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Old 11-29-2015, 07:37 AM   #29
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But even if it is only for 2 years what a great experience they will have


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My opinion is based on knowing this couple personally. When after a week of camping the wife makes the statement she can't wait to get back in her bed at home, how well is she going to adapt to having no home to go back to. We travel with a plan made in advance, they have none. The husband likes to keep busy and up to now didn't want to stop working at his current age of 69. It's going to be a real big change for the both of them. As for Norm's statement of "too much stuff", that's me for sure, but it really doesn't bother me, gives me something to do and keeps me active. I am working at gradually selling off stuff I don't need.
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One suggestion that I haven't seen offered....or maybe I overlooked it...is someone who owns a home can rent it out while they try out full-timing. The rent received should cover any mortgage and insurance costs.

That way they will still have a home to return to if full-timing doesn't work out.

I'd suggest that a person wishing to do that considering letting a Real Estate Broker. who manages Rental Property, manage the property for you. They should properly screen any renters to ensure that the rent is paid!

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My parents were raised during the great depression. Their experiences and behavior had a big influence on me. Early on I learned that when I worked I was trading hours of my life for money. Debt was something to be avoided if possible. As such I'm more a saver that a spender. I also try to avoid anything that involves a contract or has fees. I prefer pay as you go. In retirement I'm debt free.

Unlike Norm, full timing or even long term travel does not have the draw for me. I'm good for about a month and then I'm ready to go home. I like where I live, though I admit by March I've had enough of winter. I like my woods; walking or snowshoeing with the dog. I like my garden. I enjoy cutting firewood in the summer and spending hours tinkering in my shop any time of year. This is home and I guess I'm a homebody at heart.

I would suggest that folks who were good money managers prior to retirement will be good money managers after retirement whether they are on the road fulltime or not. And more likely than not they will not be living on just social security alone but if they had to, they could. Raz
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Unlike Norm, full timing or even long term travel does not have the draw for me. I'm good for about a month and then I'm ready to go home. I like where I live, though I admit by March I've had enough of winter. I like my woods; walking or snowshoeing with the dog. I like my garden. I enjoy cutting firewood in the summer and spending hours tinkering in my shop any time of year. This is home and I guess I'm a homebody at heart.
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I hope I've been better explaining this in the book. It's not simply the traveling.

I've built and re-built houses, started a number of companies, cleared land for our Geodesic domes, planted gardens, and heated with home cut firewood. Really I've done a lot and following my first mentor's words "The purpose of life is to maximize fun".

For me the sameness, having a year to year routine is wearing. There's a lack of sameness in the RV lifestyle for us. It's not simply traveling, though new places are fun and can be stimulating.

Two years ago in Newfoundland there was a bumper crop of icebergs, so many and so many different types. It was wild running here and yon. Icebergs with holes right thru them, icebergs with different color layers, icebergs doing a barrel roll, just all different types.

There's something very special about our time together. An older friend told me that as one ages, one focuses on their favorites, mine is Ginny, on the road there's maximum Ginny time for me, as well my time is totally mine. I can still wander through my mind, still an endless adventure.

I know, for decades I was different, people in as sense said so mockingly, after all who lives in half of a giant igloo (our dome). It's ok though, life is about fun.
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You seem to imply I'm missing the point. Trust me, I'm not. Raz
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Old 11-29-2015, 10:11 AM   #34
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One factors that no one seems to have specifically mentioned is whether you're a "stayer" or a "mover". My intent is to spend the cold months of the year somewhere down south, and the hot months of the year somewhere up north, i.e. "be a snowbird". That would be less expensive than being on the move all the time, wouldn't it?
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It is less expensive to be stationary. Possibly lower fuel costs and lower camping fees.

You should recognize that you can stay in federal and some state parks for really low fees and not have to stay more than a day. You can travel about and have inexpensive camping.

Campgrounds have four kinds of rates, daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal (usually 6 months).
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Old 11-29-2015, 11:02 AM   #36
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This is a fascinating conversation! I'd always thought of RV-ing, especially long duration as something extra that people with a little (or a lot) of extra money and time did. I had no idea that some may be doing it simply to help stretch meager pensions or social security/OAS. I'd be particularly interested if someone has crunched the numbers for comparative costs including things like food and could give the rest of us advice on things like getting good, nutritious food on the road at a reasonable costs. Also, I think that there is a tremendous human story here. Any journalists out there???
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A very important rate is the Sr. Discount rate. Some are 50%, some are little more than 5-10%, some are "0". In some National Parks, while the camp ground discounts are 50% for Sr's, the full hook-up RV only areas often have less Sr. discount, sometimes none at all.


The entire issue of overnighting costs revolves around what your camping style might be... Boondocking/Parking lots/camp sites w/o hook-up/campsites w/hook-ups or RV Resorts. The range is substantial.
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RVSue was mentioned in the closed thread and is worth repeating here. At retirement she sold her home, bought a Casita and walked off to look for America. All the details are here from where she travels to what it costs. Raz

rvsue and her canine crew | Living on less and enjoying life more
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I met a couple while camping at AEP ReCreationlands (free camping) that have been full-timing for 25 years.They sold everything and used his daughter address for their mail. Together they earned around 1100 per month. I didn't ask from where. They were in their early sixties and were both going to get a small amount of SS @ 62. Her mom died and left them some property so thay had to take some "time off" lol to sell the property for a few thousand dollars. They stayed south in winter and slowly north in summer. They were both on Medicaid but I don't know why. Seemed very happy. Said they mostly "dry" camped and were still able to put money aside.
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My parents were raised during the great depression. Their experiences and behavior had a big influence on me. Early on I learned that when I worked I was trading hours of my life for money. Debt was something to be avoided if possible. As such I'm more a saver that a spender. I also try to avoid anything that involves a contract or has fees. I prefer pay as you go. In retirement I'm debt free.

Unlike Norm, full timing or even long term travel does not have the draw for me. I'm good for about a month and then I'm ready to go home. I like where I live, though I admit by March I've had enough of winter. I like my woods; walking or snowshoeing with the dog. I like my garden. I enjoy cutting firewood in the summer and spending hours tinkering in my shop any time of year. This is home and I guess I'm a homebody at heart.

I would suggest that folks who were good money managers prior to retirement will be good money managers after retirement whether they are on the road fulltime or not. And more likely than not they will not be living on just social security alone but if they had to, they could. Raz
I agree, i worked all my life so that i could have a home and land to enjoy, When i cut the grass and look how nice the land is landscaped. I look back and say to self. Well at least I made something. I live off SS and some small retirement funds, and probably could fulltime if want to, but it is nice to come home. Carl
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And am fortunate to have a one to return to
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I met a couple while camping at AEP ReCreationlands (free camping) that have been full-timing for 25 years.They sold everything and used his daughter address for their mail. Together they earned around 1100 per month. I didn't ask from where. They were in their early sixties and were both going to get a small amount of SS @ 62. Her mom died and left them some property so thay had to take some "time off" lol to sell the property for a few thousand dollars. They stayed south in winter and slowly north in summer. They were both on Medicaid but I don't know why. Seemed very happy. Said they mostly "dry" camped and were still able to put money aside.
Looks like this is in Ohio, but there are similar opportunities available in other states. Here's a very interesting link: https://www.aep.com/environment/conservation/recland/
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