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JandVcruise2018

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Hello everyone. Its my first time on this site. I'll get right to it. My wife and I moved to Northern California about 7 months ago. We love it and want to spend some time there but we are going to have to either rent a place soon, buy something or buy an RV and live in it full time. We are both in our 30's. We dont want to buy because A) we get board with places easy and want to see a lot more of the country before we get planted. B) Small condos are selling for 300k+ (and still have HOA's). We can rent but a decent 1 bedroom is $2000+ a month plus utilities. Also, even though the camper (and truck to tow it) will deperacate we rather put at least part our money towards something we will own. We are looking at getting a Keystone Montana and an F-350 diesel. Any advise or suggestions?

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I can't speak to full-timing directly, but your post does make me wonder how much experience you have with RV'ing in general. The RV life comes with a lot of blessings and some real challenges, and from everything I've read, full-timing is not nearly as cost efficient as it appears on the surface. Some background info on how much experience you have would probably be helpful to those who could give more direct input.

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Look into how you can accrue value. Apartment rent? money gone. at least with an rv you have a chance, depreciation wont take it all. Mobility is the best idea. you are not a slave to the job, because of mobility, you can move easily to a better job

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I've been full-timing for 11 years.
You may call me and we can discuss in greater detail.


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Mickeyfan0805 wrote:

I can't speak to full-timing directly, but your post does make me wonder how much experience you have with RV'ing in general. The RV life comes with a lot of blessings and some real challenges, and from everything I've read, full-timing is not nearly as cost efficient as it appears on the surface. Some background info on how much experience you have would probably be helpful to those who could give more direct input.


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Mandalay Parr wrote:

I've been full-timing for 11 years.
You may call me and we can discuss in greater detail.


You rock. Thank you! My wife and I are not afraid to take risks and try something some people think is crazy. I have lived in a few different states and she is from Costa Rica. We dont like the current market for buying (inflated house prices, raising intrest rates, etc) and we are not ready to settle anywhere. Even if we get into a lease we are stuck for a year and it can make it hard to save. I will probably take you up on your offer once we are back in the states. We are in Costa Rica right now.

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SDcampowneroperator wrote:

Look into how you can accrue value. Apartment rent? money gone. at least with an rv you have a chance, depreciation wont take it all. Mobility is the best idea. you are not a slave to the job, because of mobility, you can move easily to a better job


Exactly!!! Besides, we may be full time online with our jobs/ business soon anyways. With satilite internet anything is possible.

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Points to consider and research:

New versus used RV costs. If you have cash, great. But if you take a 15 year loan to buy a depreciating asset, besides a big monthly payment, you’ll still be liable to pay off a big chunk of the loan after you get bored with it and sell for whatever you can get for it.

Income stream - similar to the $2000/mo. apartment example you gave, you’ll need enough to cover your RV “rent.” Costs of insurance, maintenance, fuel, propane, expensive repairs, etc.

Then there is weekly, monthly or nightly RV campsite rental. Utilities may be extra in long term rentals. Everybody has fantasies of pulling off the road to camp free in the woods, but it’s not quite that simple.


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I'm not full-timing it, but it seems to me yours is the sort of situation where it could be advantageous to do so. Best of luck, whichever way you go.





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If you go with the F350, you'll never have problems towing (pretty much anything). So you have LOTS of options on trailer (TT or 5er, Toy Hauler or conventional trailer). Considering you are the type of people that just don't like to settle down (or be tied down) with a specific location or real property, this life style is a good fit for you.

The only REAL problem with full timing, is the initial decision to downsize your possessions so everything fits into your new living domicile. I think that is probably the hardest decisions that has to be made. If you are already living a minimalist lifestyle, than you'll have no problems adapting to the space of an RV (of any kind).

Good luck! Your plan is entirely feasible in my opinion.


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