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Old 07-10-2007, 12:01 AM   #1
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We will give it a try, this Fulltiming idea.

I am looking at retiring as a fulltimer. Some of the topics could be:

• State by State Cost of Living Comparisons
• On forwarding mail... and paying taxes
• Fulltimer’s bookeeping questions
• Ways to pay bills on the road?
• Getting ready to go full time...
• UPS deliveries?
• Telephone, Television and Internet services
• Choosing which state to register as your domicile

Your thoughts...
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Old 07-19-2007, 06:21 PM   #2
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How about a section for really nice but cheap monthly camping sites? In all areas of the country.

For when you find an area you want to hang around in for a while.
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Old 07-20-2007, 12:46 PM   #3
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How about a section for really nice but cheap monthly camping sites? In all areas of the country.

For when you find an area you want to hang around in for a while.
Sounds good. If you have some insights start a thread here in Fulltiming.
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Old 08-16-2008, 11:16 PM   #4
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Is security ever an issue that needs some discussion. I am an older woman about to go full time, and I wonder if anyone's ever had any concerns about this matter. I've never pulled a travel trailer--only sailboats--so this is a big, new undertaking. I'm so excited about it.

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Old 09-23-2008, 01:56 PM   #5
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Is security ever an issue that needs some discussion. I am an older woman about to go full time, and I wonder if anyone's ever had any concerns about this matter. I've never pulled a travel trailer--only sailboats--so this is a big, new undertaking. I'm so excited about it.

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I would be interested in discussion on this subject as well.

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Old 09-23-2008, 02:06 PM   #6
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Ways to pay bills on the road? ---> Have everything setup as auto pay. Also have your pension checks deposited automatically. Get a debit card so you don't have to carry large amounts of cash around.
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Old 09-23-2008, 02:51 PM   #7
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Ways to pay bills on the road? ---> Have everything setup as auto pay. Also have your pension checks deposited automatically. Get a debit card so you don't have to carry large amounts of cash around.

I've asked several full-timers about how they work their funds. Many have a checking account with a debit card attached that also receives a direct deposit of their retirement annuity. They keep this account pretty much spent out so loss of a debit card won't wipe them out.

Most also have a credit card and other bank checking/saving accounts with larger amounts.

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Old 09-23-2008, 04:50 PM   #8
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We plan to "full time it" for a few months, once we move out of Houston. *Our plan is to save up a nest egg to live off for a few months, and use to eventually get us started*in a new rent home where ever we end up. *I also just got a couple of credit cards to keep as a safty net for emergency use, and to help build up my credit with. *With any luck this will all work out and we will be eggin' it for a while in the NW!
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Mike, this forum always strikes me as strange, only cause Dh and I owned a Rv park and a large precentage of our guest were full timers and because it was an Rv park we tended to get the large motor coaches. So the first time I saw this forum I thought where do they store everything? I know being a new fiberglass owner I am having to learn to camp with less. I think a wonderful topic would be the storage issue as fulltimers tend to have to have things with them where for us, camping/rv-ing we can pack per trip. I am sure it would help soon to be's/wanta be's/ and somedayers prepare for their jump into the wonderful journey of fulltiming. Robin
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Talking New Fulltimer

I recently made the jump into fulltiming as a military retiree at 41 I had been traveling and living out of a rucksack and dufflebag all my life so this was luxury.
5 years working a corporate and then a government job pushed me into doing what I enjoy doing and that is travel.
Its easy once you make the decision!.
1. You can automate just about every account now days and do bills online.
2. direct deposit all retirement or payroll checks w/ a linking debit card.
3. Stop using your actual email address on mailings and opt out of them as much as possible, the junk mail will begin to thin to nothing before you leave.
4. Have a good cell phone service and don't skimp on your phone. (a good phone and service is invaluable, as well as the new pc phones)
5. stop worrying about everything else that you have no control over and enjoy the scenery, views, freedom!! thats what I have been working for all my life and now, Im off!!!..
Happy trails everyone!
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I recently made the jump into fulltiming as a military retiree at 41 I had been traveling and living out of a rucksack and dufflebag all my life so this was luxury.
5 years working a corporate and then a government job pushed me into doing what I enjoy doing and that is travel.
Its easy once you make the decision!.
1. You can automate just about every account now days and do bills online.
2. direct deposit all retirement or payroll checks w/ a linking debit card.
3. Stop using your actual email address on mailings and opt out of them as much as possible, the junk mail will begin to thin to nothing before you leave.
4. Have a good cell phone service and don't skimp on your phone. (a good phone and service is invaluable, as well as the new pc phones)
5. stop worrying about everything else that you have no control over and enjoy the scenery, views, freedom!! thats what I have been working for all my life and now, Im off!!!..
Happy trails everyone!
We semi-full time, 7-10 months a year. We have direct deposit and mostly use a our bank's issued credit card and pay it off each month. In some sense it's safer than a debit because no one can get your cash with a credit card but can with a debit. The only time we use the debit is to get cash, like at Walmart or a grocery store where they will give you cash against your debit. Since we're with Bank of America we usually get our cash from them.

I will say full timing is a great life for many.

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Mike, this forum always strikes me as strange, only cause Dh and I owned a Rv park and a large precentage of our guest were full timers and because it was an Rv park we tended to get the large motor coaches. So the first time I saw this forum I thought where do they store everything? I know being a new fiberglass owner I am having to learn to camp with less. I think a wonderful topic would be the storage issue as fulltimers tend to have to have things with them where for us, camping/rv-ing we can pack per trip. I am sure it would help soon to be's/wanta be's/ and somedayers prepare for their jump into the wonderful journey of fulltiming. Robin
We're really semi-full timers traveling for 7-10 months each year. We started in a motorhome but now do it in a Scamp 16. We are amazed how little we need to live quite happily.

We begin by considering how we can optimize our rig for travel and how we can minimize what we need. We typically always have empty space in most cabinets though we try to have a specific space for everything we do bring. That typically means nothing on the floor, like coolers and the like.

It is truly amazing how little one needs to live happily compared to all the stuff we have in our homes.

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Ways to pay bills on the road? ---> Have everything setup as auto pay. Also have your pension checks deposited automatically. Get a debit card so you don't have to carry large amounts of cash around.
We never have more than $200 in cash. We find it very easy to replenish at our bank. We use Bank of America because they are every where, As well you can get cash at any Walmart when checking out as you can at most groceries or even CVS.

We typically only use our credit card to buy things, paying it off each month.

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Ways to pay bills on the road? ---> Have everything setup as auto pay. Also have your pension checks deposited automatically. Get a debit card so you don't have to carry large amounts of cash around.
All of our bills become are visible on our bank account. It is possible to do auto pay but we authorize each bill, giving the date it is to be paid. This way we are the gate keeper. It's really not much work, we get about 10 bills a month.

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