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Old 09-27-2009, 11:48 AM   #1
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Although as a soon to be retiree I don't see ourselves full timing anytime soon. I appears from reading many discussions on full timing it comes with it's own set of issues, different from static living in a house, but certainly a subset of issues unique to the lifestyle.

What I haven't read about much but perhaps has been discussed at length already (if so please stop reading here) is the reality that we will all grow older and many will get sick and some will die suddenly.

A scenario for the full timer that has cashed in all their tangible assets including their home, where do you go to convalesce if stricken with an illness that requires ongoing maintenance or bed rest? What if the spouse that survives the sudden death of their full timing partner has never driven an air brake 40 foot vehicle or pulled a trailer, or have a license and your "last stop" is a 1000 miles from your old friends and neighbors that you said adios to?

Anyway not my issues to consider, but for someone cruising around in a 17 foot or 40 foot RV (no longer considered a recreational vehicle?) as their only residence I'd have those concerns and would be darn sure to always have a home base that my wife and/or I could to go back to if an unfortunate event occurred. Where my mail goes or how much tax I pay or what state is considered my home state would not be high on my list...they're important but more as housekeeping.

I'd guess the above noted scenario would be what some "static" people could refer to as being homeless, the fact that there is no brick and mortar home base, hence the reason that many people feel homelessness and living out of a trailer full time are synonymous.

Being a full timer requires someone much braver and bolder than I.

BTW - Escapees does appear to be a very supportive organization for those living / traveling on the road but ya gotta admit as a name for the demographic it supports it can have many different connotations...

Just call me a part timer still not quite sold on the next step.....yet!
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Escapees DOES have programs for convalescents in Texas.. I am not sure about other parks, but I have been reviewing Escapees info and am considering joining, if for nothing else, that feature.

As far as the rest goes, I do not know of anyone who started out planning to go to their grave in their rig. Most all have made other plans for when they can't live in the rig anymore. Selling a house does not preclude anyone from buying another, or renting a place.

I personally never set out to fulltime now..... my "Plan" was to sell my house, use that money to pay for insurance for both health and long term care and THEN hit the road, working to eat and save for a set structure in my "golden years". Life doesn't always happen as you plan tho, and I am so glad I can use my rig as home instead of staying with someone else or having a roommate (GAK!!!).

As far as who drives what where.. that is not impossible, it just takes co-operation between the two (or more) folks involved. Set tasks such as "I drive, you do the inside work" are self limiting. Insist that you learn from each other. Traditionally, husband drives and wife does inside work.. Hubby isn't doing wife any favors by never "letting" her drive and wife doesn't do hubby any favors by keeping him out of the kitchen. We all gotta get around and feed ourselves.... better than Burger King. If one or the other is lost or hurt.. you have just stuck the other in a predicament. Teach and learn with each other. Ladies... even if you don't WANT to learn.
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A scenario for the full timer that has cashed in all their tangible assets including their home, where do you go to convalesce if stricken with an illness that requires ongoing maintenance or bed rest? What if the spouse that survives the sudden death of their full timing partner has never driven an air brake 40 foot vehicle or pulled a trailer, or have a license and your "last stop" is a 1000 miles from your old friends and neighbors that you said adios to?
That happens quite often with the old "snow birds". Usually the kids or grand kids come rescue mom/grandma or less often dad/granddad when the other spouse passes. Most hospital allow RVs in their parking lots for a least several days till other arrangements can be made. I know quite a it about this because my grandparents were snow birds for 10+ years till he died and then grandma continued on a smaller scale without him for several more years. Being involved with them and their friends we saw all kinds of scenarios. Things tend to work themselves out.

Mike I totally understand wanting to have a home base. I'm pretty sure we will always have one but who know what life will bring.

And I couldn't agree more with Gina about both partners being able to hook and drive. Eric is the driver when we travel together, it's a control issue with him but I can hook and haul anything we have. For emergencies I have auto club and will have Good Sam's when we are on the road more.
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yeah.. he's a real brute!

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yeah.. he's a real brute!

Yeah....guess I should have added it's because he has trust issues with other people driving.

He will now let me drive if we go somewhere local.
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A scenario for the full timer that has cashed in all their tangible assets including their home, [b]where do you go to convalesce if stricken with an illness that requires ongoing maintenance or bed rest? What if the spouse that survives the sudden death of their full timing partner has never driven an air brake 40 foot vehicle or pulled a trailer, or have a license and your "last stop" is a 1000 miles from your old friends and neighbors that you said adios to?
Just because your residence at any one time may not be portable doesn't guarantee that you'll fare better than someone whose residence is portable. Sometimes it is just not feasible to convalesce at home; any home. Maybe your brick-and-mortar friends and neighbors aren't as capable or reliable as your virtual ones, who are real people too. There are always trade-offs in life. All you need for full-timing is a sense of adventure, and the presence of mind to know you are capable of it. It doesn't hurt to maintain relationships with trustworthy people, no matter what.



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I believe both partners need to be self-sufficient. That's not just knowledgeable about RVing stuff, including towing, but finances, etc. There's a huge difference between someone needing do something versus wanting someone to do something. I'd be glad to turn over dumping the tanks to my partner for instance, but I KNOW how to do it. Checklists are wonderful for those that are less initiated. You'd be surprised the number of things the memory allows to slip when it comes to hooking up, unhooking and setting up.
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A scenario for the full timer that has cashed in all their tangible assets including their home, where do you go to convalesce if stricken with an illness that requires ongoing maintenance or bed rest? What if the spouse that survives the sudden death of their full timing partner has never driven an air brake 40 foot vehicle or pulled a trailer, or have a license and your "last stop" is a 1000 miles from your old friends and neighbors that you said adios to?
I fully agree with the comments about both spouses knowing the basic skills for whatever lifestyle they are living. That includes those who choose the brick and mortar life. If one partner dies, the other needs to know how the finances and assets were managed, how the appliances work, how to winterize the sprinkler system, yada, yada. I have been moving around the country for the last 15 years, but I don't say adios to my close friends- that's what keeps Verizon and Southwest airlines in business! I have a brick and mortar house (officially on the market now!) and I still worry about what happens to my dogs if I fall and hit my head. I know someone would miss me shortly, but due to my independent lifestyle it might be a while before someone checked my house.

Full-timing does not have to mean traveling as a lifestyle, either. When/if I get to the full-time lifestyle, I hope to be spending long stretches parked near friends or family. I am guessing that my neighbors in an RV park would be quicker to notice a sudden change in my schedule than my current neighbors would. My experience with mobile home parks has been that if you are neighborly to folks, they are eager to jump right in to help when things go amiss. And I have been assured, even though I'm now on the other side of the country from my closest friends and family, that they would jump on a plane immediately to help if I had a catastrophe. It sounds like you also have deep enough connections with people to be able to count on their support.

Remember, courage is not being without fear, it means doing what you need to do in spite of the fear! (Not that you need to full-time, but don't let fear be the only thing that stops you)
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All comments about "both" spouses being rv friendly are spot on (I have always had issues with Women who can't/don't/won't drive their rv!) for the reasons you stated Mike.




But having had the big rig park that I will venture to guess 75% of our guest were full timers wanted to attest to the comments made about the other rv'ers as well as us (owners) being more than willing to step in and help. I can think of several issues that arose where other guest would jump in and help out. Of course you have those who don't/won't but honestly you have that living in a neighborhood of permenent structures. Full timing in an rv is just a rolling neighborhood, with people of like mind. And when someone is in need you always have people willing to help out. I don't think it's about being braver, I think it's about being adventureous. I can tell you I personally have more rv/fulltiming friends that have become my adoptive family and who I truly believe would be there in a pinch long before my blood realitives from the years of owning the resort that I would never ever worry about the "what if issue", that being said due to my Dh's health issue I can assure you I most likely wouldn't take off full timing now but if I had to I know that it's possible and that it would all work out.


There are several guest some fulltimers some part timers that turned out to be friends that still to this day tell me to go ahead and buy another campground/rvpark/resort ( they know that's what I/we want more than anything to do again) and that they will come and help me with it and help with Dh and these are people who we met as guest. And I truly believe that they would be right there if I was brave enough to conquer the challenge of owning again and careing for Dh at the same time. One couple whom we became friends with even suggested we spend the summer work camping together in Montana, she wouldn't workcamp, she would entertain my Dh while her Dh and I work camped. Don't discount fulltimers as becoming essential parts of your life if it's the life style you choose to try.
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the folks jumping in the help part is right... at least it was for me today.

I am settled into my new living space today. It is a spot one of my full time campers at the campground I worked at this summer stays in during the winter months. In Quartzsite. When he heard that I was planning on staying on BLM land, he called the property owner here and worked out a deal for me to stay here with full hook ups for, literally, pennies a day. He wanted me to be safe and comfortable.

I pulled in after dark last nite, exhausted from an 8 hour drive. People here I have never met offered me food and help setting up, but it was better to do all that this morning in the light. I walked the pups and fell into bed.

This morning, before I barely got my coffee down, and without me asking for any help, a gentleman was hooking up a hard line for my sewer (No small task!) and another running electric. It was a team of folks making me welcome.

This is not an RV park, it is private property and I have a great spot with shade for the dogs, privacy from the other tenants, a washer and dryer 10 steps from my site.. it sure beats toting water and taking my black tank tote to the dump in the long term visitors area. I am very grateful!

My full timer customer has turned into a friend and helper.. he has even arranged for a job here for me this winter until I move on to my next summers assignment in Wisconson. (Thats another thread)

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... What if the spouse that survives the sudden death of their full timing partner has never driven an air brake 40 foot vehicle or pulled a trailer, or have a license...
Until recently, I traveled with my 92 year old father. While we were not fulltiming, we had to look at the very real possibility of death or catastrophic illness while away from home. It wouldn't really matter which of us was incapacitated, as he was no longer able to drive. He was very concerned that I might be thousands of mile away from home with a corpse to deal with.

We found insurance thru Good Sam that was made for this scenario. They would fly out a relative to drive the survivor home - or provide a driver; coordinate between your doctor and doctors in the area; fly home the 'grandkids' who were with you, etc. All for [at] $110/yr.

Although we did not need to use this insurance, it gave my father the peace of mind that allowed us to camp up until a few weeks before he passed on. Cheap at the price.
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Gina, glad to hear your new rolling neighbors are so kind. Enjoy your winter! And do tell about your next workcamper assignment .


There always seem to be job's there in the winter. It's a crazy place ( not my thing) but thousands of people flock to spend the winter there. Enjoy!
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Robin, I got on at a KOA in Oakdale. I am very happy to be able to learn the KOA system, as it opens up a whole new pool of job possibilities just about anywhere. Getting into one is the hard part. I want to do the No. Cal coast or So. Oregon ... most all KOAs in the NW are open year round.

The owners seem nice and dog friendly.

I did drive out to the LTVAs today. Its still a little early for the snowbirds, but I did see a plethora of different small RVs, even some tent campers and just plain old tents.

Early is good.. I managed to get a PO Box! (Yay!) I hear they go fast.
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Gina,

Ok, so your talking Oakdale WI not Oakdale Calif right? Sounds like fun, just a warning KOA's have bizillions of kids, so if your not use to that then well hmmmmmmm, you in for it..................... I enjoy kid's (at least most anyway) I worked at a KOA before we bought ours and then again after we sold and there were a ton of kids. We didn't get a lot at ours cause we were a big rig park so most people who travel in those are retired or kids are grown. You will be kept busy ringing up candy, kites, sqirt guns, etc. Don't worry about learning their system, it's acutally very easy. You will have to give us updates on what you think of the KOA system once your there for awhile. Have a great time. Enjoy!
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