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Old 01-01-2014, 08:11 AM   #1
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When is it time to give up RVing and sell our 25' Excella?

We just returned from a wonderful trip to the Florida Keys and as we were driving home, the question came up...."Is it time to sell our 25' Excella and get out of RV'ing?" For the past 15 years we've been traveling quite a bit. We've had our '97 Excella 25 since 2004 and have pulled it from the Florida Keys to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. We've been from Los Angeles to Washington DC several times. We've been to most National Parks, and all the usual haunts from the Balloon Festival to Sturgis. We've eaten BBQ from Kansas City to Memphis, and even to the National BBQ Cookoff in Las Vegas. We've averaged about 9000 miles a year for nearly 15 years.

We've reached a point where we don't have any remaining places tugging at our heartstrings for a visit. We used to travel for a month at a time, but the past couple trips, we plan a month trip but end up heading home early because we're bored revisiting some old favorite places. We think it may be time to sell the trailer and turn the page. Has anyone else reached this point in their lives? What did you do?
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:21 AM   #2
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Bob, You and only you will know when that time comes. Sometimes you just wake up one morning and know that it is time to move on with the next phase of your life. Good luck with what ever you decide.
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:34 AM   #3
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I agree with Michael, that's a decision that you will know when it's time.

I'm happy that we are not there yet, and a large part of the fun to me is the planning, and anticipation of the next trip.

If I could just get all the issues with this damn Dodge Ram truck sorted out, I'd be happy as a pig is slop. Wish I'd never bought it.
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:34 AM   #4
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Please do not sell. Go on a hiatus from rving for a few months and see if the fire comes back. I am sure there are many that would miss you. You have a much appreciated history with AS and the club. Jim
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:39 AM   #5
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Bob,

I have a very close friend who was an avid RVer also. Spent as much time as he could traveling the country in his diesel motor home, taking in all of the sights, sounds and smells of the US and Canada.

When he was done, he shifted gears entirely…………….and bought a BOAT!

Now he spends at least as much time plying the waters of the West Coast from Costa Rica to British Columbia, thoroughly enjoying his time on the water. His motto: Life's a journey…enjoy the ride!
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Then it's time to do something really unusual. Pick not a destination, but a route, and see what that route brings. And not an interstate!

I've always dreamed about doing one of the old US highways from end to end. Sure, there's Highway 66, but a lot of it is gone. By contrast, Highway 64 and Highway 60 are still there and vibrant!


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Even though we don't use the trailer as much anymore, I look at it as my Escape Capsule. It's always there for a quick takeoff, and that's a comfort to me.

I believe I'll keep my rig as long as I can still call myself a driver.
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Old 01-01-2014, 09:22 AM   #8
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We've been across America twice, been to many events and wonder if we should sell after many years of Airstreaming. We ended up, upgrading the Airstream and have found locations where we can park it for months and using it for weekend retreats to areas that are comfortable based on the weather trends of the seasons.
We are still very young, but now are looking into storing it in Florida Oct-Apr and getting down there for even four-six weeks out of that time period before we bring it back to North Carolina. You can't give away the memories that you have made over the years in the Airstream, but the ones to be made down the road, even the less traveled ones will be ones that will most likely be a "remember when" moment.
Good luck with your decision and thanks for helping us know that we all eventually will get to this point.

Happy New Year and 2014!

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Old 01-01-2014, 09:34 AM   #9
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Dont sell yet...take a break...the world is a big place...try a trip to Hawaii...Europe or Australia, lots of great place outside of the US..then decide
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Old 01-01-2014, 09:42 AM   #10
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Bob, maybe it is the AS, and not the RVing that makes you want to "retire". Sometimes the hooking up and unhooking that is the problem. I feel that way sometimes. At one time we had a "C". We would just go for a ride and get some Chinese and a bottle and sit and watch the sunset, rain or just life. At other times we would camp and enjoy the fire and something cooked over it. We would take the boat or bikes depending on the urge at the time.
Try several sizes of MOHOs first and see if that might be your "NEW" lifestyle.
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It may be a little easier for those of you who live where the weather is agreeable to you most of the year to give up their travel trailer. For me, I get less tolerant of the cold of winter as I age. So right now, I am sitting outside of Tucson, where it will be 70 degrees today. Back home in the midwest, it's in the teens and snowing today.
This last summer while it was over 100 degrees at home, I was in the camper in the mountains of Colorado.
I don't so much "travel" as I go and "stay" somewhere.

Dare I say it here Bob, but perhaps it's time for you to switch to a more residential type RV like a fifth wheel with a couple of slides ? Go to the mountains in summer, set it up and enjoy cool mountain air for the summer ?
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We'll all hit that point eventually. My parents held onto their sailboat too long. My mom, especially, was more than ready to give it up and my father was in denial. They could no longer properly handle it and then one day got into a bad accident when the wind picked up. It was disabled and pushed against some rocks. They needed rescue. The boat was disabled for months and cost them plenty in terms of dollars, anxiety, and stress. The whole episode aged them badly and they never sailed again. It was a bitter ending to a lifetime of fond memories for them.
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You say you have been across America Bob, but have you been to Alaska via tha AlCan? I think that would revive anyones interest in the great ourdoors. Take your time and enjoy the beauty of this world.

It takes some planning ahead but the great memories and story's will be with you till the end!

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The bottom line, Bob, is that you have to do what is right for youin this stage of your life.

As I just became eligible for Medicare and SuEllyn is eight months behind me, you have raised that dreaded question in my mind, how long will we be able to travel like this?, spending half of our time in the Airstream. I hope the answer is a "long time"

Please keep us posted on your thoughts and decisions.

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