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Old 10-23-2015, 10:30 AM   #15
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Mark,

This is a beautiful post in my eyes. Your honest and heart-felt post reflects many of us though we dont "speak" it. We see/hear/read MANY that love "fultiming" and wonder.... HOW do they do this?

#1, we dont want to be away from our home church.

I'm also like others, I have a super little workshop that's heated/cooled that I can spend many happy hours "creating" things. I couldnt do this on the road- with saws, lathe, mills, etc. without a horribly expensive set up in rig etc.

Another thing...I've wondered about these people in motorhomes that full time. Think about it... you have a wreck. Your "home" goes into a bodyshop for how long? Then there's continual maintenance...maybe even an overhaul and your "home" goes into the shop. I realize things can happen to a house...but you're much likely to have accidents when traveling continuously. Not to even mention a break-down and have nowhere to fly/bus home to and have the RV follow you via a towtruck.

We love Scamping in our 13'er but would NEVER even consider full-timing in it. And have come to realize we dont want to full time in anything.

So to summarize, we love taking a few days to go camp and enjoy "getting away". But then, return and as we turn onto our street, see our little home sitting there waiting on our arrival! To me, that's living at its best


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I have seriously thought of fulltiming when I retire in 2018, but have come to the realization that I can't do it.
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Old 10-23-2015, 12:18 PM   #16
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I think many full-timers would tell you how "free" they feel after letting go of all their stuff. Take it from someone who has recently, by choice, jettisoned the majority of his treasures. It's unbelievably liberating. Note: Not giving advice here, just looking at the other side of the coin


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Old 10-23-2015, 12:24 PM   #17
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And I have to add...should I wind up being alone..and one day we'll all be there..or she will... then that would TOTALLY change my outlook on my "Home"... so life has a way of altering your never-thought-possible plans.

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I think many full-timers would tell you how "free" they feel after letting go of all their stuff. Take it from someone who has recently, by choice, jettisoned the majority of his treasures. It's unbelievably liberating. Note: Not giving advice here, just looking at the other side of the coin


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Old 10-23-2015, 04:11 PM   #18
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For me the huge advantage or retirement is the ability to travel when & for as long as I want. Even though I take long trips (the longest 304 days) I could not give up my home in upstate NY. While not all that much bigger than some RVs (1100 sq ft) it is in a beautiful location where I've lived for 53 years.

I suspect I'll continue long trips around the US & Canada until I'm no longer able. While having a home to return to is important, the "travel bug" has held me all my life.
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Old 10-23-2015, 06:09 PM   #19
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The biggest beauty of being retired is that you can decide whats right for you, and what works for you. Like you, I love to get away for a while, but I know my limitations. I love my gardens, my workshop, and my cats. Full timing is not for me. It is a good thing you thought this idea through before jumping into it. Good luck, and best wishes on finding the rig that is just right for you.
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Old 10-23-2015, 06:34 PM   #20
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Mark,

Change is always difficult. You gave it reasonable consideration and made a choice that's probably wise for you, a small adventure in itself.

Most people find it very difficult to set off on a new path and that's very understandable. All I can say is that fulltiming is not simply about seeing North America, as wonderful as it is.

For me it was growing beyond what I was while seeing North America.

As most know we just sold out home, as it turns out to family. Here we are in the middle of taking our condensed possessions to FL and I just received an email from Ginny's 3 sisters. They arrive for a visit 4 weeks after we get to FL. Of course I love them all. The ties that bind never cease.
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Old 10-23-2015, 09:34 PM   #21
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Mark, totally understandable. I think only a small percentage of retired RVers are full-timing in their RVs. You are in the majority.

Our old postman retired about 4-5 years ago, and he confided to me that he and his wife were debating whether to sell their home and fulltime in their big 5th wheel. He was ready to do it, she was somewhat unsure. I told him, why not keep the home for at least a year while you fulltime? That way you'll know for sure if you both will be happy doing it. They took the advice, and guess what... they still have their home and they go out for 2-3 months at a time but always return to the house for a month or three.
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Old 10-24-2015, 02:06 AM   #22
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Hey Mark, I will be traveling alone once my nieces get too old to want to camp. I'll bring my FGRV and meet you!
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Old 10-24-2015, 05:04 AM   #23
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Its is nice to get away,, Its nice to get home. Carl
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Old 10-24-2015, 06:19 AM   #24
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i think it's very interesting that a lot of folks sort of adopt the "full timer" idea as the next step after retirement and being/becoming mobile in a fgrv. i certainly am guilty. the inherent complexities of selling out is the main thing that saved me from tossing caution to the wind. what i've learned is that "half timing" works well for me right now. i camp host for 3-4 months each year and find that fun and rewarding. then there's a couple long trips purely for the sake of travel that are a month or so in length. for me, it's the best of both worlds. i'm happy to slip the surly bonds of home and equally happy to return for some family and friends time. while out there i do manage to stay in touch with those i care about via internet and phone. i post a blog while traveling to let those that want to keep up with what i'm up to. i also use the blog to vent or sing the praises of those adventures.

balance is what it's all about. there are those that blossom being in motion and those that prefer it in smaller doses. your realization of what you want/need is a good thing. enjoy your mobility the way you want it.

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Old 10-24-2015, 07:37 AM   #25
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Thanks for all of the encouragement. I guess it is all about knowing yourself. I have always been a free spirit and have taken the road less travelled in my life. I feel fortunate to have been able travel more than the average person so far in my life, but there is so much more I want to see while I am physically able to do so. But as I said, the relationships I have at home are more important than anything else in my life. So part timing makes the most sense to me. And the biggest concern for me will be finances. I can live comfortably on my pension, but any kind of major expense that eventually will come up in life will be a burden. When I thought my decision thru, I envisioned being a thousand miles from home, and have a major expense, and then being stuck somewhere practically broke and miserable. Or running out of money on my monthly pension and just merely "existing" at a campground somewhere a long way from home, waiting for the next monthly pension check to be deposited. I know I can't sit long without getting bored. I can always be broke at "home" and still enjoy the simple things in life. My decision to give up on my dream of fulltiming was based as much on finances as being homesick - both thoughts made me realize I cannot be a fulltimer. Now I can save enough to have money to travel and do the things I want to do as I travel, and when I run out of money I have budgeted for each trip, it will be time to head home.

Again, thanks for the encouragement. I almost felt some kind of failure when I decided I had to back off of my plan to full time. I think I could handle more of a full time lifestyle if I was rich and come home a month or two at a time whenever I wanted, and still do all the things I wanted on the road! HA
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#1, we don't want to be away from our home church.

Darral,

I found this particularly interesting. We were very good members of a church in our home town. There are only 1,000 churches in the denomination though it's been around since the founding of the country.

One thing we did during our travels was to visit the other churches. During the first few years we 'Sunday visited' over 100 of the 1,000. It was actually very enlightening.

Mark,

Most people that we know that have full timed were previously RVers. Very few full timed in small trailers. Most of them, after 10 years of full timing purchase another grounded dwelling, though usually smaller, and more practical than there former home.

We are an anomaly in that we had never Rved, did not sell our house and travel about 8 months a year, using the other 4 to be with friends and family. Now that we've sold our house in NH we'll be camping in NH for 3 or 4 months each year, still able to maintain the soul warming relationships.
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Old 10-25-2015, 05:57 AM   #27
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Think a Casita would be a good option for you as well.
Whatever your choice I wissh you the best.
Have fun...
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I wish Casita and Scamp and others were options, but my first priority will be a TT to fit my 6'5" frame, eliminating many brands to seem to be for sale more often. I've heard the arguments that being able to stand is not that big of issue, but it is to me. Being able to stand upright and a big enough bed to sleep comfortably are #1 and #2 priorities.
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