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Old 08-01-2013, 10:26 PM   #1
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Fulltiming - The Plan, The Schedule, The Reality

So we're close to agreement on now's the time to pursue the dream. A major milestone, given that one of us (not me) has struggled a little with the concept of not having the stick and stone home. But we still have a small ranch in south Texas so there will always be a "home base" to speak of. Believe me, I've given this much thought and planning in my mind for the last two years and I think the other half is now convinced ... and even a little excited about the idea. The plan in my mind goes like this:

1. List the house with target sell by October 2013 (houses in the neighborhood are selling, on average, in less than 3 weeks right now ... so I think this is the right time to sell).
2. Research Insurance for the RV as fulltime residence and how all that works.
3. Schedule an Estate Sale to occur within 1 week of contract on house.
4. Invest proceeds from the sell of the house and the contents (lots of contents and collectables ... so I think this is going to be the biggest challenge) into retirement account.
5. Trade in the 25 ft. Airstream for a 30 ft. Airstream.
6. Move into RV Park in Austin to finish out two more years of work with living expenses estimated at 1/5 of current expenses.
7. Direct all income into maximizing retirement accounts.
8. In two years retire at 51 and 53.
9. Leave the stress of the corporate world behind and hit the road and start enjoying life and seeing all the sites.

So, have I overlooked something I need to add to the plan? Over the course of the next week I want this plan finalized and ready to execute upon. Anyone having gone through this, please offer up advice. Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:26 PM   #2
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Sounds like you've got most of the important things covered. We made the same move not too long ago. Our plan was VERY similair to yours( I, however have about 10 years to go B-4 retirement )
Like you, my wife was "on board" but still had issues when the day finally came to shed the "stuff" Even now, after a month full time in the Airstream, we are dwindling down the things we packed in here. There is certainly a learning curve when it comes to what you think you need, and what you really need!
One thing you'll want to concentrate on will be insurance. We have State Farm and when I went to meet with our agent I was surprised to learn that they really don't have anything for people who live in their Airstreams. We didn't fit into their Homeowners policy and because the A.S. wasn't going to be strapped to the ground with hurricane straps we apparently didn't fall into the mobile home policy either. I think in an effort to keep our business (all our insurance is through them) he offered up a renters policy, but was pretty clear it was "semi-temporary"
Guess I'm gonna have to eventually do some shopping.

Here's how it's all gone down for us.
It started out good when the house finally sold.....
Got better after the estate sale....
The first week full time was difficult and every week after that has gotten better. Now after 4 weeks we're finding our "groove" and couldn't be happier.
We like the modern park we're in. We are close to work and close to services we haven't been in a while. (used to live out in the sticks)
In just a month have a much better outlook on our future! And that is PRICELESS!
Keep us updated on your progress.
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:18 AM   #3
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[QUOTE=Frank&Mike;1334742]

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4. Invest proceeds from the sell of the house and the contents (lots of contents and collectables ... so I think this is going to be the biggest challenge) into retirement account.

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Retiring early works so much better if you invest well.

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I have no affiliation with them other than being a satisfied user. Start slowly!
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:23 AM   #4
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We travel south each winter for six months and enjoy it very much, always nice to come home. It's not cheap to move about the country and get the most out of it; the greatest challenge will be having enough regular income to support it over the years.

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Old 08-02-2013, 08:40 AM   #5
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You know, we have a small stick house and are on the road 8 months or so in a good year.

We retired at 58, with modest pensions, decent savings and a paid off house.

We have found that it is much less expensive to travel than we thought, and with keeping expenses reasonable we can do what we love. Living small, and modestly, helps tremendously.

If you really want to do it, you can. That's what we believe.

Have to have your debts in check, a source of income and be willing to improvise if you need to. There are lots of ways to earn extra cash when you are traveling, from work camping to temporary jobs. We have met inumerable people who sre doing this successfully.

Go for it, I say!


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Old 08-02-2013, 04:39 PM   #6
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Thanks for all Input ... Please Keep It Coming

Thank you to each of you that have offered advice. It's both helpful and encouraging to minimize this small amount of fear we still have with trying something totally new and different.

I feel good about all of it ... the financial component is all "in check" and no debt. Income at retirement is "in check" also.

But there's just this one thing that we're struggling with. And the way I'm feeling about it can best be described as having a book that you love, reading that book anytime you want to, but then suddenly never being able to pull that book off the shelf, never again to open it up and read it. And the "book" is all of those sentimental things that were passed down to us from grandparents, the little things tucked away that friends have given us that we occasionally pull out of the box and have a special meaning. That's the one thing that is tough. Because I know we won't have any place to store these things and when I see those things walking away in someone's hands at the sale .......
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Old 08-03-2013, 09:26 AM   #7
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Perhaps you have someone who could store a box of sentimental things for you, or a small storage spot somewhere. We haven't considered full-time but if we did I think I would try to have a "base camp" of some kind, a centrally located place to keep a few things so we could leave some seasonal and treasured items behind, rather than dispose or carry them.

Many full-timers find themselves setting roots again in the future, for a lot of reasons.

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Old 08-03-2013, 08:58 PM   #8
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Perhaps you have someone who could store a box of sentimental things for you, or a small storage spot somewhere. We haven't considered full-time but if we did I think I would try to have a "base camp" of some kind, a centrally located place to keep a few things so we could leave some seasonal and treasured items behind, rather than dispose or carry them.

Many full-timers find themselves setting roots again in the future, for a lot of reasons.

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I think this is probably one of the best pieces of advice so far. You and another friend here on the Forums suggested this and surely a small climate controlled storage space won't "break the bank". I'm adding this one to the list of to-do's.

The realtor comes Monday evening and the house goes on the market then. We spent 8 hours today working in over 100 degree temps to spruce up the cactus garden. It made the decision to sell the house and fulltime seem like a good choice. The bananas are coming on strong so maybe the next owners will enjoy some fresh bananas.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:38 PM   #9
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All the Nice RV Parks are at Capacity

We visited 4 RV Parks this weekend. It's amazing how many people are making the move from house to RV. Of the 4 we visited, 1 RV Park has only 1 site remaining (and it's 34 miles north of downtown ... not a very friendly commute), a second one has only a few sites vacant (and it's not in a very desirable area of town), and other 2 were raunchy (1 was full and the other was about 1/2 full).

Next week we'll visit a couple west of downtown in hopes that the one we like the most will have availability.

They're going for around $500/mo. plus electric.
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:08 PM   #10
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I think we're making some progress. House officially went on the market Wednesday, first offer received yesterday. Now the back and forth negotiation ritual is ensuing. Possibly a second offer from another couple is in the works and anticipated in the next day or so.

But the RV Park search sure isn't yielding much that is desirable. Right now our first choice will put us back on the other side of town where we previously lived out by Lake Travis. Don't get me wrong, beautiful part of town, but just not convenient when trying to be near a parent that thinks a 30 minute commute is equivalent of a commute across the state.
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It appears things are going to get a little interesting now. This evening the realtor indicated the folks interested in purchasing our house want to go under contract tomorrow, but we fly out for vacation early tomorrow morning. I hope international fax and internet access don't let us down. Then when we return from vacation it appears we have 3 weeks to have the estate sale, find a RV Park and start fulltiming. But I'm not complaining ... feeling good things are progressing quickly instead of dragging along.
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Very good check list of things to do to get to full timing. One thing I would add: Your health & health care insurance. I retired at 62 (2 years ago)with the idea of full timing but returning to our home in East Texas as a base camp. I have never been a very physically active person. As soon as I retired, I started having some health problems. These have kept us off the road much more than I had planned. Since Medicare is not available until age 65, I could have incurred a lot of medical expenses during these illness's. I was fortunate to have access to health care through thje VA so it has not hurt my "fulltiming" plans from a financial aspect.
Moral to this story: Stay healthy and have some health insurance options to help you pay health care bills that may come along!
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Health is important with age. My retirement came, then three different surgeries, including cancer. We move on, maintain good health insurance and take care of ourselves, or the good Airstream travels (about 1/2 time) wouldn't happen.

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