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Old 06-05-2015, 06:30 PM   #57
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Bob and Deb,

It is hard to answer. I love our travel so much I have a hard time answering the question. I deleted last night's response to it.
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Old 06-05-2015, 06:45 PM   #58
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I must say Norm, on our long trips we have a ball and enjoy every minute. New sights, meeting new folks, it's all good. Having done a couple local weekenders this spring, not so much. Bugs, smoke, rain, etc. Have to go when DW can get away, at least for another year.
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Old 06-05-2015, 06:59 PM   #59
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I had friends that rented an RV before purchasing as a trial run to see if it was something they enjoyed.
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Old 06-06-2015, 01:29 AM   #60
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It is horrible. We drive 90 minutes to the nearest beach. We spend an arduous 10-15 minutes setting up the trailer. We pull out the lawn chairs and awning. Ugh! We pull out a couple of cold beers to refresh ourselves from our labors. We struggle to find something to do for however long we are staying. We spend another awful 15 minutes packing up. We go home.


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Upside/downside is a personal thing. If you ask a bunch of fiberglass trailer owners you will get mostly upside. Ask your hubby what his upside/downsides are and work with that. One thing I didn't see here is for me the dreaded laundromat. Definitely a downside.


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Old 06-06-2015, 09:33 AM   #62
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The upsides definitely outweigh the downsides or none of us would do it, but surely those of you who have responded by basically saying "There are no negatives!" must have at least a few things about camping/trailering that you don't enjoy? How about emptying the black water tank or porta pottie? That's not fun. And I agree with Larry about the laundromat (only a problem on long trips). Here in the PNW I hate the condensation we get on the windows in cold weather (that's why we head south of course). And we have occasionally had obnoxious neighbors (but like Norm, we don't camp too much in the summer and avoid the most popular crowded places when we do).

I'm curious if the OP's husband has some specific concerns about the whole thing. Never towed a trailer before? Backing a trailer into a camping spot? Bugs? Bears? Noisy neighbors? Getting robbed? Claustrophobia in such a small place? Uncomfortable? Knowing his specific concerns or objections would be helpful in finding solutions.
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Old 06-06-2015, 10:08 AM   #63
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The only desert around here is in ME, and yes, they have a campground, and it rains a lot. The rest are 2500 miles away. Headed to Utah for 8 weeks come Sept....

Must be some kind of bugs that bother you in the desert, got horse flies?, how about ticks, or noseeums?
At Canyonlands NP I ran into tiny sand flies that rose up as I stepped across the sandy ground. I got out of there quickly. I think they're somewhat seasonal, though.
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Old 06-06-2015, 12:27 PM   #64
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Our shortest trip is two months, Laundromats are not too bad. Ginny's attitude about laundry: it's a once a week event, two loads. A lot less laundry than we do in a week at home. Many campgrounds have laundry as do state parks.

As to dumping the black tank, it's a twice a week job and literally takes minutes. I don't focus too much on the contents.
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Old 06-06-2015, 12:59 PM   #65
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We don't mind laundromats at all. A nice place to meet people. Heck, when I was young and single, it was a great place to meet girls.

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I do not think they make a trailer big enough nor with enough storage to satisfy my wife . She is thinking about going home on the day we leave.
When camping I try to spend as much time outdoors as possible to avoid conflict. I have thought about just going by myself but that may just create a different set of problems . She is a great wife but a poor traveler. We are heading to California in the fall to visit her Aunt. It will be an interesting trip in many ways!!
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The only downside that I can think of is that I can't put the top down on my truck. We take two major road trips per year, one with the Scamp, and one with the convertible. Both are pleasant and fulfill a Yin and Yang in life.
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It is horrible. We drive 90 minutes to the nearest beach. We spend an arduous 10-15 minutes setting up the trailer. We pull out the lawn chairs and awning. Ugh! We pull out a couple of cold beers to refresh ourselves from our labors. We struggle to find something to do for however long we are staying. We spend another awful 15 minutes packing up. We go home.


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Old 06-12-2015, 07:38 AM   #69
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I will preface this by saying I am planning to buy a FG trailer for my retirement (3 yrs) and spend the first year entirely on the road. I am a bachelor and rent, so I have no ties holding me back.

My biggest concern is boredom and loneliness travelling alone. I have worked jobs in my life where I was a long way from home, and I know that I did miss family and old friends, although I did become good friends with coworkers. I make friends easily, but not the same as spending time with family and old friends. I have done my share of travelling in my life and love seeing new places, but always travelled with someone else. My longest adventure trip was 2 months in my 20s, and a 3 week trip a couple years ago. I was ready to go home on both occasions.

I have posted on here before on my concerns about travelling alone and the boredom and loneliness issues, and appreciate the feedback that I received. I understand I will make new friends on the road, but those will be short term friendships and not the same as family and old friends. I am a people person. My biggest hobbies are golf and fishing, and I don't enjoy either by myself as much as with a couple buddies along. As a bachelor, I am use to spending time alone. But a couple days a week, I want to hang out with people I know for awhile. It is kind of scary to think about not being able to do that whenever I want.

I remain dedicated to my plan of fulltiming for the first year - it's a goal. I've even thought about if I do get too bored or lonely travelling alone, I can always head home and spend a few weeks in local campgrounds and state parks before heading out on the road again. But some mornings, like this morning, I wake up and want to get together with friends. I love travelling, but also know that family and friends are very important to me. I know I will wake up some mornings a couple thousand miles from home and wish I was in my hometown.

I see this as the biggest negative of my plan.
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A thought

My wife, Ginny, would agree with you. She has told both my boys that should she die before me that they need to encourage me to find a travel companion, that I need a navigator.

You certainly need to make it known that you want a travel partner. In my case it wouldn't be too difficult, we belong to an Escapee park with at least a dozen widows who would love to travel and are experienced. Here I go assuming you want to travel with a woman.

My suspicion is that there are plenty of women who would love the adventure of travel. Certainly finding the person is the problem.

Outside of our Escapee park, my second place for looking for a travel partner would be my church. We're Unitarians, kind of an eclectic group with a fair number of outdoors people and older people. Maybe more importantly, at least a similar view of life.

I know one person who did it and ended up with an adventurous but dramatically younger person. It worked for a while but the differences eventually surfaced.

Ginny reminded me that there is an Escapee club for singles.. it might also be a place to find a travel partner.

At the very least I'm certain there are others who feel as you, they want to travel but not alone. I'm also sure they are afraid to make the little leap required to travel with a stranger but I'm certain it's a possibility.

Wishing you well, you have 3 years to find someone.
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