towel and they dry in a fraction of the time? This helps reduce that moldy smell and also takes up much less space.
Our tiny wetbath doesn’t have a storage cabinet or shelf to store our toiletries. We used to keep them in bins in one of our cabinets in the main living area, but it was a hassle to always remember to dig them out, carry them into the shower and then try to figure out where to keep them during a shower. That problem is solved with this wall-mount shower dispenser. Now our soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotions are all a press of a button away!
When counter space is a premium, control the clutter by mounting a soap dispenser. Keeping ours close to the sink allows quick and easy access to wash dishes as well as your hands. Bonus tip: Use a product like Dr. Bonner’s soap which is multi-purpose as well as environmentally friendly.
Save space (and broken dishes) with these durable kitchen items
Everything we need for plates, bowls, cups and utensils fit easily into one small drawer. If you are looking for dishes for your RV, remember they get bounced around a lot during travel. We opted for stainless steel set from Wealers as they are durable and stack into a nice carry bag, which reduces them moving around as we travel. We each have a pack that holds our utensils, which makes it easy to set up at mealtime as well as storage.
No one likes to look at trash and we have no idea why most RVs don’t have a dedicated space for it. For the first six months, we would use small plastic grocery bags and hung them on the door. Not only was it unsightly, but the dogs would often go after it. Install a small trash bin on a pull-out tray and you won’t regret it.
The dreaded east/west or corner bed issue solved: maximizing your space to another level
Everyone we have ever talked to that has an east/west or corner bed (beds that have one side against the wall) all agree that they are a pain to make. We agree. Now throw in the dreaded pet hair on a bed that is difficult to make and it can be enough to make you say “I give up”. You are not destined to have a messy, hairy bed…..
We covered our mattress with this indoor/outdoor daybed cover set from ProlineMax. The dogs jump on it to their hearts content all day and all I have to do is brush it off. Muddy feet? Just wipe it off. No messy bed to look at all day. In the large pillows we store our bedding. Bonus?? We store extra jackets and blankets in the long bolster pillows!
Part II of the bedding solution. When it’s time to go to bed, we pull out our sleeping bag from Sylvansport from one pillowcase and our pillows from the other. Not only does this help manage pet hair on our bedding, it takes two minutes to set up the bed and two minutes to put it all away.