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Old 12-13-2008, 06:08 AM   #57
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The sky is falling!!!

Sounds like now is a good time to look to the one and only Provider of all things. He owns the cattle on a Thousand hills and all the hills they graze on.
When our leaders started losing sight of that concept it was the beginning of our present problems.
We may soon be forced to look upward for our substance rather than to Washington DC.
If so then in the LONG run a collapse of our house of cards may be the best thing for us.
I only hope and pray that our leaders will realize the error of their ways sooner rather than later. I am certain that all of mankind will eventually come to that truth one way or another.
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Old 12-13-2008, 07:23 AM   #58
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He owns the cattle on a Thousand hills and all the hills they graze on.
I wanted to be a Cowboy once too.

"He" put you here, but it's your responsibilty from then on.

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Old 12-13-2008, 08:38 AM   #59
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We down sized financially by moving from a very expensive area, making a good profit, to a small town. We actually have a much larger house for a significantly less price. Plus we are closer to our family.I thought I had a significant nest egg-well you know how that has gone. So we have changed a few plans. Our house is old but large and right now I am thinking I am grateful because we may have to house some family in the future. We just purchased a 65 Ambassador, thinking short trips-maybe up to 6 hours drive will be in our future. It will take us all winter to get it road worthy becasue we can only afford so much a month. I am in the process of selling a small house that I had purchased for a child while she was in school thinking that I would sell it at a profit to offset college expense-I am having to take $$$$to closing just to get rid of it. But reading this thread I realize how much I have to be grateful for.
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Old 12-14-2008, 11:28 AM   #60
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Downsizing?? Well, now I am totally disabled and my wife makes 10 bucks an hour. We have been just barely keeping afloat, but now I don't know. We are debating what to do with the Argosy. Do we sell it, trade it or live in it? We'll see in the next coming few months and go from there.
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Old 12-14-2008, 01:44 PM   #61
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O.K but do you keep a house/home/apartment all year around for the other 7 months?
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We live in the Airstream approximately 5 months a year and couldn't be happier. My wife and I find the Airstream just the right size.
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Old 12-14-2008, 01:48 PM   #62
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Good for you Bob....I can only assume you learned from your mistakes earlier in life or have you always been frugal?

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We don't need to downsize. We paid our home off early, and saved and paid cash for everthing else. We have no credit card debt. We don't borrow! We find it better to live within our means. We've considered building a new home in about 2 years, that is, if we can pay cash!

We contributed nothing to this economic mess but now we'll be required to help bail out the ones that did!
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Old 12-14-2008, 02:04 PM   #63
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My heart goes out to your husband and to you and your family for having this horrible obstacle to overcome. You are right....thank God he is alive.
With the help and support of friends, family and church you will make it.
Sometimes it's hard to accept help from others. Please allow others help you. These are blessings, some need them, some give them. They will help heal everyone.

Keep your chin up.

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WE WILL BE DOWNSIZING WE HAVE NO CHOICE, some one made that decision for us...My Husband was coming home from work 3 weeks ago on his motorcycle ( purchased 3 months ago to save on gas ) and was hit from behind by an ininsured drunk driver, our full coverage car and truck insurance does not cover 2 wheeled vehicles, he will be totally disabled, hopefully he will be able to walk, we do not know yet, we are going to try and sell our home and hopefully get enough cash left to purchase an airstream as we will not be able to continue to pay our mortgage, utilities, taxes and insurance, he will need round the clock care for up to a year (broken legs, ankles, hip, hand, shoulder, 5 ribs, pelvis etc, multiple herniated discs etc...) Thank god he is alive!! But we now have zero income and no relief in sight, but things could be worse I could have easily been planning a funeral instead. We do not have alot of debt only car payment and mortgage so it will not be to difficult to downsize. I actually look forward to it. This certainly put it in perspective for us!!
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Old 12-24-2008, 07:46 AM   #64
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I want to thank all who are adding to this thread.
After a number of years of multiple jobs, side jobs, anything to make a little extra (mostly sending my self though school) I have been "downsized" and after 30+ years at the same company my husband maybe "downsized" out of his job. We are watching our retirement $$ plans downsize with the economy like everyone else.

We have opportunity (or maybe I'm just always looking at life with the glass half full) in that I am in the nursing profession and can work as a traveling nurse or locum tenens. So I find this thread very supportive and informative as selling our paid for home, paid for vehicles, etc. and full-timing from job to job is a possible solution to focus one paying less in day to day expense and saving more iving simply. Like we did when we were first married in a one room cabin in the woods. Now this one room is a huge 7 room house that we have built (we built it now contractors etc.).

Whyled- I‘ve been in your shoes, and yes, my mantra was, “I have my son, I have my son”. The condition he was in didn’t matter as much. Tell your husband that when he’s feeling helpless, and powerless. All he has to do to make your day is smile and recognize you. Emotional downsizing. You don’t need much to find the joy in just having them with you.

Anyway- I would like to hear more about the Stuff. I’m looking around my house with a different eye. It doesn’t look as important. I think a lot of it came from my parent’s house when they downsized. LOL

Anyone interested in Vintage Trailer Life Magazines from as far back as the 60’s?

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Old 12-26-2008, 04:08 PM   #65
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If you are seriously considering fulltiming you may be interested in the Escapees orgainization which supports the fulltiming lifestyle. Their web site is:

Escapees RV Club – the club for all RVers

Also read their forums as there is a wealth of knowledge. There are threads on getting rid of "stuff".

Travel nursing allows for fulltimng while working as it pays well and provides for healthcare.

Good luck in whatever you choose.
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Old 12-26-2008, 04:46 PM   #66
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Robin,

So sorry to hear that after all those years you've joined us, the down-sized, laid-off, gently guided into retirement, or without a company to work for.

With your skills, work record, and ambition you are sure to find another endeavor to meet your needs. Take the time you need, consider your choices carefully.

Best wishes for the New Year!
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Old 12-27-2008, 03:50 PM   #67
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Finding this thread gives me food for thought to turn a negative into a positive. Traveling Nursing or Locum Tenens It is an opportunity to travel and the work is out there. Right now I'm still trying to serve the underserved elderly by starting my own business. I will continue to do that but the idea of options like full-timing and traveling keep my spirits up. I try to keep the positive in my mind at all times. Helps me get thru the tough times.
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My wife and I lived full-time in a small 1964 airstream when we got married 14 years ago. We then settled down and moved into a house, then to a big 4000+sq ft house when we had kids. We've just purchased a 1978 AS and are going to get rid of our house and go full time again, this time with a 10yr old, 5yr old and 100lb Golden retriever. We're all super excited and really looking forward to the traveling and getting closer as a family.
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Im selling my home in Canada after a divorce and taking the three pups back to California where we will spend 2009 all over California promoting out new Dog Lovers Community LoveMeLoveMyDog.com. I am gutting an 1980 Excella that I bought which was in DIRE need of a gut and re do, so we are hoping to be on the road by May all decked out in our silver rig "Spreading The Love Of Dog." Three dogs, no debt, new online business, hopefully soon a newly renovated 1980 Excella (if I can get the sewer small out of it).... And a new life. Gutting and rebuilding my trailer and my life at 45. The economy is bad so they say, but who needs the life that people have been living. Stress, debt, too much of a house of cards. Simple and free. Thats where I'm headed. Im glad I found your site so I can connect with other Airstream Lovers! Now if I can just find the Forum to help with my renovation questions I can start to rebuild.

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