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Old 12-07-2010, 07:37 AM   #1
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Toughest to give up when going FT?

I just smile when people exclaim "You live full time in that small trailer?"

Yep, and enjoying it more than any house I ever lived in. But...there are some things I miss, mostly momentos from my career and family life and framed art prints and photos.

What about you? What did you give up when deciding to FT that you miss most?
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:33 AM   #2
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I'm curious to see what others will say. My wife and I plan to go full time at some point next year. As I'll be taking my job with me, I imagine I'll miss my well equipped home office, but am looking forward to getting a setup for working outside. I am sure there will be other things, but all well worth the trade. We traveled for weeks (up to 7) at a time in our VW Westfalia and while space was often tight with our 75 lbs labrador and we gave up some comforts, we were never happier.

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Old 12-07-2010, 08:53 AM   #3
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I do miss having the storage space to be able to pack-rat things which could be useful (I was raised by Great Depression survivors so this is a life long habit for me) and I especially miss being able to have all of my tools handy to fix stuff. On the other hand I especially enjoy being able to sleep soundly at night with no urban commotions to wake me up.
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Old 12-07-2010, 02:08 PM   #4
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I'm with you on the tools, Crusty. It always seems that when I go over to my son's or daughter's place to do some Joe Handyman work, that I left the ONE tool at home that I absolutely need to complete the task.

But for me, it would be the stuff I collect: old radios (~150), old audio, old catalogues; these are things I've spent years pulling together, and will not sell until I am too old to enjoy them any more.

So, I won't be FTing any time soon, as you might have guessed..

Not only that, I am too tall for FTing in and AS, and would leave too many bloodstains on the bulkheads and AC units.
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Old 12-07-2010, 02:41 PM   #5
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A friend of mine has taken photos of all of his favorite things from his home and made a slide show for his laptop. He can leave his favorite for the day on the screen or have it cycle through them at random. Not a bad idea for those collectors of stuff.

Aage, you need to do the Tim Burton Airstream mod: Add a foot of height!

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Old 12-07-2010, 03:45 PM   #6
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Shop and tools, gardens, boat, old friends stopping by, a decent-sized car to run about with, interior space (all Airstreams are tiny), storage, rent-free parking, security, to name a few.

We are not full-time but do spend up to six months on the road each year. Probably not potential full-timers.

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Old 12-07-2010, 03:59 PM   #7
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Stuff

I've been fulltiming for almost five years now.

I watch "Hoarders" with horrified fascination - and the sure knowledge that I have a bit of those tendencies. One of the real benefits of fulltiming is that it is physically HARD to carry all the stuff you're afraid to throw out, so you become better at choosing as time goes on. You also learn to look for good multipurpose tools whenever possible.

I have just downsized my storage unit - unloading about 1/2 of the stuff for less than I could have gotten 5 years ago before the economy tanked. I'll now hold on for spring before I do more, but brrrrrrr... I do so want to get rid of it all. I may keep my depression glass, but if I do, it'll be for ordinary daily USE in the Airstream. If it breaks, oh well.

What do I miss? Not a lot. I have 4 excellent knives. I bought the best and gave the starvation army about 2 dozen misc. pieces of crap. As God is my witness I never bought a Ginzu knife, but I found one in a kitchen drawer when I moved out of the house. I think a paring knife and a bread knife mated and produced the Ginzu. When I moved in, I brought my standard kitchen utinsels, egg beater, pancake flipper, cake icing spatula, meat fork, soup ladle, slotted spoon - I keep them in a clear plastic bag in my second drawer and have used the meat fork once in the last couple of years. Seems like it's time for someone to get a present soon. I do everything in the kitchen with ordinary silverware, a few silicone scrapers, and a can opener!

Tools: ditto, a few good ones instead of piles of medicore ones.

Clothing - first I no longer keep everything until it turns into a rag. If I don't wear it, I get rid of it.

Gadgets = my personal weakness. I just don't buy them any more.

I saw the thread where there was an inflatable Airstream with Santa in it for a Christmas yard art display... I looked at it, but passed.

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Old 12-07-2010, 04:19 PM   #8
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Those fulltiming, please answer questions such as,

1. are you employed where a dress code (uniform, scubs, suit, etc) is required?
2. what are your hobbies?
3. do you live/stay where it is cold and cold weather clothing is needed
4. Christmas decorations, how many
5. any other questions you want to answer about things that take up space
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I have to leave most of my books in storage...not much library space squeezed in between bumper and hitch
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Old 12-07-2010, 04:40 PM   #10
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Those fulltiming, please answer questions such as,

1. are you employed where a dress code (uniform, scubs, suit, etc) is required?
2. what are your hobbies?
3. do you live/stay where it is cold and cold weather clothing is needed
4. Christmas decorations, how many
5. any other questions you want to answer about things that take up space
Own my own business - keep 8 "business outfits" at work.
Sew - have a machine on board, two at work (use the conference room table for cutting patterns)
Eastern VA. Temp was 22 degrees this morning. This weather usually lasts six weeks at most. Refill the propane tanks twice at most!

Christmas decor - electric candles for the windows, Airstream lights for the awning, and a roll of silver garland draped around the dinette windows.

Library - KINDLE.

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Own my own business - keep 8 "business outfits" at work.
Sew - have a machine on board, two at work (use the conference room table for cutting patterns)
Eastern VA. Temp was 22 degrees this morning. This weather usually lasts six weeks at most. Refill the propane tanks twice at most!

Christmas decor - electric candles for the windows, Airstream lights for the awning, and a roll of silver garland draped around the dinette windows.

Library - KINDLE.

Paula
Is it fair to say then that you augment your space needs by using your place of work? What about those that full time but travel from place to place/
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I have to leave most of my books in storage...not much library space squeezed in between bumper and hitch

Ouch... you mean I wouldn't be able to take my 150 books.....that just might make me cry...
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Old 12-07-2010, 05:18 PM   #13
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Those fulltiming, please answer questions such as,

1. are you employed where a dress code (uniform, scubs, suit, etc) is required?
2. what are your hobbies?
3. do you live/stay where it is cold and cold weather clothing is needed
4. Christmas decorations, how many
5. any other questions you want to answer about things that take up space
1.Not employed on regular basis, but keep suit/tie/dress shoes available.
2.Hobbies are fly fishing, fly tying, hiking, reading fiction and local history, beer and canoeing.
3.Move with the seasons--to Rockies in May and back to S. Central TX. in October.
4.Have a little 18 inch Xmas tree and sm. Yule log w/candles which I've lighted every year since 1957--a present to my mom that year.

5. I had to LOL about a recent post from a person who owned a 25 ft. Safari, and whom I presume just used it for short-term camping, and lamented the "lack of storage space." I havent used up ALL the storage and I'm carying EVERYthing I own and pulling it with an F150 5.4L.

As for books, I've given away two complete libraries of books and these days give away/sell a book as soon as I have read it. And, I simply don't buy many books and borrow from libraries instead. The only book I've kept since I first bought it way back in 1975 is Carl Franz' "People's Guide to Mexico."

Finally, I have a tonneau cover for my pickup and carry stuff,e.g., fishing tackle and bulky items, in the truck bed in water/dust tight plastic storage containers.
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