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JIMNLIN

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Posted: 03/30/20 12:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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My question is, are there many who try full-timing and don't or didn't like it? Surely we can't be the only people that have no interest in this lifestyle.
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No your not alone. We lasted 7 weeks and hated it. Camping for a couple of week was fine but not living in a box with people all around just wasn't for us. Our home is in the middle of 40 acres about 4-6 miles from the nearest highway. Wife and I came from farm and ranch back grounds so living like packed in sardines wasn't for us. Camping for a week or two was OK but we were always glad to be back home.

Of the 7 couples we know that retired and hit the road to full time all gave it up gladly at some point. One couple sold his rv business and lasted 10 months. The last couple lasted 3 years and came home. They then became snow birds. Left the last of OCT and home in mid March. Their both 84 now and sold the motor home cause they had health issues.


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We were going to "full-time" when we retire in a year or so. Since then we have decided to find our retirement home first, in snow country, then decide what we want to do. We will ALWAYS have an RV of one kind or another because we are gypsies at heart and like a change of scenery. We may snowbird, or maybe we'll do 6 months on the road at a time. Either way we will still "RV" till we can't any longer.


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The point is to be outside. Shirtsleeve weather. Some extra clothing to cover a variety of conditions. The pleasure of cooking inside or out.

If my “ideal” was a lumbering, unstable 5’er to which I had to buy a commercial vehicle to drag it with, that sure takes the fun out of solo touring a region. Day trips.

Same with a Moho. It’s flat funny seeing the “toad” that only two people will ever use. A big family group it makes some sense. But repairs and maintenance are a pain as little is DIY. Two drivetrains has to be justified.

THE POINT is that many MAY NOT have made good choice when it came time to buy an RV.

The extra work of “bigger” is a huge turnoff. If not today, then tomorrow.

Highest reliability, longest-life and ease of travel were the priorities I learned as third generation owner of type.

Set-up and take-down shouldn’t be a burden.

There’s NEVER an end of things to do or see. A major city or an unknown region. Any budget.

A life of television has stunted many of you. Most of whom you might meet.

Throw it out, as it’s poison.

No one had them until reasonably priced solid-state portables were available in the mid-late 1970s.

Absolutely NO ONE missed them.

Examine assumptions. The rut you prefer is still just that.
The lifelong slave loves his collar too much to remove it.

An RV is maybe last chance to wake up in an unfamiliar place . . and allow the unfamiliar part of you come forward.

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Slowmover wrote:

The point is to be outside. Shirtsleeve weather. Some extra clothing to cover a variety of conditions. The pleasure of cooking inside or out.

If my “ideal” was a lumbering, unstable 5’er to which I had to buy a commercial vehicle to drag it with, that sure takes the fun out of solo touring a region. Day trips.

Same with a Moho. It’s flat funny seeing the “toad” that only two people will ever use. A big family group it makes some sense. But repairs and maintenance are a pain as little is DIY. Two drivetrains has to be justified.

THE POINT is that many MAY NOT have made good choice when it came time to buy an RV.

The extra work of “bigger” is a huge turnoff. If not today, then tomorrow.

Highest reliability, longest-life and ease of travel were the priorities I learned as third generation owner of type.

Set-up and take-down shouldn’t be a burden.

There’s NEVER an end of things to do or see. A major city or an unknown region. Any budget.

A life of television has stunted many of you. Most of whom you might meet.

Throw it out, as it’s poison.

No one had them until reasonably priced solid-state portables were available in the mid-late 1970s.

Absolutely NO ONE missed them.

Examine assumptions. The rut you prefer is still just that.
The lifelong slave loves his collar too much to remove it.

An RV is maybe last chance to wake up in an unfamiliar place . . and allow the unfamiliar part of you come forward.

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well, everyone is entitled to their opinion.
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"well, everyone is entitled to their opinion.
bumpy"

Exactly, UNTIL someone doesn't like what you say. [emoticon]


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Slowmover wrote:

An RV is maybe last chance to wake up in an unfamiliar place . . and allow the unfamiliar part of you come forward.

Very thought-provoking in a positive.

* This post was edited 03/31/20 01:08pm by DarkSkySeeker *


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DarkSkySeeker wrote:

Bumpyroad wrote:

An RV is maybe last chance to wake up in an unfamiliar place . . and allow the unfamiliar part of you come forward.

Very thought-provoking in a positive.


not my quote
bumpy

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Bumpyroad wrote:

DarkSkySeeker wrote:

Bumpyroad wrote:

An RV is maybe last chance to wake up in an unfamiliar place . . and allow the unfamiliar part of you come forward.

Very thought-provoking in a positive.


not my quote
bumpy

Oops.

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Army11Bravo wrote:

My wife and I talk about going Full Time in a few years, but in all honesty, we will most likely be snowbirds. We love our house and enjoy Northwest Montana, but to be able to leave the snow to travel around exploring other parts of the country for several months out of the year would be heaven.

I don't think a FT lifestyle would suit us. The longest experience in our TT was 6 weeks and we looked forward to a home without wheels.



Six weeks is about it for us ,even southwestern Montana for six weeks fly fishing in the summer, in about six weeks its time to be home. Same in Arizona in the winter ,much less appeal , just warmer then home 4-6 weeks same thing, time to be home.

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Slowmover wrote:

The point is to be outside. Shirtsleeve weather. Some extra clothing to cover a variety of conditions. The pleasure of cooking inside or out.

If my “ideal” was a lumbering, unstable 5’er to which I had to buy a commercial vehicle to drag it with, that sure takes the fun out of solo touring a region. Day trips.

Same with a Moho. It’s flat funny seeing the “toad” that only two people will ever use. A big family group it makes some sense. But repairs and maintenance are a pain as little is DIY. Two drivetrains has to be justified.

THE POINT is that many MAY NOT have made good choice when it came time to buy an RV.

The extra work of “bigger” is a huge turnoff. If not today, then tomorrow.

Highest reliability, longest-life and ease of travel were the priorities I learned as third generation owner of type.

Set-up and take-down shouldn’t be a burden.

There’s NEVER an end of things to do or see. A major city or an unknown region. Any budget.

A life of television has stunted many of you. Most of whom you might meet.

Throw it out, as it’s poison.

No one had them until reasonably priced solid-state portables were available in the mid-late 1970s.

Absolutely NO ONE missed them.

Examine assumptions. The rut you prefer is still just that.
The lifelong slave loves his collar too much to remove it.

An RV is maybe last chance to wake up in an unfamiliar place . . and allow the unfamiliar part of you come forward.

.


Well, unless your profile isn't up to date .... your RV setup is a PU truck towing a fairly good sized TT or 5'er of some type .... which seems to me to be a bit limiting.

It my opinion, the "RV'ing philosophy" of yours above seems to indicate this kind of a rig [emoticon] :

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