Since we moved into the camper, every time I talk to someone, the first thing they ask is "So, how do you like living in the camper?" my answer is always that we love it!
We planned the move for at least a year. We did tons of research, and by we I mean Paul! He used Truck Camper Magazine online to find quite a bit of information. They are a great resource for the truck camping world. He spent a lot of time researching the right truck, the right camper and all of the accessories. I sort of had my heart set on the camper we bought from the beginning; if we were going to live in one of the smallest Rvs, I wanted certain comforts. The slide-outs were important, they turn a tiny camper into an open comfortable small RV. Having a sofa with a footrest was also a nice feature. There was another manufacturer that also offered similar seating and looks more comfortable than ours, but their model had a wet bath. I preferred having the dry bath. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the terms, in a wet bath the whole room is the shower, you just pull the curtain around to keep things dry. In a dry bath, the shower basin is separate ,the cabinetry is nicer, and the shower has a swing out arm that keeps the curtain from touching you, a pet peeve of mine!
We looked at some Class C's (a small motorhome), but they all had the bed against a wall. Neither of us wanted to have to crawl over each other to get in and out.
Also we didn't want to have to drag a tow vehicle along as a way to get around without taking the whole rig. We can just push a button that lifts the camper off of the bed of the truck and drive the truck out. Although, we have found that driving around town with the camper isn't hard, if we don't stay somewhere long enough to warrant separating them. Paul can even do donuts around the fuel pumps to get the right one, no problem!
Having four wheel drive was also a deciding factor with going with a truck and camper. We have more options to boondock than most RVers. We have yet to travel down a dirt road to a remote spot, but I am looking forward to it! So far we've stayed in campgrounds and in my friends driveway. We are both ready to get out in the wilderness and enjoy the solitude. We added a couple of solar panels to keep the batteries charged and are thinking of adding a wind generator. Paul thinks we can go four days off grid before we have to dump tanks and fill the fresh water tank.
It's so nice to be able to clean the whole "house" in about 30 minutes. It'd be a lot easier without a shedding dog, but that's a price I'm willing to pay.
The small space hasn't been an issue, we spend a lot of time outside. I don't find it any different from when we lived in a house. Even then we were rarely in separate rooms. Now we just don't have the option. So far, so good!
So, with that all said, we feel like we made a great choice and are looking forward to Paul's retirement, so we can hit the open road!