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Old 08-21-2013, 05:47 PM   #15
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Thank you for your advice on health insurance. Definitely a very important consideration in the event that we decide to retire early.

The sale of the house is moving along quickly, emailing and returning documents back and forth while on vacation. We return home next week, coordinate the estate sale within a week, close on the sale of the house the last week of September.
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:19 PM   #16
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Health Care Insurance was on the top of my list to give you, as well as seconding the vote for storing some of your more precious treasures. Good luck with full timing and retirement. Hope you find an RV park that suits your needs, sounds like things are progressing along, moving you into your desired life style.
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:38 PM   #17
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Fulltiming- the plan, the schedule , the reality

Frank and Mike,

Thank you for starting this thread and outlining your plans. Please keep us posted on your progress. I found your sentiments regarding the need to have some special possessions in storage touching and so understandable! Most of us suffer from TMS ( too much stuff). We may not want to be possessed by our possessions yet it is impossible for most of us to scale down to whatever our truck and trailer can hold.

Again, good luck on your journey!
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:36 AM   #18
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Thank you for your words of support and kindness Annie. We're about to return home from vacation and now the fun begins of packing, having the sale and moving into the RV. Things are really moving quickly now.
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What does the insurance cost yearly on average??
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:37 PM   #20
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You may need a quasi permanent address for some types of insurance.

We had a renewal quote on catastrophic only from Blue Cross at $1,500 per month up from $1,200 last year. We have no health issues or any non-emergency room claims. They need the money for the CEO bonus and multiple corporte jets....

Good luck getting everything wrapped up!

Remember that the only person who got things done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe.
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Our BC/BS carrier (ALFA) would not discuss any changes until they found out what the impact of Obama Care would be. We had to keep my company policy until January 1. More than double our budget!
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:13 PM   #22
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I Never Imagined It Was This Much Work

All I can say now is that purging a house to transition into an RV is so much different than packing to move from one home to another. We're now two weeks into selling furnishings, pricing things for an upcoming garage sale, packing the few things we plan to keep for the storage facility. Two of the 3 bays of the garage are now full of things yet to be priced and staged for the garage sale. I can't imagine what we would do if people were not already coming by daily and purchasing things in advance of the garage sale.

Anyone that is considering doing this ... all I can say is that it takes A LOT OF PLANNING and EVEN MORE WORK.

I'm keeping a list of "to-do's" that document what we have been doing throughout this process in the hopes of posting it after we have completed this journey. Hopefully others that are contemplating this transition will find our list useful.
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:19 PM   #23
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Hey guys...sent you a message friday about your estate sale. Looking to come up to vuy some items, but hoping you have a list in general of what you are selling!
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I am full-timing. The immediate plan (always subject to change) is to purchase a tiny plot of land, build a storage shed on it and use that as "home base" for all my excursions. That seems reasonable to me for a couple of reasons:

1. Financial - unimproved land is not that expensive to purchase and it provides a central base of operations to retreat to should money become an issue or health concerns kick in and I need to stay in one place for an extended period of time. I would obviously pick an area I enjoy.

2. Maintenance - where do you store the 10-12 foot step ladder while on the road? No, seriously, where? I need to do roof maintenance (like before the rains this weekend) and I have no ladder! Well, if I had a shed, on my own property, I could schedule that maintenance trip.

3. Time off the road - to relax, rejuvenate, tell the world to kiss my toe, whatever.

And, continue to keep getting rid of stuff.

I have a 29' trailer for one person. I have LOADS of space and I want to keep it that way. Less truly is more. One coffee mug is fine. Gives me the excuse to purchase a totally extravagant one someday should I so choose - and the excuse is - but, there's only room for one, so why not!

Keep visualizing the dream and it will appear.

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2. Maintenance - where do you store the 10-12 foot step ladder while on the road? No, seriously, where? I need to do roof maintenance (like before the rains this weekend) and I have no ladder! Well, if I had a shed, on my own property, I could schedule that maintenance trip.

Julianne,

If you get one of those tri-fold ladders you could store it under the bed.
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2. Maintenance - where do you store the 10-12 foot step ladder while on the road? No, seriously, where? I need to do roof maintenance (like before the rains this weekend) and I have no ladder! Well, if I had a shed, on my own property, I could schedule that maintenance trip. Julianne, If you get one of those tri-fold ladders you could store it under the bed.
Currently, under the bed is the fresh water tank, etc. (more plumbing), but I honestly hadn't thought about a tri-fold ladder!

Thanks! I'm off to research....

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How about in the back of the F-150?
There are also racks where you can carry the ladder above the bed and cab of the truck.
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Frank & Mike - Just found this thread (been somewhat under the weather) but want to wish the very best to ya'll as you move on to another lifestyle. I'd love to follow in your footsteps one day. Pease do continue to share your experiences as things evolve.
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