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PawPaw_n_Gram

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Posted: 03/18/21 08:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

To be fair, 2020 was a real poop of a year to try to learn about RV traveling and full-timing.

The first thing that happened to him early was getting more or less ordered to stay in place for a month or longer.

We headed to Arizona from Texas in late June, and lost a bit over a hundred dollars in cancellation fees as our two months planned in New Mexico state parks was wiped out starting July 1.

I think you've missed the opportunity to experience what state parks have to offer as far as diversity. Even last week, I had to cancel three TX SP reservations due to come changes. Before, I almost never reserved COE or SP's. Now I can't go to one at the last minute. Which s***s for a roving RVer.

Better luck next time Steve.


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Posted: 03/19/21 06:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We fulltimed for 15 years. It was a great adventure. While we did make it to Alaska, we didn't see all 50 states because we worked our rentals in the summer. But we had a great time. My DH died in October. I sold my 40' diesel pusher, but I kept my 22' B+. I have a house now and won't be fulltiming, but still plan to travel several months out of the year.

Our travels are chronicled here:

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I actually had my blog printed into 7 different volumes (1500+ pages) for my grandkids. I want them to be able to read about the adventures of their grandparents!

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ReneeG

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Posted: 03/19/21 08:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dale - keep us posted on your occasional travels and how your new traveling companion likes the road.


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There have been several comments suggesting that if I wanted to have more space I should have bought a larger mobile home. Sure, but size is a trade off as you probably know. Larger means it will cost much more (purchase, fuel, insurance, etc.) and it will be harder to turn, park, and fit into many campgrounds. The park where we spent last summer in Arkansas was a good location and price for us (others were not) but it had only one space left and our 31 foot rig just barely fit. One or two feet longer would not have fit that last space. That's probably why it was still available. Going up to 40 feet or longer would also surely require a diesel motor and that would mean even more cost and the setup I had was about as far as i wanted to push my retirement budget. It was sufficient to live in, but it was a little tight. I can't remember the number of times that I banged my head or arm into a corner in the motor home.





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Posted: 03/20/21 11:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You are one of those people on that cable TV show "Going RV" where newbies go to an RV lot and look at RV's and have really really bad opinions of RV based on them having never been camping or ever been in an RV.
"oh, this fridge is too small"
"the bedroom is too small"
"the closet is too small for ME"
"I dont want to have to fold down the bed every day"
"not enough TVs in the camper"
"I dont like the stripes"
"propane stove, ick"
just on and on, not that you are this dumb, as this TV show highlights the worst things newbies at RV lots say or do... But, sounds like you made a series of bad decisions. Buying two new vehicles then complaining of depreciation when you lose half the value as soon as you drive it away is not a full-time RV issue, that is your personal economics issue.
Too small a space is another bad decision, and makes it sound like you really are not the RV type...
Yes, it is bad to RV in hot places in the summer or cold places in the winter, but being mobile you could have planned it better and been in comfortable places more.
I would have towed a used trailer with slide-outs (bigger foot print than motorhome) and an over-compensated truck to tow it. One insurance payment instead of two, one motor to maintain, one transmission etc... Buying used you either do not lose much or break even or get lucky and sell camper for more than you paid, which I always do.
Buying used and paying cheap enough you spend less than the new one would depreciate as soon as you drive off the lot, so even if when you get done you just abandon the camper somewhere you come out ahead of a new one... that is if cost is priority over maybe more reliability of a new, but new ones always need to be fixed, where possible some used ones have already been fixed. 1,000 possibilities here so hope beginner forum users dont try to explore every single one of them...
Anyway, congrats for getting out there and seeing the country, you made memories. Yes, it is hard living in an RV, so much more comfortable in a big house where you can spread out, but you make sacrifices to do the traveling. This is just an individual thing, some people enjoy roughing it, and some people dont want to. There have been times where Im stuck in RV in places that are not destination worthy and I get bored and am ready to give up, other times I pinch myself everyday that I wake up to the vistas and location and cant believe Im there....

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ajriding wrote:

Buying two new vehicles then complaining of depreciation when you lose half the value as soon as you drive it away

I only lost 7% depreciation when I sold the motor home plus the 6% sales tax which is never coming back. That's not nearly "half". The Jeep will lose some value in a year, but they tend to hold their value well and I have to drive something, so that is no different whether I'm living in an RV or a house.

Edit: The point is, I think you miss-characterize my comments by saying that I complained about depreciation. I mentioned depreciation is saying that I didn't spend more than living in an apartment for a year including the depreciation. So that's really the opposite of complaining. In case you didn't read my original post carefully here again are the 4 reasons that I gave for getting out of full time RV life, and none of them were depreciation:

The reasons I got out were as follows:

We wanted to see other places where we could live and my wife could work (she's not retired). She found a place she liked so we decided to rent a place and stay here for at least a year.

I was tired of living in the small area of an RV. Our new rental house is like a mansion in comparison and I feel much more relaxed.

The stress of planning a cross country trip and then driving this big vehicle and now paying much more for gas and probably some minor repairs/maintenance were taking the fun out of this.

After you've seen one state or COE park, you've basically seen them all, in my opinion, with a few variations.

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Posted: 03/20/21 03:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Big ain't always better be that home, RV or RV vs. home.
We have lived in our 40' RV for 20+ years (not in one location, thank God!) and for the last 2 months we have been living in a 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath condo. We HATE the condo and just want our RV home back again. It's much more comfortable.

* This post was edited 03/21/21 06:34am by LouLawrence *

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Posted: 03/20/21 07:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nobody's post is meant to be a reflection on anyone else. Just take whatever info you can glean, in the end I dont think people are looking to get a feel for each individual member's personality, just sharing info and knowledge, given that most post are just reactions to a general idea, not necessarily directed solely to the OP's, but rather the OP and the lurker who might be looking for some similar, but not exactly identical, information on RVing.
happy trails

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You gave it a shot in a way that worked for you, and found out that it isnt for you. I see no problem with this, even if you had lost significant money (so long as you could afford it, of course). How many people are out there wondering 'what if' they had tried it.

We made a list of WHY we wanted to go fulltime. I wont go into details as our situation is unique, as is everyone else's. But anyone thinking of going FT would be well served to have some (at least) vague idea of what they'd like to get out of the experience.

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