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Old 10-22-2003, 07:29 AM   #15
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I'm with you guys on that. Unfortunately capitalism is based on people buying and selling stuff, even stuff we don't need. We should know, since our business is selling adults..who probably never open them. Unfortunately when the economy takes a hit as it has since 9-11, our business drops off because people realize they don't need these things. We don't want that! We've thought that perhaps we should find something to do that makes more of a contribution to society, but hey, you do what you know how, right?

I have found that as you pare down your belongings to just the things you need there is a kind of peace to it. I used to have an expensive car on a lease, and it was like an albatross around my neck. Same thing with the car restoration projects. It's odd that we buy things that need our attention, because we have so much leisure time we don't know what to do with it all.

But now that we can travel in our little AS, I've barely worked on the old car, even though I have a long list of nagging problems it needs fixed. In fact, we barely drove it last year. Everytime we went somewhere we took the trailer. Every spare weekend (even if we probably should have been working around the house) we packed up the trailer and hit the road. I don't know why we enjoy travelling so much, but we do. We come back refreshed and wondering why we need all this other stuff.

Even my hubby, who was initially skeptical about the whole RVing thing, mentioned on our last trip that he had figured out how much money we would need to earn/save to live on the road in a fulltime, just exploring the country. Wouldn't that be wonderful? I can't believe he thought of it. I wonder if we'd get tired of that, even though it sounds wonderful now. No more lawns to mow, houses to paint, weeds to pull...


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Old 10-22-2003, 07:55 AM   #16
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For those that cannot do without tools-n-toys, how about crafting one or maybe even two "home bases". Sounds expensive, but it does not have to be. Have you ever seen the advertisements for homes with "RV Ports" for sale in FL? Find an area with zoning that allows you to build a simple building, with maybe a nice laundry room, or rec room. Put in an RV Port, park the A/S in there for a few months out of the year.

Ten years ago, we purchased a 1.25 acre lot across from our present home. Plans are to put in an RV pad, or another building with RV Port, and sell the house on retirement. We already have a building on the lot. Taxes are $400 a year at the present. We could spend May through mid October up here, and head South for the winter.

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Old 10-22-2003, 10:50 AM   #17
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For those that cannot do without tools-n-toys, how about crafting one or maybe even two "home bases"
This is what (grown) children are for!

My grandparents had a semi-permanent base with one daughter in Arizona and another with their other daughter in Texas. The son in law in AZ was a gunsmith and mechanic so there was a good tool shop and shed there. The TX son in law was a college professor so the resources were a bit different.
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Old 10-22-2003, 02:14 PM   #18
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Lets see...I have 2 children, if I convince one to move up North somewhere and the other to move deeper in the south, I could summer up north and winter in the south....Now I just have to convince them to move

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Old 10-22-2003, 05:22 PM   #19
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I knew there was an up side to this "having Kids" thing. It sure is different from the brochure : )
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Old 10-22-2003, 05:48 PM   #20
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I already told my kids (daughter in college at FSU, and son with 2 more years of HS) that they need to make sure that wherever they live, that there is room for their old man to park his Airstream for extended stays. Hey, it is the least they can do since I have supported them all these years!
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Old 10-22-2003, 06:09 PM   #21
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I was on IM with my son and sent him a picture of the AS seems his response was something like "You DIDN'T buy THAT!" Love embarrassing my kids

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Old 10-22-2003, 06:53 PM   #22
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Freedom is just another word for noting left to lose
I think i could get by with a Tv....laptop...celphone... small vacuum ...cordless drill
miter saw and some hand tools...oh yeah and the airstream
I would not MIS the rest of the stuf/junk that I have

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