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My wife and I did a ton of research when considering the RV life. We recently sold our smaller home in northern CA and moved back to Idaho for the better job and lower cost of living.
Being in California you have some extra things to worry about:
-most rv parks have time limits (usually a week to few months) so you will be moving around a lot.
-Most cities don't like boondockers (RV moving from place to place to camp
-Downsizing is an understatement. going from a house to an RV with wife and a kid is completely doable but most don't realize how much you actually need to downsize.
-RV value vs home equity: RV's never go up in value and the CA sun is very hard on the roof and tires. You will likely have to get your roof checked out every year or so and tires usually often esp without complete covers.
*You have a much much smaller hot water heater for showers and all but the most luxurious RVs only even have a very small stacking washer/dryer combo. Then you have to refill/drain the various types of water tanks etc.
I don't have much to offer in terms of engine/transmission combos so I am sorry. But we researched for about 2 years before going from a house to RV to larger 5th wheel to back into a home (al beit much smaller) It is totally doable but just do a lot of research before jumping into a nice diesel pusher RV etc.
Wishing you the best of luck. We are getting a tiny home about 36ft long and around 340sq/ft. We are looking at about 6 different lots of land and thankfully our county/state doesn't care if I live in a plywood shack as long as property taxes are paid lol.
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