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Old 03-30-2015, 10:46 PM   #29
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B_Pi: which park do you recommend in Palm Springs, and when does it get too hot for you there? The monthly fees near San Diego are higher.

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Old 03-31-2015, 04:59 AM   #30
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We do not full time, however, we do about 5-6 months spaced over the year. We figured correctly before retirement that taking no debt into retirement and acquiring no debt in retirement would be the only way to go for us. So we did that and are doing that and it makes owning a fixed home and our AS and TV economically very doable.

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Old 04-06-2015, 11:14 PM   #31
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Hey..where in Oregon do you land? I am in Eugene with my new 25' FC Twin and looking to spend much time exploring our wonderful state. If you are open to other AS'ers sharing your coast space I would be most grateful. I have a long love affair with the coast. My 2 children are home birth babies from Yachats...a pretty select population! Love to connect...Atheness aka Kate
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Old 04-07-2015, 12:14 PM   #32
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In a separate thread we estimated full timing budget is about $3500 a month. There is a lot of variation in this of course.

Do you full timers find this a reasonable estimate of the cost of full timing?

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I sometimes read threads talking about the simple, low cost life of living full time in an RV. I would submit it is not the cheapest way to live. Full timing may be fun, but it is costly.

We tried to explore some monthly budgets living in an Airstream full time. There are huge variations of course. An Airstream is one of the more expensive RVs on the market, and one of the smallest square footage wise. Well built luxury in a small space. Ideal for traveling well. The monthly budget includes some major expenses that don't go away because you elect to live in an RV, such as insurances.

Take a look at this thread if you haven't already. We discuss most of the expenses necessary living full time.

Hope this helps.

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Yes, my budget planning was for the two of us. Health insurance is for two. Then we carry pick up and Airstream insurance. And the dog gone smart phone and hot spot costs a fortune per month!

The point it living full time on the road in an Airstream is more expensive than some folks think it is.

I recall your original thread, I think $3500 is reasonable, but on the HIGH side of things. We're about to launch and already have some experience under our belts out on the road. When you originally planned to spend $900 a month in campsite fee's. I just don't know anyone that I've followed spending so much to camp each month, unless you are into luxury RV parks with cable & phone hookups.

We're a family of 4 and we've budgeted $2800 per month or 30% of our monthly income as our total fixed living expenses.

When we get out west, we want to see if we can start boondocking about 35% of the time.

Granted, our health costs are very low compared to older folks. We have excellent insurance that covers 90% of everything with Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Still, at a level above "Bum" and below "High Roller" I'd say $2200~$3800 is a reasonable spectrum for two people.
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We figured $30 a night for 30 nights. Certainly monthly rates are much cheaper if you want to stay at a place for a month. Certainly government land and boondocking is even cheaper if you can be "off the grid" for several days.

The less you travel, the cheaper living in the Airstream becomes.


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