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Old 12-10-2013, 09:04 AM   #43
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After 15 years of living on a 38' sailboat, we are transitioning to land cruising. We plan this (2013/2014) to be our last winter on the boat in the Caribbean and have already purchased the new-to-us DP to be the next home. When I got the idea to live on a boat I read a lot, looked at a lot, and then bought what I hoped was the right one. (It was.) I didn't work my way up from small to large as most people did. I've done the same with the RV. I read and researched, decided on what I was looking for and then searched and bought. I find buying or selling a large thing like a house, a boat, or an RV about as much fun as having a root canal, so hopefully I have the right one for us and will enjoy it for years to come.

The RV world has a lot of similarities to boat cruising, both in the mechanical sense of the systems aboard, and in the social sens. We are looking forward to this change in our cruising lives.
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Old 12-10-2013, 11:36 AM   #45
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40ft aft cabin Silverton boat got too expensive to move around the country when we moved.

Bought the RV a couple of years after selling the boat. Much more mobile.
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Old 12-10-2013, 02:53 PM   #46
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Wish I had an awesome story like most folks here do, but for me it was 100% pure selfishness. All of the have to's kept getting in the way of me having a good time, check in by, check out by, sorry no vacancies, man this place is a dump, too expensive, to far from the reason I'm here in the first place. Things like that, we rented a few, it worked well, then bought one. Wish I would have done it long ago, wish I could be in it every weekend all the time. Not only do I love my ratty old motorhome, I love the freedom it affords me as well everything that goes along with it!
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Old 12-10-2013, 04:36 PM   #47
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When I met my exceptionally beautiful and equally prissy wife, one of the first things she disclosed to me was that she "DOES NOT CAMP!!!!!!!!!!!!" I guess she believed that since I was Marine, I enjoyed sleeping on tree roots under the stars and thought she would also jump at the chance. Needless to say, camping was never mentioned, and our travels involved a lot of airplanes and hotels, which we both loved.

Fast forward a few years and TSA decides its mission is to grope passengers at the airport. My wife and I decided then and there that our flying days were over, but yet we both wanted to continue to travel.

I decided to approach her with the idea that we could travel in a motorhome. I got the standard earful about "I DO NOT CAMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Then I explained there were electrical outlets to plug a hairdryer in, and a washer/dryer to keep an endless supply of clean clothes.

The rest is history.
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:17 PM   #48
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When I met my exceptionally beautiful and equally prissy wife, one of the first things she disclosed to me was that she "DOES NOT CAMP!!!!!!!!!!!!" I guess she believed that since I was Marine, I enjoyed sleeping on tree roots under the stars and thought she would also jump at the chance. Needless to say, camping was never mentioned, and our travels involved a lot of airplanes and hotels, which we both loved. Fast forward a few years and TSA decides its mission is to grope passengers at the airport. My wife and I decided then and there that our flying days were over, but yet we both wanted to continue to travel. I decided to approach her with the idea that we could travel in a motorhome. I got the standard earful about "I DO NOT CAMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Then I explained there were electrical outlets to plug a hairdryer in, and a washer/dryer to keep an endless supply of clean clothes. The rest is history.
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:43 PM   #49
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Ours started when my kids started racing motocross. We stayed at a campground in a tent near the track. It was about 95 degrees that night with bugs everywhere. My wife slept in the van with the engine running. The next morning she came out and told me that if I didn't have something for her to sleep in the following weekend that had air conditioning, a shower and a plug for her hair dryer that this family was done racing. I went to the rv dealer on Monday morning and bought a bumper tow toy hauler. From there it progressed to a super c that pulled a race trailer and recently we traded that on our Bounder. When the racing is done we plan on full timing and then its back to racing but this time with our grandkids!
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We've travelled a lot via plane and via pop ups and travel trailers but our dream was to own a motor home. We wanted one piece LOL...so DH is retiring G-d willing in three years so we made the leap after still thinking about bigger travel trailers and 5th wheels.
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