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Old 12-16-2007, 03:56 PM   #1
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Just projecting ahead, trying picture myself hooking up the trailer and going out camping when I'm 80+

My mind says sure no problem, but I don't remember meeting many 80+'ers out there.

I realize this is a topic that no one want to face, like life insurance. But for planning ahead I need to consider it.
What say you all?

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Old 12-16-2007, 04:22 PM   #2
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Old 12-16-2007, 05:01 PM   #3
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I don't think there is a magic age that anyone could say 'Now is the time.' So many things creep up on ya. Like maybe not driving in the rain, then not driving at night, I'd still prefer to wear out than rust out. Once I got to the point that I wouldn't want to tug my own trailer, I may look to hire it done. At least take it someplace where it could be parked for a month or two.
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Old 12-16-2007, 05:18 PM   #4
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.......I'll be "doin' it" just as long as I possibly can. We plan on doing more trips this coming year (with my pending retirement) but alas, my co-pilot/navigator will have to keep att'er for another handful of years. She cannot take her full alotment of vacation time all at once in high season, which will be fine for us as the low(er) season always finds more room and quieter places to set up The Egg Crate.
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Old 12-16-2007, 06:10 PM   #5
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I am setting up for retirement now----We both got our pass ports the other day-----We have new trailer on order and have a new Tow Vehical. We have 3 major RVing trips planned out also hoping for lots of local outings. I beleive we will keep going as long as i can hook up and drive/tow safely.
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Old 12-16-2007, 06:34 PM   #6
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Ah I think Chester hit it. " As long as I can tow safely"
When I become a hazard to others that will be the time.
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Old 12-16-2007, 06:54 PM   #7
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I just married a younger one and when I'm 80 she'll be prime driving/towing age of 68...
We should be able to keep going till I'm in the 90's.
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Old 12-16-2007, 08:10 PM   #8
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Ah I think Chester hit it. " As long as I can tow safely"
When I become a hazard to others that will be the time.
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How will you know when that is? Before, or after YOU hit something?
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Old 12-16-2007, 08:19 PM   #9
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Hello dear fiberglass egg friends - As a full timer at 77 years young I have turned most of the driving over to Leslie Ann (my wife) who is a few years younger. We have found that she is a much better driver than I am. She can back into a very tight place with the ease of a professional driver. We have become a team at parking and driving. I am good with the maps and the GPS (micro soft Mary). I sleep well also... We will be traveling for a good many years to come. See you all down the road!
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Health issues can sneak up and clobber the best of intentions. The rest of your life starts right now, not at retirement; make sure you get out and enjoy yourself.
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Old 12-17-2007, 07:53 AM   #11
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I just married a younger one and when I'm 80 she'll be prime driving/towing age of 68...
We should be able to keep going till I'm in the 90's.
H-David - Sounds like good planning to me!

I'm 71, retired in 98, was slowed down for a couple of years by three back surgeries, but going again now. When we retired the PIC had only been to three states and now she has only to tour Iowa to complete the lower 48 map and talks about doing the Alaska trip thing. Looking forward to many more trips and mods.

Get up, give thanks for the morning, put a smile on your face, give your loved one a good hug, tell them you are glad they are with you, tell them you love them, hit the old 30 min a day exercise routine, have a good breakfast and enjoy the day!

When is it over? Guess it will happen but I'm too busy to think about it right now.
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Old 12-17-2007, 09:11 AM   #12
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I think it will happen like the progression most of us have been through. At first you can only afford to tent camp, then you decide there are issues to keep you from that, so you move through the PU stage. Many of us decide we don't want the bother and slight discomforts that go along with that, so we move to something hard sided and then onto bigger, or a MH. We eventually find that bigger is more hassle than our simple, comfy eggs, especially since the kids are now gone. We realize we have more freedom with less.

I think we will finally just get to point where there are things we have to do to take the precious egg out that we just go less and less. Then one day, we will look out there and decide it would be far more compassionate to allow our little treasure to continue to give another the pleasure for which it was built.

Of course, there will be the hold outs that leave it to the kids to have to deal with. The kids will look at it and remember all the pleasure it brought to us and tearfully find it a new home, all the while wishing they could keep it. They know it just wouldn't work out because they all have 2 or 3 kids and it just isn't big enough.

Somehow, I believe all the memories will be locked in there and many of us will have the photos to prove it. You know, the kind you hold in you hands and can lovingly pin on the bulletin board in your nursing home room so the aides can ask you about them over and over.

So, just the thought of no longer camping is unpleasant enough we should just keep on keeping on and let what comes, come.
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Old 12-17-2007, 03:37 PM   #13
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Well there was that fella a few years back that made the news cause he got buried in his prize Cadillac........ Hmmmm, gets one to thinkin..
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Old 12-17-2007, 06:02 PM   #14
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My plan is to camp with my Escape until it becomes too much of a hassle/dangerous to tow a vehicle - and then I'll sell it and buy a small conversion van or Class B (Gulfstream BT Cruiser comes to mind) and keep camping until they take my drivers license away.
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