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Old 02-23-2019, 12:27 AM   #1
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My husband and I recently traded in a 29' 2015 Thor Ace for a 35' 2019 Montana 305rl. We are planning a 400 mile road trip this spring, from Arizona through Utah, Idaho, Montana, the Dakotas, back through Colorado, New Mexico, then home. We want to be gone until Arizona cools back down to the 90's! We are thrilled with the additional living space, but really REALLY miss all the extra storage space the Thor Ace had. No more loft, and since we put in a generator, we only have the only one big basement, but no additional basement cubbies, no useable cabinets near the stove, no storage above the bed, no storage under the couch, or dinette chair storage either. The gained floor space is basically a wash, because now we have trunks for our work computers, monitors and for our hobbies in the living room. The storage compartments above the couch are too high to reach and too small to put things like monitors in. I loved the fireplace at first, but now I'm thinking that it would be better to take it out and replace it with a cabinet. Is anyone else feeling a space crunch?
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Old 02-23-2019, 08:24 AM   #2
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We are TOTAL full timers in our 3791RD and actually have more storage than we need. BTW, the is no such thing as part time full time. Have fun and be safe! BTW we don't even have a storage locker/building.
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Old 02-23-2019, 10:36 AM   #3
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During half the year, winter times, we only head out for a week at a time, every other week or so. We use the cooler months to do home and yard maintenance. As soon as the warmer weather comes, we pack up and head out to BLM land, our property up north, or road trips and don't return for 6-7 months. That's my favorite time of the year! So, while technically and semantically there may not be such a thing as "Part Time Full Timers", that's how we best describe ourselves.
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Old 02-23-2019, 11:38 AM   #4
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Old 02-23-2019, 12:05 PM   #5
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Earz, we live in Mesa. But in 13 years of Monty owning, my wife and I have not been able to exceed 89 days during the summer (except 1 year and by 2 days only!!). Maybe too much togetherness!! Of course we travel and don't sit in one spot too often - I think we average 45-60 stops in 89 days. Wife thinks maybe if we slow down, she could tolerate me for longer!! We usually hit the midwest and Cody, Wy area to see relatives, so that kind of forces us to drive quite a bit. And this summer/fall my daughter and son-in-law will probably be in Fort Bragg, so that will extend our travels even farther!

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Old 02-23-2019, 12:59 PM   #6
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In my opinion you need to keep the fireplace. If you go places where it is cool at night you want to be able to take the chill off using the electricity you are already paying for. We have our basement completely containerized with storage containers etc and have no wasted space at all and we use laptops for our computers so no monitors, cables and towers. Took a little getting used to, but now you couldn't get me to change back.
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bigger but less room

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