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Old 01-26-2008, 03:50 PM   #29
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Early into my engineering career my employer experienced an almost complete drawdown of needed work at the site I was assigned. Leave without pay was encouraged, as was temporary reassignment at other sites across the nation.

My wife and I took as much advantage of that as possible, pulling a Compact Jr. with a Peugeot 404 station wagon (1.6 liter, 2500 lb. vehicle). We traveled in most of the lower 48 over a couple of years, worked about half-time on each of the coasts, etc. My employer did continue health insurance.

The end of this was a combination of parenthood and plenty of work by my employer. I am now retired. However I am glad for those years that I was able to experience a bit of the free-to-go life style.

If I were starting out again and were strongly attracted to full-timing, I would choose a career that would support my lifestyle. At the time we were doing this, had we both been registered nurses (my wife was), we could have carried on through retirement age with little financial concern. I believe that occupation is still in great demand about everywhere you go. There are likely others, if you check things out.

In this day and age, the internet provides a lot of potential earning power that wasn't available in my age. On a recent trip I ran into a fellow with a nice Airstream camped in a county park in Texas for a week or so. He was retired, but produced more income trading stocks and other securities than he was making before he retired. He was quite accomplished and disciplined at this, trading on either the long or short side as appropriate.

I'm sure there are other ways to add to that $600. The point is, consider the $600 as your fall-back. Whatever extra you make, enjoy it to the fullest, donate appropriate amounts to those less fortunate and provide a financial cushion for your own time of need.

Good luck.
What a cool story. Yeah I've been a single dad for 15 years and I understand parenting. My youngest is almost out of high school and I can't wait to be free. I gave my house in Texas to my daughter this past August (always have a free place to park!), and moved up here to Utah to seek freedom of the home ownership thing, and live near National Park land. I live so cheaply now without a house to fix it's amazing! Getting rid of the house is often the biggest step toward fulltiming, my next step will be to get rid of the job, I might wait a year to save up some more money, but it's not necessary to do so.

Thanks for the pointers,

Al
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Old 01-30-2008, 02:57 PM   #30
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Going by your two criteriaóitís doable. Iíve been full timing in a Casita for two years for under $800 a month. Mostly boondocking and dry camping in national forests and on BLM land in Utah and Arizona. I generally get a seasonal part time job for a few months a year. This year Iíll be teaching a silversmithing class up in Park City, UT in the spring and then working as a host in two primitive campgrounds in the Wasatch.

My gasoline expenses are pretty low since Iím not into traveling the asphalt; definitely not a car-potato. I really enjoy the Outdoors so my traveling is in my hiking boots on trails. Having a rig that can get down the dirt roads and double-tracks is priceless.

At some point Iíll get a solar panel. Presently I can go three or four days before the house battery needs an hour of charging from the Honda 1000. Only had two weeks or so of hookups in the last three months.

Didnít find out about the NM state park pass until recently. Itís a hard deal to pass up for the winter season. You no doubt can guess where Iíll be next winter.

Expenses also depends on how you spend your time, how you eat, if you have pets, and little stuff like this that can add up. Look at your bank and charge card statements to get a realistic look at where the money is going each month.

You can check my last post if you are interested in this lifestyle:

http://www.casitaclub.com/forums/ind...showtopic=9916
OR http://www.casitaclub.com/forums/index.php...643&hl=road

It can be a hoot but itís definitely not for most people.

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Old 01-30-2008, 11:53 PM   #31
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Going by your two criteriaóitís doable. Iíve been full timing in a Casita for two years for under $800 a month. Mostly boondocking and dry camping in national forests and on BLM land in Utah and Arizona. I generally get a seasonal part time job for a few months a year. This year Iíll be teaching a silversmithing class up in Park City, UT in the spring and then working as a host in two primitive campgrounds in the Wasatch.

My gasoline expenses are pretty low since Iím not into traveling the asphalt; definitely not a car-potato. I really enjoy the Outdoors so my traveling is in my hiking boots on trails. Having a rig that can get down the dirt roads and double-tracks is priceless.

At some point Iíll get a solar panel. Presently I can go three or four days before the house battery needs an hour of charging from the Honda 1000. Only had two weeks or so of hookups in the last three months.

Didnít find out about the NM state park pass until recently. Itís a hard deal to pass up for the winter season. You no doubt can guess where Iíll be next winter.

Expenses also depends on how you spend your time, how you eat, if you have pets, and little stuff like this that can add up. Look at your bank and charge card statements to get a realistic look at where the money is going each month.

You can check my last post if you are interested in this lifestyle:

http://www.casitaclub.com/forums/ind...showtopic=9916
OR http://www.casitaclub.com/forums/index.php...643&hl=road

It can be a hoot but itís definitely not for most people.

Sebastian

I read your casitaclub post. You're living the good life. I don't think there's anything better than getting in touch with our wild and wonderful neighbors. Moon light walks are such fun. One of neatest walks was around a lake in the moon light, no flashlights.

I see you're also into geocaching. That's also a great outdoor activity, I've been doing that since April 1 2001. Would you believe it, found my first cache on April fools day, been a fool ever since.

I hope our paths cross sometime.

Now back to your regular scheduled topic. Budgeting - I don't have much to offer there.
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