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tonyandkaren

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Posted: 09/29/13 09:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just like doxiemom11 we always feel like we're home no matter where we're parked which is probably why many people stress that the floor plan is the most important thing about a RV. You have to comfortable with the living arrangement. A little annoyance that bothers you on a daily basis could make you hate fulltiming.

If you're not sure about fulltiming save enough money so that you can go back to a house. A huge expensive RV isn't necessary for fulltiming.


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Don't miss the house a bit! Don't miss the yard work every week, the maintenance costs insurance, utilities, taxes and worry about somebody breaking in when we were gone. DH does miss his garage. We full time in a 33' Class A with 2 slides and have plenty of room. If we get bored which is seldom, we find something nearby to do. We've been full timing 5 years and don't regret one minute. When we have to return to our home base for doctor appointments and to get our meds, we can't wait to get back on the road. Still have a long list of new places to see or places we've been that we want to return to. Once we let go of everything it was very liberating. It's not for everyone. If you have doubts, try longer trips but keep the house. You'll know when it's time.


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The house was great when we had jobs and kids but now their grown up with kids of their own and were retired so now we full-time,6 months in Ontario and 6 months in Florida without all the grief and expense that is a house, our fiver can go where eve I choose if I don't like where were at and the list goes on and on.

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Attitude is everything. If you take everything as adventure and challenge, it will be good.
If you take bumps in the road poorly, it will not.

If you roll with the punches, and work thru them with a smile, you will be fine.
If all problems bother you, cause you stress, etc. Then it will not be smooth sailing.

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Moved into our 5th wheel on Memorial Day thinking house was sold. Worked at "old jobs" till retirement on Aug. 2. Went back to "stick house" and it was not home. "Stick house" finally sold on Aug. 27th. Worked the last month as workampers and will return here in IL for next summer. Love living in our 5th wheel, IT IS HOME!!!

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We were 'downsized' from our jobs when we were in our early 50's. We were always very frugal with our finances so we knew we didn't have to look for jobs again. We always enjoyed tent and pop-up camping with the kids. Now they were out of the house. We bought a 27' travel trailer and took off that first winter. We met so many happy full-timers. On the drive home we discussed it and said "we haven't missed or needed anything in that 3,000 sq. house all winter. Let's go full-timing". Sold everything that summer - 16+ years ago. We kept nothing in storage. We had no deadline or exit plans. We never looked back.

Everyone is different in their thinking but for us, we've always been very active so that just carried to our travels. We also began volunteering for national and state parks and giving lighthouse tours was our speciality. We've had many great experiences that we had never dreamed could happen. We also volunteered in the communities we stayed - helping with reading programs in schools. We enjoy moving around and exploring new areas. The best thing we've done was to join the Escapees RV Club and participate in their rallies in our early years of full-timing, and staying in their owned-parks is like homecoming to us - especially around the holidays. We have met life-long friends through the Club.

Our kids were 100% for our new lifestyle and they, too, moved from our former hometown - not because of us leaving but because of jobs. Our grandchildren know no other way than our lifestyle. As they're teens now they think it's awesome of the things we've seen and done. We visited with them for big chunks of time - not just for a few hours for dinner. They have vacationed with us and there are so many ways nowdays to stay in touch. When we began full-timing we didn't even have a cell phone or computer. Things are much easier now.

As someone mentioned that one of their hobbies is winemaking which is one of the reasons for not full-timing. We were winemakers, too. However, now we're able to tour any winery in the U.S and relax in beautiful vineyards. Winemaking and our other hobbies was not our life. We created new things to do.

We've had multiple surgeries, including cancer. However, now we're able to go to the best hospitals in the country.

We can choose where we live summer or winter. It's a fantastic lifestyle....no regrets here!


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My wife and I, and are two year old live full time in a fifth wheel. We rented our house out, my wife quit her job, and I work travel ER nurse jobs.

We will do this for three years, save every penny, pay our house off 20 years earlier than the average American. Then we will stick/brick while the kid is in school, but live a relaxed life with zero debt. Then when early retirement comes, we'll likely go 1/2 time.

Only downside thus far is living in the PNW in the rainy fall. Not a fan of the weather, rather be in the desert.


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2gypsies wrote:

We were 'downsized' from our jobs when we were in our early 50's. We were always very frugal with our finances so we knew we didn't have to look for jobs again. We always enjoyed tent and pop-up camping with the kids. Now they were out of the house. We bought a 27' travel trailer and took off that first winter. We met so many happy full-timers. On the drive home we discussed it and said "we haven't missed or needed anything in that 3,000 sq. house all winter. Let's go full-timing". Sold everything that summer - 16+ years ago. We kept nothing in storage. We had no deadline or exit plans. We never looked back.

Everyone is different in their thinking but for us, we've always been very active so that just carried to our travels. We also began volunteering for national and state parks and giving lighthouse tours was our speciality. We've had many great experiences that we had never dreamed could happen. We also volunteered in the communities we stayed - helping with reading programs in schools. We enjoy moving around and exploring new areas. The best thing we've done was to join the Escapees RV Club and participate in their rallies in our early years of full-timing, and staying in their owned-parks is like homecoming to us - especially around the holidays. We have met life-long friends through the Club.

Our kids were 100% for our new lifestyle and they, too, moved from our former hometown - not because of us leaving but because of jobs. Our grandchildren know no other way than our lifestyle. As they're teens now they think it's awesome of the things we've seen and done. We visited with them for big chunks of time - not just for a few hours for dinner. They have vacationed with us and there are so many ways nowdays to stay in touch. When we began full-timing we didn't even have a cell phone or computer. Things are much easier now.

As someone mentioned that one of their hobbies is winemaking which is one of the reasons for not full-timing. We were winemakers, too. However, now we're able to tour any winery in the U.S and relax in beautiful vineyards. Winemaking and our other hobbies was not our life. We created new things to do.

We've had multiple surgeries, including cancer. However, now we're able to go to the best hospitals in the country.

We can choose where we live summer or winter. It's a fantastic lifestyle....no regrets here!


How inspiring!!!!

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This is such a tough question, because everyone's ideal full-timing lifestyle looks different and no two people go about it the same way or have the same needs regarding it.

I'm young, single, and have had wanderlust from a young age. I bought my RV with the goal to be living in it in less than a month having never RVed before in my life. I made the switch to full-timing over a year ago now, and love it a lot more than my old lifestyle. [emoticon]

I think the biggest key is to accept that unless you're wealthy or retired and receiving a good pension, it can't be like an endless vacation or you won't be able to afford it for long. Also it's not all butterflies and roses: RVs are complicated and things will break on them. Frequently. Your well thought out plans will get thrown to the wind occasionally by forces out of your control (congress, I'm looking at you!). Bad days still happen, just like in real life. In fact it is just another real life, just a different kind of one.


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My sister 'loved' her house so much, she refused to go South for the winter despite it being best for her husband, and maybe that soured me a bit, but I don't think I ever 'loved' my stick/brick house ..
So far our "home" is where we are - we are living in a travel trailer and have for 10 years .. not sure what the next 2 years will bring, but as for the past few years have been volunteering at state & national parks. The best part for us was the option of staying put somewhere or hitting the road. We were able to stay put twice to be near family members who needed a bit of help, and we were able to help.

Will admit it was a great deal of adjustments, including going from a 10x10 storage unit to a 5x10 which is getting smaller and smaller. We are not sure if an apartment is for us or will buy a larger RV which is already sited in an RV Park and 'come off the road' .. we just can't see ourselves buying a house or staying in an apartment ..
As for this Fall/Winter/Spring we are volunteering up and down the Oregon Coast and seeing places we have promised ourselves we would see for awhile now.
May even consider choosing two places and staying summer/early Fall in South Eastern Washington State (where our daughters/grandchildren live) and Winters in South Western Oregon or North Central California in the winter to get out of cold days/nights, who knows.


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