I will be in the Burro
absolutely fulltime in a few weeks. I cut the big ties in March of 09. The season will end at the campground I am at very soon, tho I will be returning next summer. What little stuff I brought with me will be in storage at the campground awaiting my return.
I took my "Fender Bucks" and paid off most all of my bills, the car is now paid for thanks to a lovely gift from my mother, and I pretty much am unencumbered by debt at this point in time. I still have to eat, as does my herd, and there will be a long road ahead prepping for when my COBRA runs out. Internet, phone and car insurance all have to be paid,
is no longer a "Camper" if that makes sense, it is my home. It has been spruced up and beefed up to make it very comfortable for full timing. I specifically set it up with systems to make boondocking
as luxurious as I could, and it worked. New solar
(115 watts) new g29 battery
, new computer with an 8 hour battery
life, new LEDs, new Wave6 heater, repaired the furnace
"Just in case"... all in prep for the possibility I may have to rely on the trailer in less the stellar territory. It paid off..as....
My next stop will most likely be one of the LTVAs in Quartzsite while a doing a little consulting work for an amplifier manufacturer in Arizona. I will need to be close to Flagstaff, but won't live there in the snow, and I also still have to be close to California for medical reasons until I get another job with insurance bennies. The LTVA will allow me to live for the entire off season for 180 bones, but I will have to tote water and use my blue boy for waste. Since I will be arriving early in the season, I will get a spot close to the "ammenities" (LOL) before the crowds arrive.
I can still look for work from the LTVA as my line(s) are resume based, not knock on doors, and should a job arise, I can pick up and get out quickly without any prep or loss. So, my plans are firmly set in Jello for now.
Not often does one get the "opportunity" to live like that without guilt or worry. I will have to reopen my unemployment claim for California to fill the gap the consulting won't, but it is good to know I have a LONG time that I can do that, and it is full pop as well, so I may actually get a chance to save some money... but I would rather have a danged job!
Full timing and having to work is not easy, but even with limited resources in the cash dept... the worst day still beats the best day in the stix-n-brix world... hands down.