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Old 06-27-2007, 08:56 AM   #15
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Just an idea, but before you get rid of everything, put it in storage for a month or two, and stay in a more or less local campground. That way, you will be able to tell what you really need, and can go back and get it, without having to buy something you threw out last month. After a couple of months, you can then safely contact Salvation Army for disposal, or have a big garage sale.
We are more or less doing the same thing now, our extra "stuf" is in a storage unit, and we have found we need some stuff we would have tossed, and have no use for stuff we thought we couldn't live without.
Also, you may as well toss that Sam's Club membership card, there's no room for a case of peanut butter in your coach...
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Old 06-27-2007, 11:33 AM   #16
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Just an idea, but before you get rid of everything, put it in storage for a month or two, and stay in a more or less local campground. That way, you will be able to tell what you really need, and can go back and get it, without having to buy something you threw out last month.
TOO LATE!! It's almost all gone. I have had garage sales for 2 week-ends in a row (4 days) and I am sick of them. Ads in the paper, eBay sales and give aways, and I just dumped some things in the trash can. This is HARD work for a single guy! I kept most of my tools and some power equiptment and will take some hand tools and small power things with me and the rest will be in storage in the basement of a relative.

I will tell all of you who are thinking of going FT RVing.....deciding what to take with you and deciding what to get rid of......and then the getting rid of it is very hard work and very time consuming....and nerve racking. When I get all this done, I will need a REST!! Remember, you cannot start ridding yourself of STUFF too soon. Think of how long you will need....and then double it!

I'm beginning to feel a hint of LIBERATION! Bill
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Old 06-27-2007, 11:56 AM   #17
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Bill,

Can't wait!! We start full timing in a few months. I remember the packing and sorting, garage sales, etc, etc, etc.

Of course, I got rid of a couple of things we now need, but can make do in other ways.

Good luck and keep us all in the loop.

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Old 06-27-2007, 11:58 AM   #18
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Good for you Bill. It's a huge step that I hope is everything you wish for, but one that is reversable if things don't work out. Good luck,
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Old 06-27-2007, 01:21 PM   #19
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Bill, we think alike!

My wife and I are taking an extended trip west to escape the Alabama summer heat. We aren't selling all of our stuff just yet, though.

One thing I would mention, is that if you are looking at visiting Yellowstone...it's VERY crowded in the summer. We are having trouble finding decent reservations there.

We've started a blog to document our journey.

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Old 06-27-2007, 06:43 PM   #20
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going, Going, GONE!

After working a year on "Elvira", the AS, getting her in good shape, ready to travel, I never thought that getting ready to go FT would be so stressful!

Actually, I had not planned to go FT, until just recently. My idea was to maintain a homebase here in Cullman to come back to from time to time. But then after reading a book "Basic RVing" and another one "Full-Time RVing", by Bill and Jan Moeller, I started looking at the COSTS and liabilities of maintaning a "homebase"!! The costs are rediculas if you plan to be gone 2 years or more!

I looked at all options.......storage of everything, buy/rent a smaller house, sell some/store some, etc., etc. NOTHING was financial appealing; hence, my decision to sell everything! So, Im selling everything.......except some hand tools.....you know, the good stuff to have.

But, frankly I was not prepared for the stress of ridding yourself of all the "stuff" you have accumulated over a lifetime!

However, I'm feeling better now. Looking forward to hitching up and going. And, I hope to meet some of you nice folks out there somewhere!

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Old 06-27-2007, 06:51 PM   #21
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However, I'm feeling better now. Looking forward to hitching up and going. And, I hope to meet some of you nice folks out there somewhere!

Bill
Bill are you a WBCCI member? if so, you can put your big red numbers up so we all will know it's you rolling into the RV park. If not, maybe you could put your forums numbers on the trailer in blue. Just an idea.
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Old 06-27-2007, 08:54 PM   #22
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'. . .One thing I would mention, is that if you are looking at visiting Yellowstone...it's VERY crowded in the summer. We are having trouble finding decent reservations there. . .(QUOTE)
Bill and Sean Michael, in reference to the quote above, for what my suggestion is worth, you might consider establishing a base camp outside of Yellowstone itself and day tripping into the park. You'll find numerous camps south, west, east, and north that all serve well as central bases. South, we've stayed at Flagg Ranch, between Jackson Hole and Yellowstone, so works well for visiting both parks. West, we've stayed several times at a campground on the Madison River, driving into the western and northern portions of the park to tour. This summer we are staying North, at Yellowstone's Edge, maybe 30 miles north of the entrance to Yellowstone NP. This kind of camping may not be what you have in mind, but if you are having trouble making in-park reservations where the crowds are, you might consider something on the perimeter. Just a suggestion ~G
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Happy Trails to you. I am jealous. Living in my AS fulltime, but don't get to do the roaming part except on days off since I still work. Good luck and most of all have fun! 'shaker
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Old 06-28-2007, 08:22 AM   #24
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Bill are you a WBCCI member? if so, you can put your big red numbers up so we all will know it's you rolling into the RV park.
Terry, I'm not a member of WBCCI, yet. Thought about it some, but no decision, since I will be ROAMING the country. However, the PO was a member and I still have his numbers on the AS. The numbers are 14189 Bill
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Almost a month for me...

Bill,

I know what you are going through. I just did all that and became a fulltimer on the 5th of June. Worked out perfect as I volunteered for the cargo group at the Perry rally. Have been in Perry Since the 6th.

I should be finished here on the 6th of July... THEN... what do I do? Had many nights thinking I made a mistake, then the stars and moon... guess it may be fun!! Really have no agenda or plans.... just going to wander for awhile... might go to Top Of Georgia Airstream Park. Will be looking into Escapees also. I am the type of person that almost needs plans....most of the time.

By the way, was dog tired and even forgot some stuff at the old place. Ah, but the journey has begun......

Good Luck.....and travel safe....
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Old 06-28-2007, 09:28 AM   #26
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Really have no agenda or plans.... just going to wander for awhile... might go to Top Of Georgia Airstream Park. Will be looking into Escapees also. I am the type of person that almost needs plans....most of the time.
Tom, we could form a two man AS carovan!! My plan is to go up to Branson, MO to take in the sights for a couple of days, then up to St Louis and along the Missouri River, as close as I safely can, to witness the sights and some of the adventure that Lewis & Clark experienced. There are several places there where The Lewis & Clark Expedition artifacs are on display that I want to see. I will then follow the Missouri westward through Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and in to Oregon, and down the Columbia River all the way to the Pacific coast at Astoria, OR. I have no set timetable, either, I'm very flexible....except I want to be out of the mountains before it begins to snow. If this perks your interest, PM me. Bill
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Old 06-28-2007, 09:45 AM   #27
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I applied for WBCCI. My check cleared 3 weeks ago, but I've still received NOTHING from the Club -- not even an email. Is this normal?

Bill, I'm sure the process of "downsizing" is painful, but what a relief to have it all done. You must feel liberated.

Ever since we bought our pickup truck, I've made an effort to downsize our stuff -- just in case.
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