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Old 09-05-2016, 12:47 PM   #15
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Cool Realistic Full-Timer Here

Authors note; I have a tendency to write the way I talk in expositional conversation. Sorry if it's hard to follow.

We've been full-time for about a year and a half. I don't think anyone who lives in an RV park all year is really "full-time". You're just living in a van in an trailer park.

That term is applied to those who travel full-time and live in their RV/Trailer "full-time".

You're right, there are a lot of people who have romanticized this lifestyle to some pie in the sky ideal. Particularly those in my generation. It's actually becoming more and more popular. I know so many people who have just gone, or are going full-time. I run a group - that is for full time travelers, and we get new folks all the time asking questions.

I generally try to tell people to be realistic about how they see themselves living.

For us, we had a very real idea about how we wanted to live. And what that would look like, and set about doing it.

Can this lifestyle be cheaper? Yes, significantly. Can it also be very expensive? Yes, significantly. I'd say it can be even more costly if you're unrealistic and stupid.

I don't say that to be mean, but let me give you an example of stupid I read about earlier this year.

A woman and her husband, with 4 children who are very low income, get the wild idea that this lifestyle will be more affordable for them and they'll live this amazing life on the road. They buy a 1982 school bus, with no mechanical knowledge. And proceed to drive said bus across the country.

Two weeks in, they blow out 4 tires, are told all need to be replaced. So now they have spent their entire emergency savings of about $2500.

The next thing that happens is the engine blows up. Yup, now they are stranded in Colorado. And begging for help. Mind you, NO INCOME. NO SAVINGS.

This was posted on another forum, and people, trying to be nice, wanted to help them. But all I could think, being a parent myself, is HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE TO DO THAT. I have no money, so I should buy an old bus I know nothing about, and attempt to drive it across country, with no money?? WTH people. NO, just no.

There are several types of people I've found on the road. They sort of fit into these groupings.

Retirees - broad group, with various budgets and styles, most are on fixed income. Friendly bunch sometimes. Older generation. Most have all their stuff together. Nothing negative to say.

Becuase we can - I fall into this group, and do a lot of my friends. We have careers, and we all make good money. We like this lifestyle, and the life it affords. We aren't rosey eyed about it. Most of us are 30 ~ late 40's. We just figured we could do like our grandparents without waiting to retire.

** There is a subgroup of "Becuase we can" that I would accuse of being posers. I have met a few, and they put A LOT of work into their online presence. These people really play up the: Our lifestyle is so awesome and you should be jealous. They post pictures of them hiking or biking at noon on a Tuesday with quotes about how it must suck to be in a cubical and living in a sticks and bricks house. But the truth is, it's not as awesome as their social media presence would suggest. They will never share bad experiences or anything real about their lives. Everyone has a bad day, accept these folks. They are easy to spot, because they are always doing something awesome, and have a new video about it. Their lives are awesome, and everyone should want to do this. Also, here is a qoute about travel. Or not all who wander are lost.

Hippes/Bums - I've meet a bunch of these too. They're mostly RVers and van folk. They have non-traditional income sources (or none) but somehow make ends meet. These are the ones who don't want to work, but will to put gas in the tank and eat. But they'll try to bum first. They're against the modern system. They post fancy photos of them living an amazing life in their Vanagon on the beach on Instagram and are the most poetic group about the lifestyle. While being bums who are against the system, these hipsters will sport iPhones, MacBooks and be incredibly trendy in their choice of clothing. They've got the most instagram photos, and everyone thinks their lifestyle is awesome. Until you realize they probably have $20 in their pocket.

Hybrid Becuase we can/Hippes - there is this hybrid group too, they have jobs, but they choose to boondock and live this way, because it's cheaper and enjoyable. They almost always do free. They can go for a campground now and then. But they're more likely to have an older setup they fixed up. They're budget conscious.

RV Park living crazy homeschooler who thinks it's cheaper - Often times they have gaint 5th wheels. They don't move as much. Sometimes, only month to month or even less. They will go where the homeschool convention is. Boondocking isn't for them. Usually low income. Although I met one who was a forex trader once. These people usually had bad credit or some sort of problem that lead them to the belief this lifestyle would be cheaper. However, they aren't onboard with boondocking and moving as much, or can't afford it. So living in an RV park for $400 a month is cheaper.

Delusional Wanna B's who fail - Sadly, I have watched a bunch of these people lately self-implode. And I'm even watching some set themselves up for failure. They make all kinds of stupid decisions because they really want to chase this lifestyle. They have unrealistic ideas about what to expect. They come in various budgets and backgrounds. I've watched one couple with more money than brains, do this for 4 months, only to quit, because "it was so difficult and we all made it seem so easy and wonderful." Another couple with money problems, financed a new Ram 2500 and new trailer. Now all they do is complain about how expensive it is. They've had 3 blow-outs, and tons of problems with their 5th wheel. And are talking about quitting because this is so rough and expensive.

Poor People - These are the ones living in a Walmart parking lot full time. These people, generally are 100% poor, with no income, or government assistance. You'll feel bad for these folks, especially when they have kids. They are often the ones that will trash boondocking sites the most, and will ruin boondocking for others. It's sad, but true. Cities put up the "no overnight camping" signs because of these people. Most are in vans or some sort of very old RV.

This all sounds incredibly harsh and judgemental, but it's kind of true.

Stuff does and will happen on the road. You need a budget. You need a real idea of how you will live, day to day, week to week, month to month. You need real expectations. And you need to be honest about your personality vs who you imagine yourself to be.

That last bit, is the hardest. It's easy to look at instagram, see these blogs and videos and think, man I want to do that and be just like that. And maybe be unaware of the reality of it. Unaware of what it's like living on the road and the things you have to deal with.

I really saw myself as an adventurer. I was when I was younger. Hiking, kayaking, biking, mountain climbing. And I thought we'd be getting out there a lot more than we do. The truth is, with two young kids, we can't go on long hikes. We can't go white water rafting. I can't go down the super steep sketchy climb to get the perfect shot. We spend more time just hanging around camp. It's a reality that has developed. It's opposite of how I imagined things. But it's also just us. And we are happy. We boondock a lot. We spend time with friends. It's not always awesome 100% of the time every day. Most days, we just live a normal, boring life. Except that we're in a forest or national park in an Airstream.

Judge me by this post how you will, I just figured I'd give you some straight talk since you asked for it.

Oh, and is it cheaper? I think that depends on you. But we spend about $3000~$2800 a month. That's only 25% of our monthly income.

But blowing out all 4 tires won't send us into a panic. It's in the bank. And in all honesty, I think those of low income shouldn't consider full-timing if they can't handle a budget and be realistic about the problems you could encounter on the road. This means, have a REAL emergency fund. Most retirees already have this figured out. So ignore it. But if you are considering full-timing because you're already poor and you think it will fix your life, chances are it won't.

Don't drive an old bus across the country with no money on a whim.

Family of 4 living, working & exploring the USA in our Airstream.
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Old 09-05-2016, 01:29 PM   #16
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Feel the same way. Coming up will be our third season traveling in the winter. This year it will be longer almost 8 months. As we will head to Alaska after being in the south west for the winter months. But still want to have a home to come back to. I don't know if it's been coined somewhere else. But I consider us long timers versus full timers

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We spend six months a year in our Airstream traveling and spending the winter months in the southern states. We love it, try to travel widely on different routes each year and see the country. A few months each year we meet meet up with fellow Snow Chickens from about North America at a large RV resort with plenty of amenities and community life and have the time of our lives. They have become some of our best friends. But there is more.

In the Spring we are anxious to get home, our own land, family, my workshop and projects (tore down the old house last year and building a new one), her hobbies, buddies stopping by, gardening, fishing, swimming, biking and going for walks and seeing friends. We could never give it up to live in an RV year round, the combination is terrific.

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Old 09-05-2016, 01:43 PM   #17
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Yeah, Thanks, that's kinda was I was looking for. Not just for me, but for folks contemplating living on the road.

There are most likely a few other types of people out on the road, as well as hybrids of the already mentioned.

#1 Trust Funders
#2 Folks who lost their parents, but got an inheritance
#3 Divorcees
#4 People down on their luck
#5 Victims of outsourcing
#6 People that have no other option.
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Old 09-05-2016, 01:57 PM   #18
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mandolindave, we talked about full-timing for quite a while before we made the decision to do so. BOTH of us agreed that we wanted to give it a try. In our case, we had no real ties to where we were living. We liked the general idea of SW Missouri, but had no family there, no family history there, and the kids didn't really want to go there to visit us. We decided that we'd sell the place and spend a few years looking at the rest of the country to see where we wanted to land, either permanently or as a base of operations.

My suggestion would be that you and your wife (if you have one) honestly discuss the idea, looking at both pros and cons. Figure out what your goals are, and what sort of exit strategy you will have. Talk to your children, too, about your ideas, and take their concerns seriously. Siblings are another story. They may also have concerns, but many times they will just think you are nuts. Assure then that you are not, nor are you financially destitute (that also goes for your children).

The big issue for many people is household stuff. Many full-timers keep the really important stuff at the home of a child or sibling. Some put a lot of stuff in storage, then every six months they get rid of some of it. We were going to be in the second group until we figured out that we could buy a lot of stuff back for what we would pay for a year's storage. We ended up loading our coach with what we wanted to have with us, then set aside some things that we really wanted to keep but didn't want to have with us. We then offered anything else to our children. What they didn't want was either sold, given away, or thrown away (lots in this group). Since two of our three children lived in the same town, and both had really small places, we elected to get a storage unit for everyone's stuff and all shared the cost. After our son bought a larger house we moved everything from the storage unit to his basement.

Over the past two years we've moved quite a bit out of the coach and into the basement storage as we learned what we really needed to have with us. Our needs have changed since we bought our Foretravel and we're now looking to switch to an Airstream. That will further reduce our ability to have "stuff" with us, but by now we have a much better idea of what we really need to have along. Each time we go by our son's place we leave a few boxes there.

Hope this helps.
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Old 09-05-2016, 02:01 PM   #19
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I agree with the people who have said “it depends” as the answer to your overall question. We are in our mid-thirties. We spent two years as part-time full-timers (six months on the road during our first year, more than seven months during our second year). We sold our house in Denver last month and are now full-timers. We work from the road, so I cannot speak to what it is like to be a retiree. But, I can say that for us, the benefits outweigh the negatives. But it all depends on YOUR personality, interests, and preferences.

We really like being able to be in beautiful natural places most of the time. We are also saving money over our previous situation. FT RV life (how we live) is not cheap but it is less expensive than living in an expensive neighborhood in an expensive city. We earn a good portion of our income from nature photography and love the outdoors, so we like being in public campground and wild camping. The lack of amenities is not a problem for us. As long as we have a cell phone signal and mostly quiet place to park, we are happy. We also have had no issue fitting our stuff in a 25’ Airstream and the bed of our truck. We even have space in some of our closets and never feel like we need more space. Finding good places to camp has not been an issue for us either (the issue is having too many places we want to visit).

On the other hand, we are often fixing things on our Airstream which has been frustrating given what we paid for it. It takes a lot of time to keep up with things like cleaning, dishwashing, getting water, dumping tanks, hitching up, etc. We meet a lot of interesting people on the road but I do sometimes miss having a consistent community (which is the primary reason that we do not plan to do this indefinitely). Things can be complicated – like getting mail, explaining your situation to insurance agents, figuring out what to do with our cats when we need to travel away from the trailer, etc.

For people who are not comfortable with change and the unexpected, FT RVing could be a nightmare. Things go wrong, repairs can be costly, campgrounds are not what you expect, you run into traffic/construction that delays your plans, a cell phone signal is not as strong as expected, you have to drive for an hour to get groceries (or make another a two-hour round trip to get another part for a repair), etc.

Bottom line: FT RVing in an Airstream is not easy or especially cheap but it can be very fun and enjoyable if the pros, like being in nature, outweigh the other inconveniences based on what you want out of your life.
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Old 09-05-2016, 02:30 PM   #20
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As for me...

I am a small business owner, about ready to be forced into retirement.

A house in the Suburbs that is eating my wallet.

A house in the country that is breaking my back.

New furnace OUCH, New septic tank OUCH, Property taxes OUCH ETC…

I have no business complaining, I've been more fortunate than many

I always planned on taking a LONG road trip. ( 2 months to 2 years )
Then what….A rocking chair, watching TV?

Many of my friends are at the same stage in life. I've been polling them. Some have things all planned out. Some are clueless. Some aren't concerned. Some plan to work to the grave. Some have women that made their minds up for them.

Planning a road trip is fun. But then you have to walk the walk.

The first few months should be fun, fun, fun ( think Springtime ) Music Festivals, going places that you love or have always wanted to see. Being surprised by stumbling into a beautiful location

Then dealing with the heat and cold….not so much. But like the song " Going where the weather suits my clothes "


The emotional aspect of things. The loneliness. The dark desolate wide open spaces. The night time. The boredom. Friendships that last a day or two. The lack of people that have known me for thirty years. Not knowing if I am in a safe place for the night.
My Dad was a VERY smart, successful, influential man. He kinda freaked out when he retired, not knowing what he was going to do with his life.

I have been trying to appreciate the beauty of not knowing what's ahead. The mystery of what life has in store for me. It's a bit easier said than done, but it is what it is.

I'd sure like to hear what others are thinking about. ( I was writing while some of you answered )
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Old 09-05-2016, 03:34 PM   #21
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We are getting ready to "full time" for awhile. Great posts. We have spent up to 7 months in the trailer 29' without too much struggle. We have done it with lots of travel and with staying put at a "resort". Loved both ways. Just really ready to let go of owning a big house and all the expense, maintenance. Tried renting for awhile and that was good but lots of work. I'm sure we'll end up owning a small place with some land somewhere at some point but meanwhile, why drag the anchor (house) with us? The kids are screaming, but where will we have Christmas, Thanksgiving, Labor Day, etc. etc. Exactly! We'll come to your house and boondock somewhere nearby!
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Old 09-05-2016, 04:14 PM   #22
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Why not start small?

Rather than jumping into Full-Time RV living, get a modest trailer than is easy to pull and start taking trips to places you find interesting. Keep careful notes about the experience, good, bad and otherwise. VERY few people "get it right", right off the mark. Many people go through two or three RVs before they really know what they need and what works best for them.

I started in 2010 by ordering a new, 2010, 17' Casita Spirit Deluxe fiberglass travel trailer. I was able to tow it easily with the 2004 Toyota Sienna minivan I then owned. After the first trip, I knew I liked RV travel. From 2011 ~ 2014, I did numerous RV treks, the longest at five+ months in 2013. Also from 2011, I learned as much as I could and, started researching and looking for the RV I'd "graduate" to in May 2014 (a 2015 Dynamax DX3-37RB which is a 39'3", Class 7 HDT based, Super-C diesel puller).

By starting "small" you risk far less money, especially if a vehicle you currently own is suitable for use as a tow vehicle. You'll know pretty quickly if the RV lifestyle agrees or, rubs you the wrong way.

One final recommendation. Find and attend an RV Boot Camp! The Escapees RV Club run an EXCELLENT RVBC, often over a weekend. Other groups offer boot camps too. At an RVBC, you (and about 200 other "newbies") will get intensive training in all the systems found on modern RVs. Mistakes made with RVs are often expensive. Boot Camp graduates are 1: smarter, better-informed RV buyers and 2: safer RVers. At RVBC, you'll get to meet LOTS of folks new to RVing and, get to see a wide variety of RVs.

I hope this helps. Come on in, the lifestyle is wonderful!
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I already have a rig.

It suits me…A 2500 Van and a 20' Argosy. I can park the trailer to explore, or if I will be traveling on a less than good road. I don't want to start all over working out the bugs, and not going to throw away $15K driving a new one off the lot.

All of my RV camping is been at Festivals and Camping Parties where I have been surround by 50 to 100 or so friends.
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The emotional aspect of things. The loneliness. The dark desolate wide open spaces. The night time. The boredom. Friendships that last a day or two. The lack of people that have known me for thirty years. Not knowing if I am in a safe place for the night. I have been trying to appreciate the beauty of not knowing what's ahead. The mystery of what life has in store for me. It's a bit easier said than done, but it is what it is."

First off, GREAT thread mandolindave - most of the threads here (and rightly so!) are about the HOW but this thread is about the WHY. Secondly, GREAT post, Bold & Adventure - those are some really good observations and honest talk about all the different species that make up Fulltimers. I think there's a subgenre that may have been missed - the Mark Watneys.

I wasn't going to write anything because I thought B&A covered it pretty well but then you wrote the quoted passage...and that is really good deliberation. (I'm assuming you would be fulltiming solo.) My wife recently left me for four weeks and took a Greyhound bus to visit her family back in southern California while I work off some missed days of work. I told her I gave her two weeks tops before she would be asking for the return ticket; she called me after one week to go ahead and book a ticket. She finally settled on being away three weeks and I'm picking her up tomorrow. But the thing I want to say to you is I'm surprised at how listless I've been without her. I like to read, listen to music, and just go walking...but I haven't done any of that. I had planned on working out every day and going for hikes every day but ...nothing. If I were on my own from the start it may be different but probably the greatest joy I have had during our almost two years of fulltiming is sharing my adventure with my wife. I applaud you for voicing a type of vulnerability that a lot of guys don't often speak of and that's loneliness. Not being alone but being lonely. When one chooses to boondock, his or purpose in doing so is usually to get away from the crowds, and we prefer that...but we have each other. I have to say I have been a bit lonely. I've been watching a lot of TV and football is finally back but all that was fine because I knew my wife would be back in days. I'm not sure how I'd go about my business if I were by myself. I like to think I would explore as much as we have done. I like to think I'd be as friendly and open as I like to be with strangers in new towns and new states. But now I'm not so sure; at least your thread makes me think twice. I am lucky that my wife shares my same dream - that is, to be away from the masses, the society that moves in a regular (and sometimes regulated) pattern, to live as you said where the future is not known. But I'm also very much a people person - I like having friends, talking to them, spending time with them, and mostly the act of sharing experiences.

I think as far as being separated from your friends that know you so well, I have to admit that modern social media has helped a lot, at least for me. I stayed away from Facebook for a long time and it was only a few years ago I joined but now it really does serve as a long-distance tie to my old friends. I can still share somewhat their life experiences and I'm MORE than happy to share my recent ones. This forum is a good example of making new friends who share a common bond and sometimes those online avatars turn out to be real people that I've met; in fact, I've managed to meet two of them in just the last few days (spenfolder and SilverEagle6). I think a lot of your interactions depend on the kind of person you are. There is no right way to engage but I can tell you there is no shortage of people you can meet that share a love of the outdoors, the road, and trailers, especially Airstreams.

So what to do? I guess the old method is to list two sets of two columns: pros and cons for living in a house or fulltiming, and then put a value on each check mark. And that still may not solve your dilemma. There was a great book awhile back called The Unbearable Lightness of Being and in it, the narrator laments the fact we live " a world where lives are shaped by irrevocable choices and fortuitous events, and everything occurs but once." One of my very good friends, who happens to be very happy living in his home surrounded by his books, upon hearing my great idea to embark on fulltiming smiled and told me I should do it and not look back...and in the event our attempt failed we could still come back to our old way of life. As B&A noted, it's foolishness to make such a big jump without a fallback plan but it doesn't sound like your decision would be an irrevocable one; that is, you could go back to your old life, albeit after some time and money spent, but as my friend told me, at least you could be satisfied with yourself that you tried.

We have been happy with mixing things up. There are weeks where we are pretty much on our own and then there are parts of the year where we are among other people and new friends while camp hosting or working a temporary job in a newfound town. Your post mentioned aspects of having things planned out and the mystery of not knowing what's in store for you. Fulltiming successfully incorporates both of those aspects. The fact you have wheels and communication (most of the time) allows you to be fluid. I know you originally asked for those that didn't like fulltiming but I couldn't help but thread bomb and put in a vote for making the jump. I wish you the best.
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@BoldAdventure.....Fabulous post! Thanks for sharing your observations. It is so important for people to get real information and you have disseminated some real information indeed!
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Did not know I was among such literary giants...Bold, terrific, honest, useful info. Westcoastas, very thoughtful, and supportive. Mandolindave, I completely concur with Westcoastas.

Some points from a newbie:

Don't like the term full timers. We sleep in our trailer, and it goes were we go. We are travelers who do it every day since we sold our house in May 2016. Our longest stay was this past stop,in BLM, I could retire there!
Have not met anyone who does this who has not enjoyed it and quit. Our favorite was Jim, host at Horsethief Campground, 21 years, solo. And Wayne, 15 years, solo. And countless more who have been doing it over ten years. Most are couples, all of them energize us.
I have a thread On the road to wherever we end up... We'll stop when we are ready....or when Jeanne says to!
You don't need a special rig, you just need a Desiree to do it and of course the means to get you through. There are lots of folks on here who are happy to share their opinion....good and bad. Seek out those who you have confidence in and establish a relationship with them.....all will be glad to help.
I hope that we can meet as many of these folks who full time and travel as we possible can...a terrific community. Come and join!
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We live in our airstream. We had been thinking about this off and on since the late 90s, but the technology wasn't quite there to easily work remotely. We bought our airstream and did a 4 month experiment trip, figuring we'd love it or hate it, if we hated it we'd sell the airstream. 3 months after the experiment, we sold our condo, then unfortunately had to stay put for a year for health issues (and stayed in the airstream). That's about over and we're looking forward to being back on the road. On a little "exercise" trip right now, it's really great, but it's life not vacation. I travel, I work, and hopefully have enough time for one or two great things so I can eventually blog about how great the lifestyle is
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WOW! What an interesting thread started by MandolinDave. Bold Adventure and WestCoastas have written some great, insightful material. It's sharing like this that makes this such a great forum.

I will probably never be a full timer although I do plan on many long trips. I had contemplated living on my boat full time. Then realized that was not going to happen. Nothing particularly decided it. It just came as a realization that it would not be for me. So, now that the AS is bought it has opened up a whole new window on possibilities. I am now thinking seriously of selling me boats. Having done coastal cruising for 40 years it's time for something else. I suppose that it happens like that with RVers too. Nothing is forever. So, that's the way I live.

MandolinDave, thanks for this thread, and your honest assessment of your fears of full timing. It has inspired a lot of introspection.

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Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

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Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

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