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Old 11-21-2016, 09:00 AM   #85
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thanks all, I thought questioning the value of FG would be deemed as blasphemy on here. HA A $15-20K investment will probably be out of question. And I have been looking around, and it seems that the sticks trailers get more bang for the buck. I' m not too concerned with resale value. Being a simple country boy, I have never had the nice things in life with all the whistles and bells, so I can make do with less than most people.
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Old 11-21-2016, 09:48 AM   #86
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thanks all, I thought questioning the value of FG would be deemed as blasphemy on here. HA A $15-20K investment will probably be out of question. And I have been looking around, and it seems that the sticks trailers get more bang for the buck. I' m not too concerned with resale value. Being a simple country boy, I have never had the nice things in life with all the whistles and bells, so I can make do with less than most people.
Mark,

Heck, I'm even nice to people with big Fiver's and Class A's when we go out!

Seriously speaking, I've had times in my life when everything was a "get by". I remember backpacking with Goodwill and army surplus gear when all the other guys in my Boy Scout troop had Eddie Bauer and REI gear. I had cheap stitched-through quilted polyester underwear that kept me just as warm as their down sweaters, and I wore them inside my cheap sleeping bag too.

Locally here, near a major urban area, I see a plentiful supply of just about everything you can think of in the way of motor homes and trailers on Craigslist. I expect that a lot of those folks are pretty sad to see what little money they are going to get from their "investment" (ha!). In other words, there is a huge depreciation that a buyer can benefit from. There's a always a big turnover as people invest in things before they've even tried them out, the military assigns them to a new post, people fuss with each other and end up getting divorced, etc, etc, etc.

I suggest taking your time and getting a feel for the market as I have seen prices that are just-plain all over the map. Some prices that I have seen were too high, and some were very attractive. And then, follow your nose - literally! When a unit has leaked, there's a certain mustiness... Glade plug-ins and perfume smells are a warning sign.

Check out other forums, maybe even see if you can find someone experienced to help you evaluate rigs.

The Aframes I mentioned are lightweight hard-shells that fold down. They can be an especially easy tow as they have very little wind resistance. That might help you limit the costs on the tow vehicle side. Tent trailers are similarly light and easy tows, and they are very spacious when unfolded. They might be a good option to consider if you don't think you will be spending a lot of time in really cold or wet weather conditions, but they can be especially bad if a former owner folded one closed while wet and let it mildew. And there's always lots of hard shell trailers of every description...

I'd like to hear that you are giving it a go rather than giving up because you can't get a molded fiberglass or the "Eddie Bauer Limited-edition". Maybe you can haul your canoe along and find out whether this is actually something you really do enjoy as much as you thought you would. It would be great to hear that it was something you took to. There's no shame in having a good time for less money than someone else spent.

Just my two bits.

My, but I do go on sometimes.
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Old 11-21-2016, 10:03 AM   #87
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Yeah I have checked out the AFrames and Tent campers, but I do plan to use whatever I get in all weather conditions, so a hard shell is almost a must as I will need heat and AC. I actually want to visit your neck of the woods, as the Pacific Coast Hwy is on my bucket list and my first long trip.
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Old 11-21-2016, 11:49 AM   #88
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Just a thought Mark,

It seems you've made your choices. For those that are making a choice, here's our experience.

We've traveled for 16 years now and have been everywhere, having a four season trailer is not necessary. You can simply travel to those places when the weather is better.

We alway buy used trailers, our entire family has, we tow with the vehicles we own, typically four cylinder vehicles (buying appropriate trailers).

As to a lake home we visited friends in way up MN who live on a small, lightly populated Lake. After a week I could see Ginny wanted a place on that lake, peaceful and beautiful.

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Old 11-21-2016, 08:31 PM   #89
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FWIW, we are retired, have a small home in an unscenic small town and a CompactII because the thing we mostly do in the trailer is sleep, and it has a great big bed.
We call ours the beach house, because that is where we love to hang out.
It's all a matter of choices.
We each have to decide what will make us happy.


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Old 11-21-2016, 09:19 PM   #90
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Whether you buy a reasonably priced used trailer or a brand new trailer doesn't change the issues with living continually on the road.
When my wife and I retired , we had the time and resources to travel so we did what many Northerners do and went South in the winter. It didn't take long , and we soon decided that the South wasn't for us. We missed our children , grandchildren and even snow/ winter (We didn't find the Southern Weather all that enjoyable or worth the drive of 1400 to 1800 miles.)
Luckily we did not have to sell our home to finance our trailer and travel . Going fulltime is not for us .
We make a 3 to 4 week trip once a year , which is plenty long for us to develop homesickness.
Thanksgiving day we will have 20 family members for dinner ,
( children , spouses and grandchildren) . On the holidays , We would rather be home than on the road .
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Old 11-22-2016, 03:45 AM   #91
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Yep, it is nice to go,but it is nice to get home.
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Old 11-22-2016, 09:07 AM   #92
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Appreciate everyone's honest opinions. I will make it happen for me but on a smaller scale. Unless I hit the lottery and then I am going all out full scale motorhome!!!LOL
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Old 11-22-2016, 10:04 AM   #93
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Appreciate everyone's honest opinions. I will make it happen for me but on a smaller scale. Unless I hit the lottery and then I am going all out full scale motorhome!!!LOL
While there are some advantages to a large motorhome, don't rule out a small fiberglass trailer even after the lottery. I just spent 20 minutes showing my Escape 17 to an owner of a 40' diesel motorhome that wants something smaller so he can fit in some of the state & national parks he wants to visit. He usually found space, but it was often in less desirable sites. Something to think about...
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Old 11-22-2016, 11:35 AM   #94
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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 toyed with the cabin on the lake idea. My wifes folks had a place on lake Memphamgogue for years. But today here in Vermont, a cabin on the lake amounts to a quarter acre lot next to many other quarter acre lots. High taxes and limited services. Typically the roads are not town maintained which means plowing your own road in the winter. This makes most places summer only. Camping on a lake in a state park, though not quite the same thing, seemed a more economical solution.

As far as taking SS at 62, do your homework on that one. all the best, Raz
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Old 11-22-2016, 03:40 PM   #95
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I toyed with the cabin on the lake idea. My wifes folks had a place on lake Memphamgogue for years. But today here in Vermont, a cabin on the lake amounts to a quarter acre lot next to many other quarter acre lots. High taxes and limited services. Typically the roads are not town maintained which means plowing your own road in the winter. This makes most places summer only. Camping on a lake in a state park, though not quite the same thing, seemed a more economical solution.

As far as taking SS at 62, do your homework on that one. all the best, Raz
:So long as you do not own a house in some town or city then sounds okay. But if you own more than one place then don't do it as all that extra work will drive you nuts.
I owned Lake Front, sold it and bought a back lot as lots of access areas along the lake and once you get to know a few other owners through rate payer methods you can usually leave your boat there. But I also owned a Large lot in the city like more than a 1/3 acre and our lot at the Lake was now a 2 acre back lot as we paid way less in taxes than when we owned Lake Front.
But what ever you do make sure you still own a truck to haul materials, fire-wood for stoves to cook on and keep warm. I always found that wood was a heck of a lot cheaper than electricity, Propane, Natural Gas and or Oil which you have to go to Stove oil in the winter as stove oil is pretty thin and does not freeze.
So if you have the truck then look for a nice trailer or camper to do those short 2-3 week trips to other places, to see the wonders of North America.
In the end our Cabin had all the bells and whistles and yes they even plowed our roads for us , but not the driveway I had to have a ladder rack on the truck in the winter months to put up beside the high pile of Windrow (snow) left by the snow plow so I could climb up and over it to get to the cabin plus I only forgot the snow shoes once but never again as it took a bit of a walk to get to the Cabin in the winter months.
I have sold it all now and own a Class A MH which we use for 2-3 month trips whenever in the year. I do not do much to keep it in shape, I hire people now to do that work, and reason is I'm in my mid 70's and I just don't have the energy anymore to keep up with the work that goes into Cabins, Boats, homes, firewood.
Matter of Fact we are just about to start on our first Apartment, #6 minus the Cabins at the lake. It needs quite a bit of work to bring it up to today's standards but when done will be worth way more than what we paid for it.
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I toyed with the cabin on the lake idea. My wifes folks had a place on lake Memphamgogue for years. But today here in Vermont, a cabin on the lake amounts to a quarter acre lot next to many other quarter acre lots. High taxes and limited services. Typically the roads are not town maintained which means plowing your own road in the winter. This makes most places summer only. Camping on a lake in a state park, though not quite the same thing, seemed a more economical solution.

As far as taking SS at 62, do your homework on that one. all the best, Raz
That depends on where you live . We got 6 " of snow on Friday accompanied by 30 to 40 MPH winds . My lake cabin road was plowed & sanded shoulder to shoulder 15 minutes after the snow ended. This summer our road was seal coated. All done by the Township maintenance crew.
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I had a cabin in the woods, it was perfect. I had the exterior shell built and finished the whole inside myself, other then elec. and plumping. Worked on it over a 15 year period, when I could with work and all. Got to be to much work with two homes,+ the taxes. Worried about it when I was home and worried about home when I was up there. Now I got the little Scamp in my driveway and do not have a 3 1/2 hr drive to get to it. Carl
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Yep, it is nice to go,but it is nice to get home.


To the wife and I, there's STILL "no place like home". That includes my church.

I've yet to EVER find any RV that would entice me away from my home that's paid for, wonderful neighbors, my workshop (man-cave) where my lathe/mill and all my tools are setup in a nice, heated/AC environment.... But that's me (us).
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