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Ron Butler

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Posted: 10/10/13 09:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We had a sailboat for almost 25 years and whenever we headed out for extended cruising in BC waters, I was somewhat nervous and anxious leading up to departure time. Once out on the water and on our way, that dissipated.

When we changed to land cruising, the same feelings were there, even when we were full timing for 5 years. Now that we are just doing extended travel between the northwest and our winter home in AZ., I get the same feelings. I find that it is worse the last week or so before departure while taking care of last minute details, afraid that some careless driver will mess things up and delay our departure!! [emoticon]

I attribute it too making sure all the details are in place and the excitement and anticipation of getting on the road.

You will be fine once you realize that you are really free and on your way down the road! Relax and enjoy, you will wonder why you didn't do it sooner!


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Posted: 10/10/13 10:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's definitely not because of age...we, and many others are older than you. [emoticon]

I think you just need to have that first trip completed so you can see that you have nothing to worry about. Things happen to all of us and when they do, they somehow get resolved.

If you're heading to Tucson, one stop I recommend you make is the Escapees park in Benson, AZ and if you're not a member yet, you can join up in their office. Plan to stay in the park at least a week or two and you'll find the most friendly, helpful full-timers and you won't want to continue onto Tucson! If you could even stay until Jan 1 you'll have many holiday happenings, meals, fun to enjoy with folks like 'family'. You'll meet new friends - guaranteed. It's a great place for the holidays.

Best of luck in your new lifestyle. You'll love it once you get moving!


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Dog Folks

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Posted: 10/11/13 06:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think it is part of aging. I experienced the same thing.

When we were young we knew it all and were invincible.

Now, being older, we know better.


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We also have with us two rescue dogs. A Chihuahua mix & a Catahoula mix.

"I did not get to this advanced age because I am stupid."

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scroller95969

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If I was as afraid when I was younger as I am now I never would have learned to walk.[emoticon]


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I have over come the fear of the unknown that comes with age.

My attitude is I have done all I can to prevent what I fear and if it happens then take care of it and move on. The alternative is not appealing to me at all and even then there is no guarantee that something won't still go wrong.

In other words go for it and hope for the best deal with the worst and enjoy what you can..

Scott16

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A lot of good points. I think it is the old age unknown that comes to mind. We've all experienced issues younger enjoyed all the advaentures that come with travel. We've learned, how to cope with the problem so we were experienced. Now the unknown is back and we sit back trying to make sure everyhing is covered and sends your head spinning sometime. I finally just take a walk and do somehting else for a while, and i feel better. I am sure you will be fine after you get started. Enjoy your travels,
Scott


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Thanks all y’all,

You’ve given me a lot to mentally chew on here and I appreciate it. I’m beginning to think it’s not an age issue at all. I suppose one of the recent things that’s put me on edge is all the problems I had doing an otherwise simple maintenance task on this rig (new shocks) because of enormous (to me) and stuck fastener issues. However, now that the task has been successfully completed I’ve learned to be better prepared when starting a new task. It’s not a car, it’s an RV built on a TRUCK chassis and I’m learning that there’s a BIG difference, literally! One of my other concerns is, what if I learn that I don’t like the full-time lifestyle. I’m sure I will love the lifestyle but there’s that nagging doubt, especially since I became a widower. Gail was not only my wife, she was my best friend and adventure partner. She and I had planned to do this same adventure for years and now it’s just me.

Anyhow, thanks again everyone for all your responses, they’ve really helped me to feel better about this new life chapter unfolding before me.

Steve

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For some companionship (not dating) just basic RV fun - exploring the immediate area, fishing, rock hunting, 4-wheeling, meals, etc., consider joining this or other RV groups for singles.

Escapees RV Club also has a group called "SOLOS".

These ARE NOT dating services. They are geared for retired RVers and just a group for having fun together and planning trips.

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We full time and have pulled our 5er from Fl. to Ca. and many points in between. We have logged about 10k towing. whenever I pull the rig I am anxious. I always prepair, check tire pressure engine oil ect. There are a lot of things that can go wroung and when you know you will be in the middle of nowhere it can be un-nerving. I do have road side assitance. I prepair well and head out. I know I will be nervous, it is my nature. When we arrive at our destination and I am unhooked and the slides are out I breath a sigh of relieve. The traveling part of fulltiming is stressful for me but it is part of the adventure. Prepair, hook up and GO!

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Posted: 10/21/13 06:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There is nothing much you can do to stop the worry regardless.
Once your rolling down the road on your way the worry should turn into this is awesome.

Best of luck!





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