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RE: Leaving Illinois, going full time.

I do have a couple of cautionary financial notes: First of all make sure that you will not have to pay capital gains on the sales profit on your home. I don't know what the limit is in your state, but in some it's lower than the Federal limit. The Federal limit is $500k profit on a couple. Without the RV option, you would immediately be re-investing your home $$ in another home. At some point, you will be past RVing and want a traditional home. But if you have spent a big whack of your home profits, you won't have $$ on hand to buy another one. You also can't sink those profits into a RV/truck combo, because those are DEPRECIATING assets. The smart thing is to invest most of your home sale funds in something fairly conservative, but with some growth, so you will be able to keep up with home prices and buy one when you need it. Something like a conservative growth mutual fund is a good option. I've read of a few people being caught with nowhere to go and it's not pretty. Another big consideration is medical insurance. It's not trivial. One option is a health-share ministry, the drawback being that it won't cover pre-existing conditions for a year. Sounds like you have a great plan and ability to earn a living almost anywhere you go. Thanks. We believe we have the tax situation under control. We're liquidating 2 trucks to finance one newer used 3/4 ton. Something that has already depreciated enough to take the pain out of it. But worth enough to sell well when we want to go a different direction. For health insurance, we're probably going to go with a catastrophic plan, since neither of us have any chronic or preexisting conditions or ongoing medications. My family won't leave us with no place to go, while that isn't my "plan", it is a contingency. And an economic catastrophe big enough to wipe out either direction i could go would be big enough, I'd have other problems. We plan to modify or cease our plan if we dip below x dollars in savings. And give up the idea entirely at x dollars. I think about 75 to 80% of whaT I've planned will probably go out the window with the realities of the road. But as long as I have x in savings, I can always start over somewhere else. I'm also buying things I may need, but are easy to store and transport now, while I still have income. Like a 60 gallon soft tank for boondocking. I caught it on deep discount, so the investment was low, but the savings compared to having to buy one on the road when needed at full market price is huge..
Moving-on 02/28/21 03:43pm Full-time RVing
RE: Leaving Illinois, going full time.

We may not be too far apart..
Moving-on 02/10/21 05:14pm Full-time RVing
RE: Leaving Illinois, going full time.

My wife found one near porter,/humble but I don't know the name. I'll have to ask her about it. They offered mail forwarding, and help setting up a domicile. Yep, escapees was it..
Moving-on 02/09/21 07:03pm Full-time RVing
RE: Leaving Illinois, going full time.

Thanks! Very helpful. The plan was to use tx. I hadn't thought about inspections, since we don't have them here. And no Medicare. We're mid 40s
Moving-on 02/09/21 06:01pm Full-time RVing
RE: Recording video feed from furrion vision s system

I'm going to end up with less than $500 in the furrion with 5" screen, the rear view camera that fits my factory bracket, both side view cameras, and another I can use for front view. So, 340? Degree view. I just have to figure out how to record it..
Moving-on 02/09/21 05:57pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Recording video feed from furrion vision s system

Only when I feel I need to. Just curious if someone else already has.
Moving-on 02/09/21 04:06pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Recording video feed from furrion vision s system

We have recently bought but haven't yet installed a furrion vision s system with the 5" screen. Has anyone tried to either physically or wirelessly grab a signal output for recording? It will be nice to see who is about, but even nicer if you could see who had been there while you weren't.
Moving-on 02/09/21 02:15pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Battery Meter

There are all sorts of things floating around eBay. I believe I'm going to use one of the victron bmv series. But I'm here for better suggestions as well..
Moving-on 02/09/21 01:50pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Leaving Illinois, going full time.

I'm off sick, so I've been burning up the net looking for answers, and things we may need. I'm going to put on a new set of tires before we go, probably maxxis 8008s. We already have a macerater pump, which is a godsend. I was going to add a few li batteries and some solar. But for now I think a new deep cycle and my small psw inverter will get us started. Looking for deal on a new companion generator since mine was stolen. That will get me back to a pair of eu2ks. Just have to get down to st Louis for my "new" to me truck, quit my job and sell my house. Excited and scared to death..
Moving-on 02/09/21 01:30pm Full-time RVing
RE: Winter RV camping

I wish I had found this before our involuntary cold weather camping. I didnt know about the effects of the cold on refrigerators. And I hope ours is ok. As I said in the other thread, we coasted along in the 20s for awhile, but our pump feed line froze up on the second night of about 8 degrees. We had a full fresh water tank, with the tank heaters running. But I believe where I screwed up was running a space heater upstairs. I believe that it made the furnace cycle less, allowing the cold to creep into our belly. Since ours bleeds furnace heat between the floor and belly cover. I hope the fridge survived and that we never have to go that low again.
Moving-on 02/09/21 12:43pm Full-time RVing
RE: Air bag question

Just as an aside to that. I bought airlift brand airbags for this issue. Their marketing leads you to believe that their bags can be run flat. HOWEVER, the manual still recommended 5psi, even with the internal jounce guard. I was going to add the wireless one compressor to remedy this, before someone broke in and stole it.
Moving-on 02/09/21 11:38am Truck Campers
RE: Leaving Illinois, going full time.

Both tx and wy have nice low taxes. But both are on the temp extremes, depending on time of year. But I've never been west of San Antonio, so there's still so much to see. Perhaps I can find a niche,or another change of career along the way.
Moving-on 02/09/21 08:45am Full-time RVing
RE: Leaving Illinois, going full time.

Thats the plan. But I'm not so proud not to listen, or so arrogant to ignore others experience. The trouble comes in that we are all so different, with different skills and talents. I've been up and down the mechanical/ maintenance field. From semi truck mechanic, to industrial electrician and just about everything in between. I grew up on a farm, and can remember pulling a goose neck for the first time for my dad and brother picking up bales when I was 10 years old. I figure that we have as good of a chance for making it work as any. In my job I can't telecommute, but might be able to find some things to do along the way. Especially since we plan to stay semi long term just about everywhere we go. I really don't know, but I've thought it out as best I can, and a faint heart never won any flowers.
Moving-on 02/09/21 08:31am Full-time RVing
RE: Leaving Illinois, going full time.

We will be leaving with enough money to be comfortable without working for quite awhile. We plan to learn as we go, and hope to learn enough before we spend too much.. I have a few contingencies if things go south. We won't be a burden on any of the people we have in mind, and were invited to stay long term at both. They have utilities close enough that they won't be a bother to modify as needed. Which was also discussed and offered. I don't have any specific questions yet, I just thought I'd start a thread about our adventure and hoped it would lead to some constructive discussion.
Moving-on 02/08/21 08:01pm Full-time RVing
RE: Leaving Illinois, going full time.

And I have excellent insurance.
Moving-on 02/08/21 07:28pm Full-time RVing
RE: Leaving Illinois, going full time.

Folks. Please, I didn't come here to talk about what I could have done differently. I came to talk about full time rv living. But to humor you, were I live is so rural, there are no land line phones, only sketchy cell service. And the local pd is 4-5 guys spread over 3-4 shifts based 30 miles away from my house. There are things that I could have done, but they would have been far above and beyond the local norm. And that's about all I have ever to say about that.
Moving-on 02/08/21 07:15pm Full-time RVing
RE: Leaving Illinois, going full time.

That is the idea. I've spent my life working out in the hot and cold. I'm ready to get away from that for awhile. Summers in Wyoming, winters in Texas. And I want to see the southwest,and a few other places. Somewhere along the way I hope to find a semi permanent home.
Moving-on 02/08/21 07:01pm Full-time RVing
RE: Leaving Illinois, going full time.

Thanks. I'm sure that it wasn't. But I'll admit it's a slightly touchy nerve.
Moving-on 02/08/21 05:16pm Full-time RVing
RE: Leaving Illinois, going full time.

I have a standing offer for considerably more than I gave for it. And I believe its a bit low. It was a feeble attempt at humor. We have the humble distinction of being the only people to have been burglarized 3 times in the same week. Once these guys saw what was here, they just couldn't stay away. It was kind of a perfect storm, since we live so far from anyone that there is no way to keep an eye on the place. I had cameras, but due to poor internet, I didn't have it connected and had hoped to just use them as a deterrent. Worked great, right up till it didn't. They stole my entire security dvr. A mistake I won't repeat. It's generally a very low crime area.
Moving-on 02/08/21 05:06pm Full-time RVing
RE: Puma trailers. Any good?

Our first rv was a 2008 puma 28ish foot 5th wheel. We weekended out of it for one season. It was a bit cheesy feeling. But looked decent and everything worked and we were happy. We knew it had roof issues when we bought it, and they got worse. We had decided that we enjoyed camping and decided to sell it and move on to newer and nicer. We went to look at new pumas, since we were familiar and happy with our first. That was last year. The new pumas were identical. In feel, build, Floorplan, etc. We could still buy the same thing we had. The funny part was, for the older one, with no payment and knowing it was "older", we were happy. Thinking about the same unit, new, with a payment, we decided to buy a used slightly higher quality unit for the same money. The only issue is financing a used rv can be tough. But we found a way, and we've been much happier for it.
Moving-on 02/08/21 03:57pm Travel Trailers
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