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Old 07-12-2007, 01:00 AM   #1
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I'd love to full-time but don't want a huge rv so would be very interested in how people feel about living in such a small space on a full or long periods of part time basis. I don't have an rv yet but know this is how I want to go in a short time when the house and kids are gone. I'm a nurse and it's a very portable job so that is a huge thing in my favor. Wonderful topic! I'll follow it with interest! Jane
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Old 07-12-2007, 03:15 PM   #2
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Different strokes for different folks!

I got into it inadvertently (We divorced, the house sold sooner than I expected and I found myself in an RV park with all my stuf in storage, so I decided it was a convenient time to travel... I spent nine years FullTiming, six of them in a 1991 Scamp 13'. YMMV!

There are several ladies FullTiming comfortably in 16' Scamps and Casitas with full baths.

BTW, a surprising number of hospitals have hookups in their parking lots for visiting relatives and I'm sure policies differ enough that many allow 'contractors' to roost.

I'm also pretty sure I have heard of Traveling Nurse organizations, so you might want to do some searching and also read the tax threads here.
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Old 07-12-2007, 04:26 PM   #3
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Melanie and I full-timed for 14 months in 2005/2005. We also had two cats with us (and an outside cat cage with access through storage). It is doable. It requires a lot of adjusting. There is really not enough space so that two people can have some "space" of their own and if you want ot do things, eg quilting, sewing, beading, etc there is always a lack of space if the weather ain't great.

But all in all we enjoyed our time in the Casita. And are heading out on Saturday.

Over on the casita forums there are a number of fulltimers

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Old 07-22-2007, 11:19 PM   #4
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Lori and I just got to spend a few nights with Dave & Leslie de Beaux. They have been fulltiming now for 10 months in a 13’ Scamp and are loving it.

They have inspired Lori & I to the point we are going to start getting rid of all our “stuff” over the next 18 months in preparation for retirement. At this point we plan to become homeless full timers.

Any insights you may have are surely welcomed.
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Old 07-24-2007, 04:15 AM   #5
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When ever the wife starts to talk about retireing and say that we will not be able to make it on our S.S. checks from the Gov. I say we can always sell everything and live in the 13ft. Boler.
She shudders at the thought but I know I would just love it and would survive just fine.
The wife says she would have to spend twice as much getting away from the camper to keep her sanity if she had to live in it full time but as Pete says
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Old 07-24-2007, 02:16 PM   #6
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i'd love to FT in a casita. Husband is the stumbling block and hates tight spaces. I could care less, and love the freedom of lite travel.

lived in a tent once for several months and being off the ground is a big plus in a tt
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Old 07-24-2007, 06:59 PM   #7
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We were able to finally set up our Fiama screen room on our Casita. WOW! what a difference the additional space makes.

We have some refinements we need to make with the skirting along the trailer. but it was dramatic enough, we may not upgrade to a 25’ Bigfoot. After all, we really like our Casita.



We got our Fiama Screen Room from GoWesty. GoWesty no longer stocks and supports the Fiama Screen rooms however, Taylor will order one for you and give you a good deal. The screen rooms are shipped directly and warranted by Fiama.

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Old 08-01-2007, 04:50 AM   #8
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I've been giving this one some thought for a few years. I can't believe the amount of "Stuff" a person accumulates over a period of years. It all has marginal value except to one person or the other in the family. When I get the other son to move out on his own, we will invite both boys to take whatever treasures are important to each of them. Then we arrange a series of garage sales, and give most of what is left to whomever can be talked into taking it. This accumulated "Stuff" stands in the way of doing what you want to do when you want to do it. Unfortunately I came from a home where we had little, owed everybody and worked our a**es off to accumulate everything. This makes it harder to part with it.
In recent years Rosemary and I have both been slowed down by arthritis and other mobility issues. This makes it sensible for us to down size our living arrangements to make it easier to keep, but I still have some convincing to do to get her to agree to call the Dolphin home on a permanent basis. Someday, however ...
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Old 08-13-2007, 12:59 PM   #10
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Full timing in a 17 footer is doable for ONE person. I REALLY have to meet the couples who live in this length or smaller. I'm sure I could learn something from them. The length depends, however, on one's interests and what kind of places they will be staying in. If it's RV parks, one might choose a slightly larger fiberglass rig. My two cats and I thoroughly enjoy the simple lifestyle with a Casita.
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Old 08-13-2007, 09:06 PM   #11
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Full timing in a 17 footer is doable for ONE person. I REALLY have to meet the couples who live in this length or smaller. I'm sure I could learn something from them. The length depends, however, on one's interests and what kind of places they will be staying in. If it's RV parks, one might choose a slightly larger fiberglass rig. My two cats and I thoroughly enjoy the simple lifestyle with a Casita.
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The question I've always wondered about. How much space do you need and why? One couple many of us know are very happy with their 13 foot scamp full timing. Does 4' make that much difference?
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Old 08-13-2007, 10:48 PM   #12
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In thinking about this for awhile, I realized that in my house, I have TWO spots that I spend time in. On my couch, with my laptop, and in bed (We don't count the bathroom or kitchen...)

Effectively, the rest of my house is a waste. I pay for the extra bedroom that stores stuff I haven't seen in years, I have things I only look at to dust, and I only go into my back yard once a year to clean up pine needles. It makes a nice buffer zone between me and the neighbor.. but it also is a great way for the county to take more money for me.

In the trailer, I have the same habits. I sit in one spot, in front of the TV, with a computer in my lap.. while the dogs sleep on the couch and occasionally play on the floor or go for a walk... just like at home.

Yes, I could live in the trailer easily. I have all I need, and the stuff I don't need, I don't have at home either.. I have no laundry facilities at home, and only ever lived in one house that did, I don't need a dishwasher, same there.. I never had one.. I am one person, so the small fridge is fine, and I have no problem with the Burro bathroom. I find it just as easy as at home. Without a family.. it is actually pretty easy.

In some ways, it's easier.. I don't have as much space to keep clean, or maintain.
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Some people are not comfortable unless there's plenty of space around them.

I mentioned to a friend that he could make an elderly parent apartment in his basement room (about 15ft2) and he was appalled that I could suggest something like that because there were no windows and he likes plenty of windows and French doors all around his house. Another person standing there when I suggested it gave me the "I don't see what's wrong with it" look.

Frankly, although I was quite comfortable in my 13', I don't think I would have been had there been another person in there with me.
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I am remembering a couple from Maine that (pre-hack) modified their 17' Casita Liberty with twin beds and a permanent counter/peninsula table across the back. (That mod was a work of art) They used to spend the winter in Florida, and the Summer in Maine. They decided to sell off the big property in Maine, and live Full time in an RV... and wound up apologizing in a post for getting "...a big honking truck and a Large 5th wheel "stickie" with slide-outs. For them, a 17' trailer was OK for only part of the year, but they needed more space for the 2 of them to be comfortable all of the time.
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