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Old 12-23-2013, 10:46 AM   #15
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There are ways to reduce monthly costs and extend RVing oppourtunity.

Of course it's impossible to know your family or anything about their living situation from afar. We have friends whose children in installed an RV hookup in their yard, a relatively inexpensive cost. Their parents would return in the summer for a few months and park in the back of their yard and spend the summer in their RV.

It provides a measure of separation and a measure of family support for both sides. It can be particularly handy if their are younger grand children involved or if both parents work. We know people who selected this option and did not purchase a replacement home base until a number of years on the road. An interesting aspect of this choice is they found how much smaller a home base they really required.

As well I know many couples who will work as camp hosts for a few months. This can dramatically cut expenses while providing a base to explore a region while making new friends. I think one needs to be careful to not let hosting overwhelm travels.

Another thing about a home base and downsizing immediately, particularly when tying a new home base to your kid's location. In this day and age kids move around a lot and what ever you choose may not alighn with their next year's needs.

We moved into our summer place about a decade before we took up RVing, though significantly smaller than our family home it costs us about $10,000 a year to own and some years we've spent as few as 6 weeks there.

One more thought, for the last 13 years we have owned only a single vehicle further reducing our costs and it's been very adequate.

Having only one vehicle reduces costs by at least a $1000 a year and probably $2,000 a year.

Just a few thoughts for you.
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Old 12-23-2013, 01:12 PM   #16
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There are ways to reduce monthly costs and extend RVing oppourtunity.

Of course it's impossible to know your family or anything about their living situation from afar. We have friends whose children in installed an RV hookup in their yard, a relatively inexpensive cost. Their parents would return in the summer for a few months and park in the back of their yard and spend the summer in their RV.

It provides a measure of separation and a measure of family support for both sides. It can be particularly handy if their are younger grand children involved or if both parents work. We know people who selected this option and did not purchase a replacement home base until a number of years on the road. An interesting aspect of this choice is they found how much smaller a home base they really required.

As well I know many couples who will work as camp hosts for a few months. This can dramatically cut expenses while providing a base to explore a region while making new friends. I think one needs to be careful to not let hosting overwhelm travels.

Another thing about a home base and downsizing immediately, particularly when tying a new home base to your kid's location. In this day and age kids move around a lot and what ever you choose may not alighn with their next year's needs.

We moved into our summer place about a decade before we took up RVing, though significantly smaller than our family home it costs us about $10,000 a year to own and some years we've spent as few as 6 weeks there.

One more thought, for the last 13 years we have owned only a single vehicle further reducing our costs and it's been very adequate.

Having only one vehicle reduces costs by at least a $1000 a year and probably $2,000 a year.

Just a few thoughts for you.
Thanks folks, great points! Personally I'd like to go in with a duplex with one of my boys whose wife is a teacher. I don't think they'll ever leave, at least till Kimmy retires, and then I wonder. they live in her home town, and she is from a very large local family as well. We'll see how it goes. It might be soon, and it may be a while longer. It really depends on the wee lass.

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Old 12-27-2013, 04:02 PM   #17
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Smile This has changed

Into a thread on retirement.

Please answer, if you can, the question posted in comment #10
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Old 12-27-2013, 06:28 PM   #18
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SHort Years

The little I know about shortened years....

Basically there were no short years only mankind's fooling around with the number of days in a year.

The year is defined by the time it takes to make a revolution around the Sun and the days defined by the number of revolutions of the Earth during that period.

In reality the Earth's orbit increases with time because the Sun loses mass and has less gravitational attraction on the Earth.

As well the rotation of the Earth has slowed down with time and the number of hours has increased from around 22 hours to 24 hours over the last 600,000,000 years. More hours means fewer days in the year.

Changes in the earth's orbit around the sun and the duration of one earth rotation have changed very slowly. However over the last 2,000 years the number of days in the year had been defined principally by a Roman emperor and later a Roman Catholic Pope.

Our present calendar was proposed by Pope Gregory around 1580 and adopted by various countries over the centuries until last adopted by Russia in 1918. The adoption of the Gregorian calendar resulted in the shortening of the year by 10 days. Each adoption resulted in a shorter year for people somewhere over about a 350 year period.

I really don't know a lot about this but the fact that everything changes truly interests me.
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Old 12-27-2013, 07:49 PM   #19
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You folks are so into calendars, what and where was the shortest year in history?

(Partial credit for any of several short years.)
Are you thinking of the year that the sun stood still for a day?

Edit: Hmm, maybe that made the year longer.
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Smile Shortest year

See post #10

Norm and Ginny, you have the answer. Actually, the countries which changed from Julian to Gregorian in the 20th Century would have the shortest year because of the days out of synch since Pope Gregory's time.
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Old 03-22-2014, 06:21 PM   #21
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Hey Norm...

"I really don't know a lot about this but the fact that everything changes truly interests me."

It's my understanding that the rate at which the rate of change is changing... is changing!

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