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Old 11-23-2005, 05:32 AM   #15
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I read with interest the post of the expence of full-timing as we both retired very early also. Our cost saving lifestyle is much differant. We have two base camps that we own. One in Florida for the winter and one in Tennessee for the summers. This allows us to enjoy the outdoors as the weather is great in both places. We own these spots and have combined yearly fees of only $1000. Our electric is very small as we try to use fans instead of A/C and get by very well. If it's too hot we go to the pool. We both play golf and have free golf at our Florida site. We all help maintain the course so it makes it play very well. Our Florida place has a very nice screen room to keep the noseeems away in the evening while having our HH and watching the sunsets. Tennessee offers many large trees on our place so shade is everywhere and we have a 35' covered patio with a soon to be guest house (now a shed house) don't say that too fast. We are in a 34' that now has two lazy boys in place of those terrible couches that allows us to watch some TV on rainy days in comfort. We pull with a V10 Dodge 3/4 ton 4x4. We are both in our mid sixties and truely enjoy our lifestyle. I'm sure they'll come a day when I don't feel comfortable pulling anymore so we'll end up in a double wide someplace and look back at all those wonderful years of full-timing in our Airstream. Remember this............your not cramped because you go places where the weather is always pleasant allowing you to be outside. The mobile life is for us. Did I mention we live on a VERY small amount of income. So small it scares me but we still have too much fun.
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Old 11-23-2005, 09:18 AM   #16
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Did I mention we live on a VERY small amount of income. So small it scares me but we still have too much fun.

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Old 11-23-2005, 05:54 PM   #17
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I have decided to live fulltime in aobut a year.

30' Safari Bunkhouse

Your description sounds like heaven. After reading your article
I am in feeling good about my decision.

I go back and forth between fear and anticipation. I plan to
look for work on the road such as UPS at xmass and inventory
counting and what I can find hear of there.

I can just about retire but if I want to afford restaurants and
primo campsights every once in a while then I must work too.

Here is an article I used to estimate costs. I made a budget
by taking these items and applying a 3% increace per year
to get to 2006. I had to add a few items also. Some items had
to be increased more than 3% per year! GAS...

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Full-timers: Dollars & Sense of Full-timing

October 3, 2001
by Carl Pullum (used courtesy of TL Enterprises www.rv.net)
Good article. Very frugal people. Gas and health insurance have increased considerably more than 3% per year. I also find their entertainment expense on the light side. I would have to increase that one for myself. Still, based on those numbers inflated liberally we could live pretty good. That's encouraging.
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Old 11-23-2005, 10:44 PM   #18
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Hi I am fulltiming and I have a question. I am getting ready to move on Friday and need some advise on packing my stuff. This is my first move to another site with all of my stuff in here. When I brought it here it was basically empty. Now I have dishes, lamps, mirrors, my computer, just lots of stuff one needs to live full time, does alot of stuff shift all around? Do I need to put my dishes in boxes and secure them? I really don't know what to expect.Thanks in advance, jimmieanna
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Old 11-23-2005, 10:49 PM   #19
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When I brought it here it was basically empty. Now I have dishes, lamps, mirrors, my computer, just lots of stuff one needs to live full time, does alot of stuff shift all around? Do I need to put my dishes in boxes and secure them? I really don't know what to expect.Thanks in advance, jimmieanna
Yes, stuff will bounce around. Anything fragile (i.e. glass, computer) my wife and I usually make sure is wrapped and packed in a place that doesn't let it move. E.g. we put our wine glasses in the orig wine box that we bought them in, and it worked great. Just stored the box in our closet. We had nice plastic dishes from Target and just kept them stored in the cupboards and they were fine. If yours are china, put a non-slip rubber type pad between each and on the bottom so they don't move around and chip. Basically, your rule of thumb should be that if it can move, make sure it is secured so that it doesn't. Because it will, trust me (yes, we learned the hard way).

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Old 11-23-2005, 11:10 PM   #20
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okay, I appreciate your answering me so fast. I do have a bit of work to get ready then, however on the bright side no toting boxes. I just have to secure stuff and hook-up and go. That is really cool. Thanks, Jimmieanna
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Old 11-30-2005, 06:19 PM   #21
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Custom matresses

The first major thing I did within 3 months of moving in was have an oval mattress custom made, cause the factory foam is mediocre at best. I chose to have all four corners rounded so I could flip it as the front bed would put all the wear in the middle of one edge.

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We are full timing now and would like to replace those 20 year old twin mattresses with the one curved corner in our 34 foot 1986 Limited with something better. Where does one get mattresses made like you have described? How long did it take to get the new mattress made? I would sure like something firmer that we could flip in several directions

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Old 12-12-2005, 06:43 AM   #22
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Full-Timers -- we are dreaming, scheming, and saving for full-timing. Really have no idea just how great it will be. Our conversations with two veteran full-timers in Highland Haven and what little we can find to read have us so excited about full-timing. Thanks for sharing your experiences, budgets, and methods. Your posts make it sound less expensive or even compared to what you planned to spend? Do you have the back of your truck organized like an "attic" with the off-season stuff and tools, extra gear? Did most of you sell out your homeplace or keep some of it stashed somewhere (I read one of you has a corner in your daughter's house -- our children haven't really set up households yet)

Thanks again and we look fwd to seeing your informative posts -- lure us in!
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Old 12-12-2005, 10:26 AM   #23
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Your posts make it sound less expensive or even compared to what you planned to spend? Do you have the back of your truck organized like an "attic" with the off-season stuff and tools, extra gear? Did most of you sell out your homeplace or keep some of it stashed somewhere ...
As for expenses ... pretty darned close to what we budgeted.

Yes, the bed of the truck holds most of our gear. I usually end up "reorganizing" it about every 3 months!

We kept our house in California ... and are glad we did. We hired a very good property manager (after interviewing 3) ... and leave the worries to her.
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Old 12-12-2005, 04:46 PM   #24
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I've been fulltiming since September 2004. My Airstream is from some unit members, original owners, who could no longer tow. I've kept my house -it's managed by a property management real estate firm. Stuff is in a rented storage unit. -The back of my pickup holds a lot of stuff and looks a mess -hopefully that mess doesn't look worth stealing. I've been hosting at Oregon State parks, and staying with family otherwise. My companions are a parakeet, a cat, and a guinea pig.
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Old 12-13-2005, 06:16 AM   #25
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PLanning to Full-Time

Porky and Coastal, thanks for replies. We had thought to budget similar to current working/living city-living budget then read some of the way-low cost posts and wondered how low cost we want to go. We are considering shedding everything but what we can fit in the truck and small (22) CCD. Did a layout of truck bed to be sure the right stuff fits. (Probably we'll walk out to the truck to drive off and realize we have one too many things) Heirloom things we prize we will be picky about placing with family. Everything else must go? Neat thing about this forum is the balanced viewpoints we read. Everyone's different.
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Old 12-18-2005, 05:00 PM   #26
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Old 01-01-2006, 07:14 PM   #27
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Hey all this talk of fulltiming...

On next VAP we talk with a family who is fulltiming now. They give us a good idea of life on the road.

It comes out Jan 5th. Which reminds me I better get to work on it!
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Old 01-31-2006, 11:21 PM   #28
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What to keep when full timing

Hi all,

I've been out of the country for 2 mo. Go figure, I suggest
I am ready for next reduction in force and they offer me
an 8 week rotational assignment in Singapore. What fun.

Back to dreamin and sceamin as someone else put it.

I plan to get everything I can't take in my pickup and 30'
trailer into a 10' x 10' area. Then I will rent a basement
bedroom from someone for about $100/mo. If that doesn't
work, I think I can find public storage for that amount.
If it does work, I can also treat that as my address for
certain paperwork which requires an address.

If possible the 10 x 10 area will include enough space for
a double bed set up to crawl into. I'm not holding my
breath for that one. After 3-5 years of full time, I may
set up a small effeciency appartment if I feel the need
for more stable house environemnt. That's why I would
keep 10 x10 worth of stuff.

By the way, this reduction to 10 x 10 worth of stuff is
all in my mind at this point.

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