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Old 09-26-2007, 06:00 PM   #15
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Good luck Carole. It sounds great. We have spent a great deal of time in our AS in Baja, and it's been great. We always travel with our two dogs and our cat. We are very close to finishing a house near San Felipe. We may turn out to be neighbors some day, and fellow airstreamers too. Post your questions and feel free to PM us too. R and D

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Old 09-26-2007, 06:46 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Carole
I'm Carole and I am turning the dream into reality. I'm from the Midwest, intend to be a full timer with no particular agenda but staying warm and fed. I also have a place to be in San Felipe, Baja.
I will be traveling with dogs who will most likely set the agenda and itinerary.

I've read a number of books and feel like the more I know, the less I know, so I'll just learn as I go!

I would appreciate input on the following:

Am I crazy to head out on my own as a single woman at a "mature age" with pets?
I'm planning to purchase Data Storm, an online all the time Internet system. I wonder if anyone has used it or of there's a better way?

I listed my house for sale today. Was anyone else scared at the reality of actually getting started? Thanks and hope to join you all soon. Carole
I'm not your typical fulltimer - I still work and spend most of my time at local campgrounds - but I say screw the red hat and buy the Airstream!

Buy bigger than you think you want 25' minimum and be prepared to really trim back your wardrobe and kitchen stuff - and keep editing them. I've got an Airstream and a "Sparestream" because I was a bit about towing a big one... UH save yourself $30K and start with something with a separate bedroom. The 22' is now a great guest house and I've got friends staying there now, but I should sell it really. Biggest adjustment? No more packratting. I used to say "the woman who dies with the most fabric wins" - now it's "Sew it - or throw it!" One thing I did right? Got a BIGASS tow vehicle that can tow almost anything Airstream makes - 3/4 ton Suburban... but now I'm realizing how much better mileage is in a diesel. If the right Diesel Silverado comes along (Or if I could get a Ford F-250 WITH the cute "dirty jobs" guy included.... )

I elected not to restore an old one because I wanted to GO, not restore. A quick look at the classifieds right here will show you that quite a few people sell Airstreams that are only a few years old. This is often a substantial savings over brand new. Most upsize or downsize - some develop health problems or have a change of heart. Spend a substantial time looking before you buy. TEST the bed and the bath. If you aren't comfortable with both of those you'll never be fully happy with the trailer.

Housework that takes 1/2 hour a week will be an adjustment you'll love - but I do have to "spring clean" 5 or six times a year. When I travel my Airstream either picks up dirt or shakes it loose from nooks and crannies. With no "foyer" it's almost impossible to avoid tracking stuff in. The ordinary campground dust will permeate your whole trailer too - there just aren't that many square feet inside. I also have to do the periodic edit of stuff before it accumulates.

WELCOME! Paula Ford

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Old 09-26-2007, 06:51 PM   #17
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Hi Carol
You go girl! Get yourself an old pair of boots at a thrift store, two pairs actually and leave them outside of your "home" at night.Also, make sure you have cell service wherever you go.Be friendly, but not to friendly,never tell people you are actually alone.(My friend is coming by to see me tonight etc.)
I hate to be a downer but not everyone is nice out there.Always be cautious, also get AAA, it will come in handy for most auto problems and gives great advice on campgrounds.Keep us posted. I wish I had your guts! be safe and be well.
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Old 09-26-2007, 07:16 PM   #18
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Sometimes fear is a sign of intelligence.IMHO

It seems like you are using fear to your advantage, by reading and educating yourself , while not letting fear run your life.

I don't think I could be a fulltime fulltimer. I like my " farm" too much. I " live" in my camper 50 to 80 nights a year. That number will go up when retire. Something like, 50 nights at music festivals, 50 nights camping at friends and relatives houses, 50 nights road tripping.
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Old 09-26-2007, 10:11 PM   #19
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If the right Diesel Silverado comes along (Or if I could get a Ford F-250 WITH the cute "dirty jobs" guy included.... )

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Old 10-04-2007, 05:32 PM   #20
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You go girl

Carole, I only hope you love the life style as much as we do. We've been doing it for nine years and are sooooo comfortable in our 34'. It's not somthing you can't reverse after you've done your thing for a year or two and decide it's not for you. Right now we're in the mountains of NC for our eighth season up here. Nice cool temps and getting cooler everyday. We'll be heading down the mountain on the 28th. When you buy something like clothes, be ready to throw somethig out. If not, your hanging locker will be jam packed. If you have any specific questions for us, feel free. Have fun and enjoy your new life style. Keep the shinny side up. No need to hurry.
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Old 10-09-2007, 09:00 AM   #21
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Hi Carol,
Here is a great site to visit for tons of information on full-timing: Could RV Living Be Your Dream? Let's Find Out!!
Give them a try, you'll love it.
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Old 10-09-2007, 09:22 AM   #22
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HI Carol,

I admire you, wish WE were doing the same.

One note of caution about staying in Mexico, DOES YOU'RE INSURANCE CONVER YOU. Most insurances DO NOT conver in Mexico. My insurance (State Farm) only covers 15 miles accross the border. My agent told me about some specialized insurance to purchase if I were going to Mexico.

This forum has information regarding this.

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