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Old 06-20-2012, 05:44 PM   #15
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I've been full timing since last October, while working (more) than full time in an office at a computer downtown. I'm about to move to Vancouver BC and I'll probably get an apartment, but I'll be staying in the camper at first and who knows... if that goes especially well, I may just end up saving the money every month and keep full timing! In the city! Life presents some wacky, wonderful options sometimes. I love the cosy trailer life and a campground can be a lot more peaceful than an apartment building where you can hear your upstairs neighbors every foot step.

I love the idea of making a living not tied down to one spot, perhaps I'll have to go and learn web development or something I can do anywhere I have a decent web connection. Or if I got a bit more serious about my photography, who knows.
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Old 06-20-2012, 05:46 PM   #16
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We love the wonder we've found, in each other and the experience of new places...
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:36 PM   #17
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That's two posts now about eating less food while camping. One of you should write a new diet cookbook: The Camping Diet!

Actually, I do the opposite and eat more when camping... because I get waaaaay more outdoor exercise when I'm out in the cool woods where I can walk or bike or kayak. The meals are less elaborate, but I'm hungry so they still taste good.
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:32 PM   #18
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That's two posts now about eating less food while camping. One of you should write a new diet cookbook: The Camping Diet!

Actually, I do the opposite and eat more when camping... because I get waaaaay more outdoor exercise when I'm out in the cool woods where I can walk or bike or kayak. The meals are less elaborate, but I'm hungry so they still taste good.

That was my thought!
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:40 PM   #19
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That's two posts now about eating less food while camping. One of you should write a new diet cookbook: The Camping Diet!

Actually, I do the opposite and eat more when camping... because I get waaaaay more outdoor exercise when I'm out in the cool woods where I can walk or bike or kayak. The meals are less elaborate, but I'm hungry so they still taste good.

If you "resort" camp you could eat more with restaurants close by. But if have to carry 2 weeks worth of food and a long ways to a store, you eat less.
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:49 PM   #20
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'Afford' is of course a subjective term, and really comes down to what your income source and level is.

We've been full timing for 6 years now (3 of those in a solar powered 17' Oliver Legacy Elite). We're currently in our late 30s, and work as we roam as software developers. As long as we have internet, we can earn an income. It's really no different for us than when we had a fixed stationary home (and for me, I ran my business from home then too). We've met a variety of folks earning an income as they roam - from writing, affiliate marketing, workamping, crafting, web design, graphic design, tying ballon animals, collecting insects, medical professionals, etc. The ideas go on and on.

For us, we sold off everything - so we don't have a rent/mortgage 'back home' to keep on top of. Our travel costs (camp fees & fuel) replace those, and are actually much cheaper. And more controllable, as we can decide our pace of travel and find camping accommodations to fit our needs. Monthly rentals with full hook-ups can be found for just a couple hundred bucks up to about a grand. Boondocking for free on public campgrounds is an option to, but there is usually a cost of your alternate energy - solar, generator, etc.

There are some great apps for finding camping options. The ones we favor (all for iPhone, some have Android versions):

CampWhere (public campground finder)
AllStays Camp & RV
RVParking


We also belong to Passport America, which gives us 50% discounts at private campgrounds, which are great for when passing through and needing power (such as now in this heat).

We blog extensively about life on the road... here are some particular sections that you might find interesting:

Our days in our Oliver (fiberglass egg related): Oliver Travel Trailer (July 2008 – May 2011) | Technomadia

Ramblings: Our video series interviewing other full timers

No Excuses: Our free blog series covering many of the logistical things like income sources, affording it, pets, mail, family, etc.

Best wishes.. and see you on the road?

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Old 07-20-2012, 10:16 AM   #21
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Here is another link to "free or cheap" campsites: Free Campgrounds for RVs
Also, here is a link to a forum about full timing Escapees Discussion Forum

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Old 09-04-2012, 06:37 PM   #22
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Greetings,
This is a post on full timing with a twist : )

My wife and i still work, though since we found ourselves rarely being more than a hug away from each other over the past ~30 years we decided since the nest was empty...to downsize from a 1 acre 3 bedroom farmhouse to a 38ft mobile suite. We love it (moved in fall of 2011). . . a year later and we still giggle over the simplicity and beauty of living at a golf resort on the oregon coast 5 minutes from work. with total housing expenses coming in under ~$800 a month. Sure we have other "Bills", but housing costs were cut by nearly 2/3rds. . . and having that golf green out the dining room window is sweet.

When we go play it is in our van conversion, and like many, we prefer the free sites, most of our favorites happen to be BLM or Forestry land set aside for public mining/prospecting and free for up to 14 days in 30. BUT what we found is that if you keep a clean camp, the rangers rarely bother you to move, and if you are nice, they might just have you move a 1/2 mile up the road just to keep the boss happy : )

I've followed FRV forum for several years, and my wife and i are probably going to purchase a 7x14ft+5ft vNose fiberglass trailer from fibertech and do the conversion ourselves. It will be set up for 100% off grid use like our van. Except for going into town once a week for a bag of ice and food we can camp indefinitely as time away from work allows.

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So didn't you get a bunch of great replies. I have yet to purchase. I just keep looking and thinking about it. I have income and I retired last year. What continues to stop me are: 1.. selecting just the right size, priced, in shape trailer and 2. the being single part which I am not sure got addressed by others.

I have lots of family where I live in Austin TX and have concerns about being lonely one the road and also clueless about fixing my trailer or even parking the trailer (lol).... I keep thinking there is a group of women out there travelling together and I just need to find them.... I am sure you guys are my tribe. peace Donna
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So didn't you get a bunch of great replies. I have yet to purchase. I just keep looking and thinking about it. I have income and I retired last year. What continues to stop me are: 1.. selecting just the right size, priced, in shape trailer and 2. the being single part which I am not sure got addressed by others.

I have lots of family where I live in Austin TX and have concerns about being lonely one the road and also clueless about fixing my trailer or even parking the trailer (lol).... I keep thinking there is a group of women out there travelling together and I just need to find them.... I am sure you guys are my tribe. peace Donna
Hi Donna,
You might consider renting a trailer for a week or two. I suggest in February and spending the time at Rio Grand Village in Big Bend National Park. Don't forget to purchase the Senior Pass when come into the park. Start talking to the people camped there. You'll be surprised how friendly they are, and helpful.
In face you have trouble parking and setting up a trailer there will be somebody around willing to help.
Our first long trip was 30 days in Death Valley and Joshua Tree NP in February. The first thing I discovered about Death Valley and most other National Parks in the winter is the people there are simi-full timers to full timers.
If you find it too stressful you haven't invested a lot of money. My guess it won't take long to get a trailer and start traveling. Winter travel to the south is my preference.
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:35 AM   #25
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I am not sure what you are looking for, but I full-time without any pension or anything. I am 40 yrs old. I afford it by workamping. I have worked two seasons at Yellowstone National Park and am currently working at Amazon.com for their Christmas season. My only bills are my cell phone and car insurance.

I am not getting rich, or as yet saving a whole lot. I am getting rich in other ways though. I meet people from all over the world doing what I do and I am loving it. I am a single female and have been doing this for four years now. I sold EVERYTHING! It's very liberating.

Oh, a couple of websites to checkout jobs are:
Summer Jobs and Seasonal Jobs in Great Places | CoolWorks.com Look around, they have a specific link for Rv workers
Workamper News This one costs money, but is great for getting to know the workamping situation. They also have a forum there, very helpful

I hope this has been helpful.
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:36 AM   #26
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In general this has gone a long way to a healthier life.

Fuel is also inescapeable. We minimize it, though not without controversy, by towing with a fuel efficient vehicle. As well we don't race around the country, we drive slower paced roads at a reasonable rate.

On the road life has been great.....
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Fuel is a significant cost item, even when using a fuel efficient vehicle however there are definitely ways to minimize the cost for full time travel and for people out for long periods.

When we were young we had a map with all these famous places scattered across North America. Going from one of those to another can be expensive, like a Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Glacier Loop, lots of miles for three great places.

What we've learned on the road is that you can drive a lot fewer miles and see wonderful places. There are so many places to visit that you've never heard of in any area of the NA.

This year we spent 10 days in Elko County, NV. Our campground hosts were always suggesting new things to see and do. In ten days we never did complete their list.
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So very true. We often drive past many, many great places of interest just to get to a better know, and often way more commercialized place.
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