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Old 05-17-2016, 03:18 PM   #1
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Convince GF to Fulltime

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!):
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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!
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Old 05-18-2016, 10:53 AM   #2
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A woman ( Any Person for that matter) who has to be "Convinced" to do anything will NEVER be happy!

Enjoy your 6 months/year on the road SOLO!
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Old 05-18-2016, 11:01 AM   #3
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A woman ( Any Person for that matter) who has to be "Convinced" to do anything will NEVER be happy!

Enjoy your 6 months/year on the road SOLO!


Agreed.

"A man convinced against his will,
is of the same opinion, still."

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Old 05-18-2016, 11:15 AM   #4
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You guys are probably right.
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Old 05-18-2016, 11:20 AM   #5
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After 46 years of marriage to the same woman , I can assure you that you will have a difficult time convincing her to do anything she does not truly want to do . Camping in a small trailer with a person who does not want to be there and is unhappy is a sure recipe for a disaster. I find that many times it is more pleasant to go solo . A one week camping trip is not a good indicator of how you or her will react to 6 months on the road .
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Old 05-18-2016, 12:21 PM   #6
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If you come to California this company rents out trailers set up to your site. You make the reservations and notify this company. The day your reservation becomes active they come out and set up the trailer and do all the hook-ups. Everything is clean tanks full and waste tanks empty. After your stay you take your belongings and leave and they remove the trailer and set it up for the next reservation. It is a very popular option out here in California for desert and beach camp sites. Maybe something you might like to get out of the green belt. It wont be a much smaller egg experience though.

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Old 05-18-2016, 01:30 PM   #7
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Just my random thoughts on the issue mindo you, but I am wondering about discussing egg, or RV, full-timing and you do not "camp" by that method now. It may be a lot to ask her to visualize full-timing and it is not a frequent short term activity you both enjoy now. I would not even consider a full-timing retirement option until I had owned and used a rig a lot already. I am considering pretty much full-timing upon retirement, but I will have had my egg for at least eight years by then. I will have hundreds of days in camp in it and thousands of road miles pulling it by then. Should not be many surprises by then, except how much I like camping when I don't have to go back to work Monday!.
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Old 05-18-2016, 02:03 PM   #8
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I hear you about having experience in an egg prior to full timing in one (even if you spent time in a 16ft Casita to move to a 25ft Big Foot.), but I'm entirely committed after researching for 2 yrs now and seeing them in person. I come from a backpacking background and live in 450 sq ft my overall thought for myself about full timing is "no sweat." My SO obviously has questions.


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Just my random thoughts on the issue mindo you, but I am wondering about discussing egg, or RV, full-timing and you do not "camp" by that method now. It may be a lot to ask her to visualize full-timing and it is not a frequent short term activity you both enjoy now. I would not even consider a full-timing retirement option until I had owned and used a rig a lot already. I am considering pretty much full-timing upon retirement, but I will have had my egg for at least eight years by then. I will have hundreds of days in camp in it and thousands of road miles pulling it by then. Should not be many surprises by then, except how much I like camping when I don't have to go back to work Monday!.
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Old 05-18-2016, 02:04 PM   #9
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The advice here is pretty good.
You have a few years before retirement. Take advantage of that by first renting camping equipment and tent camping for a couple years. Go every chance you get, you'll soon know if your GF is going to embrace camping or shun it.
I'm very fortunate, I married my wife 36 years ago (second time around). We stated backpacking with the first years, from then on it was always a question of who was pushing to head for the hills.
We also learned a bit about going without planning. It seems to work much better for us.
About 10 years ago we sprung for a new 13' Scamp, now retired spend close to 6 months of the year living in it. It goes in spurts, winter around 90 days, summer and shoulder seasons around 40 days. The 90 days is at one time, the 40 days are 4 days to a couple weeks at time.
Good luck.
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You might try to get her to move into your 450 sq.ft. apartment first.
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Crossed my mind...the Co-op doesn't allow pets. Would have saved us a chunk of change each month, but oh well. Need to find an alternative living arrangement that allows pets some time.
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Old 05-19-2016, 04:47 PM   #12
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This topic comes up all of the time on boating forums and some of the advice I have heard and liked is: 1) listen to what she is worried about when she says she isnt sure and find a way to solve those issues, 2) let her choose the vessel and you find a way to love it too (after all, she is following your dream) and 3) ultimately if you cant work it out you have to either choose a different dream together or dream seaparately.

Is she excited about a different vagabonding idea that maybe you could get behind or does she want a house full time?
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Old 05-19-2016, 06:11 PM   #13
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Full time???

I'm confused. You are talking about the possibility of living together in an RV of some sort and you don't even live in the same apartment??? Seems to me you need to work on the possibility of a commitment to each other before you start on how you live after you retire.
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I take it that you are saying because you live in a highly populated area, you can't get a trailer. We live in a city and our trailer is stored quite a distance in a small town. You can store one way out somewhere, maybe toward where you want to use it most. You might check the secure storage fees. Gated, cameras, seems like good managers.
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