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RE: My prediction for the future..

Lots of us older folks, on the forum. But maybe worth considering, many in the younger generation are making boat loads of money. They may be perfectly happy to keep what they bought, even if they don't use it much. Payments could be pretty minimal to many of them. Could take them a long time if ever to decide to sell. On edit, just read on Google, biggest buyers of new RV's are in the 35-45 age group. Many of those are going to have small kids. I can see them hanging on till the kids are grown. Don't know just spit balling
winnietrey 06/27/21 04:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: CDN/US border closed another month, at least.

Poor fellow, may have just had a heart attack. Maybe just be a coincidence in time. Same thing could have happened, coming home from grocery shopping. can't blame the grocery store. We have no way of knowing, could have been the vaccine, could be totally unrelated Either way, sorry for his family and for your loss
winnietrey 06/20/21 12:59pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Question on Running Onan onboard Gen on hot days

My experience, 100 plus degree day, ran gen on the road for AC. About 8hs driving. Pulled into CG, thing vapor locked. Was fine in a few hours. So yeah I think you can get them hot enough to vapor lock
winnietrey 06/03/21 01:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Retirement

At almost 66, I hope to go another 10 years. Don't need the money, I work because I want to. I like/love what I do. But will start SS at FRA, as the earnings test goes away. Retirement is a very individual thing, But these are my thoughts. If you hate your job retirement is the best thing you can do. If you love it, it is the worst thing you can do. Every human needs a purpose and a reason to get up. I have no hobbies, am not very good at anything except what I do. Would much rather work than say do yard work. Why does one have to wait till they retire to do stuff, like travel? You maybe to old to sick to dead. From personal experience my DW died in 2019, for no good reason. We had traveled for the last almost 20 years both in a RV and overseas. Had we put it off I would regret it for the rest of my life. GDE is half right, the first 20 years I would agree with him, but if you do things right, on the back end you can work as long and as hard as you like and still make good money. Going on my 42nd year in business. Key I think is get a skill, something that is in demand, and you can call your own shots to a degree. and travel and experience things, while you are young enough, and healthy enough to enjoy it. Before a person retires I think they should do some soul searching, do some research, figure out exactly what they want and what makes them happy. Not just assume that because they retire, life will be wonderful. It might, it might not. Very individual thing, not a one size fits all. In the words of Willie Nelson, when asked when he was going to retire, he replied " retire to what? , I love making music, why would I give that up?)
winnietrey 05/23/21 05:52pm Around the Campfire
RE: Inflatable Kayaks

Thought about inflatables, but seemed like a lot of work to pump up, deflate and the wipe down all the folds. Went with 2 Wilderness system Pungo's We think separate Kayaks are more fun than tandems, but individual choice on that. One tidbit, don't go with a 9 or 10 footer. Go with at least a 12 ft, tracks much better that a 10ft, and don't max out the weight rating, get one rated 50% ish more, than your weight. Will ride and track much better. Very easy to haul in a PU, with a hitch expender. Boondox, makes a great one
winnietrey 05/17/21 04:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Can't overcome the fear of buying a Truck and TC.......

Spending money, is a learned skill. It can be hard for many to do in retirement. Those of us that have had a health issue, or in my case lost a spouse, know that one's portfolio is meaningless. We know the memories are what are truly of value. Late wife and I traveled, rved on long road trips and so on. Not only do I not regret it, I cherish those memories more that anything. ( and yeah we spent a boat load of money doing it) But had we not done it, I would have more money, but she would still be dead. I suspect, after you get it, you will wonder why you did not get it years ago. For what it's worth that is my take on this life Well Said, Unfortunately many do not truly understand what your saying unless they have personally experienced a loss or health issue. So true, and I hope others never will have to understand. But truth is it will come to all of us at some point
winnietrey 05/08/21 10:52am Truck Campers
RE: Can't overcome the fear of buying a Truck and TC.......

You're not going to find a good deal on the stealership lot. I have had good results in the past with placing wanted ads in the local and regional papers, plus going thru the obits and calling the survivors to see if they have anything they need to get rid of. It is a win/win when it works because it cuts out the dealer overhead/profit markup. On the do it now vs. wait until your health fails, I agree 100%. BUt unless you have an unusually huge nest egg, we still need to spend wisely, or their won't be any $ left to enjoy the work-free lifestyle. Intellectually I know I can afford it, it's the emotional part that has held me back. Yep, its hard when your whole life, you have tried to do everything by yourself, always made do, with what you have. As I said it's a learned skill. Although If not now, when? As for going through the obits, I guess that is a way of doing it. But in my particular case my response would have been somewhat hostile, but I can see where it would work
winnietrey 05/08/21 10:47am Truck Campers
RE: Can't overcome the fear of buying a Truck and TC.......

Spending money, is a learned skill. It can be hard for many to do in retirement. Those of us that have had a health issue, or in my case lost a spouse, know that one's portfolio is meaningless. We know the memories are what are truly of value. Late wife and I traveled, rved on long road trips and so on. Not only do I not regret it, I cherish those memories more that anything. ( and yeah we spent a boat load of money doing it) But had we not done it, I would have more money, but she would still be dead. I suspect, after you get it, you will wonder why you did not get it years ago. For what it's worth that is my take on this life
winnietrey 05/08/21 08:46am Truck Campers
RE: sell home or not to sell

I would not sell the house. If you do, you are taking your options away. What if you don't like life on the road? Where will you live if you are house hunting. I assume the next house you buy, is where you want to live for a long time. Don't know about where you live, but here in Puget sound it's a feeding frenzy. Houses going for way over asking. And the competition is brutal If you sell, you risk paying to much for your next house, and ending up with one you don't really like. Just to get out of the RV. That would cost you much more than leaving the house empty for a few months. Just me, but I like Having options, and not locking myself in And to me, the two are not really related. At some point you want a smaller house, and you want to RV for a few months. Trying to combine those two goals could lead to regrets in my opinion
winnietrey 04/25/21 08:45am Full-time RVing
RE: Obesity in America

BMI, or the RFM, are just tools, they have their limits and exceptions. Like monkey44's son. But end of the day we as a nation are fat and out of shape. Obesity is the biggest driver of health care costs, bar none. Anecdotal evidence, been a Chiro for 40 plus years. 40 years ago I could x-ray 9 out of 10 new patient's low back and get good pictures. Now its maybe 4in 10 I can get pictures on. And for a clinic my machine is pretty high powered. Now have to send them to the hospital, and even their machines struggle. Being somewhat over weight and active is one thing. Being so heavy you can't walk one mile is another. Leads to poor health and a poor quality of life And from what I can see, from my little corner of the world you are better off being somewhat over weight and active, than being perfect weight and inactive. Seems in my practice, the over weight active group is in general, healthier than the prefect weight inactive folks. But trying to get folks active, is often times very hard to do, from my experience
winnietrey 04/20/21 02:47pm Around the Campfire
RE: Trying to decide on whether or not to purchase-DECISION

After analyzing our situation for a week we opted not to buy the fifth wheel. Loved it, love the lifestyle but there were too many negatives that outweighed the positives for us, mostly the "work" that goes with it. Loading, unloading, hitch install & removal, storage of unit off-site, etc. There's still a "bucket list" of air travel we want to do and we just can't justify buying something to sit in storage while we fly places. We don't abide by the theory "if I can't drive to it I don't need to see it". There's too much in the world to see. I'm pretty certain this is it-we won't ever go back to it-but I've also learned to never say never. As the saying goes, for everything there is a season. With my late wife we Motorhomed for 15 years, and tent camped for many years before that. Wonderful memories. But, the new GF is not real fond of that life style. and to be honest, I have kind of have had, my fill. I will not miss the upkeep and the work. Going forward we will be doing fly and drives, renting cabins for a couple of weeks, that sort of thing I look forward to these new adventures. In some ways I miss the MH, but in many ways I do not. Enjoy the change and your new adventures
winnietrey 04/10/21 07:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Waited on Canada long enough

As I am in health care, staying home was not an option. And as my perceived risk of getting covid from my patients, seemed much higher to me, that say going out to eat, travel and so on we continued to do such. ( with all precautions, mask and so forth) So we were never all that isolated. I was wondering, are those of you that did isolate, are you having anxiety, about getting out again, or is it something you are chomping at the bit to do? Reason I ask is, hearing from folks, they are pretty worried about getting back out. And I wonder how much of that is covid? and how much is it, just getting back in the game again? And, I am not a covid denier, and this post is in no way political, nor is it a troll. Am just wondering if some folks are just having a hard getting back in society so to speak, after a year plus at home
winnietrey 04/04/21 11:39am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: 2004 Dynamax Sport Sedan 220 mileage

65k in a 24 C with V-10 14 downhill with a tail wind, 12 flat with tail wind, 8 uphill or into a good wind. Avg over 65k 10.5 should add that was at 65ish mph
winnietrey 03/18/21 06:49pm Class C Motorhomes
Fun with Doggie DNA test

So our old dog passed. He was 1/2 lab. 1/4 Border Collie and 1/4 mixed. Got a new puppy off CL, supposed to be 3/4 lab, 1/4 Aussie Not even close. He is 24% Staffy 11% Bulldog 12% Aussie Cattle dog 9% White swiss Sheppard 4% German Sheppard 17% Chow 7% Siberian Huskey 16% Lab Man that's a lot of dogs in our little guy ( well at 6 months, not so little anymore) Funny thing is, he looks pretty "labish" right down to fully webbed feet, with a bit of a Pitbull face. and lab Sheppard ears. He is a good little guy, no sign of aggression and pretty darn smart. But I do worry a bit, about the Staffy part. Am not sure the sellers were intentionally lying, apparently he is the son of two dogs that were neighbors, so I think they just took their best guess, and maybe stretched the truth a bit Anyway, have not had puppy in many years, forgot how much work they are
winnietrey 02/14/21 04:20pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Signs of Cognitive Decline

tis a well documented medical condition, which in Latin is "non recordabor stercore"
winnietrey 02/14/21 12:38pm Around the Campfire
RE: Best Company for Extended Service Plan (ESP)

you might ask your dealer which one, they find to be the easiest to work with
winnietrey 02/13/21 08:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Price increase at our KOA

Similar thing happened at a campground we went to for many years. But the new owner, I am sure took on a lot of debt, he is the one taking the risk. (and the work) Bottom line, it is his business he gets to run it anyway he wants. And I hope he succeeds and does well. I would add, having run my own business for 40 plus years, if you want to go broke, keep your charges low and only cater to those interested in price and not what you have to offer them as a business
winnietrey 02/09/21 11:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Unnecessary Warnings Shown on Products

Regarding that McDonald's lawsuit mentioned earlier by Paw Paw 'n Gram, where a lady spilled hot coffee on herself and sued the company; that to me is a frivolous suit. As far as I remember, no employee spilled the coffee on her; she spilled it on herself. While I'm sorry for her injuries, how in the world could she blame anyone but herself? If she had spilled coffee on herself at home, who could she blame? The stove manufacturer for making the coffee so hot? Lawyers take all kinds of cases, no matter how frivolous! Don't you love 'em? :R You might consider goggling "McDonalds hot coffee case" After reading the facts of the case, you might not consider the case frivolous. In short McDonalds knew for many years the were keeping their coffee near scalding, and that it was causing injuries. They ignored it, Not trying to be snarky at all, just saying the facts and urban legend are very different
winnietrey 01/21/21 12:19pm Around the Campfire
RE: Giving it up

You may recall, I posted in your last thread, that I had lost my wife of 45 years. I too considered selling the house and taking the "geographic cure". Supplemented with copious amounts of alcohol. I did not go that way, I am still in the house with no plans to sell. I too sold the RV for the exact reasons you describe. Both turned out to be good choices. I would not presume to tell you what to do, I can only speak for myself. But year and half has passed now, and things are much better. I don't know if I can live with it, but I have learned to live along side it. Keep the faith, wishing you the best
winnietrey 01/11/21 04:18pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Just got back fro the local bike shop

Pretty much every thing outdoor related is sold out locally. Tried to get kayaks local, with no success. Got them an amazon. But they tend to go pretty quick, then come back up in a week or two. You might try Amazon for a bike, might be the same type of thing as our kayaks
winnietrey 01/08/21 10:12am Around the Campfire
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