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Old 06-22-2015, 10:13 AM   #15
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I have removed the inner aluminum skin on my 23' Safari Land Yacht. I was thinking about using spray foam insulation, especially after reading this thread. I'm in Florida. Does anyone have an opinion on this matter. I am also thinking of using fan fold insulation under my flooring. This is a ridged foam board that comes in 1/4" and 1/2' thicknesses. I pulled the useless fiberglass insulation from in between the floor and belly pan and discarded. Thanks to all of you good people.
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Old 06-22-2015, 11:30 AM   #16
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I have removed the inner aluminum skin on my 23' Safari Land Yacht. I was thinking about using spray foam insulation, especially after reading this thread. I'm in Florida. Does anyone have an opinion on this matter. I am also thinking of using fan fold insulation under my flooring. This is a ridged foam board that comes in 1/4" and 1/2' thicknesses. I pulled the useless fiberglass insulation from in between the floor and belly pan and discarded. Thanks to all of you good people.
Do a search, sir. If I recall correctly, I think the general consensus is that spray foam will eventually disintegrate due to the vibrations from road use. You should be able to find some other threads discussing the issue.
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Old 06-22-2015, 12:05 PM   #17
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Avions used factory foam from circa 1970 thru 1990. Deterioration is not a problem. It is in trying to remove foam to make any repairs, and to trace any water leaks and make repairs that foam isn't so great

Prodex and Energy Shield and others are better choices.
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Old 06-23-2015, 03:31 PM   #18
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We toured the Newell factory in December. They use spray foam insulation on all of their coaches ($1.5 million and up). They actually spray three layers, rather than one thick one, and trim the excess after each spray. Then the interior is added.
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Old 06-23-2015, 04:22 PM   #19
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We are going to try full timing for a few years. I've only got 20 years of useful life and I can always buy another house to die in. If it's too hot we'll move the trailer. If it's too cold we'll move. Beats sitting in a house watching golf all day long like my father-in-law does while his motor home sits outside.
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Old 06-23-2015, 04:37 PM   #20
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We are going to try full timing for a few years. I've only got 20 years of useful life and I can always buy another house to die in. If it's too hot we'll move the trailer. If it's too cold we'll move. Beats sitting in a house watching golf all day long like my father-in-law does while his motor home sits outside.
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I have spent the last two days on a riding lawn mower, a push mower between the trees and tomorrow a weed whacker to finish the job. This is the fourth or fifth mowing of the season, which is usually two, sometimes three times a season.

I've got a good 20 years left myself. Maybe 30, since I never listen to others and their theory of living a long life and they die in their 50's.

When the hummingbirds are going north, or heading south before the winter... I am packing up their feeders and following them. They seem to by "humming" a good tune and it might be better than "human advice".
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When the hummingbirds are going north, or heading south before the winter... I am packing up their feeders and following them. They seem to by "humming" a good tune and it might be better than "human advice".
I agree, don't follow the ducks and geese their dumb.
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Old 07-13-2015, 02:20 PM   #22
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Old 07-13-2015, 02:47 PM   #23
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It has always been my understanding that the ability to chase great weather was indeed the point of full-timing....

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I full timed while working in a couple of places - the Mojave for 3 years and the mountains of Colorado for a year - but neither was in an AS. It was okay, I liked it. I didn't die from the heat (in fact one night before Thanksgiving it snowed, but was all melted before noon), nor did I freeze or suffer any cold damage to the rig (in spite of a week of -20F nights and 0F days). I like the smallness of the living space which for me translates to needing to be space efficient, neat and tidy, as well as creates a hankering to be outdoors where I prefer to begin with.

Hopefully the new to us AS in our retirement will be equally enjoyable. But we have noticed we aren't crazy about extremes of temperature in places where it's humid, so we may wander around a bit once the rig is ready - and following humming bird migrations is a great idea.
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"It has always been my understanding that the ability to chase great weather was indeed the point of full-timing...." Many people call it "chasing 70."
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I thought that was the point too. I also thought the point of full-timing was to travel. I wouldn't call living on my plot of land in Montana in my Airstream full timing.
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Old 07-13-2015, 05:56 PM   #27
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Great write-up. The cool lettuce and the hot dogs was just what I ate for supper! I am not a full-timer but all along my plan has been to go off for 3-4 months each year as a snow bird does away from Florida heat. I am still working but I just returned from Jackson Center and visiting relatives in OH and NC and FL. It was 58 degrees in Jackson Center June 27, 28th. I love cooler weather so it was great although I would have liked less rain. The discovery comfort-wise was that the AC unit, will not draw humidity out once it gets so cool outside (da- just like the AC rules I spout off all the time) so I lived with the damp.

It is my understanding that the idea is to select locations that are usually mild. I would never pick the desert in summer months, rather, the Rockies or something. I cannot wait to have greater time off to go west. My camping work associates take their motorhome to Maine nearly every year in the summer.

I would not give up on the full-timing lifestyle without working with the trip manager first!
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For the birds

I grew up in suburban towns. " I had this dream about barns and land".

I had the chance, and bought an old farmhouse. All the roads around it are named after birds. There is a pheasant sanctuary down the road, wild turkey, and quail on my land.

I enjoyed eating homegrown food, chopping my own heat, and taking care of the woods and meadows, listening to the birds sing, and It was fun when I had a lady to share it with.

I just don't think that I want to die being a slave to land, talking to the birds. But I also think that living on the road, might be just as lonely as being alone in the woods.

I have no idea what life has in store for me , or what path I will take….and that's a beautiful thing. ………kinda
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