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Old 08-13-2012, 12:12 AM   #99
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BugNot1 & Maggie,
Thanks for your interest.
BugNot, re: climate. i'll be living about 2 hours north of Houston, so still pretty mild winters, thankfully. You are not the first to tell me they don't miss the big house. I am looking forward to downsizing and living more simply. I really like that I OWN my little home. maybe not the land it sits on, but when i move, i get to take my home with me. after years of renting and financial insecurity, this is comforting to me.
Maggie, yes you don't know how true your statement is. i have been un- & under-employed for 3 years. this job and living situation gives me the chance to get my head above water again. i anticipate staying with that job for 2 possibly 3 years, then moving on. possibly closer to family, by then my mom may need help.

i spent the greater part of today emptying and cleaning the trailer. (I've got to come up with a name for her.)

Thanks again! :-)
She'll 'acquire' a name after you've lived together a while ). & - 'Paid For' is always good ). Wheels are good )

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Old 08-13-2012, 05:12 PM   #100
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Try to spend a few nights in the trailer before you HAVE to do so, while you still have the non-mobile house to fall back on if you need to fix anything that would make it inconvenient to live in the Tradewind while you're working on it.

Make sure the AC works well and the 30A power plug is in good shape... Houston area may have mild winters, but summer aren't mild by any stretch of the imagination. Do your best to find a shady spot to park the Tradewind when you get where you're going.
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Old 08-13-2012, 06:55 PM   #101
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make sure your air conditioner is in good working order. Hopefully you will have a sewer and water connection that hooks up permanently ..... as well as a good 30 amp service. At some point you may want add a shelter of some sort.

Good luck, sounds like fun.
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Old 08-13-2012, 06:57 PM   #102
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DKB_SATX and I were posting the same thoughts at the same time .... Cheerz
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:02 AM   #103
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Hey All,
Thanks for posting, it is great to have this conversation!

I've posted some pictures in the gallery. Look for "A Renovation Begins". I also found Owner's and Service Manuals in the trailer for a 1975 Trade Wind. so perhaps she is a year younger than anyone thought!

The a/c works well, it is less than a year old. The trailer will be under a shelter that the landowner is building. And, I grew up just NE of Houston so am quite familiar with heat and humidity! I don't mind heat, it is being cold that i don't like.

I like the name suggestions, esp "Paid For". I definitely want to make a rustic sign post to put at the bottom of the driveway, "Tin Can Alley".

BTW, I've searched with no success for threads discussing painting the vinyl walls. I found one who used BM low VOC paints. I've used that paint before and was NOT pleased with results.

ALSO, do yall think anyone would be interested in the parts and pieces i pull out of this Trade Wind? Much of it is already trashed but i did (belatedly) realize that it might be of value to someone wanting to restore. And there will be more to be removed. (Overhead cabinets for instance. i did save 3 tambor door fabric panels, in really good shape.)

Thanks again,
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:11 AM   #104
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Sounds like fun to me )) Try to think about it as 'concentrated living'...........and try to leave your boots outside )) All your essentials are in place - and enjoy yourself. Where are you and what is the climate? Could be a wonderful experience )) We're fulltimers - almost two years (Halloween) - and not looking back. I don't miss the big house - don't miss feeling so 'locked-in' - I like knowing that I'm mobile - and look back long enough only to wonder what ever possessed me to buy all the junk I did way back when )) I'm having a lot more fun now -

Jan
********** Well hello everyone! I'm loving that this post has been reignited! Great conversations! Bugnot1, it's so cool what you are doing!! You too, Spiritatbay!! I'm happy and excited for you both!!!

I'm full timing myself and can't begin to describe how freeing it is! After caring for my wonderful Mom & Dad these past 8 years & them both passing away, I knew I needed to de-stress and simplify my life. I bought my little Bambi, retired early ( with a teeny but so grateful pension) then sold my house. I don't regret any of those decisions! A huge weight came off my shoulders when the house finally sold this past July ( with a very thankful $10k profit). So many houses aren't selling & many are foreclosed on so I feel so lucky!

Thanks everyone for sharing here & on other threads on the forums. I've learned so much & love the camaraderie!! Take care & safe streamin' to all!

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Old 08-15-2012, 10:35 AM   #105
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We've not disappeared. Thanks to the many wise and generous people on this forum I've gotten a lot of questions answered. Retirement is just under three years away.

We're getting a lot closer to deciding on what our full-time coach should be, and then we have to decide on exactly what that coach must have, what's nice but not necessary, and what must NOT be there. We're pretty much down to an Airstream or a Foretravel.

The big advantages of an Airstream, at least for us, is that it is closer to the ground and I won't have to deal with some of the more complicated systems that a MH would have. The disadvantages, again for us, are that we'd be using an F250 or F350 class pickup for our daily driver, whereas a MH would allow us to use a more economical vehicle for a toad. Also, the MH would be kept at a comfortable temperature all the time, even while driving, whereas any towable will have the heat or a/c turned off while traveling, which means some delay while it gets comfortable.

I suspect that it will all come down to what's available when we decide to buy.
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Old 08-15-2012, 11:01 AM   #106
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We're getting a lot closer to deciding on what our full-time coach should be, and then we have to decide on exactly what that coach must have, what's nice but not necessary, and what must NOT be there. We're pretty much down to an Airstream or a Foretravel.
We’ve had both. Prior to retirement, we traveled in a 22’ International and then a 30’ Classic. When we went fulltime, we sold the Classic and bought a Foretravel - went with them after doing alot of research (between Foretravel & Country Coach). Can’t recommend them enough - truly outstanding coach. We tow a Jeep Wrangler for sightseeing and shopping. Foretravels are made in Nacogdoches, TX - a visit to the factory is very informative. MotorHomes of Texas in Nac has a good inventory of used Foretravels & Country Coaches.

After having fulltimed for several years, we’re going to settle down and just do short trips of a few weeks to maybe a month or two and will do so with an Airstream. For us, the motorhome suited our needs very well on the road, especially in colder climates - gotta love the AquaHot and unlimited hotwater, superb radiant heating. Also... there have been many times where I was thankful, driving into a park during inclement weather, that all I had to do at the campsite, was level the coach from inside and wait out the rain. While there is more maintenance, we never had any major/expensive problems with the Foretravel. Check out Foretravel Owner's Forum -- ForeForums for the owner community.

Good luck in your search - that’s part of the fun!
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:04 PM   #107
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Is the outer covering on a Foretravel a foreskin?

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Old 08-16-2012, 04:19 PM   #108
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Good one Gene!!!!! LMAO-ROFL

But actually, it's fiberglass..................
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Old 08-17-2012, 04:19 PM   #109
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Gene, you're toooooooo funny!
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You're so bad.


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Imagine the design possibilities for the Foretravel….

I wonder if they make a pop-up?

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Old 08-19-2012, 02:25 PM   #112
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Imagine the design possibilities for the Foretravel….

I wonder if they make a pop-up?

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