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Old 07-17-2016, 12:28 AM   #71
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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. All the travel to seeing this great country sounds good, but I would be travelling alone and know I would get lonely and miss my life at home. Small things like weekend golf with my buddies, getting together to watch the big game, and seeing family regularly are the highlights of my life. I love to travel, and see other parts of the country, but I also know that not having anyone around to share it with takes most of the joy away.
I have now reset my sights. I still plan to purchase a FB trailer, and I'm actively following this site and others looking for the ideal purchase. I have lowered my expectations (and price range) on the type of RV I want, as I now know it will just be temporary living quarters. I can do without some of the nicer things in life for away. I am now thinking 1 or 2 month trips to different parts of the country I want to see. But I know myself well enough to know that by then I will be ready to get back home to Missouri and have a few beers or a round of golf with friends and family. Those things are more important to me than spending months in the most beautiful spots in the US.
I honestly don't know how people do it year round. I had grandiose plans of living the life, but had to be honest with myself, and know I would not be happy. I've lived in other parts of the country throughout my life, working a thousand miles from home, and remember how after the newness wears off, I get homesick.
Still look forward to this site for advice along the way. Please, God, help me find the ideal Egg Camper, Lil Snoozy, Parkliner, Escape, or other brand to fit my 6'5" frame and make me comfortable to live in for a couple months at a time.
There are many people that full time in rv's/mobile homes in any city. You don't have to move across the country and say goodbye to your friends, just check out any of the mobile home/rv parks in your city.

I see plenty of full timers in those places that have been there for years and are camping year round. If you want a change of scenery you just hook up and go to another park in the city, all while still being close to your work.
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Old 07-17-2016, 02:43 AM   #72
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There are many people that full time in rv's/mobile homes in any city. You don't have to move across the country and say goodbye to your friends, just check out any of the mobile home/rv parks in your city.

I see plenty of full timers in those places that have been there for years and are camping year round. If you want a change of scenery you just hook up and go to another park in the city, all while still being close to your work.
Odd way to express Tang? anyway yep us should find yourself a partner to go to all those places I did it for 4 months in 09 missed my partner the whole time but I got to see places I might not of seen though we have the two of us covered some of them of late. Last year across the US to NS, NL, NB, and back to BC through Canada, dodging Tornado's along the way. Met up with some pretty strong winds just the same, we have fixed MH so not more wind problems but Tornado will finish it so we try and work around them.
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Old 08-02-2016, 10:18 AM   #73
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Hello y'all, new person.

For what its worth, I'm planning to full-time because both I and my wife have been moving around the country all our lives and we now have friends and family in just about every part of the country and some in Canada. If we stay put we'll never see them again, they aren't going to quit work for a month and come see us. So full-timing might give us a chance to see people we wouldn't normally be able to if we can figure out the logistics of it.
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Old 08-02-2016, 11:02 AM   #74
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Retirement Travel or Not

Retirement is an interesting thing. After going to work every day for 40+ years suddenly you're at home all the time. A change of working sometimes requires a change of location. We sold one house and moved about 30 miles away and bought another. During the long process of selling and buying houses we took a 30+ day trip to the southwest in the Scamp. I think these two things helped make the transition from working daily to not. It reinforced the idea that we're now free of work ties that required a daily commute. One of the things that make the transition easier is hobbies, lots of hobbies. At least this has all been the case for me. Be open to new things. My hobbies have changed and adjusted since I retired and provide me with a lot of satisfaction.

As a retired friend said you have to do something.

Since like to travel in the winter and some in the summer some of the hobbies have to be small enough to carry along. I have three or four hobbies that travel very nicely.

Everybody would be better off with a lot of internal analysis of what's right for you. Talk to your spouse about what he/she wants. Talk a lot so you both have an idea what you're getting into. We started talking and thinking about it several years before the time came. If you haven't done that then my advice is NOT to make changes you can't undo, at least for a while.

Happy retirement to all those that are retired or about to retire.
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Old 11-20-2016, 08:12 AM   #75
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First off, amazing that this thread has over 70 responses in 2 years since I started it. I've always dreamed of travelling the US in a travel trailer and began researching about 3 yrs ago. So much knowledge and experience on here are appreciated as FGRV is my main tool for info. Now down to 1.5 until retirement, my dreams and plans continue to evolve. My financial future makes my dreams unatainable, so plans have changed accordingly. I wish I could afford a nice #1 Oliver, #2 Bigfoot, #3 Lil Snoozy, and #4 Egg Camper, but I can't afford those models (#1 requirement is being able to stand and sleep comfortably as I am 6'5") .
Being single, and realizing I wouldn't enjoy travelling alone for over 2-3 months at a time, I am now planning to take my savings and buy a cabin on a local lake development. Love to fish. Never owned a home. Pay cash and no rent or house payments, and live on my $3500/mon Missouri teacher's pension, with a little social security at age 62. I live in a rural area and can easily live on that income.
I now plan to buy a used Scamp type TT, and deal with the height issue, sucks, or
heaven forbid a sticks and alum TT ( boo, hiss, lol). Going to have to stay cheap, and lowered my standards to $5-8K price. Even the used Lil Snoozy is going for $14K +, and a truck to pull it, would eat into my saving too much. I need a permanent room over my head, and will just have to go cheap on the TT plans.
Wish I could afford both a nice modest home and nice TT, but it ain't gonna happen. Hopefully make a once a year long trip, and do lots of short trips.
ENJOY READING ON THIS SITE AND CHECK SALES OR CHAT A COUPLE TIMES A WEEK. GOOD INFO.
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Old 11-20-2016, 09:02 AM   #76
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I suspect that if you pay cash and live on your retirement, you'll be able to save money towards that nicer trailer. Not having rent or house payment makes a big difference! Also no commuting costs, lower wardrobe costs, and other retirement perks.

But I also know you can have a lot of fun in an old trailer. You might look at the poptop type (Hunter, Compact, Trails West) as there is plenty of standing room with the top up (though rarely a bathroom and never a shower). They are easy to put up, unlike tent trailers, and light to tow.
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Old 11-20-2016, 09:41 AM   #77
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I agree. I think your plan is very realistic and attainable. An older trailer may take a little more work than a newer one, but you have time and you'll have just as much fun when you're traveling. Best wishes in your retirement!
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Old 11-20-2016, 10:03 AM   #78
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A few words of wisdom from a retired "Happy camper".... Not a full timer.

You might add a few websites to your reading list.

RVTravel.com is a weekly industry report that is worth reading for many reasons...a subscription is free...lots of broad based knowledge on this site.
They are not focused on only fiberglass travel trailers...well worth reading.

Irv2.com. A very good site for information and education.

There are many others.

I have followed this site for a year or more. I am not a true believer as are most on this site. I do not live in fear of a roof leak in my stick built travel trailer. Since 1983 I have owned 3 travel trailers ....first one was too small for the family...second one was perfect for a family and it traveled most of the USA spending about 6 weeks every summer exploring just about every state and National Park....the kids got a great education.
Our current travel trailer is a stickie (26 ft. Trail Lite by R-Vision) built with aluminum and steel "sticks" and has a fiberglass skin...a super ultra lite unit...well built by a good maker that now specializes in giant custom luxury motor homes...they no longer make Travel Trailers.
Point of all this is I have never had a roof leak in any of my units.

Fact is the "fiberglass travel trailers" have a few shortcomings (no pun intended )....aside from short sleeping accommodations their interior appointments tend to be a little crude compared to most stickies....the more you compare the more you will notice the differences.
Their motto should be ...." ....to charge more for no appearent reason".

Being retired and living on a limited budget you might shop around before you spend more and perhaps get less.
Stickies offer full side beds....excellent kitchens and baths.
Being single you don't need any slide outs etc.
You will get more bang for your buck in a quality sticky.

This report will come under attack by the loyal Fiberglass fraternity and all my facts will be disputed.

The cabin on a lake is something I tried for a dozen years....good to have a home base...travel in the months with the best camping weather and enjoy the cabin whenever living on the road gets old.....variety is the spice of life.

Keep an open mind and explore all the RV marketplace has to offer.
Attend RV/Camping shows to see the variety of offerings.
I found one of my gently used Travel trailers through such a show.

My current travel trailer was obtained direct from its original owner who took excellent care of it.
Here is a list of what $5,000 can buy used: 26 ft ultra lite travel trailer that is easy to tow with 30 gal holding tanks (fresh water/grey water/waste water).....hot water heater...well equipped kitchen...spacious bathroom with tub and shower plus vanity....two double beds (room for tall folks!)...
dinette...13,500 BTU A/C....furnace for heat....dual power refrigerator with separate freezer (runs on A/C power and propane) two 20lb propane tanks...and plenty of storage spaces for clothing and pots and pans etc...nice awning...spare tire...roof ladder and more!!!
All in mint condition (I have owned it four years...no roof leaks...no system failures...owned by a happy camper)...$5,000 well spent!!!

Good luck whatever you buy and get help from a RV veteran during your selection process.

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Old 11-20-2016, 11:03 AM   #79
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Hi Missouri Mark,

Wishing you the best with your pending retirement and your plans.

My DW and I just finished our first camping season with our '05 Casita Freedom Deluxe that we bought in November '15. We then purchased an '09 Kia Borrego V8 to tow it in December '15. I had posted a thread on FGRV regarding the $25,000 question regarding the possibility of buying an egg and tug on that budget. As always, I received lots of feedback, expertise, and wisdom. Our combo ran us about $23,000, including taxes that left a little money for RV and camping equipment. Plus, we sold our daughter's '04 Celica and gave her one of our nicer vehicles when we bought the Borrego, thus lowering our out of pocket costs a bit more.

On the other hand, if our budget would have been $10,000, I think we would have been happy using our '05 Honda Pilot that I purchased for $4,000 for younger daughter and we could have bought a used '13 trailer for $6,000 or less. Still would have been lots of fun. I am still 8.5 years until retirement to think about that Oliver! Until then, I think we will be perfectly happy in the Casita, but the 13' trailer would have been just as fine for a few years.

Again, wishing you the best in finding the cabin/egg camper/stickie combination that fits best for you and your budget. You can and will do it!!!

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Old 11-20-2016, 11:23 AM   #80
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A few words of wisdom from a retired "Happy camper".... Not a full timer.

You might add a few websites to your reading list.

RVTravel.com is a weekly industry report that is worth reading for many reasons...a subscription is free...lots of broad based knowledge on this site.
They are not focused on only fiberglass travel trailers...well worth reading.

Irv2.com. A very good site for information and education.

There are many others.

I have followed this site for a year or more. I am not a true believer as are most on this site. I do not live in fear of a roof leak in my stick built travel trailer. Since 1983 I have owned 3 travel trailers ....first one was too small for the family...second one was perfect for a family and it traveled most of the USA spending about 6 weeks every summer exploring just about every state and National Park....the kids got a great education.
Our current travel trailer is a stickie (26 ft. Trail Lite by R-Vision) built with aluminum and steel "sticks" and has a fiberglass skin...a super ultra lite unit...well built by a good maker that now specializes in giant custom luxury motor homes...they no longer make Travel Trailers.
Point of all this is I have never had a roof leak in any of my units.

Fact is the "fiberglass travel trailers" have a few shortcomings (no pun intended )....aside from short sleeping accommodations their interior appointments tend to be a little crude compared to most stickies....the more you compare the more you will notice the differences.
Their motto should be ...." ....to charge more for no appearent reason".

Being retired and living on a limited budget you might shop around before you spend more and perhaps get less.
Stickies offer full side beds....excellent kitchens and baths.
Being single you don't need any slide outs etc.
You will get more bang for your buck in a quality sticky.

This report will come under attack by the loyal Fiberglass fraternity and all my facts will be disputed.

The cabin on a lake is something I tried for a dozen years....good to have a home base...travel in the months with the best camping weather and enjoy the cabin whenever living on the road gets old.....variety is the spice of life.

Keep an open mind and explore all the RV marketplace has to offer.
Attend RV/Camping shows to see the variety of offerings.
I found one of my gently used Travel trailers through such a show.

My current travel trailer was obtained direct from its original owner who took excellent care of it.
Here is a list of what $5,000 can buy used: 26 ft ultra lite travel trailer that is easy to tow with 30 gal holding tanks (fresh water/grey water/waste water).....hot water heater...well equipped kitchen...spacious bathroom with tub and shower plus vanity....two double beds (room for tall folks!)...
dinette...13,500 BTU A/C....furnace for heat....dual power refrigerator with separate freezer (runs on A/C power and propane) two 20lb propane tanks...and plenty of storage spaces for clothing and pots and pans etc...nice awning...spare tire...roof ladder and more!!!
All in mint condition (I have owned it four years...no roof leaks...no system failures...owned by a happy camper)...$5,000 well spent!!!

Good luck whatever you buy and get help from a RV veteran during your selection process.

Happy Camping
My reason to buy a FG is not b/c of leaks in the stick built. I was well aware that I could buy 3 stickies for the price of a new Scamp. It is all about size,and I wanted small. Small foot print in my driveway, Small TV that I can use as a daily driver. Get into small camp sites. Do a u-turn at a small sized street. Pull into any gas station, Fast food place, strip mall, without the hassle of having 28'-30' to think about. Regards, Carl.
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Old 11-20-2016, 12:44 PM   #81
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This has been a wonderful thread to read. There are a lot of heartfelt observations that I have greatly enjoyed reading.

In this household, our current trajectory is toward retirement in 2018. Our approach has entailed buying first a teardrop and then a Casita trailer, making trips of 2 to 10 nights so far. I'm a firm believer that there's nothing like actually trying something to really find out what does and doesn't appeal.

In brief, we've thoroughly enjoyed it and we'd like to make much longer trips when we quit clocking in at the salt mines. We've agreed that we both enjoy having a conventional home as a place to get away from and to come home to. We'd also like to do some additional travel without the trailer. We feel fortunate to have these prospects before us.

I am also conscious about the old axiom of making God laugh by sharing your plans. We know that we face the prospect of "falling apart time" as Norm called it. If we should live so long, our approach will have to change and adapt.

We would like to continue travelling before that time and would like to be able to get out for months at a time.

We have considered renting out a room so that we'd have someone to keep an eye on the house. Of course, that's bringing another person into your home for all the good and/or bad that may entail. We have rented out rooms to students in the past and we had some very good experiences. And, we had one that was just awful. Personally, I consider that we failed ourselves in that one case by failing to thoroughly check references as we had in all the others.

I’ve met and read of people that bought an old $10,000 motorhome with lilac upholstery, traveled the Country, and then promptly sold it when they were done. I enjoy reading approaches that challenge my tendency to carefully plan the safe-and-sure route. I read a number of forums, trying to continually learn and especially to consider options I had not thought of myself. For Missouri Mark, as a tall, single person, perhaps an A-Frame trailer might be a relatively inexpensive and easy-to-tow option.

Ultimately, each of us has to find what works for us, and to my mind that is a moving target as over time we awake as a different person every day. So to Mark and all, I wish the best and thank you for sharing your thoughts here.
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Old 11-20-2016, 01:03 PM   #82
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For what it is worth, I've been doing what you describe all my life. Started with tent camping, and moved to a fiberglass trailer (an Escape 17) in 2011. Multiple trips across the US & Canada, Alaska, and a winter in Quartzsite, AZ (where I'm slowly heading now).

If you are interested in journals & photos of my travels, check Trips. I also have links to the journals of many Fiberglass travelers, as well as hundreds of other RV blogs & journals.

While I am lucky enough to be able to maintain a small home in upstate NY on Lake Ontario, I still enjoy traveling to our National & State Parks.
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Old 11-20-2016, 01:14 PM   #83
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Though we didn't consider it early on here's a possibility. We're Escapees. It's possible to get a lot in an Escapee Park for $3000 to $30,000 depending on the state or region. Our monthly maintenance fee is $125. No need to have someone watching when you're away, people here pay attention. If you have an empty lot, no rig on it, when you're away it's rented reducing your maintenance fee. You're surrounded by people like you often in a pleasant climate. We now have a situation like this where we still travel 7 months of the year, have a comfortable place to keep our stuff, and an extremely low operating cost.

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I agree. This thread is very interesting.
For me, I like the urban/county contrast that my trailer allows. Most of the time I'm living in a high rise in the city, but come the summer I'm living in the woods in my little trailer. For me that's the best of both worlds.
As this discussion clearly shows we all find our own path. There's definitely not a one-size-fits-all solution. And that's one of the things that makes the whole RV scene so darned interesting!
Thanks for sharing
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