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Old 01-04-2014, 08:03 PM   #29
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Like others have said,if you want to do it and can afford,,go for it ,never put off till "next year". I learned this in a heart breaking way.My first wife and I had always talked and planned on purchasing an rv and do some weekending and lite traveling but something always would changed our mind.

In the spring of 2001 I lost my dear wife (32 years old)to a sudden illness and for a long time I regretted not doing as we had planned.

In 2004 I meet and later married someone who shares my enthusiasm for rving .Our budget doesn't allow for a new coach and long trips,but our 96 bounder and several three to four day outings a year are very enjoyed and looked forward to.

Our kids ,were young when we started camping and I'm happy to say good or bad we never regretted one trip and they still talk about our adventures.With our jobs,a weekend away is the most therapeutic we can have.
If I had it to do all over again ,I would in a heart beat ,but I'd start about ten years earlier.

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Old 01-04-2014, 10:05 PM   #30
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As many have noted, you can never go back and get replays for your life decisions. We decided that we would go ahead and retire and go full time while our health was good enough to enjoy travel.

Make adjustments as needed and go for your dream as long as it is feasible.


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Old 01-05-2014, 10:50 PM   #31
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Both of my parents dreamed of traveling when they retired. It never happened dad had surgery for prostate cancer around 58-60 and never was the same after surgery. He ended up in a nurseing home and with in a year Mom started strokeing out. My brother took care of dad and I stopped driving over the road to help with Mom. All along I said it won't happen to me.
18 years later mom died at home (I told her I would never put her in a home) and I didn't. 4 years later dad died. A year after that I had my first heartatack. Then hurt my back at work. 3 more heartatacks later @ 55 I had to stop working.
I bought a used 1982 Pace Arrow and have been having a blast ever since no heart trouble yet (lots of meds though.)
I in no way have monies to buy a new MH so the 82 works for us, and we travel around the state alot. Were planning on going South this winter but that had to be put on the back burners for now but we keep hoping the funds will come but not at 1.5% raise. This is our set up and we enjoy it just as much as those with new DP and new rigs.
GO FOR IT tomorrow might be too late.

ps I was just looking at the Thor yesterday in my MH magazine, Very nice, Maybe I need to sell the S&B...
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Old 01-06-2014, 04:04 AM   #32
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real nice looking unit. doesn't even come close to looking like an 82.
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Old 01-06-2014, 06:43 AM   #33
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I have owned both motorhomes, fifth wheels, and trailers. If your not sure i would start with a travel trailer. Buy slightly used first, My f 150 ford pickup will tow 9200 pounds. A used truck and trailer will not lose its value like a new motorhome. Good Luck
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Buy a cheaper RV for yourself and GO....

Sweet ride Spritz! See you out there
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:57 AM   #35
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Good job putting your foot down. Still though, what about a nice coach that is a few years old from a private owner? I didn't notice whether you were financing or not and that may be why not.
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As others have said BUY USED!!! You can accomplish two things:

1. Get a LOT more for your money from a private party

2. The new ownership kinks have likely already been worked out

New is great, but even with limitless funds I would always search gently used first and ONLY buy new if there was a revolutionary new "thing" only available new. Used allows you to either spend less or get more.

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I totally agree to shop and buy used BUT shop all the market. We shopped the used and ended up buying new. The interest rate was so low it went a long way in making the price cheaper.
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Originally Posted by jrgreenacres View Post
Rent a unit , Never put dreams on hold

is right if you push her in to it she well never love it but next time you go see the kids do that if she loves it then she well think of doing it again

if she dont then a new dream should go in its place

hunn i want a airplane and go flying ... hunn i want a big boat LOL
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... I was devastated because she won’t fly and our kids are older and live on the west coast. …
I feel for you.

As I've said on this site and a few others, my DW does not like to fly or vacation, at least she didn't used to. We only had one vacation (literally) in over 25 years when I bought a toy hauler for me. She told me if I put a toy in there she wouldn't go with me so I had a toyless toy hauler , but at least I was camping. In the next two years she went with me several times and I took my son and father-in-law several more times when she finally said, if we got a motorhome she would be more comfortable.

Well, didn't have to tell me twice. We bought a nice gas MH and we now go many times a year for long weekends. Our first really big trip was from So Cal to the east coast via Indiana, so she could visit relatives she hadn't seen in years. She had such a great time!! The DW actually got to where she was vacuuming and cleaning while I drove so she could enjoy the campgrounds with me when we arrived.

She is now planning our next trip to the east coast to visit our son in Boston when he graduates next year.

Don't give up. Keep telling her all the fun things can she do while you are driving and once you get there, plus all the conveniences she can have on the way. Nothing beats your own sheets and bed and your own kitchen!!

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It's the fever everyone gets it. The funny thing is the more problems you have along the way the more fun it becomes.
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:52 PM   #42
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It's a THOR Miramar and it's their new Class A gas edition and is located here: 2014 Miramar Motor Homes: Class A RV by Thor Motor Coach

We're approaching retirement in a few years so she agreed this morning to reconsider in a few months. I also told her that I'm going ahead with the plan because it was a dream that we envisioned for so long now... with or without her. Worked to darn hard all my life and really never traveled at all after I got married almost 30 years ago. I really want to see every State in the USA and take my time seeing everything she has to offer. Thank you everyone for giving me my confidence and courage back after a feeling so terrible last night! You're all so AWESOME!!!
We've had no problems with our Miramar and have yet to see many people online talk about them, and yet to see anyone mention a single problem with one. I read all about the Palazzo slide issues and it makes me nervous but hopefully it is a different slide system!

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