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Old 11-17-2015, 10:19 AM   #57
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Thanks Norm/Ginny. It looks like an exciting year coming up. Thanks for the encouragement. :-)


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Old 11-17-2015, 10:27 AM   #58
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Thanks Norm/Ginny. It looks like an exciting year coming up. Thanks for the encouragement. :-)
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Mike, I was just talking to another couple who were gone for two years on the road and returned this month. They were both homesick.

For us there was a sort of mental realignment, nothing that was by design. We slipped into and embrace it now.
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Old 11-17-2015, 02:31 PM   #59
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Norm/Ginny.

Thanks for the info. I think my wife, Cathy will miss the grandkids so even though we plan to "officially" retire in Texas, we will visit California often to see the kids. We have one daughter who lives in Texas as well as several aunts and uncles in Colorado, Oregon and Oklahoma so I'm sure we'll be doing a lot of visiting. Cathy wants to do an Alaska trip--we were married in Anderson, AK in 1980. There's also all the parks to camp in so in sure we'll be busy for a while.


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Old 11-17-2015, 02:58 PM   #60
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Mike, I'm certain we saw our grandkids more than we ever would had we been working. We lived in NH and they lived in Seattle. We would drive there in the middle of a loop of the USA and spend a month in a campground nearby or their yard (staying in our trailer). We saw all kinds of kids activities and saw them every day. We made 6 loops of the USA and had plenty of time together. We also had them fly up to Alaska and took them around the state for a month.

My brother lived in MT and we rarely saw him while we were working. In retirement we would always camp in his yard for a week.

We are very conscious of not being intrusive and rarely if ever sleep in the homes of family and friends.

one of the best parts of RVing is all the places you've never heard of that are great. Plus there can be something magic in the time together. It reminds me of youthful dating. It's you and her and you really don't need anyone else. Not to exclude others but it's you two first. Our grandkids quickly understood our adventures and when we were away woud write to them about our travels.

The kids are older and we would travel to their colleges and again spend a week, exploring their area and sharing some time with them and their new friends.
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Old 11-17-2015, 11:02 PM   #61
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Norm and Ginny,

It sounds like you to are really enjoying the RV life. I can hardly wait to start doing something. I'm getting tired of working

All of our kids are out of school and busy with their families. My wife baby sits a lot--me not so much :-) I'm a musician so that keeps me busy most of the time. I'll have to find a musical outlet when I'm on the road. I'll bring my guitar along with me.

Thanks again for all of your insight into RVing.

I see you have a Scamp 16' (if I read your post right). I like how these fiberglass RVs are built and especially the fact that they're so light.

Anyway. Happy RV'ing.
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Old 11-18-2015, 04:21 AM   #62
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Mike, We really find the RV to be secondary but each person needs to find their own comfort zone. You should go to a couple of Fiberglass rallies. You don't need to have a trailer to visit. It will provide an opportunity to see a lot of different models. All rallies have an open house day and the people are really friendly.

The fiberglass trailers have a real strength in that their external bodies are strong and enduring. The internal stuff is fairly common, the same and available from trailer to trailer.

Our Scamp weighs around 2400 pounds and has a tongue weight of 200 pounds. This is fully loaded for our travels. Our Scamp is more modified than most. If you go to the thread on our trailer you can see what we've done at the following site:

Preparing a 1991 Scamp 16

It's a long thread but gives an idea of what've done.

We previously towed with a 2004 Honda CRV, 4 cylinder manual transmission. We now tow with a 2014 Honda Odyssey, v6 automatic. The CRV went 250,000 miles with never a single driveline repair. The Odyssey is only on year 2 but is huge compared to the CRV, more comfortable, gets a little less mpg towing but better mpg driving around.

All the trailers come with different layouts, here's a link to Scamp.

http://www.scamptrailers.com/showroo...ard_Layout1_06

We love our Scamp but would probably love any of the fiberglass trailers.

Wish you well and always happy to answer your questions.

I'll send you a PM with how to contact us other than through posts. If you're in FL please feel free to stop be and I'll show you our Scamp.
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Old 11-18-2015, 09:38 AM   #63
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Another "term" that might be considered is "long time". Full time implies that you are giving up a stick built home and, well, living full time in the trailer. There are a number of us that travel for long times but keep a stick built home. For example, my recent trips have been 111, 138, and 304 days. Many of the same concerns of full timers exist for long timers.

My stick built home is in a beautiful part of upstate NY (on the shores of Lake Ontario) and I would find it difficult to give up. It does mean the added expense of keeping a house & living long term in the trailer, however I enjoy having a place to garden, pick my blueberries, etc while home. I do plan to avoid as much winter as possible; I had to shovel my roof last February!
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Old 11-18-2015, 10:39 AM   #64
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Like Jpon, we're not full timers either, actually the number of full timers is not great. Many people travel for long periods and spend a few months somewhere, like their children's yards.

Our longest stint on the road was 310 days in one year. WE manage to typically trave for about 220 days a year.
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Old 02-16-2016, 08:55 AM   #65
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Soon!

I'm planning on beginning full timing in a 16 footer before too long - probably by September. I can't wait to read all about your adventures and learn from your experience!

Thanks!

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Old 02-17-2016, 08:34 AM   #66
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We have been on the road for about a year and for the first 3 months, we were in an EGG camper. We sold the house in Michigan. We decided to go to a larger camper which feels great.
However, the small camper offers more opportunities.
You can get into more remote campsites.
You can find camping sites up in the mountains and actually get there.
Less space means less stuff to take care of.
Our EGG was easier to fix while the larger one is now more involved.
You can actually park in town in 2 parking spaces.

Take advantage of your smallness.

Enjoy the ride.
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Old 02-17-2016, 09:10 AM   #67
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Thanks Dennis!

That's my big decision. If I go with a 13', I can pull it with an Outback. If I go the 16', I'll need a truck. And I am planning on as many remote sites as I can find, and I will be up in the mountains.

Thanks for the great feedback. And come to think of it, I can always try the 13' and if it's too small, I can trade the Outback for a truck and the 13' for a 16'.

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Old 02-17-2016, 09:21 AM   #68
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Thanks Dennis!

That's my big decision. If I go with a 13', I can pull it with an Outback. If I go the 16', I'll need a truck. ....
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Leslie you don't need a truck to pull a 16' trailer. Heck, you don't even need a truck to pull a 21' trailer. The only time you need a truck is to pull a 5th wheel.

I'd guess we have bunches more folks towing a 16' trailer with minivans to SUVs than we do trucks.
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Old 02-17-2016, 09:39 AM   #69
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Thanks Donna!

I want to be able to drive, without the trailer, on some pretty rough roads for hiking and backpacking, so a minivan with its lower clearance is out of the picture. I've considered a bigger SUV, but I'm not sure I want one for some reason. Years ago I had a Tahoe and I never loved it like I've loved my CR-V. That's why I thought the Outback would be great. But I think I'm leaning toward the Tacoma 4x4.

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Old 04-01-2016, 09:08 AM   #70
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New full timer here

After spending last summer in a canvas pop-up and renting a room in Albuquerque for the winter, I'm about to set forth in my new 2005 Casita Spirit! While I'm 61 and cannot afford to live in my home without getting a damn job, the numbers work for this and for that I'm constantly giving thanks to the creator.

I'm an avid runner and cyclist, my only firm agenda items for the next year are my 4th RAGBRAI (big bicycle thing across Iowa in July) and the North Rim for however long I feel like it starting in about a week. Like last year, I'll base in my hometown of Glenwood Springs, CO and venture forth from there. Retirement, woot.
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