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Old 07-16-2007, 05:56 PM   #15
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Old 07-16-2007, 06:04 PM   #16
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Talking Full timing - MMM - MMM - GOOD

I full timed about five years and enjoyed it. Never regreated doing it. It's a great way to purge out all the junk one acumulated over the years. After a couple years of full time travel in this great country, I found myself returned to favorite places and meeting up with old and new freinds.

I still haunt those spots but have added a home base on a lake in the Ocala National forest. It's great. Now I tend to travel in the spring and fall with the next big trip out west to include the balloon fiesta.

One caution! I put on a lot of weight during those years. When on the road, to much fast food and when camping, those wonderful pot lucks put on the pounds during a time of my life when you naturally gain. Can't seem to lose it. Well, gotta go - got some real good smoked sauage on the grill. Now where is that Bud light?? mumble mumble - ah, that's good, mumble mumble - gotta recycle all these cans - mumble - maybe tomorrow.
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Old 08-29-2007, 08:35 PM   #17
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We dreamed of full-timing and tried to live very intentionally toward it. Bought the trailer, the truck, storage totes, other accoutrements. Figured out when to give notice to our employer. Started talking it up and telling some neighbors we would be interested in pre-selling our house. Lo and behold a neighbor offered us a contract and our house is sold. We are supposed to full-time. How long will we stay out? It depends. We are in this for one to 25 years. We'll see how it turns out, this marvelous experiment. Until then it is an odyssey and we're loving it.
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:25 PM   #18
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We dreamed of full-timing and tried to live very intentionally toward it. Bought the trailer, the truck, storage totes, other accoutrements. Figured out when to give notice to our employer. Started talking it up and telling some neighbors we would be interested in pre-selling our house. Lo and behold a neighbor offered us a contract and our house is sold. We are supposed to full-time. How long will we stay out? It depends. We are in this for one to 25 years. We'll see how it turns out, this marvelous experiment. Until then it is an odyssey and we're loving it.
Woo hoo, ride 'em cowboy. You guys are going to have fun. Good for you.

I often have the thought, but as others have pointed out, both parties in the relationship, when there are two of course, have to be in agreement. That just isn't going to happen for me/us.

Let us know how it is working, what you learn, and provide us with insights that will help us make the right decision in the future.

Enjoy the rest of your lives.
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Old 08-29-2007, 11:27 PM   #19
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I full-timed (in a Monaco Dynasty 40' MoHo) from 2000-2005. It was a great adventure and actually, a very freeing experience with no house to deal with. I still work, so it is a little (OK, a lot) different than if you are retired, but I would do it again if the right circumstances fell into alignment!
Well as the great Yogi (Berra, that is) once said.....'when you come to a fork in the road.....TAKE IT!'

I have done just that as the above mentioned 'circumstances' (pending divorce) have left me homeless with the exception of my 19CCD in which I am now officially full-timing. It's just like a little studio apartment in a can .

I've been based at a friend's house in Hood River (actually, her driveway) and have my own RV park for one. I'll probably be in a real RV park when I get back to FL after the Balloon Fiesta to work the 'season'. After that....back on the road again.....SOLO!!!!!
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Old 10-24-2007, 04:41 PM   #20
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Update on Full-timing

We're just back from first nine weeks of retirement, spent on the road from NC to Vancouver, BC. Tried putting everything we thought we couldn't do without into the AS and truck bed. Whenever we thought of something we wish we'd brought we jotted it down. Less often we realized we could have done without one or another thing. Worked out really well, didn't have to buy tools, materials, or clothes -- just beer and food.

The house closes in 95 days so we donated a huge load of books and clothes today after spending four days sorting, picturing, and listing. Now take a few days off, go to Myrtle Beach for a rally, pick up our new (to us) 1979 Argosy 24T and then create another donation load. Then another, and another . . .

Go to bed when we feel like it, because can get up when we want. Skip meals, can grab a snack or make a meal at whatever time seems good. Still have plans and "obligations" so not without some small constraints. Just enjoying not having the daily X5 thing. It's going great. We highly recommend this retirement thing.
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Old 10-24-2007, 05:10 PM   #21
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Would you believe that my better half went from" I'm not living in a trailer!!" to" maybe we should start thinking about selling the house and try fulltiming for awhile". Got take this one slow and easy, don't want to spook her, she may realize what she said.
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Old 10-25-2007, 06:31 PM   #22
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Don't go for it if you both are not fully commited. We'v e been doing it for nine years and love it. No taxes, no insurance on house, can vacuum the whole house and never unplug, the house goes where we want to go, we see differant hummingbirds when we move and on and on. Actually, my wife led us into this lifestyle and it happened. Got rid of all that stuff and never missed it. Now we don't have room for it. Saving lots of money not buying stuff we didn't need in the first place. We're in a 34'. Oh!!A new golf shirt........one has to go. We both play golf and you know, ya gottan have balls. Good luck. Hope it happens for you. Like Terry said " You only go around once" or something like that.
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Old 10-25-2007, 07:05 PM   #23
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It's a date, not a marriage... FULLTIMING that is!

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Would you believe that my better half went from" I'm not living in a trailer!!" to" maybe we should start thinking about selling the house and try fulltiming for awhile". Got take this one slow and easy, don't want to spook her, she may realize what she said.
Wow.

You might soften her up with the mere thought that "housework" normally takes 7 minutes a day if you're a neat freak, 7 minutes every other day if you're clean, and 7 minutes a week if you're squeeking by.

Another thought... set a timeframe, "Let's try it for 6 months. If you want out then, your word is law!" If you also both commit to doing fun activities together in the time you used to waste working around the house, you'll probably have her fulltiming for life.

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Old 10-26-2007, 11:24 PM   #24
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How many of you out there have thoughts of fulltiming? What keeps you from actually doing it? I've been ready to fulltime for at least two years, but the wife is dead against it.
Great question.

We have been on the road since September 2000; for the first 4 years on two motorcycles and for the last three on one motorcycle with sidecar.

This year we have returned to the USA last May. We took possession of our new tow vehicle (2008 Ford F250 FX4) two weeks ago tomorrow.

Next Tuesday we depart Oregon for New Jersey to take possession of our new 30' Classic. We will be using the truck to haul the MC/sidecar and tow the trailer. We will use this combination to cover North America as best we can. However, due to a snafu at the flat bed manufacturer we are starting out trip sans MC/sidecar; the flat bed did not get produced even though we ordered it three months in advance. Grrrrrr.

In our travels we have encountered many people who lust to get away from all the material possessions that house/home bring and simplify their lives. But, for every 10 that we find that want to get out of the "rat race" we encounter one who is not interested in the least. The response we hear most often when we tell people we have sold the house, the cars, given furniture to family and charitable causes and have very few items in storage from those who are not interested in this type of life style is, "Sell my home! I could never do that.". And, more often than not, this statement comes from the female of the species.

We have come to the conclusion that there are a lot of people out there who MUST have a home to either return to or in which to live. For them a travel trailer or motor home just does not work as "home". In many cases the idea of living away from the home for more than a month or two is just too much for these folks.

For us the move into an Airstream is going to be a very big change from tent camping and hotels. We will have more square footage for "stuff" than we will know what to do with. Odds are we already have too much "stuff" packed in the boxes we will be hauling to New Jersey with us to furnish the Airstream.

To each his own.

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Old 10-27-2007, 01:56 AM   #25
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oh my, here i'm reading about people doing what i have only dreamed of doing. all you guys fulltiming and traveling with out all the stuff of a domesticated lifestyle. sounds absolutely fabulous! so here i am drewling through the posts. i'm not sure how someone like myself with a private practice (i'm a chiropractor) and a 16 months old baby boy and two aging dogs can ever think about fulltiming it across the country. working for myself in the service/healing arts field is a great way to make a living but, not if you like to travel. if i'm not in my office working...i'm not making a living. the longest i have ever been away from my practice is 14 days. maybe i should buy a lotto ticket...and get me an AS to start.

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oh my, here i'm reading about people doing what i have only dreamed of doing. all you guys fulltiming and traveling with out all the stuff of a domesticated lifestyle. sounds absolutely fabulous! so here i am drewling through the posts. i'm not sure how someone like myself with a private practice (i'm a chiropractor) and a 16 months old baby boy and two aging dogs can ever think about fulltiming it across the country. working for myself in the service/healing arts field is a great way to make a living but, not if you like to travel. if i'm not in my office working...i'm not making a living. the longest i have ever been away from my practice is 14 days. maybe i should buy a lotto ticket...and get me an AS to start.

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Sandra,

I wouldn't count on the Lottery, but you sure can count on the Airstream!
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Old 10-27-2007, 05:02 PM   #27
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Next Tuesday we depart Oregon for New Jersey to take possession of our new 30' Classic.
Hey Jim. We were dropping off our Safari for some service at Colonial and spent time talking to a guy who had just delivered a new 30' Classic- maybe that was yours.
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We've been on the road since May 2006. Loving every minute of it and do not find that a 30' Excella is too small at all - in fact it is just right for the two of us and the cocker spaniel.
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