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Old 02-26-2013, 07:35 PM   #29
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I am sooooo jealous!

I wrote a blah, blah, blah response.....and thought about it.

Girl, just do it. If it doesn't work out, you can say you tried it. If you don't do it, you will always wonder, "what if?" It's so sad to have regrets......
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:37 PM   #30
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I know financially it is not the smart thing to do since in 2 years we will be 100% debt free if we do not do this. But the emotional side of me is telling me it's worth it.
This is your practical side speaking out. I do NOT agree with the go for it advice in your case. You say you will be debt free in two years, OK and then in 2016 your son will be in Kindergarten- that is three years. I would say that you should revisit your plan in two years saving all the while. This year is covered as you said, "we have our rented home until the end of this year," so consider that too.

You should not go in further debt before other debt is resolved.

Buying Used:

The truck and trailer used (just guessing) will cost an estimated 20-30K for the truck and around $20-38K for the trailer. (I looked up seven year old models of both online) on top of that, you will be buying into used so upfront servicing and repairs will be required before doing travel. I know that this is all fabricated on age but not pricing. You are looking at about $60K for a seven year old setup, or more. You can beat it going older but then your potential for repair goes up too.

You are sacrificing an income and going to increased debt. Just wait so that you can do this in the near future. Also, what about home schooling kindergarten? That would extend your time beyond three years and what a classroom he would have! It is just that your description of "hard budgeting" and one job and heavier debt sound too out of place to be jumping into something so soon. You can do this trailer truck thing- soon. Emotions can get the best of you and if they control you, they can even get you in trouble. Just keep telecommuting and keep him nursing and rake that dough in for your rig of the future!
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:17 PM   #31
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Also check out malimish.com for a family of five that frequently spends months travelling in their Airstream.
while reading the first post i was going to suggest the OP contact kyle. Kyle, we saw you pulling out of the campground in bahia honda in December; we wanted to stay in our airstream in they keys for dec but the campground were too expensive. we rented a house for less!

Theres another family who was on the road who we ran into at the AS CG in VA. they had a baby while full timing and had a dog and i don't recall their names. He worked remotely in IT. Anyone remember?

DON'T rely on your credit cards for your adventure. Consider it an emergency fund, maybe... But i wouldn't go broke for this. But a used, but less-than 5 yrs old tow vehicle and a used airstream, do work camping or stay with other airstreams as much as possible (you can stay on our farm if you want! we have a post somewhere on this)
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:43 PM   #32
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Two thoughts from another non risk taker.

1. At your age you should be focused on career 401k's and two incomes. What don't you like about where you are now? Use the computer to research what you think will be a better place. Use Places Rated Almanac. How far away do you want to get from parents? No trailer, no getting rid of your stuff, just one move.
Living in a travel trailer in your 30's has loser written all over it.

2. Ok - put your stuff in storage or ask your parents to keep it at their place.
Try it and get it out of your system. It just might work out ok.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:07 PM   #33
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I'm 34, married with a young son and one on the way. My wife and I are so engrained in our careers that we could never do this. But there's not a single time that I'm putting the AS in storage on a Sunday that I don't look at it and wish I could just hook up and go and wonder how long we can make it on our savings.

It would be one heck of an adventure. Even at 34 there's quite a few possible adventures I look back and wish I'd done. I really should have ridden the Great Divide.

But only you can make the call on whether to do it or not. Good luck if you do. You only live once, you can always hang it up and pull the trailer back home and laugh about the crazy idea you once had.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:29 PM   #34
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More thought. I did not say to give up on such a cool idea forever. Just prepare for it more financially.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:59 PM   #35
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This idea is still fresh and new, so it's really the adrenaline doing all the thinking for me on what "can be" Thankfully, our lease forces us to wait and give us time to research, plan and save money. This forum is great - I've been perusing other pages and what a plethora of helpful information. This seems like a great group of people with a common bond. Thanks for welcoming me (and my family) into the community while we explore this opportunity. Keep the advice and opinions coming - I'll be reading them all!
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:33 PM   #36
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Put "Coolworks" on your radar screen. Summer Jobs and Seasonal Jobs in Great Places | CoolWorks.com

It's a job site that focuses on summer and seasonal work in the national parks, state parks, dude ranches, short term stuff in resorts, even some in the cruise industry, and has a "job map" on their home page. And, it's more than just "house-keepers" - and they likely have short-term medical stuff - although something like that might be 3 months in a national park. But, places like Yellowstone (see Delaware North Parks and Resorts at Yellowstone on the Coolworks website) use people who can bring their own housing with them.

Just another "arrow" for your quiver in this research phase!

(Although, you may find that "perfect place" to live after all this is either north, south or east of Post Falls by less than a hundred miles! We who have been to them other places live in these parts for a reason, you know!)
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:41 AM   #37
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Travel Adventure

My wife of 47 years and I have traveled quite a bit during our marriage, balancing demanding careers with our desire to explore. Looking back, our fondest memories almost all involve family travel with our children and the excitement of "experiencing difference." Now we're both retired and are planning to use our first RV ever--our Airstream--for extended travel to see North America.

Nothing is irreversible. If you get into your adventure and find it doesn't suit you, you can always make real-time changes and adjust. I'd suggest a few extended trial runs before you commit to full timing.

Net, net. Do It!
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:27 AM   #38
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while reading the first post i was going to suggest the OP contact kyle. Kyle, we saw you pulling out of the campground in bahia honda in December;
Actually.... I think that was the other Kyle that fulltimes.. Kyle from Whereiskylenow.com....
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:10 AM   #39
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TeamC,
Are you targeting certain states you may be interested in living full time in one day? If so, what states? Or are you looking at the experience of going where the wind takes you so to speak? I ask this, because in all our travels, we have experienced places that have absolutely no wifi capability. I'm sure that you would travel with your own wifi, as we do, but you will get into alot of areas, for your business purpose,that may pose a problem. I'm sure you have already thought of those things tho.
I'm like most of the writers on this thread...go for it! But also, get your truck/AS soon so you can use it on weekends! Take your time to look too. This must be exciting!
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:36 AM   #40
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This is your practical side speaking out. I do NOT agree with the go for it advice in your case. You say you will be debt free in two years, OK and then in 2016 your son will be in Kindergarten- that is three years. I would say that you should revisit your plan in two years saving all the while. This year is covered as you said, "we have our rented home until the end of this year," so consider that too.

You should not go in further debt before other debt is resolved.

Buying Used:

The truck and trailer used (just guessing) will cost an estimated 20-30K for the truck and around $20-38K for the trailer. (I looked up seven year old models of both online) on top of that, you will be buying into used so upfront servicing and repairs will be required before doing travel. I know that this is all fabricated on age but not pricing. You are looking at about $60K for a seven year old setup, or more. You can beat it going older but then your potential for repair goes up too.

You are sacrificing an income and going to increased debt. Just wait so that you can do this in the near future. Also, what about home schooling kindergarten? That would extend your time beyond three years and what a classroom he would have! It is just that your description of "hard budgeting" and one job and heavier debt sound too out of place to be jumping into something so soon. You can do this trailer truck thing- soon. Emotions can get the best of you and if they control you, they can even get you in trouble. Just keep telecommuting and keep him nursing and rake that dough in for your rig of the future!
Afraid I have to agree even though at your age, we were building a boat in the VI, on a shoestring budget, and living the adventure you crave but on the water. However, we didn't have careers and we really didn't know any other life. 2 years to debt free is something that cannot be ignored and I have to say, that at your age, it is a thing to be greatly admired. I suspect you do not have many friends in the same boat in this world of instant gratification. My recommendation would be to LIVE on one income for a year, saving it all, to see what you need to do to make it work. Remember to factor in the inevitable increase in fuel for this adventure. And don't worry about the timeline for kindergarten- In my day, kindergarten was optional and with good parenting, it can be for you. Socialization is important of course, and this can be had through play groups. Kids are flexible- they can bend with the wind.
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Well TeamC you now have every opinion from A to Z, so it will be up to you to make that very important decision.

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Thanks to all that have replied so far. I should know my audience and know most of you have a taste for adventure!

We are in our early 30's, working our way up to mid-30's by the time our adventure would be over.

I know financially it is not the smart thing to do since in 2 years we will be 100% debt free if we do not do this. But the emotional side of me is telling me it's worth it.

And while I realize other brands can be much cheaper, my husband says "Go big, or go home." If we're going to do this, we're going to do it right!
You have no freedom, until you are "debt free"
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