Ok, pretty blunt subject there, but let me elaborate.
My GF and I are 37yrs old (no kids, one dog) and depending on what budget we use and the stock market, we will retire anywhere between 43 - 50 years old if we maintain our current salaries.
My girlfriend has a great passion for dogs and may be game for full-timing out of an RV of some sorts 6mo out of the year. The other 6mo would be at a stationary dwelling where she could foster pets (we wouldn't have a dog while on the road due to the type of things we want to experience...but maybe?).
So....I'd love to get into something like an RV CO-OP with a park model RV or tiny house (~500 sq ft) on the property. This would allow her to get her 6 months of fostering time in and a sense of "home" and I'd get 6mo out on the road. Otherwise we'd end up buying a house that we would need to pay to maintain while we're away.
Anyway, she's still not sure she could do 6mo in an RV as neither of us have ever been, though we've toured a fellow member's Casita
17', and have plans to see an Escape
5.0 and a 21ft Escape
shortly. I've also attended a rally
last year (great people!):
She'd like to take a week long vacation this year in an RV to see what I'm so pumped up about. A couple of problems with that:
- No one rents out tow vehicles or egg campers. (If you know of a private party willing to do so, I'd be willing to insure the rig for full replacement cost, put down cash, etc., whatever it took)
- Class C rentals (thought I ultimately want an egg) are still pretty expensive for 9 days (a work week plus bookended weekends for the trip), is CruiseAmerica as cost effective as it gets?
- How would I expose her to all the wonderful parts of fulltime RVing in such a short period of time? I could stay in an RV resort for a few days, in a state campground for a few more, boondock in Walmart overnight, any other ideas? Also, we live in Stamford, CT. I'd love to get out of the "Green Tunnel" (a term us backpackers use for hiking in the Northeast with all the trees) and out to something different like the dessert, or Big Sky Country. But then that involves airfare and renting equipment to outfit the RV ($$$).
Anyway, lots of thoughts in my head (and stress) to maximize this one shot I have to expose her to RVing. We both live in apartments (mine is only 450 sq ft!
) in a densely populated area with sadly no ability to ease into full-timing by purchasing and egg camper
and using it on wknds kind of thing. I ~really~ want this type of lifestyle so I'm fully open to suggestions, and as always I appreciate the feedback, you guys are always great. So how would you plan your trip? Thanks!